I'm obviously getting old, because after three straight days of go-go-go, I was basically ready to crash! I hardly had the energy to keep my head up on Sunday for what turned out to be a legendary football game. Finally! More on that later.
My beautiful cousins, Jennifer and Ashley, were in town visiting from Georgia, and given that one of them had never been to the west coast before, much less San Francisco, I had to show them a good time. Starting with Napa, obviously (well, after I took them to Baker Beach on the way back from the airport).
Here we are at my new favorite winery, O'Brien Estate:
liked it so much that I joined the wine club
We had a hilarious, attentive, knowledgeable, down-to-earth tour guide, and we tasted all kinds of delicious reds. All their wines are estate (grown/made on their property), and their wine club is totally reasonable. So glad Jennifer found this gem of a winery via Trip Advisor!
After O'Brien, we headed over to my favorite restaurant ever, Rutherford Grill, where I had, you guessed it . . . kale salad. And a veggie burger. But the kale salad is always the highlight:
I'm gonna be dreaming about it for the next few weeks. Anyone wanna go to O'Brien with me (free wine tastings for me + friends now that I'm a member) and then have lunch at Rutherford?!?!
Since Saturday was the annual Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference in San Francisco, I had to spend my day peddling books & networking with teachers instead of touring SF on a double-decker bus with Ashley and Jennifer. But at least they got to see all the hot spots and beautiful views. Meanwhile, this was my sole view the entire day:
On Saturday night, we celebrated Matt's darling son's 9th birthday with pizza, cupcakes, and wine (for the adults, that is).
By Sunday, we were all pretty exhausted, but I had to drive the girls through downtown Berkeley in order for them to get the full Bay Area experience. We had coffee in Oakland, shopped in Emeryville, and eventually I took them to their hotel by the airport (they stayed in a hotel in South SF the last night since their flight was at the crack of dawn this morning). It was sad saying goodbye, and my house feels empty without them. Here are a few more of Ashley's pics from the weekend (she's the one with the good camera):
At 21st Amendment: only one of these was mine--promise!
Man, I live in a pretty place . . .
Sisters at the Pier
Our first stop post-airport
Me in my natural habitat
with one of the owners at O'Brien and her special rose
Ashley at Cosentino
Jennifer & a cable car
A lone Blue Angel. It was Fleet Week!
Our fantastic weekend was topped off with the first Saints win of the season and a new record for Drew Brees, reigning king of NFL records: 48 straight games of throwing at least one touchdown pass! What a legend, that one is.
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