Monday, January 19, 2009

Compliments of Greenhouse Gases (And the In-Laws)

Okay, now I'm just rubbing it in.

80 degree days in January. Compliments of greenhouse gases. And the in-laws. Because we spent this past weekend in this lovely little casita up in Calistoga.

Just a small affair really. A surprise birthday party of a weekend for my mother-in-law, complete with sprawling estate, a pond, swimming pool, 15 person hot tub, outdoor fireplaces, facials, fountains and family galore.

Did I mention the rollicking lawns, perfect for cousins playing catch? Here's the littlest vato, my petunia faced girl, trying to be one of the boys:

And what mansion would be complete without trails leading nowhere but there?

And its very own ruins?

It was a splendid weekend, in the grand tradition of the Kennedy's, sans scandal and the odd lobotomy.

So yes, I'm rubbing it in, my weekend. The sun. The swimming and the warmth and the greenhouse gases. I'm rubbing it in and hoping it keeps me supple.


So if you want to get me back, I completely understand. Just wave your paycheck in front of my face. Show me your mortgage that you can still pay, flaunt your 401k, medical, dental and who knows? Maybe even vision.

I'll just be over here with my own eyes closed, la la la, pretending I'm still in Calistoga, pretending that my weekend was not just a rental.

17 comments:

Erin said...

Wow, that is quite the surprise party. Good job, Derek! (I'm assuming that's who arranged it). I am jealous of your amazing weekend. I don't have anything to rub in your face in return, so I"m just going to live vicariously and imagine myself in a villa in Calistoga as well.

Weitzell4 said...

I have one to rub in your face... we're going to Athens Greece in March, with daily excursions included, leaving two kids at home! (also compliments of the in-laws.... we can still pay our mortgage, but I have no job, our health insurance sucks and my husbands job will be ending at the end of the year). Looks like you had a great weekend.

Megan said...

How fun!

Petunia said...

How nice for you! Only happiness that you got away from all the day to day stuff, nothing to rub! Your baby girl is cute as a bug!

Maggie May said...

so much fun!!!

monkey said...

whatever.
i can rub the fact that my cat just crapped on the carpet for the first time in 11 years in your face if you want.
i'm just jealous because i lovelovelove calistoga.
i'm pretty sure my cat would never lower herself to such extremes in calistoga.

Miss B. said...

That lil' vato is killing me with that pose in the hot tub--classic..

scarletvirago said...

Ooh, that's a tough one. Especially as a former Sonoma county native, so I know exactly what I'm missing. Also, I have no job either.

But I'll see your 80 degree January, with hot tubs and green lawns, and raise you a three year sojourn in Germany, relocation courtesy of the US Army. Granted, it's not Calistoga, but I'm thinking I'll get my fair share of ruins, too.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

What an awesome weekend! It looks like a beautiful setting for a relaxing time.

Robin said...

Looks like a wonderful weekend. Rub it in all you want, you deserve fun and sun with your family. That last photo of you & Zoey is especially sweet.

Baking With Plath said...

That place looks so lovely and I can never get enough of Zoey - she is perfect!

Chessa! said...

sounds like a wonderful weekend away...to get REALLY away.

Patois said...

We're enjoying that same weather here in Marin. The only downside is our little summery break appears to be ending over the next few days. But that's okay 'cause we're headed to drive to the snow for the weekend.

Love that place you were at.

amber {daisy chain} said...

DREAMY! and what a fab weekend - the weather was so nice. glad you guys had fun, xo

zakary said...

Look at sweet Zoe posing in those sunglasses! What a fabulous time.

Vanessa said...

Go ahead, rub it in! You deserve it, but I want you to think of the rest of us on the east coast freezing our tooshies off! Pity me...

Samantha said...

Who paid for all of this? I wish I had rich relatives. Sigh. :)