Monday, November 17, 2008

Nice weekend

Friday was a long day. I started at 6AM with airport standby. I finished my shift at 2PM (I haven't flown a real plane in over 2 weeks!) then Kelli picked me up. We went home and packed for a trip to Sacramento. The flight we wanted at 4:05PM was oversold so we waited for the 8:30PM flight. The flights back looked a little full so I bought standby passes for Southwest Airlines. I am able to buy extremely discounted standby tickets on almost every U.S. airline for Kelli and I. The plan was to fly from Sacramento to Denver and then catch American Airlines to Dallas. The tickets are fully refundable and usable on any airline for 1 year.

We scored first class to Sacramento and had Cheeseburgers for the dinner. We have never had Cheeseburgers in first class. They were very tasty. I had my two bloody marys and relaxed.

My sister in law Jami (Kelli's sister) picked us up and we went straight to bed. Saturday we ate breakfast at Crepeville and then took a trip to IKEA. Jami is going through a divorce from her wife and needed to buy a few things to replace stuff taken by her ex. Afterwards I worked on her laptop while they (including my mother in law Peggy) assembled the furniture. Saturday night we ate at a Mexican food restaurant. Kelli doesn't care for Mexican food and just at chips. Afterwards we visited The Big Spoon (awesome ice cream place!) and called it a night.

Sunday we ate at another local restaurant (we never eat at chain places in Sacramento) and then were delayed while Jami's ex-wife took my niece Haley for a bit. Once she returned we took a trip to San Francisco to visit the Zoo. I drove Peggy's Camry Hybrid for the first time. It's a very nice car and gets gas mileage in the upper 30's to low 40's...about 9MPG less than Kelli's Prius. We were making good time until we got to the Bay Bridge. We then crawled for a little over an hour.

The zoo was fun. Haley loved the kids petting zoo area the most. She was really fond of a little tractor toy. I loaded her up on cotton candy and then we headed back. The 130 mile drive took nearly 3 1/2 hours. Traffic was horrible.

[caption id="attachment_352" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Haley on the Wagon, Peggy looking at her camera, Jami taking a photo and Kelli trying to get Haley to smile."]Haley on the Wagon[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_354" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Haley after Cotton Candy"]Haley after Cotton Candy[/caption]

This morning we woke up at 3:45 and left the house at 4:30 to catch a 6 o'clock flight back. Thankfully there were enough seats on American Airlines and we didn't have to fly to Denver on Southwest. The American Airlines flight only had 1 empty seat. Kelli and I both got middle seats in coach...boooo coach! But we are back.

Kelli and I are still pondering having a baby. If we do I am going to make us sign a legal document stating if we ever get divorced one of us must jump off a bridge. Just watching Jami deal with her ex is enough to not want a kid. Jami moved on and is seeing another woman. Nothing serious...but she is out there. Her ex doesn't like this one bit and (from what I see) is being quite harsh and short with Jami. Haley is stuck in the middle. With all the politics on gay marriage Jami isn't sure if her marriage is legal or not. Either way her ex won't sign for a divorce for 6 months. make marriage super complicated. I am gonna have to iron out some kind of "what if" document.

Haley was previously my favorite niece. She is approaching 2 years old...and getting a little cranky. Haley has never met my other niece Gianna. They will meet for the first time in Disney World. I think I am going to order some Disney Survivor Buffs and have my own Survivor Disney while we are there. Best niece wins. Relax Peggy...I'm kidding.

I was really tired today...but was bored when Kelli left to see the new Bond movie. I got off my arse and mounted the rear surround sound speakers to the ceiling. After 4 years there are finally no more wires running through the living room. Our next house will be pre-wired. In 2008 I have run network cable through the entire house (with the help of Eric!), mounted our LCD TV and ran a bunch of cables down the wall and today wired up the rear surround sound speakers. Ugh. Enough.

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