Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

Golden Gate DetailsWell, it’s Stephanie’s birthday today (Sat, 1/26). And it’s friggin’ cold in Anchorage again (currently 10F). But we’re still going to brave the cold (but sunny) weather to go shopping today. Stephanie doesn’t know what we’re shopping for, but I do.

Meanwhile, a year ago this week we flew off to Seattle, San Francisco and Santa Barbara for a vacation. That was a lot of fun. We did that instead of going to Hawaii, which we thought would be more expensive and less interesting overall.

And during that trip last year, Stephanie got a bit of a birthday surprise — a brand new MacBook! It’s rare we do such extravagant birthdays, but she needed a new computer and wanted to go Mac.

Some of our photos from last year’s trip are on Flickr — just click the image above to see more. I even put captions on all of them. Naturally, we shot a lot more photos than are on Flickr, but didn’t want to bore people.

This year, no January traveling. But I’m off to L.A. in February and we’re both off to San Diego in March. We’re even meeting up with family in San Diego and tooling out to Palm Springs, too. More photos later, huh?

Early November trip south is set

Beginning Friday, November 2 at 9:42 p.m. (Alaska time), we begin a week-long trip south to visit family in upstate New York and western Massachusetts.

We’re flying to Albany (via Minneapolis and Detroit) and will touchdown just before noon on Saturday the 3rd.

We’ll then take off from Albany once more at a bleary-eyed 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, getting home around 3:30 p.m. We’ll reverse the trip exactly: Albany > Detroit > Minneapolis > Anchorage.

Amazingly, this four-airports flight path was the only affordable way to make the trip. Anything with just two legs and three airports cost far more money than the (already outrageous) $1,300 we’re spending on airfare alone for this itinerary. Gotta love how extra miles and extra fuel actually cost less to the consumer. Sure, I get the economics, but still…

Meanwhile, back home… We’re planning on getting a live-in house sitter to watch over the pets and eliminate any snow from the driveway. Yes, snow.  Wanna sign up?  There’s a big screen TV, XBox 360, Wii and free Internet access just waiting for you, slugger.

Wish us luck. Here’s hoping for a little sumpin’ extra during my TSA pat-down. “No, that’s most certainly not a gun in my pocket. I really am happy to see you.”