Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Monday, July 30, 2007

It's not only MONday it's MON's birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Monica!!! I miss you!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Saturday, July 28, 2007

dinner at Nathan's

having fun out on the boat

It was the two-year anniversary of me meeting this crazy gang! Why not celebrate back in Tahoe out on the boat?

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Stuart is so cute outside!

When Stuart gets to go out on the porch he tests my nerves by jumping up onto the railing. It's very exciting out there you know.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Opening Night!

Tonight was opening night of Aida at the Berkeley Opera. Dave and I are both singing in the chorus. Come out to see us! There are still three performances left.

Quote of the night - Saturday

"My blog is all cousins right now."

A Day in SF

The three of us spent the day in SF. First we cruised the Farmers Market at the Ferry Building...

And then we rode the Cable Cars around!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Quote of the day - Friday

"This chalkboard looks like a calculator threw up on it."

pedicures on BART

yes, we felt it

we not only felt the the earthquake this morning , but we woke up screaming in fact. our kitties were really freaked. but, we're all ok. stuart is still hiding.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Our cousin Dani

Dave's cousin Dani came to the Bay Area to visit us!

We went to Baker Beach!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Quote of the day - Tuesday

"This room doesn't look at all like Minnesota."

Sunday, July 15, 2007

It's been two whole years!

On our first date we were in San Diego... on our One Year anniversary we were in Seattle and we went on the Dinner Train! Our second anniversary began with a lovely family brunch in Oakland and ended at Fonda on Solano Ave. We had a great day!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Quote of the night - Tuesday

"Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you were my Noonah."

we're back in berkeley with our kitties

it didn't take long after our arrival home to have a pair of kitties snuggling with us. emerson grace took her usual favorite spot... wedged in between us.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Sayonara Japan!

Today we leave Kyoto and fly from Osaka back to San Francisco. We had a wonderful and successful trip to Korea and Japan and are sad it's over... but we do miss our kitties, and Berkeley, and look forward to coming home. See some of you very soon!!!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Day 10: Kyoto temples and the Nishiki Market

Our evening ended in a restaurant on Ponto Cho (yes, I guess we were cool enough to eat there) that was totally centered around leeks. We weren't sure what we ordered, but we ended up with this crazy metal bowl that we cooked our own leeks in along with some other veggies, tofu and fish. We had some garlic fried rice with leeks, some tuna and leeks with a side of leeks. It was good, but I don't think I'm eating leeks for a least a few weeks! :)

Look at the crazy alien cup'o'noodles vending machine! Ha!

Even though it is one of the most touristy temples to see, we were just enthralled by the idea of checking out Kinkaku-ji, the golden temple. It was totally super golden and really gorgeous.

Anyone who knew I'd love Japan for all of its tiny miniature cute little things was right!!!

In between temple visits we decided to check out the Nishiki Market.
We love markets and this one was no different. We saw all sorts of things from crazy sea creatures to yummy sweet treats! And, we sampled lots of interesting things.

A little stream runs through downtown Kyoto.

We began our last day in Japan at the Sanjusangendo Temple. It had cool orange gates (Torii) and 1001 buddhas. You can't take pictures of the buddhas, but if you click here you can view some images of inside the temple. It was wild!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Day 9: Kyoto

We ended our first evening in Kyoto by snacking on some little pancakes that we watched spin through this pancake-making machine.

Here we are exploring the little street of Ponto Cho... definitely the coolest thing we've seen in Kyoto so far!

Everyone hangs out by the river in the evening!

Do we love Kyoto or what!?

We woke up in Tokyo, made our way to Tokyo Station and onto a bullet train, watched the Japan countryside fly by, and in just over two hours we were in Kyoto.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Night 8: Japanese Baseball

Tonight we went to a Japanese Baseball game. It was the Giants (the first place and favorite team in Japan) against the Swallows (the underdogs). Ballpark food consisted of Hot dogs, Soba noodles and Edamame.

What is a "Home In" you ask? Well, it's when the team scores in any other way that is not a Home Run. And, any time the Swallows scored the fans did an umbrella dance. It was a sight to see.

As signs all around the ballpark suggested, we made friends.

Day 8: Asakusa and Ueno Gardens

Today we decided to explore Asakusa and the Sensoji with our friend Miho. We bought lots of trinkets in all of the little shops in the area, and thanks to Miho helping us order, we had a wonderful Japanese lunch.
And lucky for us we stumbled upon the Morning Glory Market Festival. Morning Glories are my favorite flower so you can imagine my excitement! There were supposedly over 140,000 flowers there.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Day 7: Imperial Gardens, Tokyo Tower and Roppongi

Torrey, Dave, John, Paul and Ringo (George must have been in the loo).

At the end of the night we landed in a bar called The Cavern Club where a Japanese Beatles cover band called The Silver Beats plays live music. They were so awesome! All of the Japanese guys were so into it! We were all clapping and singing along together. But, it was indeed quite strange to see John Lennon speaking Japanese in between perfect reproductions of some of The Beatles greatest hits.

It was sooooooo hot and humid today!
But this snowcone really hit the spot.

And of course we had to vist the Tokyo Tower!

A Japanese graveyard.

We found our friend Taka and explored the Imperial Gardens with him.