4:00 am: through the last of my clothes in a bag, toss on a dress and cardigan, and run out the door.
4:25 am: take a seat on the 28X bus to the airport. Promptly pass out.
6:23 am: wake up just as the bus pulls into PIT.
7:10 am: take advantage of the free wifi and savor my last minutes online for a few days
8:30 am: wheels come up off the tarmac. Pittsburgh is particularly gross. Promptly pass out again.
9:28 am: make my first of many DD purchases for the week at the Newark airport. Coconut coffee + veggie egg white flatbread.
10:48 am: board my last flight of the day. Sleep for another hour.
12:08 pm: meet my sister outside of Terminal A. Hugs, snacks, and a frantic search for a restaurant on the GPS are all on the agenda.
1:48 pm: after finding a place to park (Boston is not a car friendly place. At least not for the cost-minded individual), we make our way to California Pizza Kitchen for a launch of soup and salad.
2:37 pm: another stop at Dunkin'.
5:03 pm: stop in at the Boston Public Library, which isn't nearly as impressive as the Carnegie Library in Oakland.
6:03 pm: realize that we are starving and eat at a great little Thai place for dinner. I spent ~$60 on food for the day, but every delicious bite was totally worth it.
8:03 pm: figure out how to pay for parking ($20!), make our way out of the city, and drive to Newport, RI.
10:08 pm: unlock the door to my Aunt's empty rented house and set up camp. She's moving out at the end of the month, but a bed, full kitchen, and more than adequate bathroom is all we need.
11:03 pm: Pass out.
11:58 am: wake up to pouring rain, eat bagels that my sister brought from Vermont while watching the third season of The OC, and shower.
12:53 pm: head off into town to get groceries and booze.
2:34 pm: eat salad and yogurt and start a movie marathon, courtesy of Red Box.
8:00 pm: another salad, but this time accompanied by a G&T and board games.
10:03 pm: give up on the Dora-themed board games of my 4 year old cousin and play a few different versions of Rummy.
12:08 am: pass out.
10:58 am: wake up to a cloudy but rain-free sky.
11:45 am: go on a bagel-fueled walk on the cliffs. The ocean is stunning without sunshine or blue skies.
4:33 pm: pack up the car and clean up all of the empty diet Coke and salad bags that we demolished.
5:35 pm: find a Panera to check email and get some much needed caffeine
6:45 pm: pick up Bertucci's pizza - surprisingly really good for a chain.
7:18 pm: see my Grandparents for the first time in over a year. My aunt, cousin, and her brother just moved in, too. It's a bit of a zoo (literally - they have 4 cats, a dog, bunny rabbit, and 2 birds among them) and kind of cramped.
8:35 pm: score a whole set of pans, plates, and 2 large mirrors from my Grandma. They were either going to me or the Consignment shop, so I just had to take them.
10:08 pm: watch a Lifetime movie. I really wish we could afford more than basic cable.
12:14 am: sort of pass out. I'm not used to sleeping with a Labradoodle on top of me.
5:00 am: wake up, get dressed, and inhale 2 cookies and a slice of cinnamon raisin bread.
5:35 am: roll out of Northborough, Mass.
5:55 am: remember that I forgot my makeup bag in their bathroom. It's too late to turn back if I want to make my flight given the traffic.
6:05 am: one final stop at DD for coconut coffees and egg white flatbreads. I may have gotten my sister addicted.
7:15 am: make it to Logan International despite rush hour traffic and a missed exit.
7:45 am: avoid being hassled at the airport because I'm wearing leggings and a tunic. Seriously, those X-ray vision machines are a little too invasive.
8:00 am: more celebrating - free wifi!
8:35 am: board the plane and sleep until I'm back in NJ.
10:01 am: grab a salad at the food court and make it to my next flight with a minute to spare.
10:39 am: manage to stay awake on the flight and make my way through most of Lauren Conrad's LA Candy - I wouldn't recommend it, not even for mindless summer reading. I think I lost some brain cells in the process.
12:05 pm: grab my bag off the belt.
12:20 pm: snag a bus back to Oakland.
1:48 pm: walk through my front door to be greeted by 3 KITTENS (story to come later).
2:55 pm: get down to the Carnegie Museum for a 4 hour shift in the Quarry.
7:25 pm: meet my friends at Mad Mex for a much deserved Big Ass margarita - $10 for 18 oz of Mango Bliss.
9:08 pm: a little bit poorer and more than a little drunk, we snag a bus back home.
10:00 pm: more KITTENS.
12:30 pm: pass out.
How would you feel if 3 kittens found their way into your house (just temporarily)?