Too Busy To Blog

To me, “busy” is a 4-letter word.  Anyone who knows me knows I hate to be busy.  Rarely does anything of importance get accomplished (at least by me) in the midst of busyness.  Being busy means I have too much on my plate, and I am not the type of person that likes to be spread too thin.

I definitely have a To-Do list for my day-to-day life.  As a wife and mother, I have multiple tasks to accomplish each day in order for our home to run smoothly.  My kids need clean clothes to wear (even if they sometimes have to get them out of the dryer because I didn’t have time to fold them).  My family needs meals prepared each day (even though they would happily subsist off of Pop Tarts and Wheat Thins if I let them).  Each of those things require planning and doing and completing.  On a daily basis.

So when it comes to vacations, I like unplanned, take-it-as-it-comes itineraries.  I like the thought of not knowing (or caring!) where my next meal will come from.  I like walking where my feet will take me and enjoying everything I see, smell, touch, and hear along the way.  I also like being with people who are stronger than I, who will plan things out and invite me to join them.  This list of “likes” was the recipe for my mini-vacation last weekend, and barring the 3-hour flight delay, it was perfect.

Alicia and Jody (see my previous post called Friends) picked me up from SFO on Wednesday after a crazy-long delay caused by crazy-ass Dallas weather.  The only p-l-a-n-s we had was reservations at a speakeasy that I had never been to before at 9:00, which ended up being cancelled since I didn’t even land until 10:30.  I was very disappointed (since the girlfriends I was meeting had both been there with *my* husband before!) but exhaustion took over, and we just went back to the hotel to get into our jammies and drink wine and talk.  Which we did until we fell asleep.  Times like that make for better memories than a certain destination necessarily would.  Plus, I can always go back to Bourbon and Branch, but I would never be able to have that night with friends, talking into the wee hours, over again.

Good Morning, San Francisco!

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to walk and shop and eat and shop some more.  I fiiiiinallllly got to go to everybody’s favorite dim-sum place that I had heard so much about.

{Side note: the donkey in the picture was for my daughter, who sent me to SF with instructions for caring for the donkey while I was away.  I promised to show the donkey a good time in the city.}

My daughter is Adorable if I do say so myself!!
Since we were attending a wedding over the weekend, Alicia had an appointment for a blow out at a salon on one of my favorite streets in the city, Union Street.  We got in the car and headed over, and found an excellent parking spot, but not before a kindly? gentleman reminded us to turn our wheels toward the curb or we’d get a ticket.  **Remember boys and girls, California has to legislate common sense.  :p…
We shopped some more and hit happy hour.
Donkey joined us for cocktails.  Hellooo!!!  I told my daughter I’d show her donkey a good time!
The place Alicia got a blow-out happened to be having an anniversary party after closing, so we stopped by there for cupcakes and champagne and entered a drawing for some prizes before heading to dinner at a place Alicia and I had found the last time we were in the city together.
While we were at Nettie’s, I got a phone call that I had won a prize in the drawing, so after dinner we headed back to the salon to pick it up.  The prize was various salon services, so I gave it to Alicia who, since she actually lives there, would use them.
The next day we headed to Santa Rosa and Sonoma.  We didn’t have a lot of time since we had to be in Lodi for the pre-wedding dinner at 6:00, so Jody chose two of her favorite small wineries to show us.  Since Jody is in “The Industry”, and we were on “Her Turf”, Alicia and I got to enjoy all the perks of Membership without having to pay the dues.  You know what they say about Friends With Benefits?  In this case, it’s true!
Our first stop was D’Argenzio Winery in Santa Rosa.  Not only was the wine amazing, but Mr. D’Argenzio himself came out and poured for us.  It was so cool listening to the winemaker tell you that he made something a certain color because he left the skins on for an extra 3 days.  Such an amazing experience, truly one of a kind.
Then Jody took us to her company’s Dry Creek facility, and gave us a small behind-the-scenes glimpse of the grape gathering and pressing process.
I have been to Napa several times before, and always enjoyed it, but it wasn’t until we visited the next winery in Sonoma that I found out what I had been missing out on: The Personal Touch.  In my opinion, the more laid-back, less-commercial atmosphere of Sonoma suits my personality so much better than the busy, snooty atmosphere of Napa.  In my experiences in Napa, you walk up to the bar, order a flight, then take it to a table, and drink it alone.  It is usually very busy, so lingering at the table isn’t really encouraged.  In the smaller wineries, the flight is brought to you and you are oftentimes joined by a winery employee.  I found that we could stay as long as we wanted.  Ahhhhhh…
The grounds were beautiful and we got to sit at a large round table on the back porch.  We were joined by a woman from Florida who was in town on business and also by an employee of the winery who humbly explained to us that they make some of their wine purely for the sake of art, and they make no money off the sale of it.  (Of course they make up for it in the sales of other wines)  The experience was very educational.  And also?  The view from my seat was spectacular.
But that wasn’t the best part of the weekend.  The pièce de résistance was the wedding of a friend at Berghold Estate Vineyards.
The older I get, I realize that less and less of my friends will be geting married and having babies,  so I make sure to celebrate each of those momentous occasions that I am invited to be a part of.  It also reminds me that I don’t get nearly enough pictures taken of me and my hubby, especially when we are all fancied up!
Here’s to being a grown-up!


  1. Debbie

    Love the pictures and the last of you and Tee is the best. Looking classy! Glad you had such a wonderful time on your trip after such a bad start…or not a start..whatever…Love you..


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