Ahhhh, I am back from a 3-day vacation up the California coast...stayed at a little town called Point Reyes Station which is only an hour out of San Fran but feels like much farther in terms of the atmosphere. Was my mom's 50s birthday (hi mom!) and my b-friend, mom, dad, and baby brother decided it would be fun to cavort around somewhere together for some quality time...lots of hot-tubbing (it IS california, you know), gin & tonics (ahhhhh!), wild blackberries straight offa the bushes, and nature-gandering (mostly in the backyard of the cottages) but hey, it was great to get away...we also bought 50 raw oysters from the Tomales Bay oyster farm for $38 (holey moley--cheap!--any restaurant in SF sells 'em for $2 a pop) and spent a great deal of time wrestling with shucking them and guzzling down the goodies. must remember to do this more often :)
it's my first "summer" trip of the year (geesh!) and hopefully not my last (ouch).