Oops, I did it again.

We had been traveling with our daughters for 10 hours now en route from Baja to our home in Central California. It began with an hour car ride to the airport (but not before we scoured the house where we stayed and packed up our scattered life into two large suitcases right after breakfast). The two hour wait to board our plane, which was delayed. The additional 2 hour wait to board our plane, the two hour flight to LAX, the hour in customs, the shuttle ride to our car, a stop at the evil empire-Starbucks, and then we embarked on the 4 hour drive from LA to home. The kids responded well to our bribery and when all the smoothies, gummy bears and chicle (Mexico gum) had worn off, they finally crashed out in their car seats. The clock read 9:37 pm and traffic had finally disappeared as we barreled down Highway 101 towards home.
It's amazing the things you realize when stretched to your limits of exhaustion...Did you know that "In n' Out" is open until 1 a.m. on weekdays? And 1:30 am on weekends? That they also have a secret menu that is not on their order screen with code words and everything? For example, on this particular evening we learned that the football players from Arizona who were crammed into every booth in the restaurant hunkered over mountains of greasy food prefer to order "The Four By Four". An item you will not find on the menu but is, in fact, an actual meal recognized by the Official In n' Out Kitchen. Also known as "The 4x4", this hamburger consists of four meat patties interstacked with four slices of cheese. Another item John and I discovered as the clock neared 10 pm and we scarfed down french fries and coffee in our final travel hours, that today is July 14th, the middle of summer, almost August, nearly harvest, July 14th....July 14th, OUR ANNIVERSARY!!!!
Yep, after 8 years of marital bliss, we completely forgot our anniversary with only 2 hours left to celebrate. The things you realize when stretched to complete exhaustion.


Hit 40 said...

We need an in and out burger joint in Ohio. I hear that they are fabulous!!!

JO said...

Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you had the awesome and relaxing vacation you deserved! Glad you're home.

H said...

Wow, sounds like a great trip! What a perfect place to chill with your family.
That's funny you both forgot your anniversary - although you could say the trip was an 'anniversary trip' in hindsight
Waiting to see pictures :-) Did you rent a house or stay in a bungalow?