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I haven't actually slept since last Friday so forming coherent thoughts is not coming easily to me right now. On the other hand, details from my trip are becoming fuzzy and indistinct so I'd like to get as many down now as possible. So here's a daily overview of my trip last week.

Very long post that includes pictures! )
He seems to be feeling better now. He's still coughing, but I think he's on the mend. We had a great time meeting up with everyone. I hope we can do it again soon and see everyone we missed this time.
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It's not all bad.

Dominic and I actually had a fairly good flight from Akron to Denver. It wasn't until we were landing that he started whining. I was feeling a little nauseated so I asked him how his tummy felt. That's when he started screaming that he had to go to the bathroom and throw up. I started frantically searching the seat backs for the air sick bags. I found it about 10 seconds after Dominic vomited everywhere. I was lucky nobody noticed until after the fasten seatbelts sign went off. We seemed to get more sympathy than anything, which was nice. A flight attendent gave me tons of paper towels and a bag to throw stuff in. I got the seat mostly cleaned, Dominic stripped and redressed, and was attempting to clean the seat belts when the flight attendent told me they "have people to do that" and that I should go. I grabbed our things and headed for our connecting flight. The remainder of our travel was uneventful, thankfully.

We headed to Anna and Seth's house and had a nice evening with them. We woke up to heavy snow in Issaquah and began our drive to the east side of the state. Dominic fell asleep almost immediately on our drive and slept for about two hours. The drive over the pass wasn't near as bad as I was expecting, but we took it at about 45 miles per hour until we got near Cle Elum. When we were about 20 miles outside of Colfax, Dominic started crying that he wanted to go home. This was perfectly understandable, so I just tried to talk him through it. Finally, he melted down, held his hands over his ears and started screaming to go home. I just said, "What would you do at home?" Then the vomiting started again. Grateful that I was only 20 minutes away from my sister's house, I called her only to get her answering machine. Uh oh. I called her cell and my mom answered. They were in Spokane. Luckily, Amanda had left her house unlocked, so we headed there for laundry and a bath. 3 hours later, we headed to Spokane.

Mom's birthday party went really well. We had lots of family and friends around. The restaurant was intimate and the food wonderful. Amanda had done a powerpoint presentation of old pictures that was so fun to watch. The cake Anna made was a showstopper (pictures to come). It was so much fun.

Yesterday we all met up for breakfast. Tony and family arrived just as we were leaving, so we met them at McDonald's and visited with them until about 1:00. Then we headed back for Amanda's house. She had left early because her baby was sick. On the way, Dominic fell asleep, but woke up about 20 miles outside of Spokane and started crying that he needed to go potty. I pulled the car over, ripped him out of his carseat, and ran him behind a bush. He panicked and tried to make a break back to the car while screaming, "I want to go inside!!!" I pulled him back and tried to get his pants down, but he suddenly relaxed. His face fell and he cried, "My pants are wet." So, I changed his clothes again and put him back in the car.

That evening, my brother-in-law got sick. Shortly after, Amanda got sick. Mom's sick now. So, flu's going around and I'm expecting Dominic and I to fall ill in about 12 hours. I've decided to rename this vacation "VomFest 2009".

Despite the abundance of bodily fluids, I'm enjoying visiting. Today I'm hanging out with Amanda, her family, and Mom. We were going to have girl's night out tonight and Mom and Amanda should both be feeling better. If I've avoided the virus they've got, we can probably do it, but like I said above, I'm expecting to be sick about the time Watchmen starts. Tomorrow I'll either be attempting to recover or I will be in the Valley. I'm still planning on heading back to Seattle on Wednesday, but I'm going to have to play this by ear. Thankfully, this sickness they all have seems to be very short-lived (about 12 hours). Here's hoping I miss it entirely.
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I recently fell in love with arugula. I discovered it back on Valentine's Day when I made that fancy arugula salad for Justin. Now, maybe you've known about arugula for weeks, months, maybe even your whole life, but this was my first experience with it outside nasty bagged salads (on a side note, the nasty bagged salad madness must end). So every week I've been buying myself a big ol' box of arugula and mixing up variations on that Valentine's Day salad. My favorite was last week's salad with started with that bed of arugula and continued on with grapefruit segments, feta, and walnut pieces and finished off with a lemon vinaigrette that also contained mustard and parmesan cheese. I've got leftovers of last night's at home (similar to the above except with a ginger dressing and pecan pieces) and I'm dying to go eat it. Yum.

On Friday, Dominic and I are flying out to Seattle. We're going to spend the night with Seth and Anna outside Issaquah and then continue on early the next morning to Spokane where we will celebrate my mother's 60th birthday. Sunday - Tuesday I will be hanging out with the fam and will almost certainly make a trip to the LC Valley. If you're in the LC Valley and want to meet up, this is the place to speak up.

On Wednesday I will be taking off to [ profile] gement's house to spend some time with her and hopefully [ profile] arjache as well. Ril, are you still up for a [ profile] lapineken hunt?

Saturday the 14th will be the big get-together and will likely take place at Hi-Life restaurant in Seattle (time tba).

Dom and I are flying out early morning on the 15th, likely tired and cranky, but happy to have seen you all.
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I have purchased plane tickets for Dom and I to head to my home state of Washington on March 6. We'll arrive at the SeaTac airport at 2:00 in the afternoon, pick up our ridiculously overpriced compact rental car and head to Spokane.

On Tuesday or Wednesday (I haven't decided which) we will drive back to Seattle. My plans right now are to crash [ profile] gement's house and visit with her and [ profile] arjache (will also possibly attempt a [ profile] lapineken hunt with [ profile] gement and anyone else who wants to join in). I will also have dinner with the Truscotts on one of those days which has not yet been decided. So far no interest in the Forks trip by anyone able to go.

We will fly out on Sunday, March 15. This leaves Saturday night open for a big get-together if we have the people and a location for such a thing. I will probably go to a hotel for the night since we fly out early the next morning and Dominic is a bear if you wake him up.
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I'm beginning to make an outline for my itinerary for my trip to Washington in March. So far I have the following. Tickets aren't purchased yet, but as soon as this becomes more concrete, I'll buy them (they're cheap right now! Yay!).

March 6: Fly to Seattle, stay the night with Afton. If I can fly in early enough, I might drive directly to Spokane.
March 7: Drive to Spokane, attend mom's 60th birthday party.
March 8-9: Hang with family.
March 10 - 15: Unplanned
March 15 or 16: Fly to Cleveland

That's a lot of days free, so I'm looking to get a reunion of sorts together and I'm looking for all my old friends to join me.

We can do this a couple of ways. We can either all meet up in Seattle or we can all meet up in the Valley. OR I can party with the Valley people on the 10th or 11th and the Seattle people on the 14th or 15th.

Lastly, I'm toying with the idea of hunting down Ken at Crystal Mountain (this could lead to disappointment, so I'm not entirely sold on the idea) and also visiting Forks and La Push. If either side trip is something you're interested in, let me know because I have room for 2 (3 if we squeeze and have no luggage) more in whatever rental vehicle I'll get. If I go to Forks, it will likely be an overnight thing and you have to put up with me being a silly fangirl of a poorly written series of books. But the scenery should be pretty.

Ideas? Suggestions? Lodging?


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