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Long Week, Long Weekend Away

July 28th, 2012 at 01:03 am

Whew. What a week it was.

I've had a lot on my lists. The first part of the week was spent running errands, cleaning the house, and getting things organized. I took some yard sale things to my friend's house and The Husband cleaned up the yard and took a load to the dump. It was exhausting, but we accomplished a lot.

The last thing on my list was to finish all the laundry and pack for our long, long weekend in LA. We got a hotel on Hotwire.com for one night, and have been/will be staying with family for the rest of the time we're here. We're not going to any theme parks or doing anything particularly expensive. We were able to get decently-priced gas on our way out of town, and the hotel was only $61. But with all the hungry athletes in our family (and we've got two extra teens with us), it's the food that costs a ton!

Yesterday we went to Whole Foods (I know! Ridiculously expensive!) for lunch. Everyone wanted something different, and we decided to go there for the happiness factor. Between the kids, they got pizza, sandwiches, sushi, salad, burritos... I had a really wonderful salad and The Husband got Indian food there. We bought a case of water and some extra fruit, crackers, and snacks. Gads. It was $75. The total was a little shocking at the time, but now that I think... it was lunch for 8 people, plus lots of snacks. It was probably just a bit more expensive than going someplace like Subway, and it made everyone VERY happy. We were hot, exhausted, and everyone was a bit grouchy at the time. All the kids getting exactly the lunch that they wanted made a big difference in attitude. And we've been munching on the leftover snacks and fruit today.

We've been eating with family today. And there will be birthday cake for me tonight! My birthday was a couple of weeks ago, but who am I to refuse chocolate cake?!

The Husband forgot a swimsuit, so we stopped by a Big 5, and lucked out. They had everything on clearance, and he got a very nice suit for under $20. It is something he would have picked out and paid a lot more for elsewhere.

We had a great day of playing at the pool and ocean today and plan to go to a museum tomorrow. It's been great being away from home and relaxing with family. Much needed vacation time! Happy, happy day! Smile

5 Responses to “Long Week, Long Weekend Away”

  1. baselle Says:

    $9/lunch plus snacks at Whole Paychex? You did well, my friend. Smile

  2. North Georgia Gal Says:

    Hope you are having a great time!

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    Sounds like a great time.
    Yeah, who can pass up cake? Ha! Big Grin

  4. Swimgirl Says:

    Cake was A. MAZ. ING. From scratch, tons of chocolate, cream cheese frosting.

    We are having a blast. Tons of people crammed into a place that's too small. Lots of laughing.

    We've managed to find places to swim every day we've been here. Five of us wanted to swim laps. None of the pools have been perfect, so we've gone to a different pool every day. It's been great to get some exercise! Today we went to a really funky pool and I'm pretty sure we were the only ones there under age 65. Maybe 75. It was pretty inspiring to see all those little old ladies and little old men out there giving it their all.

    And Whole Paycheck. I know. But it was delicious. I'm still thinking about the salad I got. Nice, fresh, organic ingredients. Smile

  5. Jerry Says:

    I miss Whole Foods. Not the high cost, of course, but the food itself is really tasty and generally offers some insurance of excellent quality. I agree that 9 bucks per person for lunch and snacks, at that particular place, has to lead to some satisfaction. Sounds like a good time overall!
    Jerry

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