Midwestern Hot Spot
Over President's Day weekend, I made my semi-annual trek to Minnesota to visit my best friend and her family - including my honorary nephews, who very gratifyingly remembered me and deigned to let me read them stories (they're 1.5 and 3). As a special treat they got a babysitter one evening and we headed out for a very memorable dinner at Travail Kitchen & Amusements. It's a steady stream of small bites, all of them creative, delicious, and inspired by local ingredients - and all of them delivered with plenty of humor and without formality. I had duck mousse squeezed onto my hand and ate a piece of speck directly from a hanging hook, among other things! If you're in the Minneapolis area, go early for a drink (or two) - the cocktails and mocktails are all seriously excellent.
Hot Button Issue
My husband and I were lucky enough to be invited as guests of the Marin Community Foundation to attend the Planned Parenthood Northern California Acts of Courage dinner (you may have seen my Instagram posts already...). It was a truly inspiring evening, featuring honoree Dr. Willie Parker, author Rebecca Traister interviewed by writer and educator Chinaka Hodge, and a poetry reading by Janae Johnson, Natasha Huey, and Terisa Siagatonu that blew both of us away (my husband said it was hands down his favorite part of the night - and he is not what you would call the activist-y type). Women's health, and equal access to it for all women regardless of race, sexuality, or gender identification, is my hot button issue, and I'm looking for ways to get more involved.
When Conferences Go Right
I talked openly about my thoughts on the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) here, and I'll continue to do that. Plus, conferences in general have a pretty spotty reputation. However, I was overall really pleased with my experience at the Regional Conference held by NAPO-SFBA last month. I found the keynote speaker to be not particularly inspiring, but thought some of the breakout sessions were really helpful and spurred me to think creatively about how to move my business forward this year. Plus, there were great networking opportunities with vendors and other organizers, and it's always great to feel like part of a community!
It's been quite dry in California for the past few years, which means we've collectively forgotten how to deal with mountain weather and travel therein. My friends and I were reminded of just how opinionated Mother Nature can be when we headed to Tahoe for the first weekend in March and quite literally got snowed in for a night longer than planned. With about four feet of snow falling over two days and all the freeways closed, there was literally no way to drive back to San Francisco. I try to warn people that this can be a possibility, and sure enough, getting snowed in does actually happen!