Final Plans for California...

This is going to be the shortest post I've ever done. I swear it.

So, I know I've been a little wishy-washy about when I'd be going to California. I said the week of the 8th, then I said the week of the 22nd. Neither of those things are exactly true. Instead, I'll be in California from July 20th - 27th. I'm flying from DFW to Las Vegas, then from Vegas back to DFW--I'll be flying American Airlines, I bought my ticket today! My poor parents, my flight comes in to Vegas at 8:45am. They're going to have to make a 3 hour drive before the crack of dawn on a Saturday. Thank God they love me. Fortunately, the departing flight leaves from Vegas at 6:00 p.m., so we have all day to get around and get down there.

I'm looking forward to seeing my family and Jodi and Shannon. I'll arrive on a Saturday, am getting my hair done on Monday, my birthday is Tuesday (YIKES 35!!), then I'm going to tour UCR with Candi on Thursday, and I leave on Friday. Other than arriving and going home, none of those things should take all day.

Jodi & Shannon, let me know when you'll be available to have dinner. I can't wait to see y'all!

To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo...

Okay, that's not really the question. I'm definitely doing it.

I'm planning to get a tattoo on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. (as long as pay comes in when I expect it will). It'll likely look like this in terms of font, but will say:
Keep a light, hopeful heart. But expect the worst.

It'll be on the inside of my left forearm and the letters will be between 1/3" and 1/2" tall. What do you think? Give me some advice. Do you think it's too plain? Not embellished enough?

But, there are a few problems with this: a) I'm a freaking chicken and I'm nervous, and b) I found out that getting tattooed will impede my ability to swim when I'm in California. Apparently, submerging a tattoo in water--particularly chlorinated water--makes them fade. If I'm going to pay $120 and sit through a half an hour of pain, then I'm sure the hell not going to swim and risk messing it up.

But, I don't usually have access to a swimming pool. I'll only be there one week, in the heat of the summer, during the week of my 35th birthday, and I want to swim. Maybe I'm being stupid about this. But, I want to swim.

Dumbest. consideration. ever. But still one.

And, I really want to get my tattoo done before I go to California so there's really no right answer. I can either go through with it and not be able to swim, or wait until I get there and try to chose a place, or I'll have to wait until I get back. It's just, the longer I wait the less likely I am to go through with it.

No idea what to do. If I could have afforded to have it done last week, then this wouldn't be a problem. But, that't irrelevant now. I'll also be getting my hair done when I'm in California, having layers cut in and dying the bottom half of my hair either blonde, red, or pink. Still not sure yet. If it'll go blonde, then I'm doing blonde.

So, I have a few big changes planned and I'm not sure of the order I'll do them.

Thoughts?