My weekend flew by in a whirlwind.  I can’t believe it’s Monday already.  How did that happen?

I worked.

And I tackled household cleaning projects, did lots of laundry, ran some errands, went grocery shopping, did blog and computer work, cooked, did my fair share of dishes, and other similarly thrilling domestic chores.

I also bought our airfare to Aruba

We’re leaving in early December with open-ended return tickets.

Who knows if or when we’ll return to California.

Aruba beach and oceanKidding!

(gotcha for a second)

We do have return tickets.

Windsurfing and kitesurfing stands

But the thought has crossed both Scott’s mind and my mind to just not return and live in our house there

And let the hustle and bustle of life here in California go on without us.

And drink mango watermelon juice from the Green Hut.

Green Hut Snack Food and smoothie bar

With this view, it’s tempting.  Trust me.

Malmok beach with post and chains

But life, work, and duty calls back in San Diego.

And I do love San Diego and where I live, and honestly think I’d go a little batty and stir-crazy after a few months on the island

san diego street with palm trees

Or at the very least would miss Trader Joe’s terribly

Trader Joe's storefront with palm treesI was able to get two of our tickets using frequent flyer miles accrued through my credit card miles and one ticket we paid for.

Airfare now through the holidays will just keep going up and up, and frequent flyer dates will get blacked out, so I’m glad I handled it now.

Because come December, we’ll be ready to be here

Aruba beach with beach chairs and blue ocean

Handling travel plans

And noshing on Caramel Apple Bars were a few highlights of my weekend

Caramel Apple BarsAnother highlight was they were ‘Gawked and ‘Tasted

Caramel Apple Bars stacked

And finally, the winner of the Case of Odwalla Bars Giveaway is:

Erica

“omg! This is Josh’s favorite flavor! He’d go nuts if we won! Pick us! ;) I like mojo bars and homemade bars as well (I just typed bras haha). Hope you have a fantastic weekend”

Congrats, Erica (and Josh)!

Questions:

1. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?  Any special highlights?

2. How far in advance do you purchase airfare or book your travel?

We used to do spontaneous trips when it was just Scott and I.  We’d go to Napa for the weekend, or Tahoe, or Vegas, or even farther away destinations, but we were flexible and able to travel very last-minute and take advantage of the internet travel deal sites and specials.

Sometimes leaving last minute works in your favor on price.

Sometimes, like with holiday-season travel, leaving last minute almost ensures that you will overpay. 

Or that tickets on your preferred travel dates will be sold out.  There are only so many seats and flights on those coveted flights a few days before and a few days after Christmas and the airlines know this and price things accordingly.  Sigh.  Or everyone else buys the tickets you want.

So with holiday travel, I book a 2-3 months out.

Going anywhere for the holidays this year that you know of already?  For either Thanksgiving or Christmas?

If you’re just catching up on posts from the weekend, here were mine since Friday:

Have a great week!

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