Thumbs up: Parent’s Weekend. We had a great visit and I loved walking around campus. I hope my son likes the school’s vibe as much as I do:) It almost makes me want to go back to college. Almost.
Thumbs up: Shopping. We got done what needed to get done. And, yes, we had to go to two different Costco stores to get what my son wanted. And Bed, Bath & Beyond. And the grocery store. And a slew of little shops on one downtown street, where he found shoes and a new shirt.
Thumbs down: Sprint. We went to the LA downtown store four and a half times in two days. (The half is because we had to return after dropping off the phone the first time to be repaired. My husband and I disagree as to whether that counts as a separate visit or not.) Long story. Hopefully the happy ending is that my son’s “new” refurbished replacement phone works this time, unlike the repaired phone that stopped working a half hour after he returned to campus, necessitating visits number three and four.
Thumbs up: Halloween costumes and college students. Makes for very interesting people watching. And costumes in warm LA are quite a bit skimpier than what you see in the Midwest.
Thumbs down: Rock and Roll Weekend. Bad timing for us. First, there was a rave taking place outside the Shrine Auditorium, a block from our hotel, from 6pm-2am Friday and Saturday. The music was loud enough to rattle things on the walls in our room! Thumbs up for sleeping pills. Thumbs down that the weekend also came with a marathon that was going right by our hotel and meant we had to move our car the night before we left or be trapped in the parking lot, unable to make our flight. Thumbs up for my husband who went out four times that night in search of street parking.
Thumbs wondering who came up with these things: Bacon wrapped hot dogs. Apparently a tailgating staple. Have you tried them?
Thumbs down: Costly housing. We looked at some apartments for our teen to move off campus next year. Yikes! Expensive. Thumbs down that he seems to prefer luxury LA living over bachelor pad grunge. And speaking of grunge… thumbs up that we got to see his frat house. .
Thumbs priceless: Time with our son. Even doing errands. Or waiting in line at the DMV. Or in the car.
Thumbs down: LA traffic. Where is everyone going at all hours of the day and night?! Thumbs up for my husband who navigated beautifully.
Thumbs up: Medical screening results. The university’s pharmacy students were offering some medical screenings and I was pleasantly surprised to have normal bone density readings. (I don’t like milk and don’t take calcium supplements.) My non-fasting glucose levels were fine too, but that I’d expected.
Thumbs still out: Our new tablet. This deserves a whole post of its own but suffice to say our new toy might not be as useful and “tech-challenged friendly” as I’d hoped. Not so great for blog writing and editing, for sure. But way smaller and lighter than our laptop.
Thumbs down: Blog error. On the plane to LA it occurred to me that I had made a mistake in talking about stores on my post published that day. It drove me crazy that I couldn’t fix it then and there! And thanks to the uncooperative tablet and our busy schedule, it was a couple of days until I got to make the change. My inner perfectionist was very frustrated at first, then just went almost zen with it.
Thumbs up: Swag. I love free stuff. My favorite take-aways from Parent’s Weekend are our new mugs from the School of Engineering.
Thumbs spirited: USC football. All I can say is “wow.” Walking through campus and seeing all the tailgating, surrounded by throngs and throngs of cardinal and gold attired fans, traveling en masse towards the coliseum, was something to experience. Thumbs down that more than one stadium person misdirected us to finding our nosebleed section seats. We literally walked around the entire stadium to get to them, back past where were we first entered. Thumbs up that the long walk caused us to arrive so late that we didn’t want to climb over several seated spectators so we dared to sit in empty “front row” seats that were never claimed. Thumbs down we were so far from the field that we watched the game on the jumbotron until we gave up and watched the rest from our hotel room on TV. Thumbs up for the excitement of triple overtime. Thumbs down for Stanford. Sorry Tish and Jan.
Thumbs down: Neck crick. I either slept on it wrong or wrenched it by walking so much with a bag slung across my body. Either way, I could barely turn my head for two days.
Thumbs up: Slippery shrimp. My favorite food on the trip, at a Chinatown restaurant. Yummy. Thumbs up for Kris who answered my social media call asking for restaurant suggestions.
Thumbs down: My eating in LA. The two-hour time difference really did me in. I ate a “snack” at what would have been my “regular” meal time, feeling hungry, and then had a meal with my son at his normal lunch and dinner times. And, thumbs down that dinner time with him and his friends was after 8pm. Thumbs down that the frat didn’t give them the weekend off from pledging to hang with parents. Thumbs up for my “on track” eating since I’ve been home.
Thumbs up: Stretch seating. Hubby and I splurged on the way out and got seats with more leg room. He’s 6’4”. We were so spoiled that we stopped at the airline’s ticketing desk after deplaning to inquire about getting it on the way home too. Thumbs up that a very nice agent upgraded us for free!
Thumbs up: Home again, home again, jiggity jig. A few days was long enough. Once again, I’m very glad to be home with my routine and my own bed and my desktop computer and my elliptical and my afternoon green bean fries and…
Note: Apologies to Sheryl Crow, Midwestern gal gone LA, for bastardizing her song for my title today.