I was in California last week, and well, the week before that. This wasn't planned. I was only supposed to be there a few days, and then my stay got extended for work...long story. But, I found myself in California over Memorial Day weekend--there are worse places to be.
My office is in San Jose, close to San Francisco, and a lot of other things.
Before I knew I was staying the weekend, I got to meet up with my friend Caroline. It was great to see her-- I haven't seen her in ages! We ate at a wonderful restaurant, Rose's Cafe in San Francisco. The food was yummy, and we picked up right where we left off. I miss having her locally to meet and laugh with.
Then, with a whole weekend ahead of me, and a stressful week of work behind and ahead of me, I decided to try and relax. I remembered a place my friend Kim had introduced me to when I lived in California. I booked a half day spa retreat at Indian Springs in Calistoga. I had only been there once before and I remembered how great it was, and also how affordable--it is also in the wine country--so the drive up there is beautiful. I have a hard time paying for spa stuff-- massages and the like. I always feel like it is just money flushed. But a half day at this spa is what most places charge just for a massage. I had a mud bath, a facial, and a massage. I also spent time in their mineral pool, which honestly, is almost the best part. I had never done a half day thing like this, and all I could think after was how WORTH it it was. I felt great--refreshed, relaxed, and happy! It was wonderful. The weather was cool and overcast that day which was perfect for the warm mineral pool. I had to pull myself out of there to leave. To reward myself for actually getting out of the pool-LOL- I stopped by a restaurant in the wine country called Mustard's Grill for dinner. Their food is heavenly---even moreso on an expense account! But, honestly, it was one of the best meals I have had in ages. The restaurant also has one of my favorite fountains out front, although my photo didn't do it justice. (If you click on Mustard's website in the ABOUT section-- you can see a nice photo of it).
I was so ready to come home after 10 days away, though...and you should have seen the kitties! They were so excited when I got home! Baxter was a heartbreaker, he was just beside himself to see me. I love coming home to my little fur babies!