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Elisa's New Car Plan & Trip Planning Update
I feel like the weekend just flew by!
Me and the girls had a fun day together yesterday. Originally, I was supposed to go Birding at Wave Hill in the Bronx, but, in light of my girls wanting to get a few clothing items for our upcoming Disney trip this week, I postponed this fun outdoor adventure for their next Birding event on March 10th.
As for yesterday, we spent three fun hours walking and shopping throughout the Roosevelt Field Mall.
It was a very well planned and timed shopping experience, but we hit all the stores on their list, purchased everything they wanted and did it in the time frame (literally to the minute) that we had allocated.
First stop was H&M, where the girls each got a number of new tee-shirts, sweaters and blouses and casual jackets.
Then we visited Forever 21, where Kelsey got a denim skirt, to complete one of her fashion outfits! Next stop, Godiva (not on our list, but, hey, I needed a chocolate fix), where we got dark chocolate bark.
Gianna found out that the James Charles palette was back in stock at Morphe, and with the gift card I gave her for Christmas, she snagged one, before heading to our last store. Kelsey needed black tights, so we popped into Calzedonia, our last stop.
When we arrived back home, I made a healthy pasta dinner. Yup, I roasted veggies (carrots & parsnips), then I sauteed them with kale and broccoli and added my freshly made tomato sauce! It was super good over the penne. Fun family Sunday!!
Today, after dropping kids off and picking up a few items at Stop & Shop, I had an appointment at the Ford dealership.
Currently, I drive a Hyundai Santa Fe, but my lease will be up in about 7 months, and being the planner that I am, it's never too early to begin the car search!
So, I'm pretty sure, I'll be leasing a Ford Explorer 'again' - as this was the last car I drove prior to the Hyundai - and I really loved it!
Thanks to my long-time salesman, Dowdell Carter, I am confident I'll have everything I want in my next car at a terrific price!
In travel news...
Sicily planning and booking is moving right along All of my hotels are booked for the entire trip. Now, I'm just following airfare, awaiting a great rate!
We are completely ready for Disney, for which we leave this Saturday. I'm partially packed, but another hour and I'll be completely done. Just need to get the girlies crackin'.
Hope your Monday is the start of a great week!
Last minute day trip to Mount Baldy part 2
Good day all!
I had a few things to take care of this morning and when I went outside I had noticed that there was frost on the cars. Definitely not typical here in SoCal.
It got me wondering about the weather, because I honestly didn't feel even a bit chilly.
I did see (amongst the list of my current cities that I've been keeping an eye on) that we were only 4 degrees warmer than the temps in NYC and I noticed that Vegas was the same temp as NYC!
Of course the coldest place on my list this morning was South Lake Tahoe which is where we are headed to in 12 days.
Mt. Baldy came in at 23F and that is where our little last minute day trip yesterday took us.
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Last minute day trip to Mount Baldy part 1
We led the way in bumper to bumper traffic as we caravanned up the mountain. Cell signal was poor at best. Jet, Andrew, Chaplin and Cosette were in the car behind us.
We had eventually passed a sign for local info and road conditions on an AM radio station and tuned in to find out that traffic could be expected to take 3 hours from the exit on the freeway up to the snow play area!! YIKES.
Traffic was so slow that at one point I was able to get out of the car as the snow was coming down and walk up to their car in order to relay messages. The driver (Andrew) and each of the passengers badly had too pee - there was no place to stop.
Andrew was also almost out of gas and Jet was feeling a bit of anxiety because of it - completely understood!
I ran (looking like a fool) back to the truck to catch up with Dave and Dominic. I let them know the situation and at this point we had all hoped that the village (which was another 2 miles up the mountain road) would have a gas station.
It may have a taken a while, but at least I've learned my lesson when it comes to mountain driving and fuel...
Lessons from a Detour!
We moved as though we were crawling for the next 2 miles and then arrived at the small little village. There was no gas station.
All of a sudden as we approached the end of town Michael had run up to our vehicles!
He, Violet and Mika were parked outside of a pub waiting for us.
They had attempted to drive further up the mountain and to the snow play area only to begin losing control of the car and sliding dangerously on the road.
Luckily he turned back and stopped to wait for us in this parking lot.
We had all pulled in and a number of our group ran in to go pee.
With no chains (aside from our truck), no gas stations and traffic galore it was decided that we should go no further. Allow the kids to get out and play around a bit, stretch our legs and then head back.
This was Chaplin's first time experiencing the snow and the girlies had much fun.
The temps weren't that low, which was good because although I had brought winter clothing along - I wasn't wearing any of it and my poor little hands began to freeze.
This was good practice for me to remember that I need to pick up rechargeable hand warmers for the actual COLD.
Hopefully this fun day trip will be rescheduled on a day that has no traffic and that works for us all.
When we got home I really just focused my attention on London eats and reservations for our upcoming trip.
It's Monday and so it's one of the busiest days of the week for me. Plus tonight I've got a rather intense board meeting that hopefully doesn't run late.