Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Stylin', profilin', growlin' and smilin'

Bags in the car, iPod packed, Blackberry in hand, I shower kisses over JohnnyMac and MiniMac.

Why? Because just like LL Cool J, I am going back to Cali.

I am flying here:

to spend the next five days with my little brother at his fabulous new place. I can't wait to see him and visit one of my top five favorite cities.

There will be a lot of this:and this:



As well as many minutes of this:


And five days of this:

OH, and we are also driving here: 


MMMMMM. Tres bien. I can't wait to visit some of my favorite vineyards, and by all means, if you have some favorites too, share them with us. So in addition to wining, shopping, dancing, laughing, and Napa'ing, we will also be dining, socializing, and exercising (to make up for 1/2 of those other things.) And unlike LL Cool J., I like to add the letter "g" to my words.

Have a fabulous rest of your week. Don't forget about the beach bag giveaway. I will see you Monday.

76 comments:

mbkatc230 said...

Have fun! San Francisco is someplace I've always wanted to visit. Travel safe and laugh long and loud :) Kathy

Brian Miller said...

have a great trip!

She Wore It Well said...

Have a fab trip! xoxo

SmartBear said...

Oh, how I love Cali...have a wonderful trip. If you are shopping and buying something really indulgent, and feeling a bit guilty...just picture me on your shoulder shouting "Yes, you deserve it and it's AWESOME!" I'm your shopping support if you need it, is all I'm sayin'.
Best,
Tina

Slamdunk said...

Enjoy your trip and I look forward to reliving it blogging style when you return.

DaisyGal said...

have a great trip. I have never been to CA, so I will look forward to living vicariously through you this time.

enjoy the booze, the banter and the brother!!!!

:)

Will Burke said...

I'd love to viisit SF -- it's on my buckey list!

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

Have a great time! San Francisco is one of my favourite US cities, and always a good time.

Enjoy!!

Erin said...

I don't know if I have been more jealous in my life. I LOVE SF, and all my best friends live there now. Have sooo much fun!!!

Cara Smith said...

Sweet! Enjoy your trip!

Susan Erickson said...

lucky you....escaping all responsibilities...Yahoo!!!!

Gigi said...

San Francisco isn't my place of birth but it's my home. If you get a chance to check out Rombauer Winery - do so. They have great wine caves, and their dessert wine, which is called Joy and is only available at the winery itself, is well worth every penny.

Jealous in Austin, TX.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

I had a ball in Sonoma. The best tour was Jordan. I am not sure they do tours publicly though. It was a tour for our group where we had food pairings. The wine we drank was superb! And Dry Creek allowed us to mix our own Hermitage type wine. And J gave us champagne and great food.

Enjoy. I ate and drank my way through the towns and came home smiling and with my pants unsnapped. :-) You can always diet later!!

Erin said...

i'm green with jealousy.
first you get to go away for JM's birthday, now this w/ your kick-ass lil bro...have a ton of fun!

MommaKiss said...

Have a ton o' fun! I'm going to No Cal in October. Can. NOT. WAIT!

blueviolet said...

I hope you have a great time!

leigh said...

Be sure to spill your drink all over the floorboard of his car! :)

I hope that you have a great time.

Mighty M said...

Oh fun! I am sure you will get a blog worthy story or two from this trip!!

Enjoy! :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Have a great time! I would love to take a trip to Napa :)

Intense Guy said...

Have a marvelous time! Come back safely... and with as many cases of wine as you can (legally) drag home!

Krëg said...

Cocktails at The Ramp are pretty good. The food isn't bad either.

Kristina P. said...

I hope you have an amazing time!

Mommy Lisa said...

Sounds like a blast - wish I could stow away on that trip!

Bossy Betty said...

I am going to think of you as I plan my big trip to K-Mart this week. Please try not to be jealous.

Babes Mami said...

I love visual posts!

Have fun and I wear a size 8 shoe and like big chunky necklaces.

:]

A Year on the Grill said...

Party like a rock star!!

Linda said...

Have a wonderful trip! I love Cali and lived in Napa for a few years. Oh wineries! Truly a gift to enjoy! Time with your brother sounds like a blast!

Writing Without Periods! said...

I went to Napa once...the only thing I remember was the champagne. Have a blast!
Mary

AmyLK said...

Enojoy your trip and be safe!

Jennifer said...

Ooooh. Never been to Cali before. Someday, though. Enjoy your trip and have loads of fun. We'll miss you. :)

The Constant Complainer said...

I swear to you that the last time I was in San Francisco, I stayed at the Cow Palace Motel. LOL. For real! Great city to visit though. Have a wonderful time!

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

Have fun! Sounds like a blast!

Jen said...

Have fun in San Fran and be sure to tell us all about it upon your return! I didn't make it to Napa when I went, but we did do a wine tour in Sedona, which was really nice. I'd like to go back and visit Napa the next time. :-)

Ali said...

Ahhh, San Fran is the BEST! Have a lovely trip!

Mira said...

Oh and to think you could visit me and the triplets while you're here. I'm sure you have better things to do. Too bad though! Maybe next time we'll plan a rendezvous...

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Sounds like a grand time! Have fun. I cant wait for the stories you'll have to tell!
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Dumblond said...

NO WAY!!! You get to dance with an imaginary talking tiger?! Oh man, I am so frickin' jealous right now...

Joann Mannix said...

Ahhh, the best place on the planet. Both San Fran and the wine country.

Say hello to both of them for me. I'll be there in September.

St. Supery-Go. Go. Go. Try their Meritage and everything else.

Schramsberg Sparkling Wine has a great wine cave and a fabulous tour and their bubbly is like no other. Gotta make the phone call for the tour, but well worth it.

Charles Krug-The other brother of the royalty of Napa-Robert Mondavi. Their Generations wine is unbelievable.

I could keep going, but I'm sure you'll have many more fabulous suggestions. And I don't want to get you too drunk!

Have so much fun!

T!nK said...

ooohhh i wanna go! LoL.

McVal said...

I think you'll be doing lots of napa'ing when you get back too to get over the jet lag drag!
Have a wonderful trip!

Herding Cats said...

You are in my neighborhood! Welcome :)

As for Napa, I love Peju winery and Mumm Napa! Enjoy SF, it is my most favorite city!

Gillian said...

Don't forget to go shopping and get a cute pair of heels to celebrate this momentous occassion.

Have a blast!

K A B L O O E Y said...

Whatever happens in Napa, stays in Napa, right? Isn't that the saying? My only Napa exposure was the movie Sideways, so I'm no help, but have a blast with your bro.

Eva Gallant said...

Have lots of fun and stay safe!

Pricilla said...

Have a wonderful time.
Lots of good food in San Francisco. That's for sure.

J.J. said...

I love San Francisco and Napa (even though I hate wine, lol)!

I hope to get up there (S.F., that is) in exactly a month. Maybe someday we'll be there at the same time! : )

Have fun!!!

Luna said...

have fun and enjoy your trip. i could use a trip too.

shortmama said...

Enjoy yourself!!!

Simply Mel said...

SF will never be the same after JennyMac takes it by storm ~ if only you had a few minutes, I would LOVE to meet you for a cafe or cocktail in Sausalito or the city. Do let me know....

Caty said...

I hope you have a great trip!! Sounds wonderful; can't wait to read about it when you get back :)

Clemson Girl said...

um jealous. that is all.

Jules said...

See? Now I don't know if I like you again..... I mean, I'll always LOVE you......

Kristin said...

Oh you lucky lucky lady! Have some chocolate for me!

p.s. In case you haven't heard...Our blog has moved! We would love for you to visit us at our new site: http://www.bonbonrosegirls.com/
Unfortunately, if you followed us with Google Friend Connect you'll have to re-follow but everything else is the same! Hugs, K

secret agent woman said...

I lived in the Bay area for a few years as a kid and had a wonderful trip back several years ago. I know you'll have a fabulous time.

Aging Mommy said...

I so envy you right now that if I did not like you so much I would hate you :-)

I have always wanted to go to Napa Valley and never made it there before Motherhood occurred, but it is still a trip high on my priority list!

Jaime said...

have a great trip!

Christiejolu said...

Great...now I can't stop singing that song....Have a great time!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

LUCKY!!!

Denise said...

Ahhhh... SanFran. Love it. Cheers! Have an awesome time. (One funny side note about LL:

Hubby was at a trade show and LL performed. (Hubby loves LL). Hubby got to go backstage after the concert (he was v. excited). In photo capturing the moment when my wonderful, smart, lovably-geeky hubby met one very smokin' hot LL Cool J, my husband wore his sports coat and button down, his name badge AND his bright orange ear plugs. He loves LL, but didn't want to damage his ear drums during the concert. So cool. So hot. I laughed so hard when I saw that photo that I spit red wine out of my mouth.

Safe travels.

Teddy Started It said...

Now you're making me homesick. Have a great trip - and if you have time on your wine schedule, check out Truchard. They're by appointment only, but it's a wonderful small winery. Their wines are mmmmmMWAH. www.truchardvinyards.com

The Random Blogette said...

Have a fantastic time!

carma said...

enjoy!

Myya said...

Travel safe & have a great time! Hope your wine, shopping & brother time is wonderful!

The mad woman behind the blog said...

Welcome, welcome, welcome. The weather has been great!
(I'm almost dying to have company so I can get out and enjoy all the things my little piece of heaven has to offer rather than keeping the nose to the grindstone.)

Debbie said...

I hope you all have an incredible time together!

The Absence of Alternatives said...

WOW! Fabulous!!!

Tropical Mum said...

Have a great weekend! Wow! I have always wanted to go to the Napa Valley. Robert Mondavi wines are there right? Mmmm. Will have to settle for my Australian drop for now.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my gosh! I hope you are having the BEST time ever! Bon Voyage.

Terresa said...

Have a fab trip!!!!

Lit Chick said...

Hope you are having the best time!

Writing Without Periods! said...

Hope you are having a great time.
Mary

Fragrant Liar said...

How fabulous for you! I love SF too. Haven't been there in many years, but I have very fond memories of the city and the shopping and the sightseeing and Lombard Street and the vino. Hope to go back one of these days soon.

Take lots of pics for us!

Foxy said...

Oooh. SO jealous. Keep us posted...that way I can vicariously go on vacation. I need one.

Kristy said...

Sounds like you had a fab vacay and enjoyed yourself as much as you could! It's not a real vacation unless you come back TIRED!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Can't wait to hear about this trip. SF and the wine country are two of my absolute favorites

wendy said...

I'd love to see Napa Valley.
but I'd probably be drunk all the time (tee,hee), if not on the wine, for sure on the scenery etc
glad you had such fun