Best. Birthday Weekend. EVER.

July 27, 2008

it was beyond all expectations! really. Dev planned the whole thing and managed to keep it a secret, even though it seemed like we were reading each other’s minds all weekend.

So, since this is four days worth, i’m going to try to simplify this post as much as possible.

-Leave work at 4PM. – Dev pulls in front of the gallery in “Hot Foot”. (a light blue 1985 Honda Civic with plywood on the rear quarter windows – high class!). the car is packed full with blankets and pillows and a cooler – WE’RE CAMPING! perfect and much needed for sure.


-she hands me a wrapped present – it’s obviously a book- i flip it over and there are driving directions to the campsite – we’re headed to Santa Cruz

-we get to the campsite – it’s basically like camping in grandma’s back yard – there’s a lawn at some parts – no biggie, it’s quaint and there really isn’t anyone there on Thursday night


-Dev wakes me up with a cup of coffee – it’s my birthday! YAY! – we hang out, have breakfast – i open the book – it’s a book of PHOTOBOOTH PICTURES! amazingly beautiful vintage photos.

But Wait….it get’s better! there are envelopes in different sections of the book – “day one – adventure one”, “day one – adventure two”, day two, supplies for day two, sunday drive home adventure.

okay, so today is day one…i open adventure one:

Roaring Camp Railroads mountain steam train ride. now, if you don’t know by know, i am a huge train fanatic! so, this paired with camping is perfect enough, but don’t forget….there are more adventures to be had.

on the train ride, Dev handed me the envelope for adventure two:

it was THE MYSTERY SPOT! i was debating posting about it on here….or just including photos, but it’s so amazing…i don’t want to give away the secret. i encourage you to look at the web site if you want to find out what it’s all about.

during dinner, i persuaded Dev to let me open the envelope for day 3. really, i figured it was my birthday and it’d be nice to have something to look forward too…especially, since the envelope said that we had to get going early…


-remember how i said Dev is the best ever? or how i can’t wait to be with her forever? yeah…Saturday consisted of…


-we went back to Roaring Camp Railroads to take the beach train to the Santa Cruz boardwalk. this was a diesel locomotive and we road in a car c.1900 and a car c.1930. the train was an hour each way…the boardwalk is about 10 miles from where we were, but we were going through mountains and towns.



-time to pack it all in. wake up early. breakfast with the neighbors since Dev forgot to pack enough meat to last me four days.

-so what’s in the final envelope? only a trip to The Winchester Mystery House! this was one of the “mind reading” insidents (along with the “Mystery Spot” where i was just talking about this place this weekend. it was the one place i really wanted to check out before the move.

-we stop by Bob’s in Boulder Creek to pick up a baby redwood burl and a bag of ice.

-stop by Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park for a walk among giants

-drive back to Oakland – wonder why we don’t live together and how weird it is to spend this whole weekend together only to have to go to our separate houses. realizing that we only have to do this for about 3 more weeks.

that’s it! i really couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. Dev and i we able to spend quality time with each other out of the grind of the city and do a bunch of adventures while collecting all the smashed pennies along the way? sounds like perfection to me. i have a few scans to do tomorrow night, hopefully. we got a few new photobooth pictures to post. two from last weekend and a few from the boardwalk in Santa Cruz from yesterday. we also got one of those “antique” dress up photos taken thanks to Sita and Kym.

soon, i promise.

on a final note: going 4 days without a phone and computer was calming. both our phones died, so we were without for the majority of the trip. also, we joked about how people used to check their messages after coming home from vacation…remember, when you’d try to guess how many messages were on the answering machine? yeah, i’d like to get back to something like that.

some day.



Super Mystery Secret Birthday Adventure Weekend

July 24, 2008

Dev is picking me up in an hour and a half so we can start on our drive. I’m just assuming that we’re driving somewhere because we’ll have lil’ Hot-Foot.

I’m so excited to have this long weekend with her.

Tons of photos will be posted as soon as we return.



The next big thing…

July 20, 2008

I put my notice in at work this past Friday. “What’s up with that?” you may ask. Well, Dev and I have decided to move. So, in about 3 weeks, we will be leaving for Ithaca, NY. I know, I know. i JUST left NY not too long ago, right? Well, yes, that’s true. Ithaca is the only place where we can afford land for homesteading/ artist residency and where Dev can still continue her career in coffee. We’re so excited!

It just seems like we are counting down our time here with big plans:

July 18 – put in notice at work
July 20 – my 30th birthday party
July 25 – my actual 30th birthday – surprise vacation trip w/ Dev 24th-27th
Aug 5 – Dolly Parton concert at UCBerkeley
Aug 8 – Last day of work
Aug 10 – Engagement party – west coast version
Aug 17 – head out

I know it’s all going to fly by so quickly. We still have so much to get done, but we do have an apartment! We wouldn’t have been able to find a place without Lisa’s help. She’s been a great friend, looking at the apartments for us. The place we got seems perfect. It’s a mile away from one of the Gimme! coffee locations and is on an acre of land surrounded by open space on either side. We are allowed to do whatever to the backyard as long as we are respectful of the other two tenants. I’d really like to put in a fire pit and a clothesline if there isn’t one already. The other couple that lives downstairs, usually puts in a garden, so we may see if they’ll want to increase the size of it next year with our help.

I’m trying to stay stress-free through all of this. I can’t wait until my birthday weekend with Dev, it’s going to be a much needed break from planning everything.


mundane #5

July 8, 2008


Cubs vs. Giants

July 3, 2008

guess who we were rooting for? man, that was a great game. I’m talking about Wednesday’s 6 – 5 win, not Thursday’s 8-3 loss.


Say Yes…

June 28, 2008

I did it. I popped the question. I’m still so shakey almost 5 hours later. I’m ENGAGED! I love Dev with a bit more of my being every single day, who knew that was possible? Besides, I know that this really doesn’t come to as a surprise to anyone who has seen the two of us together. We’re the same person, really. And I give thanks every day that I’m blessed to be a part of her life.

So, here is it as it happened. I really truely proposed in a photobooth. surprise! (this will require some scrolling)

and the alternate plan….

but, I wanted to catch that first look of shock. heh. and yes, she started crying and I started laughing. I really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect reaction.

I’m so happy!


seattle cliff notes

June 23, 2008

there’s a lot more photos on my flickr…we had a blast…Seattle smells clean, like the ocean and fish and trees. i loved it this time. more words later, i have a really busy day tomorrow and i need to get some sleep.