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I'm currently trying to find a tent campsite for either tonight (preferable) or tomorrow night (if necessary) within about 50 miles of Santa Cruz.

The state park website is utterly unhelpful - it says that there are no spaces available at any of the campsites. This is not implausible - it's graduation time and the beginning of summer vacation. On the other hand, it's possible that there are plenty of open spots, but they're marked as unavailable because of the short notice.

The KOA has openings tomorrow, but that's $56 a night - we may as well just find a hotel.

Anyone in the area (or not, for that matter) know whether the state campgrounds are likely to truly full and/or know of any private campgrounds that don't charge an arm and a leg?
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I should be asleep. I have to wake up in 6 hours, and tomorrow is a fun fun day of train and bus rides. Whee!

I hate the end of vacations. I hope to take a vacation sometime where I can just stay until I'm really ready to leave. In this case, that would probably be another 3 days or so - enough time to visit with a few more friends, and go to the zoo once the holiday crowds have died down a little. But Leif and I miss [livejournal.com profile] koyote, and I expect my dad, Leif, and I would go a little stir crazy unless I managed to keep Leif out of the house every waking moment.

My dad visits garage sales frequently. Maybe I should request some age appropriate toys next time we head down for a visit. It's so much easier at my mom's - Leif has several stepcousins around his age, so they're both somewhat childproofed and decently stocked with entertainment.

This particular trip was better than usual, though. I actually got to socialize (with [livejournal.com profile] tangodiva and Margret). Wow. I think this is the first time in years I've had a conversation longer than 5 minutes with a Coronado person (actually located in Coronado at the time) who wasn't a teacher.

I walked by my old house this evening. It was remodeled into a McMansion after we moved out (more than 15 years ago), which always seems weird to me. The house behind it is still the same, though. They even have the same tree (a type of bottlebrush tree, IIRC) with distinctive smelling leaves. It's kind of a peppery, citrusy smell. When I was a kid, I'd break one off and scratch and sniff it whenever I walked by. Sometimes I'd even chew them up - it tasted kind of good, but left my mouth feeling kind of chalky. I did it again today. It didn't kill me back then, after all.

I was thinking during the walk about how I find it much easier to walk without a specific destination here in Coronado. Maybe because it's easier to breathe here. Maybe because if you walk ten blocks in pretty much any direction, you hit the ocean (or the street I grew up on). Maybe just because I did it all the time in high school, and developed the good associations, and I just haven't done that in Davis yet.

Or it could be the weather. We had a bad winter storm today, and 50% of the day was quite pleasant to walk around in a light jacket.

The high school auditorium was torn down, as were my illusions that my grandfather was the one who painted the weird puzzle piece seagull mural on the front. My dad says it wasn't him. I'm not sure which is more upsetting, not that either really places high on the life trauma scale.

I should know better than to write at midnight. I write weird stuff.
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I don't feel like updating.

Leif and I are visiting at my mom's house. The keyboard sucks, so please excuse any typos I don't correct.

We're supposed to go to San Diego tomorrow, but my mom is sick, so I'm not sure we'll make it.

I wonder if Leif is weaning. I can count the times he's nursed since we left early Tuesday morning on one hand, and he actually didn't want to nurse before his nap this afternoon, and fell asleep on his own, which I don't think he's ever done when he was with me and not in some form of transportation (car, stroller, baby carrier, whatever). It's possible that he has certain associations that were broken by going someplaces else.

I went out on my own this afternoon. I went to a coffee shop and drank a latte and ate a sandwich and finished my book. Then I wandered around stores and a library. Whoo. I saw the oddest thing in a women's clothing boutique - a fleece spaghetti strap tank top. Huh?

Leif is currently watching Finding Nemo, and seems to want me to come over and hold him, so I suppose I will do that.
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The trip to Davis went pretty well. Leif slept 3 of the 4 flights. The other flight (second half of the flight to Sacramento) was pretty bad - we were stuck on the runway at O'Hare for about an hour before taking off (Big surprise. I don't think I've ever had a flight out of O'Hare that wasn't stuck on the runway for an hour) and Leif got a little antsy during the last hour and a half or so. Then he fell asleep as we were landing. Go figure.

The Whole Earth Festival was pretty amazing. I've never been all that into it before, but it's an entirely different experience when you're a parent who's been living in Virginia for a year. Moms lie around in the grass breastfeeding their babies. Most of the babies are held a lot of the time, even if the parents brought strollers. Many wear cloth diapers.

Such a strange contrast to here.

I guess that's what happens when the entire hippy population of the Bay Area and Sacramento Valley descends on an area the size of a city block.

Leif wasn't feeling very well a lot of the time. He had a pretty miserable time on Friday, developed a bit of a fever, and then ended up being constipated most of the weekend (yes, we were trying to keep him hydrated). Poor guy. I feel bad about dragging him around everywhere like we did, but I doubt that staying at our host's house would have been any better for him.

Despite all that, my family still thought he was the most good-natured baby ever. It really makes me wonder about other babies when people tell us how wonderfully behaved he is when he's at his worst.

Pictures will be up when I get around to it.

This past week has basically sucked. It's been oppressively hot, and Leif's sleep schedule is all thrown off from jet lag. Yesterday I had a really weird sickness - headache and nausea for a few hours, and then it went away. At first I thought it was caffeine withdrawal, then the nausea hit, and I thought it was the flu. And then it went away. It wasn't dehydration, but could have been heat related.

Leif may have had a bit of it, too. He was awfully fussy, and wanted to be held constantly. It's just so much fun trying to take care of a fussy baby when you're sick yourself.

I haven't heard anything of the infamous 17-year cicadas, which I suppose I should count as a blessing. I'm guessing that this area has been torn up within the last 17 years, so we don't have many. Leif and I may go down by the creek later and see if I can find any.
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The good - We go to Davis on Friday! [livejournal.com profile] koyote found cheap tickets, and decided to take us for Mother's Day and the Whole Earth Festival.

This was supposed to be a surprise for me, but [livejournal.com profile] koyote sucks at keeping surprises secret :) Plus he figured that I'd be pissed off if he woke me up at 3:30 AM Friday morning to go catch a plane.

My mom and stepdad are driving up, which is also supposed to be a surprise. Perhaps my brother will show up as well. I have vague memories of [livejournal.com profile] koyote saying he was going to, but that may have been a dream.

Luckily, the weather is supposed to be cooler than it was earlier this week.

The bad - [livejournal.com profile] silkensteel is taking the cats today. This is primarily for health reasons ([livejournal.com profile] koyote's allergies, and Jenna came near to scratching Leif's eyeball yesterday), and we really should have done this back before we moved, when it was obvious that [livejournal.com profile] koyote and I were going to be staying together long term, but I still feel like the worst pet owner ever.

I know that this is necessary. [livejournal.com profile] koyote needs $300 (pre-insurance, thankfully) worth of meds per month to keep his asthma under control (not entirely due to the cats, but largely), and was in the ER once a month before he got decent insurance coverage. Keeping him alive is more important than keeping the cats.

And honestly, they'll probably be happier. Leif torments them (though they still love him - I find them curled up at his head while he's sleeping), and since he was born, we haven't been providing them with as much attention as they like to have.

I still feel terrible, like the dog owner in that email forward, who gets a dog in college, and then gradually abandons it as she gets a job, family, etc, and eventually puts the dog to sleep because it's too inconvenient.

I suppose we're a little better than that, since we're giving them away, not sending them to the violin factory.

I'm wondering how Leif will react. He loves the cats (even if he expresses it rather roughly). I don't know if he's aware enough yet to really notice they're gone.

The neutral - I want to make another baby carrier before leaving for Davis. Not sure I'll have the time. With [livejournal.com profile] silkensteel here, perhaps Leif will be distracted enough that I can get something put together.

I'm not sure what to do about diapers for this trip. I don't want to use disposables the whole time, but I don't want to fill up our luggage with diapers or do laundry constantly. I suppose I'll bring along our 5 motherease diapers and some training pants (since they're smallish) and 2 prefolds for nighttimes. That should do while we're in the house, at least.
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So here we are in Davis.

It's strange being back, but also feels like we never left, because it's so much more familiar than Virginia.

It's weird being in a place where a good portion of babies are carried in slings and other people breastfeed in public.

It also made me realize how odd it is to have a large percentage of the population between the ages of 18 and 22. I feel old here.

We haven't seen all the people we wanted to see, which is a bit depressing, but that's life.

I found some organic pumpkin pie flavored baby food at the co-op, so Leif gets Thanksgiving dinner! Or dessert, anyways. They also had turkey and vegetable flavor, but since we haven't done much with solids yet, that's probably too much to try at once.

He ate a slice of banana the other day. He's been throwing fits when I eat anything, so when we went to Ben & Jerry's, I got a banana royal and shared the banana with him.

Leif did great on the plane flight - he slept for half the time (long enough for me to watch most of Charlie's Angels 2. Weird weird movie), and was pretty quiet the rest of the time, though a bit bored. He also slept the whole time on the train.

Tomorrow we take the train down to southern California to visit my mom's side of the family for Thanksgiving.

I miss Davis. I wish we could stay here, but it lacks good paying jobs and reasonably clean air.

When I was 14 or so, I used to watch seaQuest, not in small part because of Jonathan Brandis, who played Lucas. Yet another in my string of crushes on geeks (or people who played geeks, anyways). He apparently killed himself the other day. So yeah... not sure what to think about that. He (and seaQuest in general) were one of the bright points in my life that year, at a time when I was starting on my depressive/suicidal phase.

Here's what Wil Wheaton says. Not surprisingly, I'm not the only one who associates the two of them. They played similar characters (seaQuest was widely considered to be StarTrek underwater, and Lucas the Wesley of seaQuest), and I had crushes on both of them.

Must leave the cafe and go visit people...
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I'm a bit confused as to how to pack for this trip.
Babble about the million things we need to bring )
I'm still trying to arrange a petsitter. I don't think we have any firm plans on where we're staying the Bay Area, or when exactly we'll be there.

I had a dream the other night that we somehow forgot to bring anything with us. I bet I have a dream within the next few nights that we're trying to leave the house to go to the airport, but keep getting sidetracked. I always have that dream before traveling.

If anyone in the Bay Area or Southern California is interested in getting together, please tell me so we can finalize our schedule. The Bay Area is the main part that's up in the air. We get in Thursday the 20th, early enough that doing something in the afternoon or evening isn't entirely out of the question. [livejournal.com profile] koyote is working on Friday. We're heading to Davis somewhere between Friday morning and Sunday morning (I may leave before [livejournal.com profile] koyote, depending on whether anyone in the Bay Area is desperate to meet Leif. I'll be in Southern California Dec. 1-6.
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During early pregnancy, I was a bit sad because I couldn't go on rollercoasters (not that I ever got the opportunity).

During late pregnancy, [livejournal.com profile] koyote took a corner too fast in the far, and I realized that there's no way anyone could get me on a rollercoaster, even if I was allowed.

We went to Six Flags today. It was an AOL sponsored trip, which was neat. If we hadn't bought all sorts of Marvin the Martian junk, it would have been an entirely free trip. We'd planned to take turns going on rides, but [livejournal.com profile] koyote's nose was acting up, and he didn't want to, so I ended up going on them all by myself.

I like the thrill rides well enough, but my favorite ride is the flying swings, which is really quite tame. Just chairs on chains, swinging around. I could ride it for hours (except that the chairs aren't terribly comfortable). Seriously, I love it. It's one of the few things that really encourages me to live in the moment and just experience.

Actually, the scarier coasters do that even better, since they don't leave any room for thinking about the experience. They tend to not be terribly relaxing, though.

We got a caricature done of the three of us, which we now need to get framed. The baby doesn't really look a thing like Leif, but oh well. Babies don't exactly have a lot of distinguishing features.

Leif is now officially huge. We were talking to a mother with a small baby, who she said was 3 months old. She was tiny. Leif looked like a giant beside her. It was a bit startling, since he doesn't look particularly big on his own.

Leif was an angel most of the time. He had fun just watching everything and occasionally sleeping. He cried for maybe five minutes out of the four hours or so that we were there. I was amazed.

Before Six Flags, we went to Burlington Coat Factory and did most of our cooler weather shopping. I got a wool jacket. It's big enough to zip over both me and Leif when he's in his sling, though it looks a bit silly that way, and somewhat too big if I'm not wearing him.

They apparently have a different definition of large than I do. I'm currently wearing a large shirt. It fits fine. Their large stuff is way tight, and the button-down shirts won't button across my New Improved Breastfeeding boobs. Unfortunately, I didn't bother trying things on in the store, so we now need to make a trip back.

Leif has new clothing, too. Now people will not give me nasty looks for taking him out without long pants. Baby khaki cargo pants for $5.00! Yay!

We have a hurricane heading this way. It should hit on Thursday. Weather.com calls it a "supercane". I have no idea what to expect from a "supercane" in this area, so we're making preparations.

We are trying cloth diapers for nighttime tonight. This is a new experiment. We now use cloth almost exclusively while at home during the day, and disposables at night and while out. Hopefully I can cut out the night disposables.
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Gah, so much that I need to catch up on...

Vacation was great. Very busy, for the most part (which is the main reason I haven't posted recently). I honestly don't think a much better vacation would have been possible (barring the invention of instantaneous travel...)

Vacation Details )

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I think I felt [livejournal.com profile] lemurbaby kick tonight, and have been feeling the same when I lie quietly over the past week or so. It's early (12 weeks), so maybe it's just wishful thinking or a misinterpretation of intestinal gas. It's not a physical sensation like anything I've felt before, though.
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Since [livejournal.com profile] livyanne is impatient... :)

Reading my previous entry first will make aspects of this less shocking and more understandable, so please do so :)

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This weekend, [livejournal.com profile] koyote and I are visiting my family in Southern California.
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[livejournal.com profile] koyote and I took the train to Jack London Square in Oakland yesterday. It's a touristy little shopping area, similar to the Ferry Landing or Seaport Village in San Diego, or Pier 39 in SF, or probably any other random waterfront touristy area. Despite being only a few hours away, it was a good escape from Davis and the whole inland thing.

We rode the train, bought unhealthy overpriced food that neither of us is supposed to eat, stared at boats, browsed through Barnes&Noble and generally had a nice time. Amazingly enough, it was warm enough to go around in a sleeveless shirt until near dusk.

Today I feel much more relaxed, though exhausted. In fact, I should really get to sleep about now so I can manage to wake up for evil 6:00AM Tai Chi.

However, stopping writing means that I must go retrieve laundry. I figure that if I do two loads a night, I'll be all caught up on laundry by the 19th. That's the day classes start again, which means I'll fall behind again. I never used to hate laundry, but the relentless tide is has become is disheartening.

Remind me not to have kids until I move somewhere where I have my own washer and dryer. Two people is bad enough, especially since the machines only take quarters.

If it weren't for fall semester, I'd have a 4.0.

I wonder if my Incomplete will remain an Incomplete forever, or eventually change to something else, further dragging down my GPA.

*yawn* Time to stop babbling, go tackle the evil laundry monster, and sleep.
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Last night I dreamed that I was going to some literary conference in Virginia for work. However, they wouldn't let me in, so I decided to go to Australia instead.

First I went to Perth, but I didn't know anyone there. I ended up staying with some lady and her daughter who I met at a candy store while looking for cool Australian candy. Then, since I didn't know anyone in Perth, I decided it would make more sense to go to Melbourne, because [livejournal.com profile] theducks and [livejournal.com profile] ender were there.

I went to the travel agent, and she told me that I should go to Melbourne, because flying to Melbourne and then back to the US would be cheaper than flying directly from Perth. I told her that this was good, since I'd intended to do that anyways. However, I couldn't get the tickets because of the higher security since Sept. 11.

Then I realized that [livejournal.com profile] theducks was in Perth, not Melbourne, and I woke up.

Just thought you'd find that amusing, [livejournal.com profile] theducks
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On [livejournal.com profile] theducks's request - the story of my trip to the DC meet.
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Those of you who know me most likely have heard the story of my travel adventures surrounding the DC meet in 1999. Well, getting to San Diego definetly rivalled that, in terms of things that can go wrong...
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