San Franciscan Santa

I thought it would be a nice test of your readership to take a two week reprieve from blogging. Hopefully you continued to stalk my homepage in anticipation.

I spent 10 days in California with my family for Christmas. I had a few leisurely days to sleep in, take yoga classes, read two books, Christmas shop, and spend time with my grandma and mom before the rest of the family arrived. With the whole clan together, red wine began to flow, the Christmas tree lit up, cars were crammed full, and seven too many chefs were in the kitchen. But it was great.

I’ll let my iPhotos illustrate the highlights of my holiday. There were numerous uncaptured rainy days, hilly runs, sea salted caramels, warm fires, and Mark Twain readings in between.

 

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Meditation trip my my momma

Meditation trip my my momma

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Courtesy of my brother

Courtesy of my brother

Courtesy of my brother

Courtesy of my brother

Courtesy of my brother

Courtesy of my brother

My mom and I ventured through the windy roads and sandy shores of Marin to reach the Green Gulch Zen Center. We spent a day and night in at my mom’s old haunt where she use to stay as a student–meditating, cooking, gardening, earning her keep, etc. It was a beautiful and rainy escape from chaos, cell phones, and the everyday stressors; instead, we mediated in silence early morning, read to our heart’s content, bundled up in our lodging, and indulged in vegan/vegetarian fare. A treat indeed. I would love to escape for a longer period here and really experience a transformation from an environment like this.

And happy birthday to my mom today!! No idea how old you are still 🙂

 

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Running HILLLLLS

Running HILLLLLS

Starbucks does juice in Cali :)

Starbucks does juice in Cali 🙂

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Frogger

Frogger

What is Christmas without handmade cards??

What is Christmas without handmade cards??

What is it?

What is it?

Ma gets an iPad!!!

Ma gets an iPad!!!

What a blessing it was to be with all my family and enjoy such a wonderful holiday together. It’s hard being back at work again without all these smiling faces, spiked egg nog, and relaxing afternoons I experienced over vacation.

 

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It’s difficult to express the beauty of the rolling vineyards, barrels of wine, and baguettes upon baguettes of rustic bread at your finger tips in Napa Valley. We spent a day and night in the wine country, exploring the towns, restaurants, and vineyards to our heart’s content. Four vineyard tastings in one afternoon can make for an interesting night ha. My sight, smell, and taste were stimulated throughout the trip–so much to gaze at, imbibe, and savor.

 

I feel like a kid again, ready for Christmas to be back. 352 days to go….

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