Do you Remember…?

…the 21st night of September?

I’m trying to recollect this past month. Where did September go? It went by so quickly because I had so much going on: XOXO Festival, the Automattic Grand Meetup, a vacation to Hawaii for my 40th birthday.

Suitably, the above photo is a snap that I took on the evening of September 21st, on our way home from the airport. The sunset was gone as quickly as the past month. But what a great month it was!

Falling for Oregon

H&D at Wahclella Falls

This past weekend, we took Halsted and Darren on one of our favorite hikes, to Wahclella Falls. They’re newly minted Oregon residents, and we’ve been enjoying sharing our favorite local spots with them. I love this photo that I took of them while we all enjoyed the reward at the end of the hike.

It was also really nice to be active outdoors. I feel like I’ve been a bit of a lump lately, and the lovely spring weather has made me more motivated to be outside.

There are so many more hikes to be had, so many more waterfalls to discover, and I’m thankful that I’m able to share it with good people.

Two, no six, no twelve — baker’s dozen!

I told you that I’m crazy for these cupcakes, cousin!

Mmm, cuppy cakes.
this picture has absolutely nothing to do with this entry.

Ah, Lazy Sundays…

Heh. Sorry. Can’t resist the viral humor.

I’ve been digging my Sundays as of late. Even though lately I’ve been on a “wake up at the same time consistently every day” kick (inspired by this post), Sundays have turned out to be the day of catching up on sleep, relaxing, and doing nothing in particular.

R and I had a lazy morning. He made french toast and coffee (he’s a keeper, alright!) whilst I tried to find some wi-fi, sitting on the deck with the kitty (yeah, I’m dorky like that). Lingered over coffee and conversation while sitting on the backyard stairs on this unusually sunny (but welcome!) January day. Mornings like that are simple pleasures that cannot be beat.

I have a haircut appointment later, and that’s really all the plans I have for today, save a late lunch/early dinner with some pals. It’s great to not have a schedule sometimes. I laugh that it’s past two o’clock and I’m barely getting my day started, but I laugh in appreciation more than anything else. I wish more days were like this, but if that was the case, it wouldn’t be as great. 🙂

I think this is why we need three day weekends. By the time we get used to the weekend, it’s time to go back to the grind. Bah.


Foggy Stop

Nothing like a dark gloomy day when you are in the mood for it, ya know? Not necessarily the best thing to help one not be gloomy, but… meh.

I do like rain and fog, don’t get me wrong. I woke up this morning to the sound of rain hitting my window, which is pretty soothing. But I woke up late (stayed out way too late last night) so I didn’t really get to linger in the warm bed and listen to it. Forgot my hat to cover my bed head and keep my head warm. Although I thought my cough was on its way out, I had a major coughing fit this morning, I guess brought on by the cold air. The congestion in my head seems to be back in a stronger way. Ran into major traffic on the way to work that seemingly never moved at a consistent, normal pace… although no visible accidents on the way. I think people just don’t know how to drive when the first wave of bad weather hits for the season.

Things just feel kinda crappy right now, and the weather really isn’t really contributing. And the friggin’ sucker for punishment I am, have been listening to Elliott Smith songs all morning, which contributes to the mood, naturally.

I know I’m not the only one having a cruddy week, so that’s nice to know I’m not alone.

It’s only morning, and I will attempt to make today better. I do have something to look forward to later today, so I will use that as today’s inspiration to keep moving.

Weekend Run-down

I realize that it’s weekend update time, but I’m gonna settle for a bulleted list entry, because I don’t really have a lot of time or energy at the current moment…

pic by Matt
  • Friday was Eris’ elegant 25th birthday gala. Although I skipped out on the dinner portion, I was able to enjoy the post-dinner lounging at Mr. Smith’s. Good crowd, okay venue. It’s always fun to have an excuse to dress up. We waited for-ucking-ever for a cab afterwards, but it’s all good… gives one time to sober up a little. 😉
  • Saturday, I had some rare chill time to kick back and enjoy a fantastically crafted latte at the underappreciated Pacific Bay Coffee Co. in Walnut Creek. I really can’t sing enough praises about this place, and unfortunately, they have had to cut back their hours because they haven’t been getting enough support.
  • Had a dinner and meeting with the Joe Ferguson fundraiser committee, the last meeting we have before the actual event on November 5th. It looks to be a great event, we have a lot of great items for our silent auction, yummy food, and the casino night is always a way fun time. Please consider attending if you are in the area… contact me if ya have any questions.
  • Helped Gwen‘s boyfriend Chad ring in his 23rd birthday with shots at midnight over at Radio Bar in Oaktown… man, there are certainly a lot of Libras around, aren’t there? I got there early on my way back from my meeting, and chatted for a while with this pretty cool dude that was playing with his PSP at the bar. I love seeing PSPs in the wild… I was pretty tickled that someone would go to a bar to drink a few beers and play PSP games. So anyway, the goal for the night was accomplished, to get Chad dancin’ on the bar. Rock. It was cool to hang in Oakland for once… I don’t do it enough, hopefully I’ll do it again sometime soon.
  • Sunday was a late brekkie at Crepevine and an afternoon spent finally unpacking all the boxes in my room. I got a lot done, and it felt pretty good to see my room free of boxes and assorted moving stuff. Now to attack the rest of the apartment… oh, and BTW, housewarming looks to be on November 19th, save the date!
  • Sunday night, the roomie and I went out to pier 48 for the haunted house that was being hosted there. It was overpriced and pretty lame… not a lot going on inside, and it wasn’t very creative innovative. To top it off, we got a parking ticket because we were parked in poorly marked private property. So that the night wasn’t a total loss, we responded to Eris’ and Ryan‘s dodgeballs at the Metreon and drowned our sorrows in tasty desserts.

Just wanted to have some sort of chronicle for this past weekend, so there I have it, not necessarily compelling reading.

So now, I must allow myself to have a cup of coffee.