A Wonderful Day

Since moving to the Bay Area six months ago, I get asked the same question all the time – how do you like it here?  While I think people sometimes seem surprised by my answer, I truly love it here.  The weather is wonderful, the landscape is gorgeous, there’s tons of delicious food, lots of culture and diversity, and of course, the love of my life.  The only things that are really missing are my friends and family.

While I’m slowly making new friends and have had some great “girl time” here, there’s nothing quite like the friend who gave you her white chocolate raspberry cheesecake while you were crying alone in bed on a Friday night in college (for goodness knows what reason); or the one who cleaned up your cuts and scrapes after slipping on some ice on the way home from a college party (I still blame the ice); or the one you shared a Manhattan apartment with, where the only thing dividing your kitchen and makeshift living room, was a sheer curtain. Continue reading


I Used to be a Hater (Happy Valentine’s Day)

Sure, it’s easy for me to say I no longer loathe Valentine’s Day.  This is my second Valentine’s Day with Chris and first as a happily engaged couple, but it’s not just about that.

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Greetings from San Francisco

While I never really question if Chris and I are right for each other, I love those moments that remind me even more why we’re so good together.

After a fun weekend visit with Chris’ mother, which involved wedding dress shopping (wish I could tell you more about that here), Chris headed to San Francisco for a week-long training session for work.  I really thought I’d enjoy a few days to unwind, but after I dropped his mom off  at the airport yesterday I felt incredibly lonely.  My initial plan was to have some alone time at home then head up to San Francisco later in the week, but instead I came up here yesterday evening and am so glad I did.  I still get alone time in the city during the day, between lunches with friends, and get quality time with Chris each evening to explore the city together.

My work space this week

I’ll try to keep up with posting over the next few days, but if I don’t, you know why.  I also left my real camera at home since I was trying to pack light and had to decide between that and my laptop.  Laptop won (since I really need to keep looking for jobs).

Mushrooms, Maple & Teriyaki

“Mushrooms, maple and teriyaki,” (I’m not exactly a wine connoisseur) was how I described the fourth (?) wine sample I tipsily sipped  and then proclaimed, “I like this venue.  I’m going to like the next one either more or less.  Let’s pick one today.”  My fiancé Chris agreed.  That was easy.  Continue reading