The March birthday squad gathers for our annual pancake-apalooza at IHOP. We don’t see that much of Lee these days, so it’s extra special. Momma Sherri treated us to the whole meal — thanks, mom. And of course, the “crazy birthday hat” from Lee’s mom Betsy made its 10th annual appearance! Continue reading “Birthday boys at IHOP”
I baked six different cookies and invited friends over to celebrate the season with some mulled cider and Bing Crosby tunes. Darryl, Matt, and James also baked cookies (peanutbutter-chocolate rice krispy squares, bacon-fat gingersnaps, and Mexican wedding cookies, respectively) which I sadly didn’t get photos of. Too busy gabbing with friends, old and new! It was a dry, clear evening despite being bookended by weeks of rain this year. Thank you, weather gods. Continue reading “Holiday Cookie Party!”
Just the good ol’ gang together again for some home-roasted turkey, gluten-free sides, cherry pie, pear-wine pie, and pumpkin cheesecake. We watched two episodes of the new season of Downton Abbey (season 5) after our post-prandial promenade. And closed the evening together by cracking a bowl of “magic walnuts” that Lee’s mom had sent over. So cute of her. Continue reading “Thanksgiving 2014 at Lee’s”
Lee sweetly hosted a very intimate Thanksgiving day up in Petaluma. We dined, napped, perambulated, desserted, and played Bananagrams. I can’t think of a single thing that could have improved it. Plus, we got to eat using the monogrammed Tiffany’s silver “M.L.G.” set. Continue reading “Thanksgiving at Lee’s”
The boys and I went up for a week of quiet mountain air. And celebrated the birthdays of Matthew and Troy, too. Continue reading “Lake Tahoe lullaby”
Went down to Aptos to see the new Sudz Laundrette — and have lunch with my dear uncle Steve and aunt Jane. Wunderbar! Continue reading “Sudz Laundrette photo shoot”
Ahh, the weekend getaway birthday. We rented La Casa Roja, right on the ocean at Stinson Beach. Revelers included Lee (March 7), John (March 6), and myself (March 1). Jax was in dog-heaven with lots of beach walks up to the Bolinas Lagoon. Lee packed all these old school games, like the 1950s masterpiece “Park-and-Shop!” Check out them closeup. Continue reading “Stinson Beach Birthday”
Matthew, Jax, and I head to the shoreline for some gorgeous winter walk over the ocean. Continue reading “Fort Funston Sunday walk”
Did a double whammy T-day this year. First drove out to Copperopolis to spend a couple days with Grandma and Mel, my uncle Steve, and brother Luke down from Seattle. Did some cooking, card games, dog walking, and showing stuff to Gran using AppleTV and AirPlay. Pretty fun time and even a turkey. Then an (exhausting) night drive back to SF in my City Carshare on Weds night. Got up early and started some kitchen prep for my own little dinner party with Troy and Matt. The sun broke out just as I started grilling the chicken, so we had wine on my deck while we cooked up the bird. Pretty all around sweet week. Continue reading “Thanksgiving”
Darryl, Matthew, and I took a small ocean front condo in Kona for six days. Days of slow paces and soft breezes. Somewhat reluctantly, I was pulled to beach excursions, snorkel boats, and visiting relatives. And this trip had some of the least reading of any I could remember: only one book finished (Patrick Fermor’s “Between the Woods and the Waters”). Because the Kona Reef condos have such a lovely pool and hot tub, we spend a lot of time there. It felt healing, even if Darryl and I got into several heated arguments during our stay. Continue reading “Kona Reef”
The irony of Darryl’s brunch/party on the day of the Castro Street Fair: few, if any, of the guests had any interest in going to the street fair. We’ve all been there, done that. But the brunch was nice. Despite D’s request to “bring nothing”, most of the guests arrived with food in hand. And true to form: we gobbled it right up. Continue reading “Darryl’s brunch”
Matthew, Darryl, and I met up in Portland for our first ever experience of this city. Matt was there for the Sisters’ “worldwide conclave” but Darryl and I just came along for the ride. Cleaner, whiter, younger, and roomier than San Francisco, Portland made me think a lot about the ways things can be ‘done right’ in urban contexts. And maybe it made me think a little too much about what’s ‘done wrong’ in San Francisco. Continue reading “Exploring Portland”
I hadn’t been to one of these county fairs in ages. The hay. The greasy food. The livestock. The crafts pavilion. The garishly painted booths. It was all true to form. Continue reading “Sonoma County Fair”
Momma and DaddyKens swing by for some iced tea and lunch after the wedding of Joe Ursini, Jr. in Alameda. After some salads and family gossip, we were joined by Darryl, Matthew, and Lee for cucumber sandwiches, mint tea, and some amazing Cornflake-crusted Lemon Cream Cheese cookies made by Lee. Continue reading “Tea time”
Just a small gathering of good buddies for some burgers and sparklers. Jon also brought a fancy salad: watermelon, stilton cheese, tomatoes, and parsley. The sun was blazing and we ate on the deck, trying to actually steer clear of the heat for a change. The city exploded at night with the booms and cracks of a thousand pyromaniacs. We lit some sparklers, which for me had the effect of taking my mind away from the point of the Fourth. The freedom and independence which the holiday celebrates seems masked by all the fireworks. Or maybe it conjures up the warfare involved to secure that liberty?
Sister MaeJoy B. Withu and Dyna Might host us for a lovely brunch at the Eureka Lounge. Yum! Continue reading “Sister’s brunch”
Matthew’s sweet mom, Alice, comes to SF for a visit. Continue reading “Alice visits SF”
We get all fancy pants and go out to Farina. Best Olive Oil Ever.
John, Stacy, Matt, Anthony, Jax and I camp up in Napa. The park was cute. The pool freezing cold. The food excessive. [Sadly, this park is now closed to the public due to state budget cuts.]
We take dear Matthew out for dinner at Perry’s. Too dark for us to take pictures, really, but still a good time.
Matt, Jax, and I go up to the grandfolk’s house to swim and be in the sun. SF was too chilly. I took a bunch of videos but they’re not posted here.
Lee shows us his newly appointed condo/house in Petaluma. I think we even went swimming in the community pool. Continue reading “A tour of Lee’s new house”
Lighting sparklers on the deck with Jon and Matt. BBQ on my deck with the gang. Gorgeousness.
The annual Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence “Hunky Jesus” follies. Matt was done up in face, of course. The whole thing is very Cockettes… Continue reading “Easter festivities”
Celebrated Lee and yours truly’s birthdays with a sunny brunch on my deck.
What a surprise: to enjoy dressing up and pretending the Cow Palace was 1800s London. All silly good fun. We all promised to do it again down the road (though we still haven’t). Anthony went as a downtrodden fop. I’m a snoot with a pipe. John, a poor Dickensian lad. And Matt a dandy. Thank god we live in the era of the iPhone and all this is just pretend. Continue reading “Dickens Fair”
Matt, Jax, and I take on Pulgas Ridge trail (on the peninsula) before snarfing turkey and cranberry sauce. A mellow, beautiful day with my two favorite guys… Continue reading “Thanksgiving hike”
On the trails in the east bay with the boys. Darryl, Matt, Jax, Anthony and I go looking for this hidden Alameda County caldera. Hot as hell up there. Continue reading “Sibley Volcanic hike”
Darryl, Matt, Jax and I hike all the way up to Cataract Falls in Marin. Amazingly beautiful country. Few people on the trail, dog-friendly. I want to go back and do it again. Continue reading “Cataract Falls”
Lee, Anthony, Matt and I brave 50 minutes on Hwy 580 to hit Livermore’s “Little Camelot” putt-putt. Continue reading “Minigolf!”
Matt and I hike down the gorge on the north side of the big island. Continue reading “Pololu, Hawaii”
My first day at the beach, in Puaho, Big Island, Hawaii. Continue reading “Kona, Hawaii”
Anthony, Matt, and I head into the Castro for impromptu street dancing. Continue reading “Obama wins”
Camping under cool redwoods with John, Stacy, Matt, Darryl and Anthony. Continue reading “Big Basin”
Matt and I go to Harbin for some birthday relaxing. Continue reading “Harbin hotsprings”
The wedding reception for Ben and Keith’s knot-tying. Continue reading “Ben & Keith wedding”