Well I survived the journey and what a marathon it was. Up at 6.30 to catch my 11am flight which left at 12. Then on to my 2.45 Sydney flight that left at 4.30. I got into Dan Francisco at 12.30 cleared customs by 1.30 and waited for my Napa bus which arrived at my hotel about 4.30. I wandered down to the Oxbow market, had a refreshing cup of yea and have spent the rest of the afternoon chatting in tasting rooms.
I am currently eating Salmon fillet tacos, a gourmet experience I won’t soon forget. Happy first day of my holiday (chings glass against itself).
Tomorrow I take a balloon ride and then do a winery tour so expect photos
Signing off drunkenly from Napa Valley
The preparations have been a year in the making, the countdown began in February when I bought the tickets. Now finally, I have three more sleeps to go before I head off to attend my very first overseas Worldcon. I have been very lucky to have had two local Worldcons to attend, Aussiecon 3 and 4. Aussiecon 3 was my very first science fiction convention, and what an introduction to fandom it was. I was happy to help out and soon was drafted into managing the Hugo ceremony which was one of my best experiences ever.
Ever since then I have gotten into the spirit of volunteerism by helping organise various conventions, club nights and so on, culminating in Aussiecon 4 where I helped organise the dealers’ room. I have derived great enjoyment from being on committees and helping out but to be honest I am really looking forward to this event where I can just be one of the crowd, happy to go with the flow and not miss out on any of the events which I have marked in my calendar.
So I will be hopefully updating this blog a little more regularly than my usual efforts with experiences from my trip and hopefully a few photos (I bought a spiffy new camera just for this trip, hoping that my indifferent photography will suddenly morph into professional quality) and some interesting tidbits along the way.
Don’t worry there won’t be anything profound. I don’t do profound. Next time you hear from me I will be in the sunny state of California, sipping Napa wines by the poolside. Envy me, yes envy me please
I know the term retail therapy is supposed to evoke visions of shoppers almost in a zen calm after weilding their credit cards, but really ithas notbeen my experience, especially today. If anything, going shopping today is enough to send you to therapy.
All I want in this little shopping trip is one pair of shoes for a specific purpose. They are for my upcoming trip overseas so they must be multipurpose shoes. They must be cool, because I am travelling into summer. They must be sturdy because I will be doing a lot of walking. They must be pretty, because they will be doubling up as evening shoes. And they must be reasonably priced, because I am a tightarse.
That’s not too much to ask is it?
But finding this wonderful pair of shoes is proving to be a challenge that I am not sure I am up to. I cannot spend too much time searching as there are other constraints on my time but I have a limited time to get them. I hate crowds but all the good shops are full of people. I like personal service but the cheaper shops are all about help yourself.
I thought I had found the answer today with a factory outlet for Rockport Shoes which are very expensive normally but some of the best shoes around. There was a big sale on and they had many sandles that might fit my requirements, but sadlyI must report yet another shopping failure. All the shoes are tied together with plastic tags so there is no way to try themboth on without help from an assistant. Try as I might those assistants ignored me. Surely it wasn`t because I was looking in the super specials area? I don’t want to even go there but needless to say there was bno therapy involved in today`s excursion. In fact I think I wil fall back on the most proven therapy of all, chocolate
If ever there was a book to make a blogger feel good about themselves, that they can make a difference, it is this book by Mira Grant. Feed is a post Zombie Apocalypse story with a twist, and the main characters Georgia and Sean Mason are bloggers who get chosen to follow a presidential candidate on his journey to get elected during the ongoing zombie apocalypse, where your best friend could soon be your worst nightmare. It is obvious Grant has thought hard about the psychological effects of a worldwide outbreak but rather than go the total dissolution of society like most, she has gone for probably a more realistic approach, where life goes on, you just deal.
Zombies have affected the way people cope with large crowds, and the popularity of bloggers has soared due to the mistakes made by regular news during the initial crisis. The Kellis Amberley (not sure of spelling as I listened to this) virus has caused all these problems and everybody in the world is infected. What that means is that although you will never get a cold or cancer again, at any moment you might go into spontaneous amplification and become a zombie. Puts a new spin on life doesn’t it?
Our heroine Georgia, is a newsie, and her brother Sean is an Irwin (one of the cutest things I’ve seen – naming a risk taker after Steve Irwin), and their third blogger in the group is Buffy, a fictional. Together they are following the campaign of the Republican delegate race.
There is a lot of interesting stuff in this book. It has an interesting twist which I kind of saw coming but it still shocked me. I heartily recommend this book to others and the main reason I read it was because book 2 is a Hugo nominee and I wanted to read it with some sort of context. The fact that they have both been nominees says a lot about the quality of these books and I have no reservations recommending it.
Aargh, even though I have a lot of modern technology in my house I still find it frustrating to set things up. Struggling with things that should be automatic and not figuring out how they work makes me feel dumb when I should be concentrating on other things. Just wasted almost an hour trying to get this stupid WordPress App to show up on my homepage. Still haven’t managed it
I have been browsing the shops lately in search of the perfect handbag to take on my trip overseas later in the year. Today I ran around to the DFO in Essendon, just to see what was there and I found it!! It was on sale too which was an even better bonus So now I have everything I need for my trip. The months ahead will be dedicated to saving money, exercising and planning all the fun things I will be doing on my trip. Can’t wait!
My current obsession is the TV show The Voice. All the versions are playing concurrently, the US, the UK and the Aussie version are all on TV at the moment. If I watch every episode, that is 8 hours of reality TV in one week that I am absorbing, and it is all quality tv. I am a sucker for a reality talent show but there is something special about The Voice. I love how the mentors cannot see their choices until they turn around and how if more than one of them turn the choice is with the talent.
Tha battle rounds are a very different story though. My theory, and from my choices corresponding with the judges’ 80% of the time I think it is pretty true, is that the judges pair their favourites with someone they think can be cut with no issues and that it would have to be a pretty rare performance to change their already made up minds. Even though I have this opinion, I love the fact that this show is all about positive reinforcement. No comments about looks in this show, it is all about the voice here. Who cares if they come on stage with bare feet? Who cares if they are blind?
This show has become extremely popular and as someone who jumped on the bandwagon last year for the first season of the American series, I am totally glad I can finally come into work the day after and have at least five other people ready to compare their thoughts on the show with me. Love it!