OK - so last weekend (Aug 20th) cruz531
's cousin Chris got married. Chris's folks (Aunt Judy and Uncle Frank - Cruz's dads younger brother) and all three of his brothers (Jerod, Brandon & Patrik) came into town for this.
This was the first time I had met Jerod since he now lives in NY. Chris lives in Fremont and we have run into him at the last couple of BayCons. I last saw Aunt Judy, Uncle Frank and Patrik 4 years ago when we went to visit them in Tucson. Patrik was like 5 at the time and had a broken leg - he doesn't remember us from then, but that is ok.cruz531
's Aunt Judy is crazy and wonderful and loves me and Cruz utterly - apparently we are her favorite niece and nephew. Part of that is directly tied into the fact that Judy is about 10 years younger than Frank - and when they got together apparently the family, as it were, really didn't do a lot to welcome her and were VERY suspicios of her, and downright mean by all accounts. Everyone except Cruz was like this - he accepted her immediately, and that has stayed with her. And even though I have often not been certain what most of Cruz's family thinks of me, I have NEVER been in doubt with Judy. She loved me from the moment she first spoke to me on the phone - cause she is the LAST person to ostracize someone AND cause I am with Cruz (who she calls "her baby"). She's just an amazing person who is dealing with a TON of health stuff. She has RSD (reflux sympathetic dystrophy) which made her permanently disabled at the age of 29, she also has full blown Lupus, and some other stuff I don't even know the specifics on. And she not only has to take care of herself, but also Uncle Frank (who got the genetic short straw health wise and has started developing Parkinsons, is in a wheelchair, and has numerous other things going on) and she has their youngest son Patrick (who is 9, and has ADD and could easily manifest a bunch of the same health stuff). Their next up son Brandon is like 19 and has Rheumatoid Arthritis AND Lupus - so yeah, bad juju health wise.
But with what she's got going on I know it's hard enough - add two other people completely dependent on you? Wow - she's one of the strongest people I know. She used to be a paramedic in San Jose, drove an ambulance and all that.
So - they came and stayed with us Friday night (don't even ask how we got THREE more people in our house) and that didn't work so well so we put them in a nearby hotel on Saturday night. They wanted Patrik to see some of the City - so we went to Pier 39. Turns out Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) was there doing an autograph stunt so we got to meet him (my second time actually - I met him like 30 years ago) and we got to do some shopping and see the Sea Lions and just have a tourist day. And you know what? I may hate SF - but it was nice to just burn the day and not worry too much about stuff. There is a Bare Escentuals/Bare Minerals store there and I let them do some demo makeup on me - its nice and really does the natural sunblock thing.
We then went over the Golden Gate bridge to go to cruz531
's brother Brian's house in San Rafael. We stopped on the Marin side of the bridge so Patrik could see it - it was COLD and overcast and WINDY and I LOVED it - my favorite weather. Once we were at Brians we met up with cruz531
's Mom and her boyfriend and we had a week late First birthday party for our niece (Brian's daughter Bella).
Then we came home cause we were all DONE and dog tired. Sunday was a short trip to Children's Fairyland in Oakland and I spent some time doing some beadwork (which I have not done in AGES) and when Judy and co. got back from Fairylan they watched the video of our wedding (cause they couldn't come) and then went to Judy's mom's house in fremont.
So yeah - when you hear me mention that our weekend was derailed due to family - that's what I mean. Not in a bad way - but we did not expect them to stay around for so long after the weekend.