Wednesday, November 30, 2011

San Francisco: Red Hat and Chocolate

Just a tiny recap of my almost-week in San Francisco.  By now, you probably know that my red hat travels with me.

(Not on me. I look awful in red.  Besides which, what if someone spotted me?!)

So two of the highlights of my trip to the city were as follows:

Lunch and general running-around with Christine Nguyen-McGrew, one of my crit partners and the best cheerleader a gal could have.  (You should have heard her squealing over the phone when I signed with Josh.  I couldn't understand a word she was saying.  And it was the first time I'd ever spoken with her.)

Breakfast with the illustrious Gabrielle Harbowy, whose soft-spokenness belies the fierceness of her dedication to all things editorial and bookish.  You'll see her in action next week during the Baker's Dozen Auction!  And, yeah.  She looks amazing in the hat.

And here it is: MY BOX OF TEUSCHER TRUFFLES.  May I just pause a moment and say that walking into the Teuscher shop and picking out a box of truffles was one of the BIGGEST CINDERELLA MOMENTS OF MY LIFE.  I could've stood in there and just BREATHED THE CHOCOLATE all afternoon!  And no, the box isn't empty yet.  There are exactly 6 truffles left.


So there you have it.  It wasn't the writing retreat I'd hoped for, but I'm glad I went.  Trolleys, Victorian architecture, and the best sushi I've ever had--not much to complain about!

Still.  I'm glad to be home.  I'm an utter hermit at heart.  Which is probably why I write in the first place.  Right?

Oh.  And today is the anniversary of the first time Mr. A kissed me.  Feel free to celebrate at will. *grin*


  1. Interesting. Today is also the anniversary of when my wife and I started dating.

    It is not the anniversary of our first kiss, however. That came a little bit earlier :-)

    Happy Anniversary and Happy Chocolate!

  2. That's so sweet - happy anniversary! :) Glad you enjoyed SF and are home safe and sound.

  3. Awww, that is so sweet that you remember that day ;o) Looks like you had fun!!

  4. Nice! Ours is July 9, first date and first kiss, seventeen years ago. Yes, I did kiss him on the first date -- he was a keeper. ;)

    Maybe splurge and share those Teuschers for dessert!

  5. Awww-- Christine looks adorable in that hat!

  6. Happy Kissaversary. That deserves another of those truffles, don't you think?

  7. How fun! And you're right, Gabrielle is amazing. Funny thing is, she said the same about you.

  8. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. I'm jealous of those if they could just invent a computer I can reach through to grab one of those last six...*crunch* *finger smashing against screen*

  9. Eeee, rain! Frizz! But it was wonderful to spend time with you and an honor to wear the hat. I'm still grinning! Next time, we'll make more time. :)

  10. squee bird goes squee. and that's the first time I've ever seen someone else type "Nguyen-McGrew" ... *squee*

  11. To which the obvious response is: A great day to take a picture of Mr. A in the red hat! (I leave the rest of his outfit up to your imagination.) :)

  12. Adam -- Happy date-iversary. :)

    Lauren -- Christine is cute in everything! :P

    Christine -- See? Even your COMMENTS are cute!

    Carol -- What a wonderful idea!