Can you believe this heat? It's insane. As I was leaving the ranch the other day the thermostat (outside) on the Lexus registered at 111. Help! I'm being slow-roasted!
I had a typically crazy week. On Tuesday I went to a fabulous dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant in Napa. It was a dinner with a bunch of people from the wine industry, both clients of ours and others(prospects we like to think). I sat next to some old friends and some new clients and what a great evening we all had. There was veal and halibut and yellow beans and roasted baby potatoes and pasta. And of course, the clients all brought wine to share. There was some of my favorite Etude Pinot- for the second time this month I think! Some Montevina Terra d'Oro Zinfandel which was AMAZING- and I don't even like Zin. I guess that's why I was amazed. It had been opened for a bit so I think the character was much better and not overpowered by that original spiciness that comes straight out of a freshly opened bottle of zin.
I stayed over in Napa at the John Muir. It was not a bad place to stay at all. There were some not-so-good reviews on the web but I didn't have much choice as I booked at the last minute. Anyhow, I think most of the bad reviews were from people expecting a Wine-Country-Boutique-Hotel-type-place. I found it to be clean, comfortably appointed and quiet despite the proximity to hwy 29. The wireless even worked properly, always a plus in my book- especially since I was up until 5am finishing the presentation I was giving to a client at 9:30am.
Meeting with the client went well and we all went out for lunch at a new taqueria that opened on hwy 29 near Mondavi. Best mexican food I've ever had, I have to say. I can't wait to drag Dean up there. I actually brought him back a tostada but it didn't travel too well. Anyhow, it was cheap, too. That's saying something considering it is in St. Helena where we easily pay $100 for lunch for four... a $5 lunch special is looking mighty fine no matter how it tastes! But this was good, so bonus! But spicy- and no place to sit indoors... so we were all sweating profusely out in the heat of the midday trying to make amicable small talk. It was kinda funny.
I laid low on Thursday and Friday as I'd been working way too much earlier in the week. Pulling an all-nighter, I figure, entitles me to a little down time. I went and rode Apollo on both days- which is good because with the heat this weekend... nothing doing here with me going to the ranch.
Friday night, Dean and I went to see Monster House. It was cute. Glad we didn't take the girls- way too scary for Avery with the spooky-kid-and-tricycle-eating house. The girls went to the Little Gym that night.
Yesterday, we tried to stay out of the heat. We went to the pool, of course. It was so hot that I could barely walk on the concrete apron around the pool. We swam for a few hours, until 7pm when it closed. After that we went to a mexican restaurant for dinner and hung out there until 9:30-ish. After that we went to see Apollo- since the hills have been on fire, I wanted to make sure everything looked okay at the ranch and that he waasn't in harms way. The ranch had their water trucks all filled up and ready to go.
We'll be going to the pool again soon. The air conditioner in the bedroom is keeping us cool for now, but by late afternoon it won't likely be able to keep up and so we'll go to the pool then. We'll probably try to go to dinner again somewhere air-conditioned while the house is cooling down. Same old, same old.