Yesterday, robot_grrl was able to confirm which of the 2 four-day weekends I have off in December and January she'll also be able to get off. She then promptly (well after getting home and doing a couple of other things) got us tickets to fly to New Mexico.
We'll be visiting the family there over the New Years weekend for a quick trip.
One thing this trip has already done is reminded me of the odd fact that in the winter it looks like it only takes 10 minutes to fly from Phoenix to San Diego. Of course in the summer I think it only takes 20 minutes to fly from Albuquerque to Phoenix, but its going to take longer in January.
I've gotten us signed up for Southwest's "Early Bird" boarding passes, so we've got a decent chance of getting a decent seat -- unless everyone else on the flights are also "Early Bird" boarders.