3.17.2014

That Damn Parade

MJ suggested we spend his last day at home doing a picnic since his flight to Germany didn't leave until 8p.  Even if I was all done packing if it was me I would have needed the day to think about packing and I would be too anxious for a picnic but MJ is different then me.  He doesn't worry.  We loaded up our picnic supplies, stopped at Albertson's for snacks and then headed for our favorite spot in Balboa Park.  The only problem was that we couldn't get there.  There were roads blocked off and detours every where we turned because of a St Patrick's day parade.  Why is there a St Patrick's Day parade?  It's not a national holiday.  Maybe I was just annoyed that it thwarted our plans, but I seriously don't understand why such a parade even exists.

We drove in circles until we finally figured out a way to get into the park and then couldn't find a parking spot so we went with plan B.  Mission Bay.  It's near the water which means that it was probably going to be chillier but we were determined to have our picnic.  There was plenty of parking but then when we opened the trunk we realized that the wine had leaked out of the plastic container.  It was an ENTIRE bottle of wine.  What a waste.  When you think you are going to have wine on your picnic and then find out that you are not it's very disappointing.
Windy City
It was close to 80 degrees at Balboa Park but it was cooler by the water as expected.  The sun was bright and warm but the wind was chilly.  I put on MJ's sweatshirt that I found in the back seat.  We soldiered on and ate our picnic snacks sans wine.  I pulled up the other side of the blanket to cover our legs and we laid there in the sun holding hands.  It's always nice to be outdoors and I'm fine as long as we are together, so it was a nice picnic but between the loss of wine and the chill factor we've had better.
Chillin in the Sun
We left around 1:30pm and had a few hours to relax and for MJ to finish up some packing.  I think that sun did me in because I could barely keep my eyes open for the rest of the day.  MJ loaded up his luggage in my car and then the unthinkable happened.  He couldn't find his wallet.  He remembers having it in the car when we left the Park so we have no clue what happened to it.  We turned our house upside down over an hour looking for it.  It was nowhere to be found so MJ called off the search and called the travel agent to get his flight rescheduled.  He has two separate passports but no military ID means no military travel.  He spent another hour cancelling credit cards and e mailing about the change of plans.  We hadn't eaten all day so I went out and got us the under 500 calorie black bean bowl from El Pollo Loco and donuts.  MJ specifically requested them an I agreed that a day like that definitely called for donuts.  I finally had my wine and then we fell asleep watching Anchor Man 2.  That movie is funny but really silly to the point of being so ridiculous that I probably could have done without watching it at all.  We woke up on the couch and I couldn't believe it was only 11:30pm.  It felt more like 4am.  

I'm glad I get to keep him for a little longer but losing a wallet is always a bad thing.  It really wasn't our day.  And it all started with that damn parade.

On a side totally unrelated note I wrote this entire post standing up, including picture downloading and collaging.  I have no idea why.

19 comments :

Sunny said...

Oh my goodness, that turned out to be quite the picnic! We'll at least you get a little more time until your hubby leaves. Enjoy your extra time with him!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I hope his wallet turns up, but just enjoy the extra time with him ;-)

And why does the sun tire us out so much? I laid out for a little bit yesterday and was exhausted the rest of the day after doing.. well nothing haha...

Paige (The Last Doughnut) said...

There is no worse feeling in the world than losing your cell phone or your wallet. It sounds like you guys handled it calmly and didn't get overly upset about it. I would have been running around frantically like a crazy person!

Susannah said...

Even with all the changes and yucky things that happened (yes, losing a whole bottle of wine is yucky!) it sounds like it was quite a wonderful time. :-)

Karla FNW said...

Oh wow! I hope he finds his wallet. It's the worst feeling in the world to lose that! And oh my gosh.... I have spilled wine before and it's the worst! But it seems like you both made the best of it. I want 80 degreesss!

Kelly Louise said...

maybe he dropped his wallet in Albertson's? you should call there and ask if they found it.
if that whole parade and wine thing happened to me, i would have been like THIS DAY IS GOING NOWHERE GOOD! days like that, where everything goes wrong, are days that i wish i never got out of bed lol.
i'm glad you got to keep him a little longer though :)
also, Anchorman is one of my fave movies of all time and Anchorman 2 was a big giant lame disappointment.

Brittany said...

Oh that's terrible about his wallet! I'm so sorry. I laughed so hard at the last line...you're a funny girl! I've never written a post standing up...don't even know if i could...I'm impressed at your talent!

cashanamusings said...

Sorry to hear you husband lost his wallet I can only imagine the pain it caused. I am like you, I do not like to do much when I have to travel. I worry to much and if I have to fly I am a wreck! I live in the South and I do think I have seen or heard of there being a St. Patrick Day parade. I don't celebrate the day and I purposely wear anything but green on that day daring someone to invade my personal space. LOL!

Faith said...

That sucks big time about the wallet! That is one of my fears because I hold so many important things in there. I think that because you both still got to hang out before MJ leaves it was a successful picnic.

I did not watch Anchorman 2 because I just figured that it could not be as good as the first. The previews just didn't look that good.

I haven't written a post standing up in so long ;)

Lauren W said...

A picnic sounds like such a fun and romantic date :) I'm so jealous that you were able to wear shorts (even if it was a bit chilly) - it's freezing, snowing and dreary here right now. I can't wait for spring/summer and the warm weather that comes with it!

Hope MJ's wallet turns up!

Tomes Edition said...

You guys are so cute "laying down holding hands". I hope he find his wallet soon but i'm sure you are enjoying all the extra time you have with him.

Jacqueline Hough said...

I hope MJ finds his wallet. I'm glad y'all got to spend a nice day together!

Kim Jackson said...

No noooooooo! Not the wine!!!! LOL. But seriously. I'm sorry you had such a weird day! But you have such a positive attitude, and the best thing about days like that is when they are over. xx

TheTinyHeart said...

Aww oh no, that definitely was NOT your day! I hope his wallet happens to turn up!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
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Law_Fal said...

Oh no! I hope everything worked out with the wallet! That's such a hassle!

Allie said...

Looks like you had a nice day :)
xo,
Allie
www.sparklesandstilettos.com

Jenny said...

Those damn Irish and their damn drunken parades...Sorry because I am one of those people!! Haha..xo

The Lady Okie said...

Ha! "it was a nice picnic but between the loss of wine and the chill factor we've had better." Too funny.

Janna Renee said...

Oh NO! Losing all that wine would be horrible! Glad y'all made the best of it.

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