A Slice of My Life – Week 29

July 23, 2012

Whoo boy.  Quite a week.  I’m going to start with last weekend.

In spite of the fact that we had just returned from France and have, um, kind of a lot going on in our lives right now, we decided to go up to Lopez Island for the weekend.  Randy suggested it and initially I resisted.  Then I realized that if we didn’t go, it would be the first time in 31 years that I did not spend one summer night on my most special island.  So we packed up the boys and went.  (If you are new here, this post kind of sums up my relationship with the island.)

We flew kites while waiting for the ferry.

We ate at the funky dive bar that serves really good food.

We drove along our favorite road.  The beauty up there is breathtaking.

We had to visit “our” church – where we got married.  It will be 10 years on August 24th.

This is the living room of my family’s house.  I love it.

Randy and I were on kayak moving duty.  We took them from their winter resting place to their spot on the beach. Yes, “winter” can sometimes extend into July.  This is no small task.  The boats are not particularly heavy but they are large and cumbersome and there is a steep slope and sharp turn and rickety stairs to navigate.

It was drizzly when we went to Watmough beach.  I recounted to Randy the overnights I spent there while at Camp Nor’wester shivering under a blue tarp tied to driftwood while the weight of the accumulated rain on top pressed down on us.  This is where Randy proposed to me.

We dinner at the Bay Café, where we had our wedding reception.  It is under new ownership so the menu is very different.  Randy and the boys loved their dinner, mine suffered a bit from a lack of imagination.  But overall a lovely experience.  And thankfully, they still have the Chocolate Gateau on the menu.  It is one of the most delicious chocolate things I have ever tasted and the new owner said I could have the recipe, maybe.  Fingers crossed!

Holly B’s.  Pain au Chocolat, Cinnamon Roll, Berry Scone.

We drove home a different way.  Instead of just heading down I-5, we went Fidalgo Island, and across Deception Pass.  It is an incredible view, huh?  Then we drove down Whidbey Island, stopped in Langley for lunch, and took another ferry back the mainland.

Then the next day we put our house on the market.  A day and a half later, we got two offers.  We accepted one.

I made a delicious quinoa dish and actually posted about it.

I took the boys to Central Cinema.  Talk about a genius idea.  Every Thursday they show old school cartoons for free.  Bring your kids, get them a $1 giant bowl of popcorn, get yourself a beer, and hang out.

We spent the weekend in Oakland/San Francisco.  We slept in the city but spent an intense two days looking for houses.

Guess which one the boys liked best.  (We didn’t like it as much.)



  1. Oh my Dana, you certainly have been busy! So glad you got to go to Lopez again this summer. Also can’t wait to hear about the (no doubt smashing) new house you will find!

    Comment by Ele — July 23, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

  2. Your house is gorgeous! And the price matches those of Vancouver. :-)

    God luck with the house hunt!

    Comment by Maureen — July 23, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

  3. That kinda sorta sounds like the craziest week ever! But you survived and even posted. Amazing. At least the house is sold!!

    Comment by Joanne — July 23, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

  4. Wow! What a week….. what do you do to keep your energy up and going all the time?

    Remember to take care of yourself!

    Your pictures from this week are great… thank you for sharing

    Comment by Deborah — July 23, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

  5. What a week! I love the Lopez pics. The cinema idea is genius and good luck house hunting!

    Comment by Charlotte — July 24, 2012 @ 5:43 am

  6. Hope you and your family can get back to Lopez Island every year after the move. Good luck with the house hunt.

    Comment by Holly — July 24, 2012 @ 11:34 am

  7. Good luck with finding a new home! How exciting! So glad you got to head to Lopez, I so want to visit there again soon.

    Comment by kickpleat — July 24, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

  8. What a goregeous place! I’m sure you’ll be back to your island in the futute but it sounds like it was a good thing to do before you move, even if it added to your busy schedule.
    That’s so wonderful that you were able to find a buyer for your house so quickly! Good luck with the house hunt in Oakland, and again, welcome to the bay area!

    Comment by Rachel — July 26, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

  9. Dana- happy belated birthday! Your boys just get more irresistible by the minute (loved that photo of Spencer passed out in the car). I’m in love with your parents home, and fyi- pics of your new house, a must!

    Comment by Clara — July 31, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

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