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November 2007


Posted by Beth Belk Nov 20, 2007




Last weekend, we went to Napa and I love, love, loved it!  Driving around all day and trying wine is the life for me.



We stayed at the Meritage. It's a really pretty resort with a vineyard on the grounds.  They dug this big cave into their hills where they do tasting every night.  This was my maiden wine tasting voyage and apparently we did not hit all of the hoity toity wineries.  But I'm not really into hoity toity so that's all right with me.



First, we hit Napa Cellars/Folie a Deux.  I definitely recommend it as a first stop if you're inexperienced like me. The guy behind the counter was so nice and didn't make me feel like a moron.  There's the ones that make the Menage a Trois wine you may have had before.  And it gets its name because it uses three different types of grapes so get your mind out of the gutter!





Next on our blitzkrieg was Raymond which I don't think I'd heard of.  Well, let's be serious, unless it's two buck chuck, I don't know a whole lot about wine.  It was bigger and more impersonal but we had fun.  There were these funny old guys from Memphis next to us who kept harassing the bartender (what do you call those people?) asking where the party was later.






Oops. Gotta run.  My computer is smoking...



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My soccer team actually requested a shout out on the blog so here you go. A team pic after our last game.  Good job, guys!  I'm so glad to play with a group of people who really understand that winning isn't everything





And since we're so frequently late to the games, here's a map of where we play. Maybe it will help everyone get there a bit earlier next session.





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Posted by Beth Belk Nov 14, 2007

Seattle was great fun. I loved it. I had my usual plane troubles because it's never easy when I fly somewhere.


I got up at 4:45, got a cab to the airport and United was packed. I hate United! I can't believe they had a line out the door at 5 am. So I finally get to the desk (because I have a paper ticket) and they tell me that my connecting flight was cancelled and I have to go to the back of another line to rebook. In an unusual slight of luck, I ended up on a non-stop flight on Alaska Air instead.



My other standard Beth moment was when I was leaving the hotel to go home. I'd gone down to get breakfast and needed to charge the meal to the room (i.e. Dom's company).  I realized that I had no idea what room I was in and Dom had left for his meeting. I went to the front desk and told them that I had forgotten my room number but knew it was on the 6th floor.  She told me I was in Rm. 332 and the hotel only had four floors. Oops!



We were all over the place. It was some serious sightseeing. Our friends out there made excellent tour guides. Here's all the place we hit (kind of - I didn't adjust my camera for daylight savings so it didn't sync right with my GPS).



We did all the touristy stuff. Saw the space needle, went to the fish market, saw some rain and houseboats. Went to the original starbucks, first Nordstroms, drove around UDub and I drank a lot of coffee. The food was delicious too. We went to this sushi place, Umi's - amazing. Our digs were pretty sweet too. Our friends have this gorgeous house on the Sound.



On the Sony side of things, I was a bit frustrated with my schwag. A lot of my pics came out blurry - probably because I was trying to use all the features instead of the standard picture taking mode. The GPS is also really picky about finding a signal. If I'm indoors, in a car, even if it's in my pocket, it can't find a signal. We even have a pic of Dom holding it out of the window of that car so it would work.



Here are some pics from the weekend.



Playing with fish at the market...(he let me keep that fish!)



With Josh in front of the Space Needle



Mt Ranier and their stadiums



Original Starbucks



View from Josh's place in typical Seattle weather



Pictures from the plane on the way home. The first is flying past the Golden Gate bridge and the second is landing in San Diego.



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Being unemployed...

Posted by Beth Belk Nov 9, 2007

is kind of boring! I didn't think that would be the case but I am bored, bored, bored. During the day, I get up (a little later each day), take the dog for a walk, make coffee, do the mega-sudoku in the paper, take the dog to the beach, come home, think about how I should do something productive, sit on the couch and watch the America's Next Top Model marathon instead, get a call to go meet some friends, change out of my pjs, walk to the bar, tell everyone how awesome it is to do nothing all day, wish that people could stay out later instead of having to go home because they have work the next day, come back home, wrestle with Stella, tell her I'm bored, go to bed. Oh, and we don't get mail to our apartment anymore so I don't even have mail to read. Apparently, that's illegal but our landlord doesn't want to fix the buzzer so the mailman can get into our complex. Slumlord!


Now, plenty of people have made the observation that I could use my time to look for a job or study and those are very reasonable suggestions. But it's my first week of unemployment and I'm still on the payroll so I think I deserve to be lazy for at least a week. Though I never thought I'd find myself blogging to pass the time...How about some pics? I'm sure I have some on this computer that I can attach and tell you all about...


Here's one from our girls only ski trip to Whistler last year. That's Julia, Rachel and Kate waiting for the the RAIN. It rained the entire weekend. I only know how to snow ski, not water ski so that was unfortunate. But, we persevered and still had fun. This year, we're headed to Jackson Hole (at least that's my vote!).





Here's a fun one of Luke, Dom's friend. Our soccer team makes a run for the border to celebrate the end of our season and Luke tagged along to Rosarito with us. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post pics with booze. The guidelines for blogging were mailed to me by Sony but I don't get my mail so let's just cross our fingers that they don't get mad and take away all my free schwag. Back to the pic - at the bar, these guys come around with a whistle, pour tequila down your throat and then shake you! Then you pay THEM for this unsolicited service. If you're one of the lucky ones, they even hold you up by your ankles and then shake you. Luke was not lucky that day.






Note: Binge drinking, especially with tequila, is not ok. There, that should cover my bases...





Dom wears short shorts! Here's one of the first tri of Dom's that I watched in San Diego. He won that tri...because he's always a winner to me. Awwwww





That was a nice walk down memory lane I'm headed to Seattle tomorrow so I'll have new pics with my gps stuff next week like I'm supposed to. Sorry, Sony!



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We won!

Posted by Beth Belk Nov 4, 2007

Yay, Redskins! It was a pretty pathetic victory but it will do. We went to Winstons - the best Redskins bar ever. They raffle off Redskins gear after the third quarter of each game (I won a t-shirt!), give out free shots after touchdowns (that was just one today if you're counting), and, when we play the Pats, they give out free pity shots to ease the pain. If ever you're in San Diego and want to watch the game, Winstons in OB is the very best! They're even dog-friendly. Stella is more of a Chargers fan but she still has a decent time. Check it out...



And I think this is really funny. The bar is cash only so we always have to hit the ATM before we go. It's a walk/drive through ATM.





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Posted by Beth Belk Nov 3, 2007

Hello! It's been a long time coming but I have joined the 21st century and started blogging. With a little bit of incentive Sony was nice enough to send me all these new gadgets for free so now I'm out and about enjoying my new found freedom and keeping it all very well documented. This is also my first GPS experience so it's nice to be able to keep track of where exactly I've been. Too bad it can't keep me from getting lost on my way home!


We've been in San Diego a year now but it seems we're away more than we're here. In the next couple of weeks, Dom and I are headed to Seattle, Napa, hopefully home (DC) and then wrapping it up with the Vegas half marathon. How did I ever have time for a job before?!?


Here's the lovely San Diego sky line from Harbor Island. The sky is still pretty hazy, don't know if that left over from the fires or just normal weather stuff. This also is part of the course for the America's Finest City half marathon. That was a brutal morning...but scenic.



Since we have the Vegas half marathon coming up, we're training this time and here is a pic to prove it. Dom and me after a few laps around Fiesta Island. I swear we were running before this. Scouts honor.



Fiesta Island is great for training. As long as you give the bikers their space. One of them plowed down a guy in my running group a few weeks ago. Ouch. It's also a great place for Stella (the best dog ever!) since there's lot of leash free space for her to frolic and practice her acrobatics...this is also a cool example of how that GPS unit is tracking where I take my pics.



And here's Stella. She's a year and four months now and very excited to have me around all day for relentless rounds of fetch. And I'm very excited to have her as an excuse to waste the hours away at the beach.



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