Considering what the primary reason for my trip to San Diego was I had a really nice time. When we arrived Thursday my girlfriend Erin and I went to my favorite San Diego pizza place (DiMille's!) with my mom, brother, and brother's girlfriend, then to Balboa Park where we went to the Museum of Man (and I got this sort of creepy receipt. At least you get a discount on Student Torture!) before going back to our hotel for the night.
Sunday Erin, my mom, and I went to Old Town San Diego for some Mexican food and to hang out. We all pooped out pretty early but it was fun anyway.
Finally, on Monday Erin and I mostly sat around Balboa Park and enjoyed one last day of cool, sunshine-y weather before we headed home late that night. I even got to try a sample of a Blind Lady Alehouse beer named Spirit of the Dead, which to date is the first beer that I've ever liked! I wish I'd had time to sit and enjoy a pint but by that time it was almost time for me to return the car, sadface. Next time I'm going to set aside time to try some local beers, though!
As I said, overall I had a great time considering the reason for my visit. I tried to turn my trip to San Diego into a vacation in which I happened to attend my grandma's funeral, and I left with a lot of positive memories along with the negative feelings. It really helped that my mom gave us some free passes to the San Diego Zoo as Erin loves zoos (and so do I!) and the zoo day was a hugely positive experience for both of us before a very emotionally draining day.
I wouldn't have been able to make it to San Diego to go to the funeral and get that closure without your help, so even if you were "only" able to help by sharing it was more helpful than you think, and thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.