A week from Friday we are going on a family trip (from hell). First stop San Francisco to visit my brother-in-law and his family. Nice guy but extremely inconsiderate. His head is stuck up where the sun don't shine. To give you some background, when my twins were 5 months old he begged us to visit. He promised he would rent cribs, get baby food and diapers etc. After a long flight from NY with babies he was an hour late to pick us up and then revealed he hadn't gotten anything we needed. We had to stop and get the cribs and food on the way to his house. The rest of our visit was a disaster. He hasn't changed much in 8 years. Next stop Las Vegas for a business conference. We checked w/ our hotel and the babysitting service they use charges $35 an hour w/ a minimum of 4 hours!! Totally insane and I refuse to pay it. I will be anchored to my 8 year old twin sons(I love them but they will drive me nuts) for those 4 days. Next stop Sun City West, AZ to visit my in-laws. Oy vay! It is a retirement community where no one can see over the steering wheel and everything closes by 8pm. My in-laws don't get around very well (an understatement) and my father-in-law is a bit out of it (another understatement). Last time we were there he was driving me to the gym and he backed right into our rent-a-car and broke the tail light! That was 4 years ago and my husband has put off going back b/c it is such torture. Oh, and did I mention that my mother-in-law is a chronic liar and alcoholic? Super! 2 of my friends are doctors and they have already offered to hook me up w/ intravenous valium I definitely will deserve a handbag after this. This is one time I can't be a glass half-full optimist.