Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Element of Surprise

 I've done plenty of surprises in my life. And for some reason, they don't always go as planned. Something always manages to go wrong. But let me tell you, this surprise was PERFECT.  So allow me to share with you how well this went. 
That face. Does it not speak for itself?
When the surprisee realizes he's been duped. And the surpriser is giddy because success!
The surprisee is still in shock but manages to put on a brave face, because he still has no idea what's happening. 
So much going through his head. Why? How? When? What?
And then it's revealed. Emotions run high and the moment begins to sink in. 
And even now when all has been said and done there is still an element of shock and awe because the surprisee still can't believe what has just happened and none of it has really sunk in. 

Give the man a moment. 

This was a perfect surprise.

Boys Day at the Giants Game

While I was home sick nursing a bad cold, my boys spent a gorgeous day in the city at a Giants game. I love that we have wonderful family and friends who allow our family to attend these games. I can't say we've every actually paid for a game - for which we are super thankful. But don't worry, we'll do you a solid and buy you a meal or a nice cold one at the game. Go Giants!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Kat's Stinky Birthday

We spent a fun evening in the city last weekend celebrating our dear friend Kat's birthday. She wanted to have dinner at the Stinking Rose in North Beach. I'd never been, but always heard great things about the place. And you can't go wrong with garlic. Well, I guess you can, I mean, you will stink. But since there was ten of us, there's no way we could tell who was the stinkiest. Plus the food was so delicious you kind of just throw caution to the wind and dive right into the garlic-fest. 

 Elaine, Jean, Me and Kat right before we were seated 
 Kat and her sweet husband Jon
 These clowns: Jayson and Junior
 The other clowns: Jon and Billy
 I'd like to believe we embodied more of the "rose" rather than the "stinking"
 The birthday garlic girl
 At the Tonga Room where they are known for their strong drinks
VIP status at the Tonga Room

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Birthday Lounge Fun

A few weeks back we celebrated Junior and Jackie's birthdays by visiting a couple of lounges in Yountville. We first stopped by Bottega where we literally ordered every appetizer and drinks. The server thought it was funny but we were totally serious. It was a warm summer night as we ate, drank and laughed. The girls and I discussed our plans to visit Las Vegas later this year and the men talked sports. 

We finished the night off with more drinks and sandwiches at R+D Kitchen. The celebrants enjoyed the time and we pretty much closed down the restaurant. 

 The sisters and the birthday boy
 Pretty ladies: Willi and Jackie
 All of us: Jackie, RJ, Willi, Jen, Me and Renneeh
The guys: Junior, Troy and Bernard

SUDACircuit Team Hike at Muir Woods

 A gorgeous morning at Muir Woods. It was breathtaking. 
 The gals and I before we begin the hike. It would be a nearly 2 and a half hour hike through the woods. Our Fitbits were very happy with us!
 The team at the Visitor Center.
 Because sometimes walking forward is just too boring.
 We didn't forget to look up and take in the amazing views.
I can appreciate why John Muir thought this was worth saving.

Birthday Dinner at Cole's Chop House

I know I've written multiple times on Cole's Chop House on this blog, so I won't go into much detail about the place. We don't go here often anymore - I think that last time was 3 years ago. So it was a treat to be back for my husband's birthday and this time we brought along some friends. 

 Friends for life: Jayson and Junior
 A sweet couple: Elaine and Jayson
 Me and the birthday boy
 Our feast. We almost requested a bigger table. 
 His favorite dessert: brownie and caramel ice cream
 Our favorite server and friend: Yanic
Ladies of the evening. We had as much fun (if not more) than the birthday boy.

Birthday Brunch At The Deadfish

My husband had a wonderful Sunday last week. It was his birthday and he had quite the day. We started off with a yummy brunch at The Dead Fish. My older son has been dreaming about their scrambled eggs. Seriously, I kid you not. And they did not disappoint. My other son was salivating over the fresh bread and the cheesy bread they offer at the restaurant. I enjoyed the mojito and my husband loved his mimosa. Afterwards we headed to the mall where we walked off brunch and then headed home for a much needed nap. Ah, to be old and aging - it's the little things that make your day. 

Same SUDAMIX Different Location

Big changes happened in July. SUDAMIX found a new location and home. There was fear that many of those who had come to love SUDAMIX might not follow us. We worried that we would be starting all over. That perhaps going out on our own was not going to work. We were wrong. So happy to be so wrong. 

I walked into our first class on a Monday morning to find the room completely filled. I was so happy to see all the same familiar faces and I spontaneously started to clap in joy and was quickly joined by the rest of the class as we cheered and clapped together. The energy at that first class was amazing, to say the least. We had a great workout and so many were eager to sign up and make SUDAMIX a regular part of their workout week. 

We are optimistic for the future of SUDAMIX and look forward to helping many people build healthy habits in a fun and supportive atmosphere. 

If you are interested in finding out more about us, visit our Facebook page at SUDAMIX. 

To Be Young and Athletic

My trainer and I were approached by one of the moms in our group about doing a cross training camp for her daughter and her teammates. They're from the local gymnastics association and boy are they amazing! They pretty much tore up every drill we put them through. And in terms of flexibility, well we looked pretty silly stretching out with them. It was a fun camp and these girls worked so hard. After a full session of drills and relays they still had energy to do handstands and back flips! To be young and athletic. Sigh.