Weekend Trip to Mendocino

This last weekend, my gal and I took a trip to Mendocino for a quick little getaway. We took the 1 on the way up and stopped at a couple of our favorite spots. First was Muir Beach Overlook. It’s famous for being the spot that I proposed.


Afterwards, we drove to Tomales Bay for oysters at The Marshall Store. This place rocks.

Back to the road, a few more hours up the 1 alongside the coast. The view gets a bit monotonous. There are spots called “view points” to capture the boring scenery:



We arrived at our B&B, the Elk Cove Inn. They have acres of coastline property, and about 12 rooms. Ours had an amazing view of the ocean and a huge rock we named Timmy. Why Timmy? I don’t know.

View from the room and Timmy.
View from the room and Timmy.

Each morning they serve an awesome breakfast, and every afternoon from 4-6 they host an honor bar happy hour. The only thing that beats drinking a cup of coffee while looking out at the ocean is sipping on a cocktail while looking out at the ocean.

Jackie with our b&b in the background.
Jackie with our b&b in the background.
Me looking like a dweeb.
Me looking like a dweeb.
Star of the show.
Star of the show.

We also got to do some wine tasting in nearby Anderson Valley. We’ve been to Napa and Sonoma before, but never to the Mendocino wine region. It was beautiful, and far less busy than Napa and Sonoma.




Though it was just a 2 day trip, it felt great to get away and explore some parts of Northern California that we hadn’t been to before. Now on to planning the next trip…

Salmon Dinner

I made salmon for dinner the other night, and I must say, it turned out excellent. It was an Eric Ripert recipe, but I customized it a bit, because I’m a bold chef willing to take chances.

I didn’t have half the stuff he called for (especially to make the sauce),so I made a white wine tomato cream sauce. The cream was the star of the show, as it always is. Maybe it’s one of those things that looked better in person, and will end up on a bad Instagram food photo site, like thisphoto (16)

Crow vs. Seagull

I was walking home from work the other day (true story), when high above me, I hear “Caa, ca Caa! CAAAA!” Up go my eyes, and what do I see? A crow, chasing down a seagull.

Now I hate crows, so from the get-go, I was team-seagull. Not that I love seagulls… I guess they’re the lesser of two evils. I watched for a good minute before they flew beyond my sight. My vision is getting worse by the way. I just ordered some Warby Parker glasses. Did the home try-on thing twice, and I think I found a winner. I digress…

As I continued with my journey home, I kept thinking of that damn crow. What did that seagull do to piss off the crow? I couldn’t come up with anything logical, so I thought that this could be a great opportunity for a Pixar movie. Crow vs. SeagullSeagull vs. CrowCrowmageddon…A Birds Life… the title isn’t the important thing right now, there’s plenty of catchy options. What’s important is that the crow is voiced by Russell Crowe and the seagull by Steven Seagal… that’s the formula for an Oscar. Plus, Russell Crowe has a bit of a temper issue, so he’s perfect for the role of the crow… practically born for it.

I Believe I Can Expensify

A poem, inspired by R Kelly and my daily interactions with Expensify.

I used to think that I could not go on. And life was nothing but an awful song.

But now I know the meaning of true love. I’m leaning on the everlasting arms.

If I can see it, then I can do it.

If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it.

I believe I can fly. I believe I can Expensify.

I think about my expenses carefully,

I categorize them all accordingly.

I believe I can soar.

For any meal over $75 I make sure to include who was in attendance, fo sure.

I believe I can fly. I believe I can fly. I believe I can Expensify.

I believe I can fly

See I was on the verge of breaking down.

Receiving multiple reports from the same a12s within the same processing period made me frown.

So I created this original poem, all on my own.

With subtle hidden tips, until I find my Expensify clone.

If I can see it, then I can be it.

If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it.

I believe I can fly, I believe I can Expensify.

I keep in mind that Automattic is not yet Google,

So I always remember to be frugal.

I believe I can soar,

Keeping Dopeld happy is at the center of my core.

I believe I can fly. I believe I can fly. I believe I can Expensify.