Just a perfect day in the city.


My wife is adorable.


Every once in while life offers up some pretty amazing opportunities. This weekend was one of those for me. Jo and I were just talking about how we haven't had a chance to rest and relax lately, so this weekend was right on time. Our friend Drew pitched the idea of renting and staying at a vacation rental on a winery. So Drew and Maika, Mike and Lisa, and Jo and myself all pitched in for the estate vacation rental on the Gustafson Family Vineyards.

First of all the house was amazing. It was a perfect weekend for spending some time with some very good friends and doing so in a stunningly beautiful location. We also got to meet Drew and Maika's new baby boy Val. Also during our stay we made a new friend, Rampage, the winery dog. I'll let the photos do the rest of describing the weekend.


Well Jo will kill me for posting this but I think she looks like a rock star.  We ran the US Half Marathon in San Francisco this Sunday and the course included running across the Golden Gate Bridge.  Who could resist that on a run?  The run was beautiful and the weather was perfect.


Wow, so I have realized it's been a while since I last posted.  Well, where to start?  Jo and I spent Christmas, our anniversary, and New Years in Rome.  We spent two weeks just in Rome, no rushing around to other cities or trying to keep a schedule.  It was relaxing and honestly I fell in love with the city.  If only I could figure out how to move and live there permanently.  It was an amazing trip.  We have too many stories to tell so instead here is a link to some of our photos.

Rome Photos

Shortly after we returned from Rome I made the career move from Epicor to Teachscape.  I was at Epicor for over 9 years.  I think I stayed there too long to be honest.  I guess I was always hoping that they could turn things around but after too many missed opportunities in my opinion it was time to move on.  In a fortunate turn of events I had a recruiter contact me about a position in the city and for a great company.  Teachscape is a very nice change of pace for me and I am extremely happy with the move.  I am working with great technology and looking forward to being a valued member of the development team.

The job change comes with a huge change in lifestyle.  I no longer commute via BART to the east bay and Jo and I walk to work together in the mornings and home in the evenings pretty much every day.  We never have to touch a vehicle of any kind.  We stop at the Starbucks right in front of the gate to China Town on our way into work.  It's down right civilized.  Working and living in the city makes me feel like I am truly a resident of San Francisco now that I don't have to commute out during the week.

Well there's been a lot more to write about but I'll have to save more for other posts.



I don't think we could top this anniversary dinner.  We ate at an outdoor restaurant In Rome, looking at the Pantheon.  Easily one of the best moments of my life.


A very amazing moment while walking through the Borghese Gardens in Rome and looking down onto Piazza Popolo, just after the rain.