Friday, March 30, 2012

It's Official: I'm California Bound!!

I had mentioned before, I think, that I planned to go to California in May. Well, now it's official. I just booked the ticket and round trip it's only costing me $282. You can't beat that! And honestly, I can't wait. I really, really need the break after the semester I've had. So, going to see family and friends is just the ticket... literally!

Here's what my itinerary looks like:

  • 5/09 - Depart from Temple, TX at 4:45 p.m.

  • 5/11 - Arrive at Palm Springs, CA at 2:00 a.m.

  • 5/21 - Depart from Palm Springs, CA at 12:30 a.m.

  • 5/22 - Arrive at Temple, TX 11:25 a.m.

The trip is 35 hours going to CA and 32 hours coming back this way. While most people, Matt included, cringe at the length of the trip, I'm not terribly upset about it. For what it cost, together with the fact that I really need some chill time, I'm almost looking forward to it. Besides, I've got my iPhone, Kindle, Netbook, and camera. That should all keep me busy, and if it doesn't, well, I have a few paperbacks I plan to lug along.

The ten days I'll be there should be really nice. When I arrive, we're going to stay at the Indio Worldmark resort over the weekend. I'm particularly looking forward to it because I haven't been able to spend Mother's Day with my mom in more than a decade. This year, I'll get that opportunity, which should be really lovely. I plan to spend time with family and get together with friends, both on the day I leave (lunch, Phoena?!), and while I'm there (let's make plans, Jodi!!).

The only downside is that I'll be away from Matt and from my babies. I'm going to miss them like crazy, particularly because I've never been away from Chewbi for even a weekend, let alone two weeks. He's going to be so angry with me, like Ani always is when I go on these trips, but hopefully he'll forgive me... makes me a little sad, actually. Wish there was a way I could take him, but pets on the train are a big no-no, and Matt will need them to keep him company while I'm gone. Would you believe he's already pouting?! Oh hell, now I am too at the thought of being separated from my puppy, silly right?!

I spoke to Melanie and she said she would be willing to take me to Temple if Matt's working, which I thought was really nice. Now I just need to figure out how to get home, but I think maybe Matt can get me... don't know yet. I'll deal with that as I come to it. For now, I'm just thrilled to be getting to go!!

Now if I can just get through April with my sanity! I have the last month of classes for my students and two thesis chapters to finish. It's going to be one hell of a month, but I'm looking forward to tackling it head on... having Glee back will certainly help! ~.^