gotta getaway

Many thanks again for your generous birthday wishes, and also your beautiful words about my grandmother. Every comment means more to me than you know. Glad you liked the irises too (btw, I really only weed and water them, they do everything else themselves)! 

So my birthday went under the radar in “real” life — be careful what you wish for. While I was grateful no one made a big deal about it (aside from the Amazing M), I was honestly a bit perplexed that a few people failed to acknowledge the day. Part of me wonders if they may have grown tired of asking how I am, when they are unwilling to hear the answer (even though I usually say “fine” rather than unloading the truth). Or maybe I am just removed from their child-centered consciousness these days. Just another (repeat) life lesson about having expectations (i.e., don’t). 

Anyway, after the shit year we’ve had, M knew I’d been dreading turning 39. So he whisked me away to the gorgeous stretch of coastal Big Sur for a few days to relax and recharge by the ocean — one of my favorite things in the world to do. I told you he was smart…

Time to relax, explore, and enjoy our magnificent surroundings…

Wonderful wine, view, and company — a perfect way to begin our stay…

That’s the Pacific Ocean off in the distance, beyond the lavender bushes and butterflies… 

Followed by a trio of sorbets on a very hot day — passion fruit, blueberry and kiwi on pomegranate sauce…


A nice ride to the beach by a new friend…

Then happy hour, of course…

And for dessert, my favorite warm chocolate bread pudding (whoa)…

A visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on our way home…

And back to reality…


~ by luna on May 21, 2008.

24 Responses to “gotta getaway”

  1. What beautiful pics, Luna. I’m glad you had a nice getaway!

    Also, thanks for your kind words on my last post.

  2. Oh, I’m so glad you had a nice trip. Everything looks so beautiful!!

    I have birthday issues (not about aging, but because 9 times out of 10 something bad happens on my birthday) so I always ask that no one makes a big deal out of it. But, in my opinion, saying “happy birthday” or sending a card isn’t making a big deal. I send birthday cards to EVERYONE, every year…and I usually only get two (grandparents). I just don’t get people, you know?

    Sorry for the ramble. 🙂

  3. What a great way to hit 39.

  4. Beautiful photos…glad you had a nice birthday and good trip=)

  5. I’m hungry. And suddenly need a glass of wine.

  6. Oh my GOD, Luna! You are killing me! That looks like absolute and total heaven.

  7. You’re making me wistful for the years we lived in the Bay Area (Mountain View). SIGH. I miss the food, the wine, and the amazing outdoor opportunities. I don’t miss the traffic or cost of living, LOL.

    STUNNING photos — you have a gift :o)

  8. There is nothing on earth like the Pacific West Coast. Sigh. The Atlantic doesn’t compare. At all.

  9. Okay, now I’m hungry, salivating for a glass of wine, and pining to visit the California coast. Your pics could make postcards jealous.

  10. Wow … heaven indeed!

  11. Whoa. So much beauty in one weekend. I was born in CA and spent the first few years of my childhood there. I wish I could see it and experience it now through from an adult’s standpoint. If I could, I’d start with copying your weekend, starting with the desserts. 🙂

  12. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

    I’m so glad that you had such a great time on your birthday.

  13. What a fabulous trip! Happy Birthday, Luna! I am thrilled that you all visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a part of your birthday celebration weekend. If you come for your birthday next year let us know you are celebrating; we can give you a fun pin so that all of our staff and volunteers are able to acknowledge and celebrate you. May this year ahead bring you health and happiness, and even more of the things for which you wish! – Scott Stratton, Manager Guest Experience,

  14. I was peering so closely at the pudding that I think I got some on my cheek. I’m always so grateful for your fabulous food and wine porn… It’s almost better than the real thing. And cheaper.

  15. Glad you had a great trip.

  16. Note: I approved the above comment by aquarium staff because (1) I thought it was hilarious — i.e., they wanted me to wear a “fun pin” so staff could “celebrate” me and my birth! damn, maybe I could have sat in front with the 4 year olds for the sea otter feeding; and (2) to serve as a reminder that the things we post are so easily searchable, even without a link… Let the blogger beware.

  17. Wow! How beautiful! I went to Big Sur once. I was amazed at the hugeness of it all. The east coast is so different from that.

  18. Happy birthday.

    I love the picture of the jelly fish.

    I’m glad you could get away.


  19. Doesn’t California rock? I can’t tell you how much I love this place — just knowing I can get in the car and make the drive you shared in pictures brings such happiness…glad you and M shared such a lovely getaway.

  20. Ohmigosh, I just have to get there – mmmm and those sorbets and the chocolate bread pudding – you have no idea what you’re doing to my willpower! Happy Birthday!

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