my october

The Starbucks red cups are back! WOOT. This signals the start of my ABSOLUTE favorite time of the year. I got my first red cup of the year today. My signature nonfat peppermint mocha. YUM.

So it doesn’t seem like it but I’m around. Just lazy. As per usual.

My “vote by mail” ballot for today’s election arrived yesterday. WHICH MEANS IT IS TOO LATE FOR ME TO DO ANYTHING WITH IT. Considering I live in Northern CA and am unable to fly down and turn it in to an LA County polling place today. You’d think they’d send the ballots out early enough to give the voter enough time to you know, MAIL IT BACK.

I know, I know. I’m disappointed in myself for not registering for my ballot earlier. 🙁

I just finished watching McCain’s concession and Obama’s acceptance speeches. WOW. I teared up a few times. It’s an amazing day and even though I did not participate, I’m glad I am here to witness it.

So I’ve been meaning to share pictures of some recent events so here goes…

October 18
Rob and I attended our friends’ Eric and Amy’s wedding at the Trump National Golf Club in Southern CA. It was a wonderful event! I definitely appreciate all the little details now that I’ve planned a wedding myself. Some of the gorgeousness…

The pretty, pretty placecards. Amy embossed the cards with a lovely brocade motif. The colors of the wedding were various shades of purple. So lovely.

Trump’s outdoor ceremony site boasts an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. WOW. And look at all the purple yumminess! The rose petals along the aisle, the hydrangea balls hanging on the shepherd’s hooks, and the pashminas laid out on the chairs.

The gorgeous bride coming down the aisle…

They had my favorite Sprinkles cupcakes instead of a traditional cake. Terrible photo but YUMMY cupcakes.

A picture of the husband and me during cocktail hour. (It is still SO WEIRD to say “husband”). And yes, I wore that blue dress to yet another event this year. 😀

October 26
Rob, Diesel and I were invited by our friends Shirley and Grantland to attend Farm Day with them at the Terra Firma Farm in Winters. It was a gorgeous day — perfect for the farm! Shirley prepared a picnic lunch for us (turkey sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, chips) and the farm provided freshly squeezed juices to drink (the apple was particularly yummy).

Sitting on the picnic blanket waiting for treats.

Rob and Diesel enjoying the day in the sun.

Rob picking strawberries. They were SO GOOD.

As we were leaving, we walked past a large dog that kinda looked like a pitbull. He was tied to a tree with his owners nowhere around. When Rob and Diesel walked by him (I think it was a him), he jumped for Diesel and started biting his poor little face. Rob got in the middle and Grantland pulled the crazy dog away by his leash (luckily he was there because I didn’t know what to do and totally froze). After a few tense minutes, they got the dogs separated. Diesel was shaken and had a cut by his nose but he was his old self in no time. He’s a tough little guy.

October 31
But also Girls Weekend in LA with my best friends. We didn’t dress up but I wore purple cat ears. 😀 No picture, though, sorry. We spent the weekend eating, relaxing at Le Spa, shopping, watching Center Stage… it was great. AND I got to have Pinkberry! YAY.

Now I’m gearing up for a tough few weeks at work and looking forward to the holidays. I love this time of year.

burke williams

I went to the Burke Williams Spa for a facial in the SF Shopping Center for the first time tonight.

OMG. IT WAS FREAKING AMAZING. *happy sigh* I had a gift certificate that I received last Christmas (I can’t believe I waited this long to use it!) and since Rob’s out of town this weekend with Diesel, I decided to leave work early, head over to the spa to take advantage of the steam room, and relax before my appointment. Mmmm. It was a fabulous way to end this excruciatingly long week. I just wish I had enough disposable income to go every week. I guess I’ll have to throw hints Rob’s way since the holidays are coming up and all. Heh. 😀

It’s going to be a good weekend. I can feel it. 🙂


Oh man, I had a busy (but good!) weekend. Sometimes I feel like I need a weekend from my weekend!

On Friday I learned that you should not attempt to buy guacamole on Cinco de Mayo. Rob and I were going to a friend’s for dinner (he was making carnitas, grilled shrimp, watermelon margaritas and agua fresca — YUM!) and I was in charge of bringing guacamole. OF COURSE I thought I could pick it up right before we headed over but we hit 2 grocery stores and couldn’t find a single package of guacamole. How was I supposed to know that guacamole would be sold out?!? HEH.

On Saturday morning, I headed over to Bliss Spa for a facial (Rob’s treat!). Mmmm. I also figured I should get a brow wax since I’ve never had one before and wanted to see if it would make a difference. OMG. I can’t handle the pain. I am SUCH a wimp. I liked the results (made my eyes less “droopy” looking) but… EEEKK. I don’t know if I can do that again.

Then today, Rob and I had a wedding to attend. Is it just me or is it a little strange to hold a wedding on a Sunday and at 5:00pm at that?! Maybe if it’s a long weekend or something… but people have work the next day! Well whatever, it was a great event. The ceremony and the reception were at the Mitchell Katz Winery in Pleasanton, which was so pretty. Acres and acres of grapevines surrounded the event center and the roses in the gardens were so bright and colorful. I’m such a sap that as the bridal party walked down the aisle, I started tearing up. I can’t help it! I love weddings.