Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Birthday Weekend in Tahoe

Kevin and I spent the weekend at the CalNeva to celebrate my birthday. It was a super relaxing weekend.    Before we dropped Yari off at the boarders we took him up a gondola at Northstar to do a short hike.  The next day we went paddle boarding and had dinner at Soule Domain, delicious as ever. I even won money at the casino. Everyone at our blackjack table gave me their bottle of wine cards when I mentioned it was birthday!

We found out that the CalNeva is closing in September for a year long remodel by the owners of Calistoga Ranch. Unfortunately that means we probably won't be able to stay there anymore so it made us appreciate the weekend even more.

I also left my laptop at home so I had long no-coding weekend. It's been a busy past couple months as I've made the transition from being a Front-end developer to a software engineer. More on that in this post.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

June Recap

Jamie enjoying a break from her new Mommy duty.
We went to Sausalito for our second Cornhole tournament.  Kevin and Collins were a team this year and my partner was Erik.  None of our teams made it to the finals but we all did better this year.

Jiri and Sherri had a beautiful wedding at Madrona Manor in Healdsburg. We ate a delicious dinner on the huge veranda.  We were definitely the party table -- vodka gummy bears anyone? :-)

A bunch of friends met us at the race track for an early birthday get-together.

In the eighth race everyone bet on "You're killing me Smalls"...

And WON!!!

Other June highlights included Bill and Jen's visit, Avett Brother's concert at the Greek Theater, Matt & Kim and also Heidi visit the Bay Area and celebrating my birthday at the Hotsy Totsy and Mallard.

Matt & Tony at Zeitgeist

Thursday, May 31, 2012

April/May Recap

The new office is right by Giant's Stadium in an area called China Basin.  The office is pretty much one long room with rows and rows of long tables/desks.  The kitchen is well stocked with tons of beverages and snacks and the freezer is also full of Its-Its and other frozen goodies.  We're also fed lunch AND dinners!

Our laundry room got a makeover when Kevin's parents came to visit.   They helped us conquer some of the house projects we've been putting off.  We also kicked off plans for our kitchen renovation.

More Spring Fun

Pink Floyd concert at AT&T Park
Fun with Yari

Mandy visit

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Recap

I felt very fortunate to find a new job pretty quickly and was able to delay my start date so I could go to Austin for SXSW. It was a huge effort to find a place to stay during the conference. Luckily my friend Ruth connected me to someone on Twitter who was also looking for a roommate.   I met a lot of new people and hung out with some old friends. 

Since I'm writing this in October and just re-capping the past year, here are the quick highlights:

-Meeting up with Ruth and dancing our butts off.
-Riding bikes to have dinner at Uchi with my old coworker, Mike.
-Seeing Seth MacFarlane promote "Ted" with Marky Mark as his special guest.
-Enjoying a Bloody Mary at the Iron Cactus with my hotel-mate Kim O. from Colorado.
-Anthony Bourdain's session on "Digital Debauchery."

After Austin I got to spent some time in Chicago. I finally got to see pregnant Mandy and meet her daughter.

Lisa also rallied Dan and Ducky to hang out. I continued onward to Ann Arbor to see Joc and Jake, even got to spend some time in the Arb, and I spent the rest of the weekend with Dana, Joe and the parents in Detroit.

This Van Gogh painting pretty much sums up the theme of the vacation.

The first day of the new job finally came and for the first 4 days I commuted about 1 1/2  - 2 hours each way to Burlingame.  Luckily they moved the office to San Francisco the following week.

I also snuck in a fun weekend in Tahoe before the end of the month.  Kim B. and Matt were visiting from Colorado so we rented a cabin that ended up being near the Cal Neva.  We had wedding pictures taken at this stump.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January/February Recap

Better late than never! 2012 is almost half over so I'm doing the quick recap...

Mid-January, I created a couple linocut postcard-sized prints for my friend's company. The Golden Gate Bridge and Sutro Tower were the themes of the postcards.

I also held a demo/workshop during their Waza developer event at Yoshi's. Definitely a fun experience! Other guest artists included a 3-D origami artist and a photographer with a Mammoth Polaroid camera. Todd designed a Fillmore sized poster for the Waza and the musical guest.

Devotchka performed at the end of the night.

I also lost my job at and spent the next couple of months looking for a new job and enjoyed the much needed break from working.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year - 2012

We had a very mellow New Year's Eve with one of the highlights being the purchase of a new front loader washer and dryer. Whoo hoo!

Next stop CU Sushi in Berkeley. It was cheap and good and filled the craving. So we remember: Philadelphia Roll (Cream cheese, asparagus, avocado fresh salmon on top) and the Green Monster (Shrimp tempura, masago inside avocado on top). They've got a lot of baked rolls for people who are so into the raw fish rolls.

Afterwards we joined the crew at Todd & Becky's house for an East Coast New Year's at 9pm. We left a little bit after that to spend Midnight at our own house. It was a really clear night so we could see the fireworks in San Francisco.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Another Christmas Dinner

We had too much fun on Christmas that the morning after yielded a few bad hangovers. Kevin made a ham, I made a couple veggie dishes, Andrea brought a broccoli cheese and rice casserole, and Becky came with her "ugly" balls. Then there was Sean who didn't stop pouring lemondrop shots made with rosemary infused simple syrup...