HI! HI! HI!
Your prodigal blogger has returned!
It was tough, but somehow I scrounged up enough willpower to leave northern California and all its pretty vineyards and gorgeous weather.
Don’t worry, I put up a fight.
I’ve been traveling like whoa. New York City, Sacramento/San Fran/Santa Rosa (read: small Nor Cal town with lots of wine), New York City again…
Oh, and yeah I still have that whole 9-5 thing. Sometimes they appreciate seeing my face before handing me a paycheck. Weird, right?
Sadly, one of my favorite hobbies (writing to you guys) is usually the first fall off the grid when my schedule gets out of control.
Clearly I need to work on my priorities here.
Maybe actually look at the ten kajillion post-it ‘To Do’ notes I have covering my desk.
Sometimes I think I like making lists more than actually employing them.
Anyways, the point is I’m back! HELLO! Did you miss me?
I sure hope so, because I know I missed the ol’ blog.
I’d love to give you all a recap, but I honestly don’t even know where to begin; I’ve been so all over the map.
Let’s see, first there was the wedding in wine country.
Santa Rosa to be exact!
It was a beautiful ceremony!
Much more beautiful than this sign I made for the bridal party’s post-wedding trolley.
My artistic skills are out of control, I know.
You should see what I can do with a roll of crepe paper.
Penpal was a groomsmen so we got to ride a sweet trolley named Rosie to the bars after the reception.
After the wedding, we hung out a bit in his hometown (near Sacramento), as well as tooling around San Fran.
Placerville, CA. It has a Main Street!
Fun fact: Penpal and I went to Loyola Marymount University for undergrad, so we both get very excited whenever we see any reference to Loyola somewhere, such as a random street sign near University of San Francisco.
Isn’t San Francisco dreamy?
Plus I managed to find a random breakfast place in the Mission for us to enjoy breakfast with some buddies that turned out to be so freakin’ awesome: Radish.
Thanks, Yelp, for helping me find this gem. I want to cuddle up next to that glorious gluten-free roll.
Apparently their gluten-free products were from Mariposa Bakery in northern California. I would name my first born after them for some more of their baked goods.
We also did a little wine tasting while in California.
And by a little, I clearly mean I left Cali with more wine than blood flowing through my veins.
But it still wasn’t enough.
Wine tasting is so fun!
I don’t even care that pourers usually looked at me sideways like I was slipping them a fake I.D. every.single.time we started a tasting.
I look 16. It’s okay. I understand.
Eventually (Wednesday) it was time to come back to the east coast rain, though, but it was alright because two days later (this past weekend!) I headed over to New York City for my friend’s engagement party.
Dinner/drinks/dancing at Giando’s On the Water, under the Williamsburg Bridge.
SUCH A FUN PARTY.
Trust me, all caps are necessary when you’re dancing around with people you’ve known since you were 5 years old.
Scary to think some of my best friends (the first two girls from the left) – who I’ve known for 20 years – are now getting hitched.
Let’s not think about that too much.
But I love traveling! Sure all of my time in beds which were not my own (that’s what she said) have given me a bit of cold/hacking cough to deal with, but it’s cool. I’m still very ready to pull my travel pants on again this weekend (!) for a jaunt down to Florida.
My name is Joelle, and I’m a frequent flier.
And now it’s time for dinner, and to bake- there are some brown bananas calling my name.
Now your turn! Catch me up- what’s new and fabulous in your life?! Or just say hello!!