I'm in Arizona. I'm here for a number of reasons. I was initially coming down with my brother, Brent, to visit my Aunt and Uncle Pat and Glen Crookston, last month but with the beginning of Spring Training and baseball, we couldn't get any room at the place we usually stay.
So we boosted ahead to this month and found that the week we chose was LDS Conference Weekend, which traditionally is miserable weather, Easter and touted the last day of Spring Training which I blogged about yesterday.
I love being in wonderful weather when the weather back home is miserable, but somehow, people back home resent the heck out of us. It is gorgeous here however. But that notwithstanding, there are some drawbacks:
1) We missed Easter with the girls. We did, however, receive the photos which you see with the girls on their new bikes and their helmets properly affixed and a promise that they can ride to our house if Julia watches them ride down Lake Bridge Road and we then watch them ride the rest of the way down Oquirrh Lake Road. We then got to have Easter Dinner with Ben which is something we've not been able to do in a long time and got a promise from him to come to Thanksgiving Dinner next year and a semi promise from his friend, Susie, that she'll come as well. That's great progress and a good trade-off.
2. I miss Conference on TV but we'll have that recorded when we get home and I'll have that then and on Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoons, I enjoyed conference via the Tweet World or Tweeternacle (#ldsconf) where everyone tunes in to Tweetie and write what they find to be significant comments from the current talks and what they have to say about it. It's really fun and quite an experience. I loved it and made some new Twitter friends. I really lost nothing and gained in that.
So what happened in the net gain/loss world? I gained! I am warm for the first time in a long time, a few people are a little miffed that I've escaped the cold but they'll get over it. I enjoyed Conference doubly, I've seen Ben, met Susie, and not crying uncontrollably as I likely would be if I were home in the cold and snow. And tomorrow I go see Pat and Glen for lunch.
Thanks, Az, for being next door.