First time I’d gone down to Fisherman’s Wharf to check out the old sub. Really cool and a great audio tour. Patrick put a lot of quarters into those old games at the Musee Mechanique. Continue reading “SS Pampanito and Museé Mechanique”
Darryl hosted a combo party for both Easter and Antonio’s birthday. Food was amazing this year — cheddar bacon scones to die for. Continue reading “Antonio’s Birthday”
Lee and I went down together for Darryl’s father’s memorial party at his family’s home in Long Beach. Just a quick overnight trip because Lee was outbound to Colorado two days after the wake. Fun to check out LBC a tiny bit — though the Airbnb on 7th Street was kind of lame. Neither of us got much sleep. But the mood at the party was festive and loving so that was all the energy we needed. I got to catch up with many folks I hadn’t seen in a long time, including Karen Dunn, D’s indefatigable mom. Even managed to get Lee to walk around exploring the Alamitos neighborhood where Darryl grew up — peppered with all kinds of amazing craftsman style bungalows.
Orlando, what a strange place. We did three days at the Disney parks and one at Cape Canaveral. Shuttling around in a rental car, because Orlando doesn’t do transit in any meaningful sense of the term. The highlight for me was the Fantasia minigolf course near one of the resorts. Probably the best putt-putt I’ve ever seen. The fading light of a warm Florida evening, beautifully rendered sculptures, and some amazing tricky shots and water features… just the best. The Space Center was moving in ways (maybe not surprising but still, I was caught off guard by the drama of the old shuttle Atlantis, and all the lost lives in the program’s disasters). I may never go back to northern Florida again but it was good to see it all. Continue reading “Disneyworld and Kennedy Space Center”
Took a break from the cold weather world to check out San Diego. Stayed at this cute Airbnb place in Hillcrest, which was lovely (as a neighborhood). San Diego was sunny and quiet, though the Balboa Park Zoo was pretty jammed even on Xmas day. Man, do zoos make me feel sad for the animals though. I fell in love with the vibe of the city, I must admit. Continue reading “Christmas in San Diego”
This year was the first year I managed to catch the Anderson Xmas party — hosted at mom & dad’s place in View Ridge this year (convenient!). Got to see so many cousins that I hadn’t seen since they were little (and a whole new batch of young ones too). Only downer was my niece Anne and sis Neha weren’t there for the festivities. Mom, as usual, did all the heavy lifting to bring off the success of the party — though Jane and I did bake some cookies too. I also managed to have a lovely breakfast at Stowe & Nina’s (where I got to meet his kids, who’re so grown up at this point) along with Brian. And also had an evening at Emily and Joshua’s complete with Hannukah candle lighting with the kiddos. Full weekend. Continue reading “Xmas in Seattle, 2017”
The annual cookie party returned in 2017, thanks to the completion on all the remodels this year. I had a chance to bake a few new recipes, including Melissa Pasanen’s amazing Cocobean Cupcakes (gluten and dairy free). The hit of the bunch was the Chocolate-Hazelnut Espresso sandwich cookies. It was a lively affair with 32 guests and a whole lotta mulled wine! Continue reading “Holiday Cookie Party 2017”