Friday, May 5, 2017

Guest appearance on What Were They Eating?!

We went to Portland in March to visit with our favorite YouTube stars, John and Chari! Previously featured in our Hawaii trip pictures, they are on to bigger and better things in that most hipster of cities. We brought with us a wealth of inedible 1960s recipes, one of which they deemed worthy of inclusion in their latest installment of WWTE?

Check it out!

Friday, April 28, 2017

2015/2016/2017 Round up!

"You haven't updated your blog! You post so infrequently! What has been going on for the last couple years?" Asked absolutely no one. But I'm going to post it anyway!

Lake Merritt - my work neighbor

I took a job in Oakland (again) in 2015. I've been commuting a lot. But I am no longer responsible for dealing with other people's baby-mama-drama, so I've definitely de-stressed a bit. I do have to travel to LA, SD, and Sac sometimes for the programs I manage, and I occasionally get to go somewhere more exciting.

I immediately got to go to the State Bar meeting in OC in 2015. That wasn't very fun or exciting, but I followed it with a bunch of small trips to LA, Paso Robles, Sacramento, and Tahoe/Truckee (because a freak snow storm closed I-80 and I got a "bonus" night in a crappy motel by the highway).


Beautiful Anaheim!

The very fancy Allegretto in Paso


LA skyline

SF skyline

View from my Truckee crash pad waiting out the snowstorm in mid-May
In this time, Steve achieved optimal full beard, then shaved it to again reveal his adorable face, then grew in something I call the "W"--mustache attached to biker chops.






 Mulligan had to have back surgery in February 2016 for a bulging disc, but recovered miraculously and is doing well at 11 years (will be 12 on June 22).












We managed to spend some time in LA  in the spring of 2016, San Diego in the fall, Panama over Thanksgiving, and Portland March 2017. I got to go to Nashville in January 2017 for a conference, which made Steve jealous, but I barely managed to get out.






So a lot has happened! and yet, not very much. Here's hoping for a huge trip in 2018! In the meantime, I'm working on paying off those student loans. (It's only been 14 years since I graduated from law school. It's about time.)


Whatever happened to the Internet?

Has Google deleted or blocked everything on the web that can't be monetized? Once upon a time, the internet was a place where people freely posted information, stories, photos, art, poetry, etc. You could connect with other people, learn about things, and explore. Now there is nowhere to go without handing over your personal information and the content is usually not worth it. Even many blogs that look like they might be run by actual people all look strangely similar and are updated with alarming regularity for something one person does in their free time. I am supremely bored.  And thanks to the internet, there is no neighborhood bookstore to hang out in anymore.




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Coming soon

I haven't posted anything in a while. But I have fun looking at my old posts, so I'm going to start up again. And, although I haven't had much of interest to blog lately, I finally have some upcoming travels! Here's a hint:



David Lee in a cod piece and who can beat Eddie on guitar? You're welcome. If watching this doesn't make your day infinitely better you probably take life too seriously. I want whatever these guys were on! Fun fact: in the 90s Steve had a work friend whose car was painted in the style of Eddie Van Halen's guitar from the 1984 album, which was one of the best things ever. [Yes, they were still misogynists.]

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Steve's Birthday Bash

Steve is a social butterfly. And he loves being the center of attention. So for his birthday this year, even though it wasn't a "landmark" birthday, it did fall on a Saturday, so I threw him a bash the likes of which I'm not doing again for a LONG time. Thank you everyone who came out and made it such a wonderful party!

Thanks to Megan who volunteered to be photographer for the evening and document the night!

We had a wrestling theme, to keep the party going from Wrestlemania weekend. I'll bet that's the first time someone has used the WWE Happy Birthday banner for a 42nd birthday.

Our awesome friends and family helped me doll up the clubhouse, make plenty of food, and get everything set up. And Chari let us borrow her PS3 for some Singstar karaoke action. Most people swore they wouldn't sing, but we got a lot of people to participate by the end of the night.  Of course, we were lucky to secure a guest of honor!




Without [much] commentary, I'll let the pictures tell the story of the progression of the evening:
Actually using the clubhouse kitchen

Way to help out guys.
Part of the spread
Beards were encouraged
Early arrivals--Holly!

And the folks!

The party is always in the kitchen

The two Sarahs!

Deep conversation

John and Erin even made it!

OMG so did February!

And Maddie & Josh!

John Cena did not make it. But his spirit was there.

I let someone else handle the baking so that the cupcakes would actually look and taste good.

Brett showing his support of both the beard and wrestling theme.

Mid-way through the party, the Hulk interactions got weirder

Hulk totally photo-bombing Megan

What a cute couple!

Natasha and Megan with the birthday boy!

"Her name is Rio!"

Damon and Chari keeping it chill

A tiara and a frenchie shirt for the birthday boy!

BEST BIRTHDAY CARD EVER

Maddie and Josh were up to the challenge and made sure Steve got the "Pimp Cup" he requested

I think we made it

Greg gets a rub down from the birthday boy

John and Chari are adorable.

ADORABLE

Time to get serious about some singing

More singing

EVEN MORE SINGING

Towards the end of the night, things got weird with the Hulk. Megan and Greg going for a three way.

Jags was suitably impressed

I don't really know what was going down here

I'll empty the keg while you all are busy with the Hulk. Party Over!
And, if you want to see the rest, here is the link to ALL the pictures!
Steve's 42nd Birthday Pictures

If you want to add your own pictures in the comments, I think you should be able to. Send them to me if you have any problems: cottingh1234@gmail.com