March 26, 2007

Full Four-Day Weekend

I took last Thursday and Friday off from work to get a number of errands out of the way. But by Thursday afternoon I was already tuckered out! The dentist visit really tired me out, i guess, because I ended up napping for most of the rest of the day, followed only by some light chores.

Friday was relaxing. I slept in. Erik came and woke me up around noon. We went out for lunch and then went looking at tv's at Best Buy. He and I just cannot shop for tv's together, because every time we try, one of us gets cranky about not being able to decide and we end up leaving with our hands empty. I think in this case it's an allowable, even practical, flaw. I really don't think we need a tv just yet. He uses his computer monitor up at school, I can just do without for a few more months. After the fruitless trip to Best Buy we came back home. More napping was done (we are like a pair of eighty year olds), and then we dragged ourselves out for a nice meal at a local steakhouse.

Saturday we drove down to Palm Springs to attend his family reunion. I couldn't believe how much information they had about his family! I only know that my family is (mostly) caucasian, I wouldn't be able to tell you who the first Garren to come over to America was, nor of what descent I am. His family is Swedish - boy are they Swedish! And let me tell you, they LOVE their Swedish food. Unfortunately, I have no love for the Swedish traditional food... Pickled herring? Head cheese? Lutefisk?!? I was raised in Simi Valley on a strict diet of Macaroni & Cheese and Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches - we don't do white fish soaked in lye. But all in all, it was really nice seeing this group come together to celebrate their forefathers. And his family is really, really nice.

Sunday we woke late and I had a bit of a headache. Erik had his heart set on going out to Exposition Park in L.A. to visit the California Science Center - to see an IMAX movie and a Star Wars exhibit - and to visit the Natural History Museum. We woke so late we didn't think we'd be able to get it all done, but I could not stand seeing his face all sad like that, so I popped an Advil and we raced out there. The IMAX film, Deep Sea 3D, was AMAZING. I never thought seeing something in 3D would be that cool, but the experience is far more immersive that I thought. Shots of the sunset on the ocean made me feel like I was out on a boat, and there was some footage with sharks that made me truly feel like I could reach out and touch them. Amazing!

The show was immediately followed by a trip to the Star Wars exhibit. I've never been much of a Star Wars fan, myself, but I walked around with Erik and we took blurry photo after blurry photo in the dimly-lit exhibition hall. Then it was time for lunch, and afterwards we walked down to the Natural History Museum. I wasn't too excited about this part, as I've been before in the last several years, and knew it did not live up to the glorious memory I had of going back in 1984. there's really only one word that can adequately describe the museum in its current stage: Ghetto.

The Dinosaur Hall was closed, and the displays that WERE open looked like they had last been modified in 1972. The Mammalian fossils nearby to the closed Dinosaur Hall were propped up on simple boxes and were dusty. The African and North American Stuffed Animal Halls (as I like to call them), were nothing I hadn't seen before at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, and going to the Zoo would have been far more entertaining (and less depressing). So our venture out ended on that down note, but the weather outside had been gorgeous, and it was really nice strolling outside from one place to the next.

I didn't really get a chance to attack any of the leftover busy work I have of packing. I had wanted to further clean up and photograph items I wanted to sell, but didn't really get around to much of that. I guess having most of the packing done has really made me comfortable with the July timetable. This weekend Erik will be bringing all of his boxes over to store in our garage, for the survey to take place at the end of next week. The scariest part of THAT is the fact that his parents are going to be helping him drive out all the stuff - meaning they'll get to meet my father for the first time {{shudder}}. Truly, truly frightening.

posted by julie at March 26, 2007 07:57 AM