Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sonoma: wedding and wine.

I was all packed. The plan was to wake at 4:30am, shower (this step could not be skipped as I hadn't showered in three days) and prep for the much anticipated meeting-of-the-family. Except that when Bess called at 6am to let me know she had arrived and was outside to take me to the airport, SHE actually woke me up and not my 4:30am alarm. Crap! Panic. Tears. Shower. Out the door and eventually made myself look presentable in the airport bathroom. Not bad.

I was picked up by Tyson and his bro, Toby, and whisked off to the beautiful wine country of Sonoma and to an adorable rented cottage. Tyson's oldest brother Tim was married at 4pm. The wedding was so great. Tim wore a hemp suit. The ceremony was centered around nature, peace and love. And there was enough fantastic Sonoma wine to last the whole night. Good times and lots of laughter as all five siblings were together for the first time in three years. They picked up like they'd just seen each other last week and I enjoyed watching Tyson with his truly great family.

Groom: Tim


Tyson's hilarious uncle, Brad

Tom and Meg

Men and cigars


Congrats Anne and Tim!


On Sunday the whole family headed out to partake in wine tasting. Thirteen of us piled into three cars and headed first to Gundlach Bundschu, - the oldest winery in Sonoma - then to Buena Vista. A bottle of Cuvée and a bottle Pinot Noir later, we were happy campers.

Meg and Tyson's sister, Tracey. Tyson and his Mom, Kathy.'d think they were being chased!

Thursday, May 22, 2008


So, maybe its the Sex and the City episode I just watched, or the wine I've been drinking tonight, but I'm reflective. To so many in my life, my relationship with Tyson has been a bit of a mystery. Though we've spent time with friends and family, so many shared moments between the two of us have been just that: things between the two of us. Having experienced an intensely tumultuous year before meeting Tyson, I was skeptical at best. To say skeptical would be optimistic actually. And in fact, in hindsight, I think the distance proved to be something special for both of us and something necessary. Without distraction or conflicted intentions we spent hours on the phone talking about who we are and where we came from, who we want to become, our perspectives ...and we laughed the whole way through. We became each others' Gnight. I was content in my own space as he was content in his Aspen world.

Over the past several months and through a number flights between Aspen and Seattle we spent time together and grew to love. When I think about Tyson I think of so many things I appreciate about him. Simple yet emotional. Thoughtful and kind. Sincere. Honest. Easy-going. Adventurous. Smart. Passionate. Open. And he makes me smile.

I look forward to this weekend in San Francisco. A city that inevitably sparked the closure of one door. And a city where another door is opening. Tyson in Seattle: 5/29/08.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

productively relaxing.

Somehow, I managed to cram millions of things into this weekend and yet it was still one of the most relaxing weekends I've had in a long time.

Friday night we skipped out of work at 4pm for margaritas courtesy of the boss man. Then dinner with my cousin who was in town from MN. Asleep by midnight.

Saturday a five mile run before 9am. Coffee and a few hours on my laptop writing a paper for class. Off to the beach for beers and scrabble in the 87 degree sunshine with friends. Birthday party for Syd in the evening. Asleep by 1am.

Today I was up and met with my group from class at 10am to build our project model of Rammed Earth. Lunch. Coached some 12 year-old volleyball gals. Tennis with Bess and J from 5:30 to 7. Cleaning and all laundry.

Here I am finally with a Mothership Wit in hand. Ready to veg in front of my television.

A great, great weekend.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

first ride.

capitol hill to eastlake to fremont to wallingford to the university district and back up to capitol hill.

but then back down capitol hill for two IPAs. and then back up. that last leg wasn't my most shining biking moment.

Thanks for the ride, Josh! I'm so happy with my new bike.

Padded arse:::::

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Just picked it up last night.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


Get back in cell phone range. Better yet, move to Seattle!

miss you.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

congrats, Lisa

Last night Lisa had her very first art show. Hosted with our friend Julie in Julie's letterpress studio, it was a total success. The wine was great. The place was packed. And there were lots of SOLD stickers on her splendid work! I was so proud of Lisa. She worked so hard. And to be able to put her work up and on display for the public to not only see, but to buy, was pretty impressive. The piece I ultimately wanted sold. Therefore I commissioned my very own.

Happy Birthday, B.


And good luck tomorrow!

*notice the delicious cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes stuffed with strawberry chocolate ganache and frosted with buttercream made by ME! From: cupcakeblog