Apologies for lagging in my posts. I would like to say it's because I have been so busy, but I think it's a deeper reason - not wanting or knowing how to follow Brent's guest post! His writing is just too much. It makes me happy to know he's considering starting his own blog... I look forward to reading it. Excuses aside - things have been busy, but definitely not hectic. Much has happened in the last month but I have also had plenty of time to myself for rest, relaxation, and enjoying the last few weeks of summer. It seems appropriate that I finally felt the urge to come back here on this drippy morning, at the first sign of Autumn's arrival.
August was fairly eventful - Brent's friend Jimbo came into town for a visit...
..and it got off to a pretty rough start on the way up to Sonoma.
We didn't get to do any wine tasting after all that, but still managed to enjoy Petaluma with Cheryl, who was a fabulous friend to come pick us up to bring us home the next day. We stayed in a cute, albeit extremely LOUD hotel (thanks to the crowd in Petaluma to see Courtney Love) for the night...
...and made sure to get Cheryl a nice big bowl of pasta at a delicious historic Italian restaurant in town to say "thank you" for the rescue.
The boys ended up having a fine time for the rest of Jim's visit, and Rudy and I took some time to rest and recover after being rocked around in the back seat of that accident! I'm just glad everyone was okay... especially my little Rudybega. I have since purchased him a doggy seat belt, which he is (no surprise) afraid of.
I have been keeping to myself on the weekends to work on projects, one of which was a fun "love story" chalkboard - my first official commissioned job for a happy, recently engaged couple!
I enjoyed seeing Taming of the Shrew, one of the last Shakespeare Santa Cruz plays in the redwood glen on UCSC campus with Cheryl, my boss Kathy and her hubby Ken, and two new friends we met through work. What a pleasurable way to spend a summer afternoon - sitting under a canopy of redwood trees, watching a fabulously produced show of talented actors, sipping white wine, and snacking on charcuterie. Shakespeare Santa Cruz was one of my favorite clients to work with, and although it was great to see all of the finished pieces we worked on together, it was also sad because they announced they were closing after this season. I'm so glad I was able to enjoy the unique experience, but I will surely miss the incredibly fun and creative work we got to do together!
We also took a quick trip up to San Francisco to enjoy a day at Outsidelands with Jon and Leslie and some friends from Arizona. I definitely have to go for the whole weekend next year - one day there was great, but not enough of the music and food!
For the most part, Brent and I have just been getting settled into daily life in the cottage together. The awkward adjustment phase seems to have passed, and now I am just happy to enjoy time together and thankful for the pleasure of getting to see him every day, in all his insane glory.