*ding* Alex, what is “driving on LA freeways?”
OK… so I had a nice quiet day yesterday and went swimming in something other than what I happened to be wearing. (OK… it was a t-shirt and shorts but I don’t think Lands’ End can get a perfect swimsuit to me before I leave Dodge.)Â I got back into my in-laws house and was noshing on some lowfat chocolate-mint brownies from Trader Joe’s (chocolate and mint being my weakness and said brownies being almost better than certain earthly pleasures) when I saw that the instructions I was left on getting to DA CHURCH for DA WEDDING REHEARSAL involved me and 210 West getting intimately acquainted.Â As my father-in-law thinks I’m a sweetheart, I refrained from vocalizing the words that were in my head.Â I grabbed all the stuff I needed, jumped in the car, took a few minutes to pray, and got on the freeway.
It wasn’t quite as bad as driving Hwy 17 (then again, NOTHING is as bad as that bloody highway) but I did find myself screaming “USE YOUR F-ING TURN SIGNAL!!!!!!!!!!” to various drivers who decided that my Montana plates were an excuse to cut me off.Â One driver moved back after I laid on the horn so loud that I managed to drown out the music that was vibrating from the car next to me.
When I got to the church, I went up to the groom, climbed up onto his feet, pulled his shoulders down to me, and screamed at him.Â Everyone was just cracking up (OK… I admit — I’m adorable when I’m getting Irish on peoples’ @$$es) and they made sure that I had surface street directions to dinner that night.
Dinner was at Shakey’s Pizza in Covina.Â OK… I was a minority in that restaurant — it was 80% Chicano in there and it was a reminder that I need to be respectful of those who face discrimination and who are dealing with being a minority each day.Â Mountain Dew + pizza = a serious need of ginger tablets when I got home.
Right now, I’m being loved by a fluffy grey cat and listening to Wait Wait.Â Not quite in hell anymore but dude… yesterday evening was interesting.
We got to SoCal yesterday evening with very few problems.Â I hung out with my VERY wonderful mother-in-law and sister-in-law while Jon was at the bachelor party.Â Joanna (the s-i-l) scored major points with me by picking up some 7-Up to calm some of the nausea from the Ortho Evra patch.Â (Not as bad as the pills but not fun either.)Â When we got there, my m-i-l was next door at a neighbor’s pool.Â They jokingly told me to come on in so… I kicked off my running shoes and jumped in fully clothed.Â It was positively lovely.Â
On Monday, the grandfather of Jon’s friend’s fiancÃ©e was killed in a car accident on his way down for the wedding.Â The wedding is still going on but ohmigosh… it’s also not going to be quite as happy because of what happened.Â So… please pray for Dawn and her family since this is just a nightmare for them.
I went to Santa Cruz for the first time in 5 years today. Let me just say… Hwy 17 is EEEEVVVVIIIILLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! (Well… California driving in general is evil — it’s like someone decided to suspend all traffic rules temporarily for my visit to the state!) Downtown Santa Cruz is also an *interesting* place to drive.
We had lunch at Pizza-My-Heart and then went up to campus to meet with Cindy, my advisor from my undergrad days. We ended up connecting at her class lecture (Medieval Europe) and had some chill time afterwards at the Taqueria.
(OK… so I didn’t shave my head — I did cut my hair short though, or at least shorter than it has been for awhile.Â The last time Cindy saw me, my hair was down to my waist and braided.)
When we got home, my dad had the firepit set up for s’mores so we had those.Â Â You gotta love parents who make them with Ghiradelli chocolate!
We head down to
the depths of Hell SoCal tomorrow and then to Vegas and Salt Lake City.Â I’m going to be sad to leave San Jose, especially my parents’ cats who are now thugs instead of kittens.Â Speaking of them, I need to steal Jethro after I fold laundry — he is a very good bed tabby.
I’m in my homeland with my parents for a couple days before I head to the
depths of Hell southern California.Â Currently, my parents’ network hates my laptop, so I’m hijacking the network computer to post.Â
The drive was LONG.Â Two days of 12+ hours on the road including bathroom breaks and such.Â Reno was a nightmare — my first CITY driving in for-freaking-ever and the sun was in my eyes so I was almost completely blind.Â I mostly read and let Jon drive though I did do about 3 hours of driving on Sunday and about 5 yesterday.Â (Astigmatism is a pain when you have to drive at night.)Â I also think Nevada is the only state that makes North Dakota look remotely interesting — I saw hints of green in Nevada.Â No such luck in ND last year!!!!!!!!!!!
I have three cats at my disposal at the moment,., all of whom are out killing things.Â I did have a tabby this morning at 5 am… after I shanghai’ed him from the hall, put him on the bed, and told him to sit down/shut up/purr.Â He did and his motor skills are spectacular.Â His brother is a big gray tummy who also went nose-to-nose with me last night.Â HIS MAJESTY is chill with me and gave me a tour of his yard before settling down and letting me pet him.Â (He has an owie on his head — apparently, he had an abcess and had to have it drained, so part of the top of his head is shaved and my parents have to pill him twice a day.Â He purred for me and it sounded like a jet engine taking off.
I’ll probably do the Santa Cruz thing tomorrow and this afternoon, I’m shaving my head.Â
Lâ€™shana tova tikhatvu vâ€™tekhatmu to my Jewish readers. (For those wondering, it means something along the lines of “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” My Hebrew is kind of rusty so hopefully my translation is sorta close.)
(Thank you Pisco for letting me copy that off your blog.)
I got to read to the kids at the local elementary school today!!!!!!!!!!!