27 July 2009


Yesterday, Lisa and I went down to Gilroy to the Garlic Festival. Gilroy is just south of San Jose and they produce 90% of the country's garlic. They had everything from garlic salt to garlic chocolate.

We also wanted to see Fabio and Jamie from the last season of Top Chef. Fabio was the MC and Jamie participated in a cooking challenge. They had to use garlic and a secret ingredient that was revealed right before the challenge started which was heirloom tomatoes. I wish we could have seen more of their cooking, but it was still fun to see them in person.

23 July 2009

Animal Farm

On our walks with Lucy the last few nights, we've seen something very different than normal. Goats! Either the city or county has hired these goats to eat the dried grass next to the path. The grass is a fire hazard and the goats love it. They get put into a pen that is about 30 feet across and 100 feet long, and they mow it down in less than a day. Then a farmer sets up a new pen right next to the one they finish and they get herded into the new pen by 2 dogs. Lucy LOVES the goats (and working dogs) which is a nice change from the feelings she has toward the cows in the same pasture.

12 July 2009

Mare Island Golf

Saturday I played golf at the oldest course west of the Mississippi, Mare Island Golf Club, in Vallejo, CA.  The course was located on an island in the San Pablo Bay and was home to a World War II Naval base.  I enjoyed great views of the bay and surrounding hills as well as the remains of a once active base.  Sporadically I stumbled upon gigantic fallout shelters carved into the hills.

I didn't play that well but enjoyed the history lesson.

08 July 2009

A Year in Review.

Yesterday was our year anniversary of living in California. We can't believe that it's already been a year. We've had some really bad times (us freaking out), but we've also had some of the best experiences of our lives. Above is when Josh and I drove up to Tahoe the first time on Hwy 88. Here's looking back to some of our other favorite moments...

Having Matt and Brie out was really fun. This was at Sterling in Calistoga.

Here are Josh, Christine and I at Stinson Beach. Although my favorite moment when Steve, Deb and Christine were here was going over the hill on Divisadero Street and Christine screaming like we were on a roller coaster!

We waited until my parents got here to go out to Alcatraz and it was worth the wait. It was so gorgeous out there with everything blooming in the spring.

Then Matt and I planned to surprise Josh in April. We got him good. And I think they had a really great time in Monterey together golfing.

And most recently was our road trip down to see Christine, Anna and Ryan in LA. It was so fun to see familiar faces and a whole new city.

We can't wait to see what the next year has in store for us, and we're so excited to have more adventures in California and hopefully back in Minnesota!

06 July 2009

2 Years.

Today is our anniversary. I can't believe that it's been 2 years already! I love you Josh.

05 July 2009

Independence Day Weekend

Friday Night, Laura asked us to go to the Sacramento Capitals match in Roseville. They are a professional tennis team, and that day the captain called Laura and asked her to be an alternate, so she sat courtside with the team. They play 5 sets, men and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles. The Capitals beat Washington 2o games to 18.

Yesterday we headed down to San Francisco to watch fireworks. My good friend Leah was also visiting SF with her husband, so we met up with them for a couple hours. It was so good to see Leah and finally meet her husband Brandon.

We got to Berkeley Marina just in time to see sunset. We got a really great secluded spot next to the water. From our location we could see multiple cites' displays.

First, San Francisco's started going off at 9:30. They hadsome crazy shapes; we saw jellyfish, smily faces, green cubes and red hearts. We could also see some of Sausalito's over Angel Island, and some of Oakland's over the restaurant in the marina.

Berkeley's show started at 9:35. They shot them off at the end of the pier so they were pretty close. We've always been in AL for the 4th, so it was fun to see fireworks in a different city.

02 July 2009


After reading about this project on one of my favorite blogs, Door Sixteen, I had to try it. This is the before FROSTA stool from IKEA.

And this is the after. I followed the same steps as Anna. First, I made a template in Illustrator to figure out where to put the legs (I used 3 instead of all 4). Then, Josh drilled pilot holes for me and we screwed in the legs. Lastly, I painted the top glossy black. Doesn't it look suspiciously like an Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60? Instead of paying $285, I made mine for $18.