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El Niño Christmas

In Anna, San Francisco on November 30, 2009 at 12:43 am

Union Square ice rink

The telescoping line of ice skaters at the Union Square rink reflects the cascading waves in Kimberly photo of the Pacific Ocean yesterday. We spent the last day of our Thanksgiving weekend traipsing around the city – Union Square being our first stop. It was a very strange scene. Families had gathered downtown to see the giant Christmas tree and partake of the ice rink…all while surrounded by palm trees and basking in the sunny 70 degree weather. It reminded me precisely of the following lyrics from the Carpenters’ Christmas Portrait:

The sun is shining; the grass is green; the orange and palm trees sway. There’s never been such a day in Beverly Hills, LA. But it’s December the 24th and I’m longing to be up North. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.


Chocolate holiday

In Kimberly, San Francisco on November 30, 2009 at 12:04 am


Continuing her amazing, thorough tour of all of the San Francisco area’s finest and most beautiful sites, Anna took me to Fisherman’s Wharf today. I’ve been before and I know it’s a tourist thing and very uncool, but you know what? Fisherman’s Wharf has sea lions, views of Alcatraz, In-N-Out Burger and Ghirardelli hot chocolate, all of which we ate, drank or saw today. Uncool is awesome.

Land, water, sky

In Kimberly, San Francisco on November 29, 2009 at 12:45 am

Pacific ocean

Today Anna and I did a canopy tour in the Redwood forest, ziplining amongst century-old Redwoods, which was just as fun and semi-ridiculous as it sounds. On the way back to San Francisco, she drove along the breathtaking Pacific Coast highway. We stopped to take some photos as the sun was just beginning to set over the Pacific, casting a warm glow over the waves. The tight, neat rows in warm, golden hues echo the rows of wine barrels at Cakebread yesterday.

California beauty

In Anna, San Francisco on November 29, 2009 at 12:00 am

Highway 1

Yesterday, Kimberly posted a photo of our drive up to Napa. Well, today I took her along Northern California’s Highway 1 for a little Pacific Ocean scenery. We spent the day zip lining in a redwood forest and then explored Santa Cruz before heading back up to SF. Another great day on our Thanksgiving holiday.

Fall splendor

In Kimberly, San Francisco on November 28, 2009 at 3:04 am

Napa in the fall

Our Thanksgiving meal yesterday was delicious, rich and perfect. Today, we drove to Napa, where fall has fully settled in. The vines were stunning in their fall splendor, the colors – gold, red, bronze and yellow – delicious, rich and perfect.

Thank you, indeed

In Anna, San Francisco on November 28, 2009 at 2:48 am

Cakebread Deja Vu

We continued our Thanksgiving festivities by enjoying Black Friday in Napa. And, to fulfill Kimberly’s wish, we did pay a visit to Cakebread Cellars. Kimberly and I were a hit in wine country, as we had most of our tastings comp’d! Apparently even Napa has day after Thanksgiving sales.

A pair in the oven

In Anna, San Francisco on November 27, 2009 at 2:57 am


A little more filling than red wine, but trust me, there was plenty of the latter going around today too. We had an utterly fantastic Thanksgiving. At several points during the meal, we all just sat around, stared incredulously at each other and breathed “Seriously, this is so much better than what I was expecting!”. Delicious food + great company = Thanksgiving success!


In Kimberly, San Francisco on November 27, 2009 at 2:00 am

Very happy thanksgiving

I was almost definitely less subtle than Anna, but I shot a lot of photos at our black sheep Thanksgiving that people didn’t know I was taking.

Several things are remarkable about this photo, but you have to be aware of certain history to pick them out. First, Anna is cooking. The girl unabashedly, proudly, lived off of nothing but junk food and other processed foods that could be eaten straight out of the bag, box or carton for her entire life up until about a year ago. Now, she cooks. And eats vegetables occasionally. I count the latter among my life’s greatest work thus far.

Additionally, she’s making mashed potatoes for our little Black Sheep Thanksgiving, which initially was going to be us, wine and pie (which would’ve been amazing, let’s be real). But somehow it turned into 8 hilarious, interesting and awesome people, and the biggest, most delicious and traditional Thanksgiving spread I’ve ever eaten. It was, hands down, a huge success and one of the best holidays I’ve ever experienced. Thank you for a great holiday, doll.

Perfect pairing

In Kimberly, Washington DC on November 26, 2009 at 12:14 am

iPhone: Malbec and olives

If you want perfect packaging, it’s a delicious red wine and the perfect accompaniment, such as a Malbec and buttery olives at Room 11. Or maybe that’s just me.

The people of Berkeley

In Anna, San Francisco on November 26, 2009 at 12:00 am

Study break

Kimberly’s walk around McPherson yesterday inspired me to photograph the people of Berkeley. Suffice it to say, we have some pretty interesting people around here, which I personally love. Case in point: this student taking a break on the steps of Sproul Hall.

Unfortunately, I was too shy (read: chicken) to photograph some of the truly bizarre Berkeley citizens – like the guy wearing an entire outfit made of origami. Today’s lesson? I need to get over myself and learn to approach potential subjects. Besides, it’s probably less sketchy to ask someone to take their photo for a blog than to creepily sneak in pictures of them…