Because of course a meat thermometer is a deadly weapon. Just like that bottle of water they made you throw away. Unlike, say, a ballpoint pen, or knitting needles. (Help, someone stop me, I'm applying logic to airline security procedures!)
So yes, we are in fact packing for San Diego. Flight is late tomorrow morning; we return on Sunday afternoon. The cooking implements are for the big Christmas dinner that we're helping to make on Saturday -- it's our first time cooking for the whole clan without T's dad to direct traffic, so wish us luck. I'm not bringing my laptop, but I will have my iPhone. This is the first time I've traveled with the phone, and I'm interested to see how well I can use it to stay in touch. I have no idea what reception is going to be like at my mother-in-law's place, though, so if I disappear for a few days, that's why. Wish me luck. All around.