Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CardiNiners Weekend

An ex-Yelper friend announced on facebook that he had extra tickets to the Cardinals final home game. I figured, why not? It's a decent drive down to Phoenix. And what do you know. Of the four people who showed interest, my name was pulled from the literal hat.

Ahead of the matchup, all I wanted was for the game to be meaningful to both teams. We got that. The 49ers were playing to possibly improve their playoff position and the Cardinals were playing just to get into the playoffs.

So now all I wanted was a good game. We got that! San Francisco built a 17-0 lead before Arizona clawed back to 17-17. The place was electric. The 49ers then hit what looked to be a game-winning field goal. Not so fast. The Cardinals drove down the field and hit a game-tying field goal.

But 29 seconds left proved enough for the Niners to make a couple of big plays and hit the actual game-winning field goal.

In the end, an Arizona win would have meant nothing for their playoff chances (they needed New Orleans to lose), so I'm glad San Francisco won. Great game. Fantastic stadium. Awesome atmosphere. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.

As you can see, we had pretty good seats. Awesome for free. We were by the Cardinal "Red Zone" in the lower bowl. The fans around us were great. A mix of people supporting both teams. Good-natured ribbing. All in good fun.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas 2013

Here is our Christmas card for 2013. We got the idea from this photo. Bawoo is just staring off into space, but we're happy with how it turned out.

Hope everyone enjoys the holidays!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sideways Country

We took a short trip to California's central coast. I recently had Jieun watch "Sideways" and she really enjoyed it. So of course, we had to go visit a couple of film locations.

Just like Jack and Miles in the movie, our first stop was to Alma Rosa Winery. It was actually called Sanford during the time of the film, but they have since been forced to drop the name. Fortunately, they have maintained their small, independent vibe. The whole place is just rustic and quaint.

With the sun quickly setting, we decided to make our way into the strangely Danish town of Solvang. Sure the place tends to be touristy. But we had a surprisingly nice time walking around and checking out all of the small shops. If we didn't have dinner reservations at The Hitching Post II (our other Sideways movie destination), we probably would have eaten more in Solvang—they have a ton of cute little bakeries.