Sonoma – Part One

When we originally planned this vacation, our goal was to head directly up to Sonoma after the wedding, we LOVE Sonoma. Then the fires began and our plans changed.  The couple we were traveling with were very nervous about the fires and the residual side effects of  whatever toxic stuff had burned but my hubby and I would have stuck to our original plan if we were solo.   So on Tuesday when our friends were flying out to head home, we booked a car, an Airbnb and were off to Sonoma!  Our first stop was one of our favorites, Ravenswood Winery.  Last time I was in Sonoma I was pregnant with our first son, so while I was the ultimate Designated Driver, it was torture smelling all the wines but not having any! It was payback time.  I distinctly remember how delicious the IMG_3570Ravenswood wines smelled from my previous trip so I was really excited to head back.  Since all of the vineyards were just getting back on their feet after a two week hiatus we were the only customers so our amazing wine connoisseur, Nancy, gave us the best tasting we’ve ever had there.  It was a beautiful day and sitting on their terrace was pure bliss. Although we could clearly see the fire line in the hills. It was a distinct line in the hills and not very far away from where we were sitting.  We leisurely drank our wine as Nancy came back and forth with our tastings.  She sat and chatted with us.  She told us how everyone in the area with a tractor had gone out and dug up earth in helping with the fire.  It created a barrier for the fire to cross and helped stop it from spreading.  Nancy told us how the community truly came together to help each other it was inspiring.  After a couple of hours with Nancy she gave us a list of recommendations of other vineyards to visit and we were off on our way.

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On Nancy’s recommendation we headed into Sonoma Plaza to another tasting room at Corner 103.  It was our first time there and the location is prime on the corner in Sonoma’s “downtown” area with great views of Sonoma Plaza.  Brent was our host there and from speaking to him I thought he was the owner but not in an arrogant way.  He just cared about the venue and the wine as if it were his own and how the fires had affected the area.  The interior is sleek and new but had a faint smoke smell despite of the fact that it had been professionally cleaned.  I told Brent the story of when my house burned down when I was 16 and how the smell was reminding me of that and how certain items that made it through still carry that same smell.  We chatted with another patron in the tasting room who happened to be an employee at Buena Vista winery which was next on our list but first I needed to sober up a bit.  So we did a little shopping.

We went a couple of doors down and I tried on a dress but it wasn’t really my style and the sales woman recommended we try a boutique a couple of doors down named Bella Vita.  So as we headed that way everywhere we looked there were signs made for the emergency personnel who had helped saved Sonoma.  There wasn’t a store without a IMG_3871sign.  It was inspiring.  I could see what Nancy was talking about.  We made it to Bella Vita and within a  couple of minutes in the store my husband had picked out the perfect dress.  It even had pockets!  We moseyed over to Sonoma Cheese Factory for some charcuterie and then stopped in Global Heart Fair trade for a Christmas ornament.  I like to collect Christmas Ornaments on vacation. It makes decorating the tree more fun and personal!  We got back to the car and headed to Buena Vista winery.

I had been following Buena Vista on Facebook and knew it was their first day reopening.  The fires had made it to the back of their buildings and being the oldest winery in Sonoma the fire department did everything they could to save it and they did.

Although the buildings were saved, they were still working on getting the smell and smoke out of the buildings.  So all tastings were happening on the patio which was fine with us because it was a beautiful day! We sat outside making small talk with other patrons but since it was already past their closing time we didn’t spend much time there.  We figured it was time to see where we were spending the night and find some dinner.

We found our AirbnIMG_3860b and quickly made ourselves at home. The apartment also reeked of smoke so we opened all the windows and turned on the fans and made ourselves a charcuterie plate to enjoy outside as the sun set.  For dinner, we opted for a local Mexican place called El Molino Central it was delicious and super affordable – too of my favorite things.   We called it a night early excited for the following full day of tastings and exploring.  One more fully packed day to come!

May Roundup

It’s amazing how you can have a plan in your head of how you want your month to go and this 30 lb little tyrant can take over every aspect of your life including your thoughts, emotions and anxiety.  My three year old is giving a run for our money in parenting.  He’s been a little demon at school.  Kicking, biting, hitting, spitting his classmates and even teachers.  We have tried everything but nothing seems to be working.  We have involved the county’s early intervention team but now its a waiting game for an appointment.  So to say my son’s behavioral problems have thrown me for a loop would be an understatement.  Its been a challenging month and normally I would be pretty embarrassed by the results below but its been a fucking hard month and there is no shame in my game.

  1. Run the Naked Bavarian 40 mile race on March 4, 2017  –  Done.  Read race recap here if you missed it.
  2. Raise $5,000 for Covenant House Pennsylvania – Done March 3, 2017
  3. Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017* – my last blog post was right before this race.  There was a Nor’easter in Philly that day.  I completed the 25K and I am going to call this one done with an asterisk because that was the hardest 15.5 miles of my life and I will one day write up a race report about it.
  4. Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – Scale hasnt moved since January but the reality is other than running a ton earlier in the year I haven’t really tried.  So I am on day three of using myfitnesspal and I already feel better.  Going to put my head down and focus more on what I am putting in my body.  Because lets be honest, you can’t outrun a bad diet.
  5. Rock Climb More – Climbed once at the PRG with my hubby so that counts right?!?
  6. Travel More – We canceled our trip to Niagara Falls, it was supposed to rain all weekend but it ended up being fine.  Normally I would have been annoyed but we had a great weekend at home and got to get some stuff done around the house.  Plus we have Ft. Myers beach coming up!!! without the kids – what?!? Yes this is happening and I am very excited for it!!!
  7. Blog More – I sucked this month.  Working on it for next month.  Its been a hard month.
  8. One small house project a month – We finished our kitchen ceiling and no I didn’t take pictures because that bitch got done one day before having 40 people over for my sons joint birthday party so much for that blog post!
  9. Declutter –   I am steadily getting rid of stuff about 1 donation pickup every other week but I need to step up my game.  Too much stuff in the house still.
  10. Spend less – We spent more than I care to admit on food for my kids birthdays but I love a good party and while it was mayhem, we had a great time.  So no qualms about that.

Excited for June.  Farewell May, you bitch, I used to love you.

-G

April Roundup

I have been in a bit of a funk for the past couple of weeks.   I am a bit depressed and just out of sorts.  I have too many things I would like to be doing but not enough hours in the day.  I am not running as much as I would like.  I am definitely not sleeping enough.  I need to snap out of it but I just can’t seem to get back on track.  Here is my roundup for the month.

  1. Run the Naked Bavarian 40 mile race on March 4, 2017  –  Done.  Read race recap here if you missed it.
  2. Raise $5,000 for Covenant House Pennsylvania – Done March 3, 2017
  3. Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017 – I ran the Naked Prussian on April 1st but I am NOT prepared for 50 miles.  I have dropped down to 50K (31 miles) am I mad about it? Not really.  The 40 miler was always my big goal and my heart just isn’t in this one.  #sorrynotsorry
  4. Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – The scale is no longer my friend.  I am not sure that bitch was ever really a friend.  I am at the same weight I was at the end of January and I know what I need to do, I am just not sure if I have the will to do it.  Thinking about doing the TLS 21 day challenge.  Anyone out there done it before?
  5. Rock climb More – Nope not in April but it will happen in May when we are in Niagara Falls for more climbing.
  6. Travel More – Next up is Niagara Falls for Memorial day weekend.  My hubby and I will also be Ft. Meyers Beach for a quick weekend trip without the kids – what?!? Yes this is happening and I am very excited for it!!!
  7. Blog More – I am happy with the blogging I got done in April and while I would like more, I don’t want to sacrifice the quality for quantity so slow and steady it is.
  8. One small house project a month – My husband and I were able to get the ball rolling on a couple of things but nothing officially got done.  It will.  You know what did get done?!? POTTY TRAINING.  Boom.
  9. Declutter –   I got rid of quite a few things My coworker is having a baby so I gave her a bunch of miscellaneous things.  I sold a bunch of stuff on Facebook Marketplace and donated a bunch more.  This is probably my most completed goal of the month.
  10. Spend less – This goal is hard to measure.  We still spent a bunch of money but it went to HSA account (which is not really spending) and car maintenance.  But as far as buying miscellaneous crap I think we did great.  It helps that I haven’t been able to log into my Amazon regardless of calling them 3 times and emailing them twice.  #worstcustomerserviceever

Overall it wasn’t a bad month.  I just wanted more.  Isn’t that always the case? May is usually a good month for me, both boys will be celebrating their birthdays and the best part of these goals is I get to start all over again each month.  Happy May!

-G