Until this weekend, that is. I got to head up to Northern California to see my family. I did my usual Thanksgiving trip, leaving here on Wednesday and coming back on Monday. That was four full days up there, and I had a wonderful time. Thanksgiving day, we were at my brother's rental home, and we hung out the other days as well. Games were played. Turkey was eaten. And I even got to play some ultimate Frisbee one of the days.
The fires were a couple hundred miles away, but the air had been bad in town. Fortunately, it rained on Wednesday as I was driving up, so the hair quality was much, much better.
And I got to stop and see my best friend and his family in Fresno on the way up Wednesday. It's harder to connect then it used to be, and I haven't spent much time with his wife and kids recently, so it was great to see them. I tried again on Monday, but it didn't work out.