Monday, December 22, 2014

It rained continuously and flights were delayed but that is not a complaint

My girl and I have been to California and back, to Oakland and San Francisco and the Napa Valley, and I worked on the first day while she explored and got lost on the trains and found her way to Fisherman's Wharf and  strolled through Chinatown and shopped on Powell Street where she located the perfect pair of black boots, and even though there was not a patch of blue sky the whole time we were there, she said, "I could easily move here tomorrow."

My cousin and her partner took us wine tasting in Napa, and we had a delicious lunch at a place called Rutherford's, on a rustic wooden deck with wrought iron railings that looked out over a rolling landscape of vineyards, and we four women had a fine time together, talking and tasting and laughing our way through the afternoon and into the evening. My cousin and her wife have one of the warmest, most harmonious and gently humorous marriages I've seen, and it was lovely just being around them, and also sharing that time with my girl.

My work project also started out well. I was nervous at first, as I always am when I am to meet new people, but my daughter was an excellent traveling companion and her lightness of spirit helped ground me, her laugh like music, nothing bothering her too much, just taking everything as it came. This project will take me back to Oakland a few times over the next few months. I relish the chance to discover and grow familiar with a new place, where there is that touch of the tropics mixed in with the temperate, and people have a laid-back hipstery vibe, so different from the rush and hustle of New York City, which I love anyway, and am always happy to come back to.

And now we are home. My husband, son and daughter went out and got the tree last night. It is perfectly sized and shaped for its spot next to the window, where it now stands, waiting for its lights and baubles. I think I might have to now turn my attention to Christmas. I cannot pretend any longer that it's not happening. Here are some random pictures from our our trip.





  1. Oh how I love all of this! Except for the part about not being able to ignore Christmas any more. But you know that.
    I am glad you had a good trip with your girl and that all went well.
    Loving you on this rainy day in Florida.

  2. You look so lovely the two of you!

  3. Lovely! My old stomping grounds (San Francisco and Oakland)--so glad you enjoyed it and had a good trip.

    Happy Christmas to you and yours--

  4. You take the most amazing photos. And the photos taken of you are equally stunning.
    Yeah, Christmas. It's happening. Ready or not. I just tidied up my patio a bit--which is the downside of a California Christmas. We have to clean inside and out. : ) But really, is that a downside? Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  5. Oh, I'd heard from friends about the relentless rain last week -- so much needed but tiresome when you're not used to it! I am excited that you will be coming back and forth to Oakland over the next few months -- maybe we can get together and meet somewhere?

  6. What a lovely blog and how very beautiful your daughter is! I loved reading about your pleasure in her company.

  7. Looks like a great trip! So glad you got to spend this time with your daughter. I had the same reaction she did when I first went to San Francisco -- I could easily move there! I love that marble floor, too.

  8. Merry Christmas! What a lovely post, and what great pictures! So much love shining out of them. I'm happy to think of you home now with your family, perfect tree trimmed in front of the window, enjoying each other's company. xo