Sunday, February 28, 2010

Going back to Cali, Cali...

I'm going to California!!

While talking to my mom last Thursday, she mentioned to me that my Aunt Sue would be driving out to California for the week of March 15th on business.  That's spring break week for me, and my aunt agreed to take me along, so it looks like I'll be visiting home soon!  It would seem that my aunt, who only lives 1-1/2 hours from me, drives out to California every 3-4 months, and yet this is the first time it occurred to us that I could go along and have the opportunity to see my family for next to no cost.  So, this will be the first time I've gone along, but if all goes well, perhaps it won't be the last.  It makes it much easier for me to afford it, since all I'll have to do is pay for my meals during the two days trip there and the two days trip back.

This trip'll be good for many reasons and I'm so excited!!  With me going, my aunt won't have to drive across three states alone, I'll get to see my grandparents on the way, I'll have the chance to catch up with my aunt who I've not seen in 12 years, and I'll get to see my family.  I can't wait and luckily, with the extremely short notice, I won't have to for very long.  We leave early the morning of March 12th, head to Lubbock & Plainview to stay over night, then on the morning of the 13th we set out for California.  We'll stay the night in either Flagstaff or Kingman and then finish the trip into California on the morning of March 14th.  We should be at my mom and dad's around 2:30 p.m. on March 14th.  I'll stay with my folks for a week and then she'll pick me up on her way back to Texas on March 20th or 21st and we'll spend two days coming home, with a stop off in Plainview to see my grandparents again.

Matt won't be going, the notice is too short this time.  He'll stay home with Ani and Galileo, and hopefully come next time.  I haven't seen my family in more than two years, but they've not seen Matt in far longer than that.  I know he misses them, and they him, so hopefully he'll be able to go out to CA with me next time.  This will make three visits to CA for me that he's had to stay home.  It's just much more cost effective this way, which is unfortunate, but a reality nonetheless.  I always hate to be apart, even for a few days, because we miss one another and because Matt can't cook, at all, and I worry about him eating while I'm gone.  He's been fine the other two times and I won't be gone as long this time as I was before, so I'm sure he'll be okay.  Still, it doesn't keep me from worrying.

Let's see, I'm hoping to get some visiting done while I'm out there, to see my sister and nephews, my Aunt Pam, and some of the many friends I have in CA.  Unfortunately, I won't have a car, so getting around will be a little difficult, but I'm sure it can be worked out.  More than anything, I'm dying to see my parents, I miss them like crazy.  I'm going to take pictures of everyone and post them online, probably via Facebook, so I have up-to-date pics of the family and friends, for myself and for Matt since he's not going to be able to go -- I got a new camera in January and I'm dying to put it to good use!  I'll probably come back with an absolute ton of pics of the landscape between here and there, of the desert and the mountains.  I miss those things here, where it's flat and there's not a Joshua Tree in a thousand miles.

So, there you have it.  If you missed it in all that chatter, I'll be there from about March 14th - March 20th (or 21st).  If you're one of said California friends and would like to get together, let me know.  I think almost everyone I know out there either knows where to find me, or at least has a general idea about where I'll be staying and could find it with directions.

Did I mention I can't wait?!


  1. a) have a safe trip and have lots of fun!

    b) you live 90 minutes from your aunt and haven't seen her in 12 years? *snicker*

    c) stock up on Hungry Man meals and I'm sure Matt will be fine. You can't screw them up, I don't think! :-)

  2. a) Thanks!! I plan to, even though I'm going to miss the man of the house while I'm gone.

    b) Yeah, I'm terrible about visits. I don't have the time, most of the time, and the rest of the time it's the money. Bah!

    c) I wish, but he could totally screw that up!! I got him those little pizza's once, you know the ones you cook for like 8 minutes and eat. Yeah, he burnt them, or dropped them on the floor, or otherwise defiled them. He's terrible in the kitchen. I was thinking I'd make him food and put it in the fridge/freezer and he could just heat it up when he's hungry. Poor guy sucks at cooking!

  3. I'm so happy for you! What a great way to reconnect with your family.
    I wish you much fun & cheery planning too! It's one of my fave things
    about going somewhere.. the planning and happy leadup.

    If you get bored or have free time in Cali, I'd love to hear from you.
    I just know you will be super busy with family and great times, so
    wouldn't want to intrude on your time with them.

  4. That's awesome Kristyn! I don't want to monopolize your time while you're up here since you have so much catching up to do with your family and such, but if at all possible I'd love to be able to get together with you at least once--maybe we can do lunch or catch a movie or something! I work that week (my spring break ironically starts on the 21st), but I'd hate to actually have you up here and not get to personally say hi. Shoot, I'll even drive, and you might even survive to tell Matt about the experience. ;-)

  5. I know you're busy with work, and the desert is several hours, which makes things hard. If you can swing it, I'd love to see you. It's going to be amazing fun getting to see my family and some friends when I'm out that way.

  6. Jodi, I would love to get together!! Lunch sounds great! When the time get's closer, I'll email you or something and we can work it out. It's been forever, I'll be nice to get together again. :D

  7. I feel like I should add that she hasn't always lived this close to me. She only moved to Springtown a few years ago. So, I haven't seen her in 12 years, but she use to live in CA. :P

  8. call me when you get here and if you have time. We'll set something up!
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  9. Will do. Email me your phone number, I managed to lose all of my contact information for everyone so I can't seem to call anyone.

  10. Yay! Although in retrospect it will have to be more like "dinner" than "lunch," since I work that week. Either way, I'm excited to see you again!

  11. Hehe... well, either way is fine by me. :) Can't wait to see you!

  12. Not several hours honey... with the new 210 freeway since you lived here it's only like a little over an hour to where she lives I think.... Doesn't she live near g-ma Rhodes?

  13. Yeah, she does. So, you're right, it's not too far at all!! I always forget about that freeway... maybe because it wasn't there when I moved here.