So I naturally slept like total
shit the night before we have a solid day of travel ahead of us; last minute laundry and blog prep kept me up until well past 3:30 in the AM
. As I was trying to finally crash out the wife woke unexpectedly and completely, wandering off to the kitchen to poke through a purse to see which one she was taking on the trip. Amusingly, the Yorkie
ignored all of this strange activity and just stayed in bed as if she wasn't getting fished into our stupid reindeer games. I woke on and off all damned 'night', not sleeping more than 20 minutes at a stretch and no more than 2 and a half hours total
before the alarm went off at 7:00. The wife was already (still?
) up, so we cuddled with the anxious Yorkie
for a few before we started getting things ready to pack up.
were to pick us up at 8:15 to head to the airport, so we grabbed down the luggage and started packing, with the pup alternately following one or the other of us around as we bounced back and forth from closet to bedroom to laundry room to gather everything we needed.
I was still trying to decide how everything goes into the new suitcase when the Beau
and the Mother In Law
arrived, so I kinda frantically wrapped things up and dragged my bag and rather overstuffed hanging garment bag out to the Jeep
for the ride to the airport.
dropped us off at the curb, then parked the vehicle while we waited around on a skycap that never came
, so the ladies and I finally said the hell with it and maneuvered things inside ourselves just to expedite things a bit.
We were soon on our way to a 2 hour layover in Las Vegas
, which allowed for a slightly
problematic meal in which the waiter returned to tell us first that they were only serving breakfast ( it was only 10:45), but then he came back after we'd ordered and agreed to wait for 11:00 to roll around, saying that their chicken was still frozen solid, so 3 of the 4 dishes we'd ordered were not going to happen. The In-Laws
had stepped into the nearby smoking slot machine area to have a cigarette and piss away some cash, so the wife and I made the command decision that we'd just substitute both of our dishes as well as the MIL
's with pork, because it was easier than going to another restaurant. As it turned out all of the food was good, and the MIL
never acknowledged anything amiss, so no harm, no foul I suppose.
We killed the next hour or so poking around the tourist trap shops in the terminal while the MIL
hit the slots a bit more, then boarded the plan to Oakland, California
On the first leg of things the In-Laws
had a free seat between them, and had sat similarly when we boarded the 2nd plane, hopelessly optimistic in the face of the packed terminal. We were sat behind them, huddled against the window because we'd accepted our fate of sitting with a random stranger, then a tiny Asian
woman asked to sit on the aisle seat beside us. She proceeded to basically try to climb up on the Beau
's shoulders as she fought her bag into to overhead compartment, which made both the wife and I laugh as he finally turned to look at this gal like she had ten heads when she got too far into his personal space.
The wife played around on her iPad
for the duration of the flight, so I got out the iPhone
and started working up the initial notes for this post because I didn't particularly feel like reading and I wasn't exactly sure how the time difference would effect me once we were finally settled in Napa
When we landed in Oakland
we made our way down to baggage claim and the Beau went to pick up the suburban that we'd be renting for the week while I looked after the ladies and gathered the bags as they eventually turned up.
We waited for what felt like forever, because the damned rental office was apparently in another county, but the Beau
eventually turned up and we were soon on our way, a couple hiccups in the directions aside.
|Reception Area At Meadowood|
All Done Up For
The traffic proved rather hellacious, though it finally started to calm down a bit as we got closer to the Napa Valley
area, then we finally made our way to Meadowood
, our little resort home the for the coming week.
We checked in and were shown to our respective rooms, given the various spiels about the amenities, then we kinda reconvened in the MIL
's room to confirm dinner plans, which was thankfully something at the club instead of anything involving more driving.
We all got ready for dinner and I noted with dismay that I'm still not 100% thrilled with the new suit I was meaning to wear as far as how it fits even after being to the alterations place. Oh well, I guess it's going to be something we fight with later, or there's been the threat of getting something tailored, but that seems like a ridiculous expense considering I don't wear the damned stuff that often.
We were scheduled to have dinner 'on-site' at the Michelin-starred Restaurant
that serves a 9 course meal that's even catered to account for any allergies or personal preferences that the party may or may not have.
The food was a series of near bite-sized portions ranging from appetizers to seafood, pheasant and a beef dish whose name escapes me, but suffice to say the wife and I enjoyed it all immensely. Honestly, the food was great overall, even though a few nibbles here and there were a bit sketchy, overall the presentation and general ambiance was amazing and the Beau
showed a surprisingly open mind about some rather 'out there' dishes that I figured a 'meat and potatoes' guy might turn up his nose at, but he actually seemed more up for it than the MIL
, which was funny. Hell, while she turned away the first
bite-sized appetizer the Beau
was eventually nibbling at the various fresh herbs that were growing in boxes on the table for decoration.
Since the time difference is significant enough to be kinda messing with us we all called it a fairly early night, just to try to be on the safe side, passing on the offer to tour the kitchen in favor of pajamas and bed.
We said our goodnights after confirming plans for a hot air balloon ride at the crack of dawn, then retired to our respective rooms.
The wife and I caught a nice long soak in the tub before calling it a night around 11:00 (which never happens) and I worked on the notes for this post and then crashed out fairly early.
Be seeing you.