Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fun with the Inlaws, Part 2

Try to imagine the worst Father's Day you can possibly have. First, we'll get rid of the key ingredient for Father's Day - the father. Next, we'll have you spend it with people who don't care for you very much and who drive you nuts. Finally, we'll spend it doing things that are of absolutely no interest to you. Yay! Fun! That's how I got to spend my Father's Day.

To begin with, TBIL and TSIL decided to ditch us for the day. They told Thatboy that they wanted to catch up with some friends who work during the week so "they can only see them today or next Saturday." Nevermind those are also the only days they can see Thatboy, or that the day happened to be FATHER'S day. That's not how they work.

TFIL decided that he wanted to start his Father's Day with mass, so the night before Thatboy and I searched for the nearest Catholic Church and mass times. Thatboy decided I should come too - which I agreed to, only if I got to pick where we went for lunch. So we awoke bright and shiny and headed to church. Well, I awoke bright and shiny when Thatboy kicked me out of bed to go on my run while he got to stay curled up in the covers. I won't share the evil thoughts about him I had during the first couple of miles.

After church we brought the inlaws to the Zinc Cafe for sandwiches and lemonade. The Zinc Cafe is a great choice for a light lunch. Everything on the menu is vegetarian, fresh, and delicious. The inlaws spent a good hour or so trying to figure out what they wanted. TFIL didn't want to share his sandwich, but TMIL wanted to split one with him. Eventually she won out. Thatboy and I split an egg salad sandwich with tabasco. I love egg salad sandwiches in the summer, and it's so much nicer when someone else makes them for you. Although I am trying to keep hardboiled eggs in the fridge, just in case.

We then headed to Balboa Park. Every Sunday at 2pm there's a free organ concert at the Spreckles Pavilion. Starting on Monday, the summer organ concert series began with free organ concerts on Monday evenings. I had tried to talk TFIL into attending the evening concert instead, because there's no shade at the organ pavilion and TFIL is very sensitive to sitting in the sun. He refuses to go to the beach, or sit by the pool because of the sun. But no one listens to me, so we headed out in the middle of the day to sit in the sun and listen to the organ.

The Spreckles Organ was donated to Balboa Park in 1914. With 4,530 pipes, it is one of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the world.

At some point, TBIL decided that he was a HUGE organ fan. Apparently he believes he knows everything about organs, so he decided to join us. The truth of the matter is, everything TBIL knows about pipe organs comes from his childhood pizza place "Pizza and Pipes" which featured a Wurlitzer. So he after the concert he tried to impress everyone from the organ society by asking if they knew of any "Mighty Wurlitzers" in the area. Seriously? You're standing inside one of the largest pipe organs in THE WORLD and you're asking about a Wurlitzer? Not impressive dude.

I mean really, check out the size of those pipes!

This is what they look like from inside the organ.....

We then took the inlaws to the area where Thatboy's photography is going to be exhibited and sold, if we're ever in San Diego during a weekend. Around this time TBIL was getting bored and wanted to head back to the hotel for a swim. We grabbed Thatneice and promised to meet them, but first we stopped and grabbed her an icee. We love spoiling Thatneice and Thatnephew with sweets since they don't get them at home. Sweets, loud instruments, and really messy toys. We're the best Aunt and Uncle ever.

For dinner we took everyone to our favorite local Chinese restaurant. We're really blessed to live somewhere where we are surrounded by really good restaurants. We like China Cafe because it's family owned and run, and you always feel like you're eating in someone's home. For instance, Thatneice got to help make the sizzling rice soup. Because it was Father's Day, we let TFIL and TBIL do the ordering which meant there wasn't enough food and they didn't make very good choices. It's a good thing this restaurant does everything well ;-) At least they were happy with the restaurant which is all that really matters. They thought it was some of the best Chinese food they'd eaten (which isn't saying much - they were very annoyed that the moo shu dishes weren't listed with the appetizers.....).

Thatnephew wishes everyone a Happy Father's Day!


  1. I know you don't want to hear it. But one day K you'll be sad you didn't make the most of it with your ILs when they're gone. And if you're not careful J will be bitter about it too. Life is too short.

  2. I know I've said this before, but you really do deserve a prize.

  3. Aren't Inlaws fun? I love BIL and SIL, but MIL? Not so much. Although, yours do sound worse!

  4. I can't imagine how difficult this Father's Day must have been for you. I hope you got to get a little time for yourself!

  5. Sorry about the first Father's Day without your Dad. Gosh, maybe having all the chaos was a blessing in disguise? Then again, maybe not.