Not even pausing for a single night's sleep in my own bed, I got home from the airport and helped Alison load up the car with kids and gear. Really, I didn't do that much. She had everything ready to go when I walked in the door. She handed me Scotty with instructions to put him in the car. Of course, SHE contends that she also handed me her suitcase with all her clothes/running gear. I recall no such hand off, but more on that in a minute... After catching a quick glimpse of my home, we were off to the Sheraton Anaheim and Disneyland so that Alison could run the Disneyland 5K the next morning. After an uneventful, traffic-free drive to the OC, we arrived at the hotel and began to unload kids and gear.
Somewhere during this chaos, Alison asked (in a bit of a panicked tone) "Where is my suitcase?"
"Suitcase?? What Suitcase?"
Then, in a more panicked voice: "The one with all my running gear that I handed to you by the front door and told you to put in the car!" she gasped.
"You didn't hand me a suitcase. You handed me a kid in a carrier!"
"I handed you a suitcase too!!!"
"No you didn't!"
"Yes I did!!!"
Because I could tell this was going nowhere fast, I decided to listen to my husband's sense of self preservation and bite the bullet.
"Okay, after dinner, I'll drive home and get it."
Crisis averted. Hey, what's a few more hours on the road?? No big deal.
We met up with Kati Sears for dinner, a friend of ours who had signed up for this run with Alison. We had a great dinner at Catal, a Patina group restaurant at Downtown Disney. Alison and I have dined here a couple of times, and it's a pleasant upscale escape from the tourist mess that is Disney. After a couple glasses of wine and an excellent meal, we headed back to the hotel and I prepared to make my dreaded round trip. It ended up being not too bad. KROQ was in the middle of a flashback weekend, and my mind was kept occupied singing along to tunes not heard since my high school days. Doctor Green Thumb by Cyprus Hill anyone? It was about midnight by the time I made it back to the hotel, absolutely exhausted.
Somehow, we were up at 4:30AM to get going. Alison headed out to meet Kati, and I got the kids up and going. The kiddos and I made our way over to Disneyland to get a good spot to see the girls run by. As it turns out, the course winds its way through the park, and finishes in California Adventure. We were let into a spectator section near the finish line, and I selected a great spot to get some good shots of the runners. I got some REALLY good ones of Alison! Hehehe!
Hey, this is getting pretty long and I'm kinda tired! I think I'll make this a 3 part series... Stay tuned!