For their annual vacation, Bryan’s parents rented a beautiful house at the Mountain View Country Club in La Quinta, near Palm Springs. (They got access to the house because Bryan’s dad works for Toll Brothers.) The dry, 100-plus-degree heat made sitting outside like baking in a sauna, but it actually made me feel very loose-limbed. As Bryan played two rounds of golf with his dad for a discounted greens fee, I read “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and cleaned up some work e-mails. Bryan’s mom also treated us to an hour at Mirela’s Spa du Jour. Sue’s facial was on par with the best she’s ever had and I was in a sweet daze after my attentive ylang-ylang aromatherapy massage. We wondered where all the water was coming from to prop up all this development (Northern California?), but clearly green sprouts where there’s green … We were happy that Karen and Jason were able to join us for one night. The boys grilled ribs in the backyard with a stunning view of the Santa Rosa Mountains and Bryan’s dad got to meet his grand daughter for the first time.