I got up shortly after 4am, finished packing, enjoyed some time with Balt and then made my way to Milwaukee. Balt gave me a look as I left like he knew I was ditching him, but I promised he could come for the Christmas holidays. I had a smooth trip to Los Angeles, beating most of the holiday crowds by traveling a bit early. There were no delays, no lines, no problems. My dad picked me up just in time for lunch. I drove through In N Out at the newly remodeled San Fernando location near the mission. It was quite a treat. I spent the afternoon with my mom, whose hair is growing out almost completely white- crazy. I went through what foods she had and which were needed and then we went grocery shopping. I came home and made home-made gluten free corn bread for the stuffing. I plan to cube and toast it tomorrow. California was hot last week but this week she's cooling off and getting ready for rain. Shoot! Still, I'll take a high in the 60's over the 30's any day. My mom built a big fire to warm us up, as she gets very cold easily. Her two dogs tried to keep me from missing Balt, but I know he'll be getting plenty of love while I'm gone! Tomorrow Monika and Jessi join the party and I can't wait!