What Money Can’t Buy

Last week’s Spring Break is over. Whew… Although as parents we felt our wallets rupturing, a good time was had by all — especially in those moments we weren’t paying for. 

Snacks for the road: $17.54

Extra gluten-free road-fare for you-know-who: $13.00

Pre-departure tank-up: $63.00 (no kidding)

Movie rentals for the backseat-installed DVD player: $34.00

Sound of hubby’s and my own voices as we actually chatted in perfect peace: Priceless


Tram tour of the Benziger Winery: $45.00

Small bribes to keep children happy while we enjoyed wine tasting: $9.00

Supplies for picnic on lush winery grounds: $41.00

Being asked above the happy din of wine-sloshing picnickers, “MOM, HOW DO YOU SAY ‘DIABETIC’ IN GERMAN?!”: Priceless


Adjoining rooms in ecologically correct family hotel: ca. $300.00

Dinner for five at pretentious California-Italian restaurant with wine-barrel decor: ca. $160.00

Less pretentious desserts from hotel hallway vending-machine: $2.50

Making a human chain and jumping in the frigid swimming pool together at 8am: Priceless



Admission to Calistoga’s Old Faithful Geyser Park – $22.00

Pellets to feed ornery goats and llamas – $6.00 (in quarters)

Lunch for five at local taqueria: $37.47

Loads of smiles, and an average blood glucose of 90 mg/dL four days in a row: PRICELESS



5 Responses

  1. landileigh
    landileigh April 4, 2008 at 10:54 am | | Reply

    oh amy! i wish i’d known you were up in my neck of the woods, i could have gotten you “locals” discounts!

  2. CALpumper
    CALpumper April 4, 2008 at 1:34 pm | | Reply

    Priceless Amy, good for you!

  3. Courtney
    Courtney April 4, 2008 at 3:27 pm | | Reply

    for everything else there’s mastercard?

  4. Kelly K
    Kelly K April 4, 2008 at 5:21 pm | | Reply

    Sounds like a great time was had by all, glad to hear it!

  5. Olga
    Olga April 10, 2008 at 10:53 pm | | Reply


    And my conclusion: more vacation for better control! heck, you should file a claim with your insurance for these “diabetes management expenses” ;-)

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