1. Brody (the beautiful golden retriever) is no longer a California resident. Doug got the call to transfer to Baltimore, so off they went. We were still on the fence about adopting him.....as I'm sure Doug was about letting him go......so the timing worked out nicely......neither of us had to make a decision. We love Brody, and he was a good fit for us. But, we kept going back to wondering if we were ready for a dog.
This was discussed at length with Pa as we told him our concerns and love for travel and spontaneity of it. His reaction was priceless:
"So, you two had a beer on the beach in La Jolla and decided to move cross country, jobless, in a terrible economy, to a very expensive city, but a DOG sounds too risky?"
"Yes. We're not sure we're ready."
2. I'm leaving with the kids on Monday for a 2 day jaunt through the Disney parks sans-Blake. Yall know I do all sorts of things without Blake due to his travel over the years, but it occurred to me while planning......I don't think I've ever stayed overnight in a hotel room with my kids.....be it one or three of them without Blake. Caroline and I have taken the kids on several trips, but I don't think I've ever done it solo.
I guess I'm not exactly nervous, but definitely excited. Blake is a seasoned traveler, so check in is a breeze for him......I handle the kids.......parking, check out, etc.....he does it all.....seems like a lot while juggling kiddos when I think about it. Wish us luck!
The world's biggest Disney fanatic Shannon inspired me to take this little trip to the next level and do something extra. A scavenger hunt? Gifts for the kids waiting for them at the hotel? Hmmmm..... Go and read her Day 1 (link here) of a 10 day trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando. When I see all that she puts into her travel life, I think my kids totally got screwed ending up in this family.
4. Back to the trip......any suggestions for us? Anaheim has 2 parks and Downtown Disney, as you all probably know well enough by now and we'll have free reign in all of it. Our hotel is walking distance to the parks, so we'll leave our car there and walk over each day. There are plenty of restaurants and little shops along the way.......perhaps that could play into our adventure? I want to make this a memorable experience......our last Disney encounter until late August!
5. I just started reading Half a Life. Sweet baby Jesus, it's a tough one. About a high school kid who, while in the car with his friends heading to Putt Putt Golf, hit and killed a classmate just before graduation. I've been drawn to Nonfiction lately........hence, the Henrietta Lacks book you see there on my sidebar, too.
6. Hangover 3? Yes, please.
Off to google pictures of Bradley Cooper. Happy Thursday, peeps!