We celebrated this sweet 16th year old at home this year, which is rare as we’re usually traveling somewhere. It’s hard to imagine that Olivia would need anything just a few days after Christmas, but her generous family always sends her such thoughtful gifts. It was extra special to have my mom, aunt Jen and Blue here to celebrate together.
We braved the rain and took everyone to Che Fico in San Francisco. I thought it was even better than the first time and every dish was amazing. While not a big party with her friends, we hope she enjoyed spending the day with her family who loves her very much.
Happy 16th Birthday, Olivia!
This is the last show in my 2022 concert series, which turned out to be the most intimate and memorable. While I was cementing my The Airborne Toxic Event superfan status, I joined their fan club. Along with a free t-shirt, members are entitled to admission to one secret show per year, one of which was scheduled in San Francisco on Saturday at the Rickshaw Stop.
This club is so secret that no one in my family would join me. I was resigned to go alone. I think I mentioned it to Eddie and somehow I roped him into going with me. I did all the hard work: signing him up, sending him his t-shirt, and telling him the date. All he did was fly coast-to-coast, golf with me in 40-something-degree constant drizzle, and swipe the bill at Che Fico (highly recommended dining in SF).
The show itself was even better than I expected. This was the smallest venue in which I’ve ever seen a band play. My guess was that there were only about 100 people there. The set included many songs they don’t normally play, and also excluded some favorites.
This was one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen and I don’t know if I’ll ever get to see a show like this again. It was super special to enjoy it with my best man/best friend, who also loves live music even if TATE is new to him. If you ever get a chance to see them live, don’t pass it up.
Mom has been missing her beloved Mia so much. We had lunch with her daughter, Lilly, in San Francisco during her visit. We spent some time before lunch at the Ferry Building and walked to Waterbar along the Embarcadero. It was so nice to catch up and hear about her family and her new passions.
It’s been ages since we had a family excursion to San Francisco – definitely not during the pandemic. We made an impromptu outing on Saturday to the Embarcadero and had a really nice meal at Waterbar. It was a beautiful day for a walk and lunch outside.
On August 24th, we celebrated Elin’s birthday in San Francisco at Sociale. Now that her time with us is coming to a close, I wish we had more time to experience the Bay Area together. We’re going to miss her!
Happy Birthday, Elin!
Jen came to visit us for 4th of July weekend and Dave was here for the week as well. We made a trip to the San Francisco Zoo, to which Jen and Dave had never been.
This year’s annual all-hands in San Francisco was made extra special because we were celebrating a decade being in business. We celebrated at City Hall with the after party at Forgery. My camera was officially broken, so you’ll have to trust me that everyone looked amazing at our first black-tie event and that it was a great celebration.
My parents are visiting for a few weeks to help out as Grace has gone back to work. Thus, we were fortunate to spend Mother’s Day with my mom, as well as Addy and Charles and the Moons. Grace, my mom, and Julie enjoyed the spa at the St. Regis in the morning and the rest of us joined for brunch afterwards.
Happy Mother’s Day!