Friday, February 16, 2007

New York City?! *

The super secret mission? Accomplished!

I'm now sitting in weather around 70 degrees (F) and no where near the snow (sorry, Northerners). My morning run this morning consisted of hills and roads somewhere between the Verdugo and San Gabriel mountain ranges.

But let's back up a little, shall we?

Last night I flew, slightly incognito, into LAX. Well, okay, not incognito because that's actually what a lot of people at LAX do. I was more "hiding" from one person. Around 7:30 p.m. last night, I walked into the house of my sister's in-laws and stood in front of my sister, who was somewhere between a heart attack and a one-woman parade when she saw me come in.

We'd been keeping the secret for weeks and since she is an occasional blog reader, well I couldn't really mention it here, either. And I really really wanted to because keeping a surprise from her is one of the hardest things I've had to do.

After she screamed, I screamed, we laughed (and, okay, cried a little too) we sat down to dinner. After all, surprises trump food but only for a little while.

And the nephew? He's perfect, and huge and strong and adorable and hilarious. Expect billions upon billions of pictures to come!

Oh, and running here? At thousands of feet lower than home? Well that's some darn good oxygen. Dare I say, hills are even easier.

*That's funny. I would love, of course, to go to New York but I would totally tell all of you because I WOULD BE SO DANG LOST THERE IT WOULDN'T EVEN BE FUNNY and therefore, I'd need all the help I could get.


Ginger Breadman said...

Oh, how awesome! So cool to keep a surprise from your sister - and so worth it when you got to see her reaction. I hope you have a great time catching up, enjoy your trip, and have a blast running in the sunshine for a little while!

Dawn said...

Congrats on the surprise! There's nothing better than making someone's day.

justacoolcat said...


Nice work and I'm so jealous you are in Ca for the weekend.

While you are there maybe you could ask the Red Hot Chili Peppers why they say "California" atleast once in every new song they write?

skinnylittleblonde said...

Yay! Goodtimes, surprises, sisters, the seventies & good air!
Can't wait for pics of the growing nephew!

Sizzle said...

yay for sister and nephew time!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well done! That could not have been the easiest surprise in the world to pull off. It is so gratifying when that happens. Makes you want to become a spy or something.

Danielle said...

What a great surprise...and getting to warm weather to do it...a win win!!

runliarun said...

How cool to surprise her. Did you indeed have time to run? New York is awesome, and yeah, a bit confusing, and sometimes unnerving, and if you are like me it makes you want to live in the desert :).

Bre said...

Aren't surprises like that so fun?! I did that to my mom once and it took her at least 30 seconds to process that I was there with her and not in North Carolina like I was supposed to be!

GirlGoyle said...

Ohhhh...sneaky!!! Well enjoy la-la land. sure is a whole other world out there!