My Tears Aren’t Awake Yet

My tears aren’t awake yet. Those words were the final sentence of a short Facebook status update I posted at 5:30 a.m. from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport as I prepared to return to the United States after a fabulous nine days in Italy. It was time to say arrivederci to Italy. It was also too early to cry. … [Read more...]

A Year in Napa Valley

As July 30 winds down, I can't let the night slip away without acknowledging what this date means to me. Today marks my one-year anniversary living in the Napa Valley, and what a blast I've had these last 12 months. From making new friends (not to be confused with acquaintances) to carving out a new career for myself  to swimmingly adjusting to life in small town Rutherford, this has been a most memorable 365 days.  … [Read more...]

Now I Know Why Rutherford

“Why Rutherford?” is the question baffled people asked me when I told them I lived in the tiny town in the Napa Valley. “Why not St. Helena, Yountville or the city of Napa,” they wondered. I never had much of an answer except to say, I was looking on Craigslist for a house to rent in Yountville and came across a listing for Rutherford, which stated in the ad that the house was between Yountville and St. Helena. The house turned out to be perfect so here I am! … [Read more...]

Green acres is the place to be

If I had a C-note for every time someone has said to me, "What a big change for you" when they heard I was moving/moved from San Francisco to Rutherford, well, I could buy a vineyard—though probably not in the Napa Valley. Moving 63 miles was not a big change distance wise, nor has it been that big of a change for me personally; of course it's only been a week. In Rutherford, I drive on the same side of the road as I always have and speak the same language too. Moving here was not nearly as … [Read more...]