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Being that my wedding anniversary is on Veteran's Day, I've made an effort to get out of town almost every year since Michael went Home. I'm afraid of sitting at home feeling sorry for myself. November and December are kind of hard. Getting away is a good distraction.
This year, we went with my mom and dad out to Julian in eastern San Diego County. I wanted to experience a "taste of fall" - fall color, cooler temperatures, etc. There was some fall color, but the temperature was still in the 70s.
It was a pretty low-key trip. Julian is a cute little town, but we didn't spend any time there. Our Gingerbread House was so charming, and our time there so short, that we stayed put. My Aunt Maureen, Uncle Jim, and cousin Zack came out to have dinner with us on Sunday afternoon. By that evening, Michaela had a fever. So, our plans to ride the nearby train the next day were cancelled.
The drive home through some of the California Indian reservation lands was really lovely. We stopped at one of the many casinos for lunch on the way back, and I donated ten dollars to a couple of slot machines.
The weekend was over before I knew it, and had I survived another difficult date on the calendar.