We took a very brief summer vacation trip to San Diego earlier this week. We stayed two nights in a nice little hotel called The Dana (appropriate, huh?).

We had a great time at Sea World. We went for 1 1/2 days. Jessica never got too fussy during the shows, when she had to sit still the longest, and even when she didn't really understand that the swimming animals were what everyone was looking at, she still enjoyed flirting with anyone whose eye she could catch and joining in the cheering and applause.

The first night was a little rough with her. It's been a while since we had her in a hotel room (6 months), and a lot has changed. Also, this time there was no closet or anyplace to put her crib that was out of sight of the bed in the hotel room. So it was all very new to her: we put her down in a strange place, in a pack-and-play that is not her usual crib, and then we didn't even leave the room. She wasn't pleased with this arrangement. Dana and I ended up sitting in the dark on the floor on the other side of the bed. After she settled down, we got out our computers, and ate room service by the light of our LCD displays.

The second night was many many times better.

All in all, a great trip. Lots of Sea World, a little swimming, and a painless car trip both ways. Could have used another day of vacationing, but better to leave wanting more than to get to that "I can't wait to go home" state.