100 Happy Days: Lodi Wine

May 19th, 2014

Perfect weather for wine tasting and a picnic in Lodi.
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In Acampo, Heritage Oak Winery has picnic tables next to the Mokelumne River.

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Photo Friday: Signs of Summer

May 2nd, 2014

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.

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Dreaming about my weekend

October 3rd, 2012

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 Weekend
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!

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Travel theme: Foliage

October 2nd, 2012

Another sign of Autumn – fat, juicy grapes hanging on the vines.
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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.
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I thought this would work for this week’s Travel theme: Foliage.
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Return to Wine Country

March 14th, 2012

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.
Under Construction: My newsroom
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.
Wine with a view!

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Dancer poses by the pier

May 30th, 2011

Today’s view from my yoga studio.
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.

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A little bit of everything

July 9th, 2010

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.
Take Out Art

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With glowing hearts we see thee rise…

September 19th, 2009

The work week is over. Thank God. Now, I’m recovering from a stressful week in the newsroom by going over my vacation pictures.

I suspect I’ll need another break from work. Soon.

On our Buffalo trip, I gave my new passport a workout. This one has my married name on it. Sadly, the border guards didn’t feel like stamping it with a Canada stamp. In retrospect, I should have asked for one.

Bizarre Question at the Border: What do you do for a living?

I think I saw the border guard raise his eyebrows when I squeaked out: “News Producer.”

Wine Tasting in Canada
Hooray for our moms! Terri and Linda took the girls to the beach while we went on a day trip to Niagara-by-the-Lake with Kaine and Missy. Plus Mark rocked as our DD for our personal wine tasting tour.


I was tickled to add some tasty red wines from Jackson Triggs and Hillebrand wineries to our collection.

Crowded by the Falls
I also had to see Niagara Falls again. This tourist spot on the Canadian side has become a pilgrimage of sorts for my Buffalo vacations. The misty air feels refreshing on a hot day. The majestic views are free. I’m happy to join the lemmings who are snapping away at one of the 7 Wonders of the World. It’s still a thrilling sight for me. I’d love to take my parents here some day.

If you’re reading this via RSS or Facebook – check out the photo slideshows on my blog.

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On the Niagara Wine Trail

September 12th, 2009

My first week back in the newsroom felt like culture shock. At 2 AM, I discovered our station was at the heart of two major news stories – Jaycee Dugard and the Auburn Wildfires. I did my best to get up to speed. And as one producer likes to tell me: “Write your ass off.”

So, I think I’m caught up with work and all the death and destruction in the world. I’m also adjusting to my new role as the keeper of the calendar. In addition to producing our morning show, I’m now booking guest segments. Chefs, authors, movie stars, snakes and more. Bring them on, I’ll put them on TV. Just check with me on when and where.

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I finally had some time to reflect on our two-week trip to Buffalo, NY. I also carved out some time to go over our vacation pictures.

I never had a two-week vacation. I thought it was time well spent. We caught up with our family – swapping stories about life on the West Coast and life in Western NY.

Oh yes, and the rain sucked. So we took advantage of the sunny days with day trips to Niagara Falls and along the Niagara Wine Trail.

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Had To Get Away

August 18th, 2009

TONAWANDA, NY — Listening to Baby Grand, a Sacramento-based indie/twee pop band and chilling at Panera.

Today, I ran 4.17 miles in Lockport. It feels good to keep up with my 10K training on this vacation…especially with all the eating we’re doing.

Bonfire
Last night, we toasted marshmallows at a bonfire and made s’mores.

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