Friday, January 25, 2019

Beautiful hike to Kirby Cove


Wallace had a spa day. We waited eleven weeks this time, instead of the normal ten, so he was extra shaggy!

Thursday, January 24, 2019


Admittedly, this seems like a ridiculous amount of fresh produce (and dairy) for two people. We'll go through it all within a week and a half or so. (I'm also making a kale salad for a potluck this weekend, so that's half of the kale)

Sent from my iPhone- please ignore any inadvertent  autocorrect typos. :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Dinner Party at David and Miguel’s

Thanks to David and Miguel for having us over for dinner tonight! David made the most amazing lasagna, and I brought a Koffee Kruch Kake from Japantown.

Wallace and I both enjoyed our evening with them very much!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Nice day for a hike

I took Wallace for a little hike up Bernal Heights Hill today. The rain is supposed to start again tomorrow, so it was nice to be outside. I love SF in the Winter when everything is so green!

Saturday, January 05, 2019

20 Years with Jason

Last night, Jason and had a very special evening out to celebrate our 20th Friendiversary! We met on December 4, 1998 (later that evening, I would have my first date-date with Dick!) Jason and I worked together at Camp SARK (I did the website and Jason was the production manager.) for just a few months before he moved to San Diego (and later to Chicago, and now Los Angeles).

We became fast friends, especially given that we only lived in the same city for a few short months before he moved away.

I often jokingly refer to Jason as my Gay Husband, since I met him the same day that I had my first date (not the blind date) with Dick. Over the last twenty years, we have managed to see each other at least once a year or more, and have shared so many adventures together, whether it be in San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, Disneyland, Las Vegas, Seattle, and even in Puerto Vallarta! 

Jason started planning our special Anniversary celebration months ago, and flew from Los Angeles to SF this weekend just for the occasion. What a guy!!

We had a amazing 15-course, 3-hour meal together at Lazy Bear in SF last night to celebrate. We sat next to other couples who were celebrating milestone birthdays and wedding anniversaries, and it was fun and special to be able to tell them that we were celebrating 20 amazing years of friendship. ❤️

Friday, January 04, 2019

Beach Paintings

Dick and I went on vacation with his family to the Outer Banks in North Carolina with his family last Summer. While we were there, I took many photo (imagine that) of family scenes on the beach. I took a few that I thought would make really nice painting compositions, and put it in the back of my head that maybe I could paint them as Christmas gifts for our family.

I'm happy to say that I actually painted them! I sent them out as Christmas gifts, and they all just received and opened them. (Meg was out of the country on vacation, and just returned home earlier this week.)

I intentionally wanted to make smaller, studies of these photos. I have found in the last couple of years that I really like doing studies on smaller canvases. They are significantly less intimidating to me, and I feel much more loose and free in my style.

I did three paintings in total. They range in sizes 9 x 12 inches to 8 x 8 inches.

I'm super happy with how all three turned out. So much so, that I'm going to try at least one at a larger size, while attempting to keep the style the same. (looser brushstrokes, less detail, but keeping the sense of motion.) Also, I'm realizing more and more that I really enjoy painting beach scenes. :)

They paintings were given to Dick's two sisters and their families, and to our oldest niece and her husband.

"Family at the Beach"
9 x 12 inches
oil on canvas

"Meg and the Kite"
8 x 10 inches
oil on canvas

"Adrianne & Ricky"
8 x 8 inches
oil on canvas

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

All you need is Love...

Wallace goes to Work

Wallace went to Dick's office to hang out for a bit and help out.

New Years Day Dinner

We had our traditional New Years Day dinner, with a twist! We usually have Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork, but changed it up with pork chops with fresh black eye peas and Collard Greens. Delicious way to start a new year.