I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge this morning. First time in more than six months. I’ve seen a lot of these United States in that time, but with all due respect to the rest of the nation, there is NO PLACE more beautiful than San Francisco and the North Bay Area. It just warms my heart to be here. The hills are green, the sky is sparkly blue and the air is crisp and clean. Even the freeways are beautiful – I forgot how amazing it is here. Okay, the state is in a mess, there’s no doubt about that, but wow, it’s just absolutely breathtaking here.
I got back to Sacramento late on the 10th. Pulled up to Robyn and Cindi’s house and Higbee was so excited to get out of the car – she bolted right to the front door. She was so excited to see her little buddies Zoey, Dexter and Emily. Apparently she was so excited, she went into heat!! I’ve been running errands since then, trading out summer clothes for winter ones, getting the car serviced, my teeth cleaned and so on. Seems like being “home” means doing chores!!
Friday night, though, was our traditional food and wine night – Cindi cooked an awesome dinner and we enjoyed it along with several bottles of wine. After a relaxing and lovely repast, we sat to watch a movie, but everyone was so beat from a long week (and full bellies), we all crashed. It was so great to hang with my girlfriends – Robyn referred to me as her sister, and it felt really good.
Now I’m at Edith and Eckhard’s place in Tiburon. Secured a wonderful cottage to enjoy with Bill for the month of December. Also got to watch the opera last night – it was GREAT!! Here’s the deal: The Metropolitan Opera in NYC does a simulcast of their operas – and the Mill Valley movie theater shows them first as a live simulcast, and then later in the week, as a repeat. The live show is on a Saturday afternoon, so last night was the repeat – but who cares? It was marvelous! Last night’s performance was Turandot, which was quite dramatic, and it was strange to see people dressed up as Chinese singing in Italian – but the highlight still puts shivers down my spine – “Nessun Dorma” is absolutely spectacular. So this makes my third opera ever – the first was a long time ago, Hansel and Gretel, and just a few weeks ago I got to see The Elixir of Love with Liana in Houston and now this one – I have to say, I’m kind of getting hooked on opera – who knew?
I’ve been so crazy with activities, I feel like I haven’t had much time to reflect on this trip and what I’ve learned. Obviously, the highlight has been Bill – I can’t even begin to describe how blessed I feel to have met him – I am truly the luckiest woman in the world. But in addition to that, I feel strongly that I’ve learned so much about Bikram Yoga. I made the absolute right decision to go out and seek examples of the aspects I want to have in my studio – community, successful operations, excellent and efficient design and of course, further understanding of how to teach and how to use the dialogue to help people improve their health. My studio, wherever it will be, will be spectacular – I know what I want and I know how to create it.