Very importantly, C and I got to spend a lot of time together and engage in conversations we haven't had in a long time. It was something I realize we needed and I think it sets the stage for real improvements in our relationship.
After returning on Friday the 21st, we stopped by the in-laws to see the new baby (C's brother D and his wife A had their kid Aj while we were in Hawaii). He's quite the cute little bug! I then went to Borders at about 11pm to get our pre-reserved copy of HP7.
Oh my, what a mob scene. I stood in a long line to get a wrist bracelet that put me somewhere in the third group of 300 people and started the long process of milling about and waiting in line. At midnight they started selling and the long-long-long line started slowly moving. To the credit of Borders, they did some in-line sorting to put the wristbands in their proper place. Once they started selling, it was slow at first then the pace picked up a lot. A little before 2am I walked out with a copy of HP7. I went home, and read for 30 minutes (I had realized while in line at 1:20am that I was really doing this for me). Finally, I closed up and went to sleep as I had a flight the next morning.
Saturday 22 was: fly to Texas (and read HP7 en route), go by Nana's and have dinner, go home and confirm kids being packed, and crash.
Sunday 23 was: up bright and early (for 7am flight), fly back to Sac, get things organized for work the next day. I spent most of the day thinking it was much later than it really was ("it must be dinner time - what, it's only 2pm?").
And thus endeth the wild three weeks of travel. Back to the real world.