Napa seems like a distant memory.
I turned 37 in Baja California.
My hubby and I celebrated with a wine tasting tour of Valle de Guadalupe.
I loved the wine here.
I think we could have spent all day at Vinisterra. The tasting room operator kept opening bottles. Another family enjoyed a cheese plate. We toured the vineyard and chilled out on the patio, lounging in arm chairs made from wine barrels.
My souvenir: Vinisterra Macouzet – 2008 Tempranillo.
This is my entry for Photo Friday: Distant.
We paid $10 and drove down 17-Mile Drive.
Anatomy of a selfie. Sometimes, we’re not ready for the trigger fingers.
Lunch at Cafe Rustica.
Day 86 of 100 Happy Days.
I love weekend getaways to Monterey Bay.
We took our time on the drive down 101. We did some wine tasting in the Uvas Valley. I was pleasantly surprised by the wines in Morgan Hill and Gilroy.
We also had a blast playing bocce ball at Sarah’s Vineyard.
Sampled chocolate caramels and enjoyed the view on Fisherman’s Wharf.
I started with a smoky Negroni at Restaurant 1833. We loved the tasting menu.
Day 85 of 100 Happy Days.
Perfect weather for wine tasting and a picnic in Lodi.
In Acampo, Heritage Oak Winery has picnic tables next to the Mokelumne River.
Enjoying warm days in the Bay Area.
A walk by the Pacific at Mori Point.
Wine tasting at Alpha Omega Winery in Rutherford.
My entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Signs of Summer.
Our house is almost in order. I needed a break from unpacking.
We watched the sunset at Fort Funston. I love having the beach in our backyard.
My Friday included a brunch burger and bottomless mimosas at the Parkside Tavern. I discovered that a fried egg over a medium-rare chipotle beef patty is a yummy good thing.
I also added some shots from our quick getaway to wine country in Napa.
Counting down to our next adventure in Spain. I need to produce two more news shows.
Then my vacation begins! Woot!
Another sign of Autumn – fat, juicy grapes hanging on the vines.
I snapped these shots by St. Supery in Napa. We watched winery workers crush Chardonnay grapes as part of its harvest season.
Soon, these lush green leaves will change to gold. That’s when California’s wine country will bundle up for cold weather, sharp breezes and the beginning of Winter.
I thought this would work for this week’s Travel theme: Foliage.
While you were sleeping…
I worked on scripts and video in the newsroom. At 2:00 a.m., I look at the time on the app running my show rundown and wire services. It flashed 3:00 a.m. I look at my Droid X for another time check. 3:00 a.m.
Damn you Daylight Savings. Damn you.
I knew you were coming. I can’t stop you. I despise you when you sneak up on me in the newsroom. And I can’t forgive you for stealing an hour from my show prep time.
Outside of the newsroom, we spent a lazy Monday afternoon in Sonoma. Vacaville spoiled us with our 30 minute drive to wine country. We used to go every other weekend. Now we live about 90 minutes away from all those lovely wineries and vineyards.
Today’s view from my yoga studio.
I rolled out my mat on our patio at our bed and breakfast, the Inn at Mavericks. I worked on sun salutations. I closed my eyes and allowed the lighthouse gongs to center my breathing. When I bent my leg into tree pose, I stared at a billowing American flag, perched on a fishing boat. I breathed in salty sea air and good vibes. I breathed out frustrations and worries from my work week. I finished my practice with a smile, thinking about one Bali medicine man’s message to Elizabeth Gilbert in “Eat Pray Love“: “Smile in your liver.”
(Yes, the book is better than the movie. However, the movie didn’t suck. Julia Roberts rules.)
Now, the sun is trying to peek out over Half Moon Bay during our Memorial weekend getaway.
Over the last few weeks, my schedule in the newsroom was a roller coaster ride of responsibilities.
Last weekend, I tracked grass fires and fireworks for the evening news shows. During the week, I produced slideshows and logged a news conference on a scary house explosion for the website. I suppose it all adds up to a typical week for the gal who produces shows and web content.
When I survive the work week, I hit the road in search of new flavors and comfort food. Thank God for my hubby and friends who enjoy eating and drinking.