Thursday, December 20, 2012

A White Christmas - Sort Of...

Well, I was dreaming of a white Christmas, so when I came down the stairs this morning and saw the dusting of white on the lawn, it was such a fun surprise!  Not quite the same as the snow I had as a kid - it was only frost and it lasted about an hour but - I'll take it!  It gave me the same A-Ha Oooooo feeling and that's what I was hoping for.  

It's the little things, I guess.

Very grateful that we don't have to shovel it ;)


Monday, December 17, 2012

I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas

I never thought I would be dreaming of a white Christmas after we moved to California ummptyump years ago, unless we made the 5 hour drive to Lake Tahoe, that is.  But now...it's a possiblility at the lake...  Dave says it's way too warm this year but we did have a surprise snow during our first winter there - 
and...I'm hoping...
I sort of miss the excitement I had as a kid, waiting for Santa and looking out the living room window at the colored lights shining up and down our street and reflecting off the snow.  But...fast forward to me driving blindly to college classes in snow flurries and then later, desperately trying to make my way into work by 8 a.m. through icy freeways and swerving, spinning cars.  
When I was 23 and we moved to California, I felt like I was in la-la land where the weather was balmy in December and snow was an event you drove 4 hours to get to so you could ski and have a blast with your friends and then drive home to clean, clear roads and comfortable temperatures.

Well, still...I do sort of pine for some snow...
I started to get pretty excited last weekend when the fog rolled in at the lake and it became really chilly.  So...we'll have to see what happens.

Here are a couple of pictures of the snow in 2010.  We were told it happens maybe once every 10 years!


The snow lasted a day   :(

The Summer view

Now, here's the fog rolling in last weekend.
Only fog - wishing for snow.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Catching Up

Thanks "Friday" is what I was calling it.  This year we switched things up by having our Thanksgiving dinner on Friday so that we could have everyone over at once.  It was Lauren's idea because she only had a few days home from school and she wanted to have all of us gathered around the table instead of running in and out to other various houses.  It's hard to get us all together now.  Some of us had two days of big dinners so there may be a few extra pounds added - a rough start to the holiday eating season!  

Lauren cooked up her famous corn casserole and Giovanna made the yummy stuffing.  


And, here you have the 'Guy' version of prepping for dinner:  
Actually, Kevin was probably still trying to recover from his big dinner from the day before.


Kevin's sister-in-law, Krissy joined us this year.  She and Lauren (daughter Lauren) are two peas in a pod and, if they weren't overwhelmed by studying, they might have more time to be up to no-good.  Hmmm...they'll both be graduating this year...Krissy is finishing up her graduate degree in physical therapy so we are all duly impressed with her brains and hard work.  In a few months, she'll be Dr. Krissy.  Wow.  

The Newlyweds!  


After all that cooking, my darling hubby took me off for a weekend in San Francisco.  He found a great deal online from Living Social, where Giovanna now works.  This is not a wonderful picture because I took it from the car but you get the idea - this is Union Square where all the stores are and it's all decked out in Christmas color.  There's even an ice skating rink right beyond the Christmas Tree.  We haven't skated there but maybe....

Gorgeous day with the fog lifting and a view of the Golden Gate.  We spent a few hours at The Presidio beach and it was glorious!


The view from our hotel room...that was the Living Social deal...we stayed at The Griffon, along the bay and had a water-front room for a great price.  Loved it!  The room was small but really, really nice.  And it was quiet too. There's a good restaurant downstairs too called, Perry's.  We didn't eat there this time but I would love to go back sometime.


The view from The Presidio beach.  

The Wayfarer Restaurant - I would highly recommend it.  We had an amazing dinner and sat at the counter by the kitchen which is in full view of the restaurant.  We got to see all the dishes being prepared and saw what was most popular before we ordered! This place is really hard to get into.  Kevin is waiting 2 weeks to go here because a reservation is so hard to get.  Since we just dropped in at the spur of the moment, we couldn't get a table and had to eat at the counter but it was actually a great thing because of the entertainment value.  The check hit our wallet pretty hard at the end so we wouldn't do this too often, though.  


Ah...this place was nice for lunch the next day too.  It was Monday and Kevin was working but he met us for lunch and picked the place.  It's close to where he works in the Financial District.
Cafe de la Presse - great food.  Maybe even better than dinner the night before.


Now we're back home and I'm trying to get ready for Christmas.  This year I managed to get Dave out to buy our tree early.  Last year was a disaster - don't ask me why - but we both procrastinated about getting the tree and we didn't put it up intil the 23rd.  It made Christmas seem like a weekend instead of a season so I was determined to get going early this year.  So, I have more of the Christmas spirit this year!