Spritzer Leyba Out and About Journal

Busy, busy, busy! June 28, 2006

Were did June go?! So much has been going on the past few weeks! David was in San Jose for a week on business and I joined him there briefly before heading off to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, which I've wanted to see for years and years; I had previously seen their kelp cams online and felt so excited to see kelp in person for the first time! I had a fantastic time touring the place, catching feedings of penguins and giant tuna, watching presentations on deep sea fish, sharks, and jellyfish, seeing harbor seals, sea lions, jellyfish, etc. It was a great day.

We've also spent lots of time with family -- we met up with my uncle at the No Name Bar in Sausalito before heading over to San Francisco for Dungeness crabs! We've also seen my cousin Julia so many times this month both in San Francisco and up here in Santa Rosa (see pictures at right)! We even got to catch the preview of the play she's been working on at the San Francisco Mime Troupe. We've had such a blast! And the family keeps coming: both my aunt and mom are coming for chunks of July and David's mom is coming for the first week in August!

Other than that, we've been busy working for our respective jobs (I've even been adding some exciting new web design projects to my plate!) and getting to know Santa Rosa. We've been trying all sorts of restaurants and enjoyed the best sushi of my life recently here in town (oh so smooth and tasty and they even had gluten-free soy sauce!). We're still running every day at the parks across from our house and going hiking with friends. I've been making weekly trips to our local library and we are both reading up a storm. I've been cooking a lot more recently and it has been so much fun. We've seen a string of movies: The Lake House (suspend your disbelief and enjoy it!), Cars (loved it!), Over the Hedge (just okay!), A Prairie Home Companion (good if you're a fan), and the Da Vinci Code (liked it better than the book). So many good things going on!

Coming up this weekend David gets a four day holiday that coincides with our wedding anniversary and his birthday! Plans currently include brunch at our favorite spot in Glen Ellen, touring around San Francisco with Julia, dinner at Cafe Japan (sushi!), seeing Superman Returns, and a picnic at the beach. Mainly I just can't wait for four days straight with my best friend! Now that is a treat.


Carrie, fantastic! *I* want to go to the Monterey Aquarium too! Boy, you sure are getting around the bay area. I know I've been keeping you busy with creating my gorgeous new website (just looked at the new changes and I LOVE it even more than I did 4 hours ago!! You're so gifted, and so fun to work with!), so I'm pretty impressed at how many weekends you've spent hanging out with Julia. Cracked me up to open your site and see her happy face with her brand new fantastic boy cousin.

I can't wait to come down and see you and David again -- what fun having you on MY coast for a change.
Deborah-Miriam, southwest Oregon

Posted by Deborah-Miriam on June 30, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth June 2, 2006

Regardless of your political persuasion or feelings about Al Gore, go see AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. It is a truly phenomenal and thought-provoking film.

Information about the accompanying book is available here.


Saw the film -- it was so well done ~ all of the evidence was irrefutable. Gore says he is taking the message from city to city, family to family. His committment is amazing. Jane wants to take the whole 6-8th grades next week, before school lets out, because their theme this year has been "Earth matters."

On another note, we enjoyed celebrating Emily K. Ricci, MD.!! Only thing missing was having you there to celebrate w/her too ~ you were there in spirit though Cees.

Hope you've enjoyed your weekend,

Posted by Mom on June 4, 2006

Your blog is up and running once more :-). Glad to know that you're all nicely settled in California. I hope you'll get more time to spend with your camera now. Looking forward to seeing some great pictures.

Say Hi to David for me & keep in touch.


Posted by Akhil on June 9, 2006

I just did! You can come and read what I have to say about it at the new home of TOTQ: http://www.geoffreylong.com/journal. :-)

Oh, and there's nothing quite like going to see a film like this in a liberal bastion like Cambridge. People actually applauded at the end of the film!

Posted by Geoffrey on June 10, 2006

Beach trips June 2, 2006

Yes, there have been more trips to the beach. Pictured above clockwise from left to right: Christana and David, cousin Julia, aunt Deborah-Miriam, and windblown David and Carrie.

My trip back east feels like it was ages ago. I had a fantastic time in New York and New Jersey: got to see many friends and family, eat at some awesome restaurants, stay up late watching episodes of the West Wing, and spend some time in The City with Aida! It was a total blast. Since then, Julia and Deborah-Miriam visited us (above!) and we had a whirlwind and super fun trip, we spent time with Christana at the beach and drove down the coast, and I got to meet many of David's coworkers at a rocking office Hawaiian-themed party at a nearby winery! We also now have California plates on the car and have seen movies in several theaters in town (X-Men 3, Da Vinci Code). Next up: An Inconvenient Truth at the independent movie theater near our house, hiking trip tomorrow, and lots of time poolside.


Cees - I love these pictures!!! So great!

My sister called to tell me to look at her new web site that you've been working on! She's so excited!

It's so beautiful - your graphic design is so clean and easy on the eyes! That's the point isn't it? Usability ~ and typography is beautiful too! Yay! So glad you could help her.

So how's life?


Posted by Mom on June 7, 2006

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