Fingers crossed, but I think I am out of the medical loop. It's all been 'abundance of caution' that has never turned out to be anything. But I had my first mammogram (ever) that was all clear the first round. Phew! I am shocked. I was sure I'd have to go back this week. Because I always do.
It was crazy for a while in 2018-2019 with all the medical appointments. It has definitely been a step down from that. But it's nice to take it down a step further and have the "all clear" re: everything medical. I might have acheived this once in recent years but it did not last very long. Fingers crossed.
This weekend was perfect and magical. I really viewed it as more of a chore weekend, going into it. Mostly driving down to the college to deliver a few things to MM(20).
We drove 735 miles. The first car charge was free, but apparently it was just a fluke. We thought we were going to get free charging all weekend. (Electrify America is often free on Holiday weekends.)
We spent $234 on the hotel and tickets. I am guessing $400 with food and fuel and everything. Probably not quite that much. We didn't do any big meals. But I am guessing $400-ish for the weekend. Will tally it all up later.
It was fleet week and we saw some jets doing a show. Could see from the freeway on the drive down.
I guess with DL(18) having a driver license and being more independent. We are actually getting through some of these things we thought we would do while MM(20) was living on the central coast.
We went to this art installation. Wasn't sure if it was going to be over hyped or what. It was beautiful. & we picked the perfect day to go. The weather was absolutely perfect. The sky was so dark (no moon) that the stars were amazing. I saw a shooting star!
I thought it would be nice to get there before sunset. This ended up being perfect. It was gorgeous in the light too. We walked the property during (a great) sunset and then we went inside to eat dinner. Then we came out and walked more thoroughly through the lights. We stopped a couple of times just to sit and enjoy, the view and the stars.
The next morning we headed to the beach. There's still chatter of whales online, though clearly that all peaked the last time we were there. (It was a day trip, I didn't know until we left, and we wouldn't have had time anyway). So we tried, but no whales. But we did see lots of dolphins.
& we saw a very fast and good foil surfer. I mean, I could watch the surfers all day. But I barely noticed the surfers on this trip. The dolphins stole the show. & then MH and MM pointed out this foil surfer. Just google it, it's the craziest thing. It's hard to describe. Even most the videos I found were "meh" compared to the guy we were watching. He was just flying all over the place. It took us a while to figure out what the heck we were even seeing.
We took MM(20) with us to the beach and his girlfriend met us for lunch.
MM(20) has some leadership position re: the rose float this year. He was really eyeing these flowers at the restaurant. I guess he has been trying to track them down. So we learned a lot about that whole process. I guess the school grows a lot of the flowers. & I am sure they just have to buy some of what they need. But this particular flower is the perfect shade for what they need and more difficult to find. (Would take more than a season to grow). & I guess that dyeing flowers is frowned upon. The GF has these same flowers outside her on campus house, so they were in deep negotiations about how much MM could get away with "borrowing" flowers from her house.
Of course, the down side to this is I don't know when we will see MM(20) the rest of this year. I actually gave him a camping mattress when we initially thought his bed would arrive some nights after he moved into his apartment. It's only because of this that I know he has camping plans after New Years. 🙄 He mentioned it to me re: the camping mattress. We will have to get him a round trip flight from LA for Christmas (he will only have a couple of days off). & then I guess technically he should be free January 1st or 2nd? But if he goes camping, we aren't going to see him much.
I really need to buckle down and make Pasadena plans. I am very mellow about it because MM(20) stayed at the timeshare by Disneyland last year. That was rather last minute. I know we can find some lodging. & I am sure we have missed the boat as to anything very convenient. But I am committing to figuring things out this weekend. Ideally, we want to see all the floats before or after the parade. I just don't want to deal with the peak crowd. We briefly discussed and MM(20) insisted it's all free the night before, to see the floats up close. I am not 100% sure if that's true, if he has access we won't have, etc. But it's only $20 to go see all the floats afterwards. (I just figured this out). I will be buying tickets soon, to have that insurance.
Side note: MM(20) will have free lodging near Pasadena. Because he is staying and working until the parade, he will have free lodging. Last year he left early and just went back to watch the parade.
Other than that, I am exhausted and would be happy to go *nowhere* the rest of this year. But I have been really looking forward to the behind-the-scenes rose parade experience. Financially, will probably be a 2024 expense. Heck, even if I charge any of that in December, won't be paying for it until January. Definitely a 2024 expense. Except for these $20 tickets that I want to buy now.