Saturday, May 29, 2010

take the magic with you

This is the view about one minute from our doorstep. Very nice.

We've been following the advice on J's shirt...
doing what we like
liking what we do.

Tonight we had dinner at Tomatina's.
Half the pizza was five cheese...we knew we couldn't go wrong.
The other half was The Vineyard...
oven roasted seedless red grapes, gorgonzola & mozzarella
finished up with olive oil & arugula.
Very different combo, huh? But oh so tasty!
me + new shoes= happy girl

Remember the old Alameda theatre? It's still in business.
We gave them some of ours tonight.
 This is the sign you see upon your exit.

And here's my man.
I guess this is what you look like when you take the magic with you.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

we made it

Our new city...Alameda, California!
Alameda is an island town {had to throw that in for you, Lynn} nestled in the Bay between Oakland & San Francisco.

The weather is perfect. Pleasant days, chilly evenings.

No humidity...much like Alabama, right?

Justin & Mom reviewing a map of The City before we made our departure.

Thank you, Dad & Mama, for sending us off on this great adventure! We love you & appreciate you greatly!
Our first official meal as city folk at Juanita's.
In a word, delicious.
Quite possibly the best dessert I have ever eaten.
For me, pralines & cream with hot fudge.
For J, chocolate peanut butter with hot fudge.
And whipped cream.
With a cherry on top.


I will be spending time here.

Sweet little shop. Linen napkins. Beautiful cups & saucers. Farrow & Ball.
If you can't find me at Daisy's, I will be across the street at Books Inc.

My man. He's the reason we came to The City.
I love him.
I love that he's reading Sproul in Starbucks in California.
Then he started reading a local paper with ads for free mary jane...for medicinal purposes, I'm sure.He humored me in his new hospital.
Bet he felt like it was the first day of school.
He is my hero.
And I'm really thankful to experience this adventure with him.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

the function of man is to live, not exist

As most of you know, we’re headed to Oakland California for my first travel nursing assignment. One of the areas we might be located is Jack London Square {named after the author of Call of the Wild}. The square has a statue of Jack London with a quote he wrote that reflects our desires and reasons to travel. I think it artfully sums up this whole process of us getting started with all the joys and difficulties a new adventure brings. Hope you enjoy. Justin

I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze
than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow,
than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.
Jack London