So at the very last minute,
My good friend texted me to let me know that his mother in law was flying the entire family up for as a surprise gift for his wife's (also my friend) birthday, which happened to fall on Thanksgiving Day this year. Also within his text was an invitation to join them. I contemplated the opportunity and told him I'd let him know and that me going was me pending some work stuff I had to finish up before literally jetting out.
Well...I was able to close out the tasks at hand and head on out to Cali yet again, lol.