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Happy 100th Grandma Mildred

We just got home from a weekend in LA to celebrate Jay’s grandma Mildred’s 100th birthday. She’s such an amazing person—funny, full of incredible stories, and still extremely present, even after living in this crazy world for 100 years. It’s hard to even wrap your head around all that she’s lived through: the depression, too many wars, the population of the world growing from 1.6 billion to close to 7 billion. Wow.

Happy birthday Grandma Mildred. Here’s to your 101st year!

Italy, the rest of our trip…..

Tuscany View
Our view in Tuscany

We’re home now and I finally have enough brain power (post jet-lag) to upload some more photos. So I just posted a bunch more photos over here (on Flickr) of the final day we spent in Lake Como, and the 10 nights we spent in Tuscany. We stayed at Jay’s dad’s first cousin’s place in the hills of Massarosa. They’ve lived there for 15 years and have a beautiful b&b, with the gorgeous view you see in the photo above. We did day trips from there—to Lucca (ancient walled city), to the beaches of Viareggio; to Florence, to the hill towns north of Lucca, to a local winery, and to Vinci (birthplace of Leonardo).

Enjoy the photos!

Our view for the weekend: Lake Como

Lake Como View
Lake Como View

Since I last posted, we’ve traveled from Amsterdam to Italy. We met up with Jay’s parents in Milan, and yesterday we drove up to Lake Como. I actually did the driving! It wasn’t bad—Jay’s a great navigator, and we only kinda got lost once and almost went to Switzerland!

We’re spending three nights here before we head down to Tuscany. We’re staying in the little town of Tremezzo, which is on the west side of the lake. When Jay and I visited here in 2000, we stayed in Varenna, which is on the east side. There are some lovely little towns here on the west, but unfortunately the main road running up along the lake on this side runs right through the towns, so there is a constant din of traffic. We’re going to head to Bellagio and/or Varenna tomorrow on one of the boats, so it will be interesting to see if they’re still as quiet and peaceful as Jay and I remember from our last visit.

So I’ve posted some photos from the last day or so you can check out (see photo set on Flickr). They mostly include some views of the lake, and our visit to the Villa Carlotta botanical gardens, which are right down the road from where we’re staying:

Villa Carlotta is the most famous public villa of Lake Como, in particular for its centuries-old 70,000sqm botanical gardens. . . . It was built, as a summer home, by Marquis Giorgio Clerici, an important gentleman from the Spanish and Austrian Milan.

The gardens are very beautiful and varied–including bamboo, pines, azealas, citrus fruits, hidden pathways, arbors, etc.

Happy Birthday Jay!

We’re part-way through a celebration today for Jay’s birthday. Here’s our day (in photos) so far:

On the elusive 11 (our car was in the shop) on the way to the Seattle Art Museum to see the Picasso exhibit:
Jay on the elusive 11

Drinking a cappuccino at Stella’s:
Jay coffee

Outside SAM after the exhibit (it was awesome):
Jay & Picasso sign

Enjoying the view over Puget Sound:
View

A walk through the Market (Pike Place Pigs):
Pike Place Pigs

A fine dinner to come later (after a nap!).

Much love to you Jay! You are the best.

Cape Disappointment Camping

Jay and the Pacific

Before I get way, way behind, I wanted to post something about our camping trip we took in June to Cape Disappointment State Park. It’s at the very south tip of the Washington Coast, right on the Pacific Ocean / Columbia River junction. Jay and I spent two nights there (too short!) in one of their cabins and had a great time exploring the park and the many beautiful hiking trails. It’s the area where Lewis & Clarke “found” the Pacific Ocean, so there’s all sorts of historic information, including a museum / interpretive center.

I’ve posted a more full set of photos here.

Mother’s Day in nature

On Sunday, since Mary was out of town basking in the Hawaiian sun, we celebrated mother’s day with Jen, John, and Colin. Seattle gave us one of those ‘oh so beautiful’ days, where you forget about the grey and clouds and soak up the vitamin d. We went out to Discovery Park and had a picnic, then hiked down to the beach. Here are a couple photos from the day:

Colin and Jen, May 2010

Jay, John, Jen, and Colin - May 2010

If the photos look a little fuzzy, they’re supposed to be that way! I took them with my plastic Diana lens with my SLR camera–my new favorite camera set-up. I’ve been posting a lot of photos recently at my photography website (www.anastasiafuller.com) taken with this lens. I’m really loving it, and loving experimenting with it.

My 2009 Favorites List

in London (photo by Chris Dent)
in London (photo by Chris Dent)

On this eve of a new decade / year, here’s a retrospective of 2009 with some of my favorite things. (This is a personal post; check out this blog post for our 2009 biz/Juxtaprose thanks!)

places visited:

  • Myvatn Nature Baths, Myvatn, Iceland
  • the chocolate stores, galleries, and museums of Paris, France
  • wandering through London on a beautiful fall day

concerts / live performances:

  • Leonard Cohen (Coachella)
  • The Flaming Lips (Marymoor Park)
  • Akron/Family (Bumbershoot)

album(s) (in no particular order):

  • The Avett Brothers: I and Love and You
  • Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
  • Amadou & Miriam: Welcome to Mali
  • Built to Spill: There Is No Enemy
  • Yo La Tengo: Popular Songs
  • Wilco: Wilco
  • The Flaming Lips: Embryonic
  • St. Vincent: Actor
  • Rodrigo y Gabriel: 11:11
  • Mr. Smolin: Bring Back the Real Don Steele
  • Akron/Family: Set ‘em Wild, Set ‘em Free
  • Taken By Trees: East of Eden
  • Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • Neko Case: Middle Cyclone
  • Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest
  • Leonard Cohen: Live in London

movies (note: I didn’t check the dates; I think these were all 2009; or at least I saw them in 2009):

  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Man on Wire
  • Up
  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Extract (just saw this last night; so funny!)

tv (basically didn’t watch any live tv this year; all tv shows were via web streaming / DVD; we’re still 1-2 seasons behind on some of these; shhh):

  • Dollhouse
  • Damages
  • Mad Men
  • Battlestar Gallactica (maybe not the ending, but the rest of it was very enjoyable)

books I read this year (not all from 2009; I rarely read books when they first come out):

  • Revenge of the Spellmans: Lisa Lutz (the exception to the 2009 pub date; I also read the first draft of The Spellmans Strike Again (coming March 2010!)
  • The Girl who Fell from the Sky: Heidi W. Durrow (one of our clients, I got a manuscript version of her book, coming February 2010—definitely keep an eye out)
  • What the Dead Know: Laura Lippman
  • The Maisie Dobbs series: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Innocent Blood: P.D. James (I picked this up at an “English Pub” in Paris, where they had a wall full of English language books)
  • The Road: Cormac McCarthy (I don’t think I’m going to ruin the book by seeing the movie)

food / dining:

  • Chez Omar, Paris
  • all the fresh food from our garden!
  • weekly fresh salmon from the Farmer’s Market during the summer, grilled on our grill with freshly picked corn, and a bottle of wine
  • John Henry’s, Palm Springs

chocolate (yes, it gets its own category):

  • La Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin, Paris (no website, but check out this article)
  • Chocolate Mussy, Paris (8 rue du Bourg Tibourg, Marais)

art:

chance meeting:

  • meeting and talking with the fine art photographer Tim Rudman and his wife, Ingrid Rudman, at Lake Myvatn in Iceland; then running into them again, two days later, in a totally different part of Iceland and having another great conversation

spa experience(s):

  • Olympus Spa (Lynnwood, WA) – where I spent 6 hours of my 38th birthday!
  • all the hot pools of Iceland: Myvatn Nature Baths and the “swimming pools” of Husavik and Reykjavik

None of these things would have been the same had I not shared them with friends, family, a cranky cat, and “strangers” met along the way. Mostly none would have been the same without Jay (I love you!). Looking forward to more adventures in 2010 and beyond.