Sunday, September 30, 2007

October Here We Come

September was a great month. We spent two weeks on the other side of the world, experiencing two of China's largest cities in Beijing and Shanghai as well as visiting with my aunt, uncle, and cousins. Then, this weekend we were in Carmel for an all-expenses-paid stay at Quail Lodge with Darcy's company. Saturday was spent participating in a company scramble golf tournament, followed by dinner, golf awards, and dancing. Friday night we went to dinner with the company in Monterey at the Plaza Hotel at Cannery Row. Darcy's company trip is always a great time and we look forward to it every year. Next year the plan is for it to be at Silverado in Napa.

This morning we left Carmel at about 10:30am, and arrived back in The Silicon Valley an hour later. After unpacking and starting some laundry, we headed to Santa Clara University to watch the Cal/SantaClara women's soccer game. My cousin, Gina Pellegrini, is the starting goalkeeper for Cal. She is a sophomore at Cal having played her high school soccer at my alma mater Santa Rosa High School. It was my first time watching her play at the collegiate level, and I was very proud watching her out there on the field. Wearing a very attractive blue and gold Cal-branded goalkeeper uniform, she recorded a shut out, and even notched an assist when kicking the ball 40-50 yards down the field off the ground to a forward, leading her to a breakaway in which she was able to beat the Santa Clara goalie for the score. It was a very spectacular goal, and it's not every day a goalie gets an assist! Cal ended up winning the game 2-0 on two first half goals.

We are also excited to report that we got Bosco back today! He has been in Santa Rosa since September 6th, two days before we left for China. Today my aunt Alice, Gina's mom and my dad's sister, picked him at my parents house before heading down to Santa Clara for the game. Although we are very nervous for Bosco to be sad about leaving his buddy Mac and a very "cush" life in Santa Rosa which features easy access to a backyard and very little alone time, we are so happy to see him again and have him back with us.

October starts tomorrow. The days are shrinking, the leaves are changing colors, and my vacation days are all used up. What do I look forward to in the coming month? Watching the Cal Bears football team attempt to continue their unbeaten ways leading up to a potential colossus match up with USC, major league baseball playoffs, and attending the annual Bridge School Benefit concert at shoreline on October 26 that Darcy and I bought tickets for.

Hopefully I can squeeze in a round of golf or two as well.

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