We’z Moving

November 2nd, 2015 by smoop

moving

After over a decade of talking about it, we are moving to Portland, Oregon. We put our amazing, hard-to-(be)leave custom-built Eichler on the market this week. We plan to move to Portland in January and rent while we look for our next dream house. One that won’t require a five-year-long remodel.

Yes. This may seem a bit sudden. But it’s been a long time coming. The timing is right, now. Last month we travelled there to do a preliminary look at houses and schools. Some “research.” But… Oops. We found a house on Day 1 and a school on Day 2. The school is very much like the one Inara attends now in San Francisco. And the house we found is amazing, mid-century modern, beautiful… We knew it the moment we walked in. We sat in front of it and checked the distance to all of our favorite eateries. None of them were more then a 10 minute drive. Some of them we could have rode our bikes to. But… they sold it to someone else. :-(

After coming home, we decided to get things in place so we would not lose another dream house.

Then we decided to not do it.

Then maybe do it.

Then do it, but not until next summer.

Then not do it.

Finally, we did it.

Scott is still panicking about this great idea. Well – the moving there is a great idea. It’s the moving away from here that isn’t. We have a ton of friends and family that we are moving away from. We live in a stunning neighborhood with dozens of amazing people who we have become extremely close to. Friends who we just met in the last 7 years who we know we will be close to the rest of our lives. Scott is also very active in the local community and, although he finds it frustrating to not always make the impact he wants, he has left his mark on Castro Valley. He is struggling with walking away from that and the people he has met through Castro Valley Matters.

But. This is what’s best for our family. Besides our neighborhood, our friends all over the Bay, and Inara’s school, there is nothing much left in the once-great Bay Area we like anymore. We want local restaurants that are not nationwide chains. We want to never ever be stuck in Bay Area traffic again. Ever. We want to live in a place where people can afford to be artists and musicians. Where the middle class is not struggling to pay their bills. It’s exhausting trying to survive in the Bay Area. It’s no longer the place we fell in love with.

And Mona would like to live where people are encouraged to be weird, because really, it’s the one thing she excels at.

I know that this will break the hearts of our many friends, family, and drinking partners here in the Bay Area… because leaving you is breaking our hearts too.

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All the emotions. We haz them.

Sadness We have deep roots here.  We have lived in the Bay Area for two decades. That’s a lot of history. We live in an amazing neighborhood with amazing people. It’s really and truly a unicorn of a neighborhood and we hate to leave it. Our neighborhood Facebook page is lively and hilarious. EVERYBODY you meet is wonderful. We have a full-on neighborhood band, Sons of Fortran, which Scott helped start. Five of the six members live in the neighborhood.

Besides the natural beauty and the mid-century charm of Greenridge, there are so many people near and dear to us that we will miss too. It’s the little things. Meeting 4-5 dads  in the park most weekdays at 4pm with their kids. Dropping by for a quick chat that turns into four hours of wine and dinner. Late-night vinyl listening. Spontaneous dinner parties and movie nights. Halloween pirate ships. The little things, they are all big things.

On top of all that, we have spent seven years building our dream house in this neighborhood. We have designed and touched and created every piece of it.

We look at the lights and remember the hours of meticulous research we did finding just the right fixtures and ordering them through a web site which hadn’t been updated since 1963. Or we look at the doorknobs and remember the hours debating whether we should go with the original Eichler doorknob or a rounder (still retro) one that feels better in our hand but wasn’t what Joseph Eichler had originally selected to install.

Makes it hard to find a new house in Portland. (So you can understand how horrible it was to lose the one we did).

Disgust Bay. Area. Traffic. Blows. As does the restaurant scene in Castro Valley. And housing prices. Dear god. The housing prices.  And I could really super duper use being able to sit in a coffee shop without tech bros talking about how they are going to make a great shopping site. For women. Without actually having any women present at the meeting. Because tech bros know what women need. AmIright? I need my tech bro person exposure ratio radically adjusted.

Fear Oh god oh god oh god is this a good idea oh god. But.. jobs? Friends? Where will we live? Rain? Does it really rain 329 days a year up there? What if we can’t make friends with people up there? What is we never find a house we like? What if Scott can’t find place in the tech scene up there? What if we both gain 100 pounds because of all the amazing food? What if we start to think that Lardo’s Pork belly Gyro is JUST ANOTHER SANDWICH instead of a gift from the heavens?? I’m making light of this, but seriously. We are terrified.

Anger WHY oh WHY did we not think to stage our house WHILE WE LIVED IN IT??!!!!!? Oh. So stupid. (Please take this lesson from us – perfect is the enemy of good – just do the renovation, do the landscaping… don’t wait). Our place is (even more) amazing de-cluttered. Our friend Disgust also makes an appearance here and kicks Joy in the throat with a “Don’t get too attached it’s going on the market.” Then Sadness shows up and gives us all a hug.

Joy Finally, we are feeling joy at starting this new chapter of our lives together. We have always loved Portland, except that one time we went at the weather was freakishly cold and everything was frozen and there was so much snow. But I’m sure that will never happen again. We have always loved how laid back it is. How quality of life is prioritized over those 80 hour work weeks the Bay Area treasures so. We love the coffee. Even I drink the coffee up there. We love the food, because what the Bay Area calls Free Range, Organic, Locally Grown Nibbles$$$$$$, Portland calls Food. With one, maybe two $$. Don’t ask me how many $$$ we will drop off our mortgage and other living expenses. We are also looking forward, with joy, to seeing more of our friends who live in the Pacific North West. Mona looks forward to hiking and visiting the Oregon Coast. Scott is looking forward to getting to know wine country and starting a business in Portland. And cocktail week. Inara* is looking forward to going to the school with the guinea pig and the giant tire on the playground. She is also really looking forward to the rain. California has been drought stricken for most of her life, so she is completely and absolutely obsessed with all things rain. The harder, the heavier, the wetter, the better. Because… PUDDLES!

This is a huge, scary move. But we believe it is what is best for our family. We want to raise our child in a more creative, less stressed, higher quality environment. We want to spend more time together as a family without playing Survivor: Silicon Valley.

We will miss our friends old and new, our neighborhood, and our family in the Bay Area. We love all of you dearly, and we look forward to having you move up to Portland with us shortly.

 

We’z Moved!

November 22nd, 2009 by smoop



Greenridge Park

Originally uploaded by Monatopia

We are, really and truly, moved. Well, most of our stuff is here in the Eichler. Three 8×10 storage units of stuff are just down the street.

We have quite a bit of stuff unpacked, but since the media room isn’t finished, everything that goes in it is now in the office. And everything that should be in the office, but can’t fit because it’s full of media room stuff? That’s all in the dining room. The storage units full if stuff? I have NO IDEA where any of that stuff is going to go.

But even so, surrounded by boxes and half finished projects, we are So Very Happy to be here!

This picture was taken last week at the park up the street from our house. It is amazing, and beautiful and quiet and serene and I’m sure will be the site for many adventures as Dash grows older.

There are many pictures of Dash and the house in our flickr account – click on the image here to be taken there.

And finally. The answer to the question you have all been asking. Is Dash crawling yet? The answer is no. The San Filippo TAXI! gene is strong in this one. When he is done playing where he is, he simply rolls over onto his back and hollers until someone comes and moves him.

He is, however, a very advanced eater for his age. This is something I think he gets from both parents. At 8 months he decided enough was enough with the baby food. He needs tastes, textures and spice.

Hmmm…

July 16th, 2009 by smoop



Hmmm…

Originally uploaded by Monatopia

this is one abused blog. Damn!

We are just finishing up the Eichler (still no name for it. Suggestions??) and should be moving in the end of this month. We already have all of our stuff in storage in Castro Valley waiting for us, so it should be a quick and easy move.

Hahahaha!! Kidding.

Dash just turned 4 months old (remember how we said we were going to move in before he was born? Seems like a million years ago for so many reasons.) He is, in a word, amazing. For the most part he is the happiest, silliest baby. He loves music and laughing and boobies. Just. Like. His. Parents.

Last Sunday he ran the bases at Pacbell, or AT&T or TMobile Park – what ever phone company it’s named after these days. As his daddy said, he 110%. Took each base one at a time. And, of course, he would like to thank Jesus for his talents.

I’m not sure, but I think Jesus was his batting coach.

We have just come off a long dark month with no internet, but should be uploading lots of pictures and videos soon – or both the house and the Dash.

Stay tuned! (er, but don’t hold your breath. It could be a while.)

Welcoming Dashiell Anthony San Filippo

March 19th, 2009 by smoop

Daddy shot this video shortly after Dash was born; March 7, 09 at 11:11pm. Dash weighed in a whopping 8 pounds 12 ounces. It’s not a wonder momma had a hard time getting around that last month! Note the song “In My Life” playing in the background towards the end of the video. No, we didn’t plan that. The ipod was on shuffle.

It’s only been 12 days, but it’s amazing how much he has changed! He lost a full pound right after birth, as it took a while for my milk to come in, but now that it has, he is gaining steadily.

Daddy has taken two weeks off work and I’m amazed that it’s almost over! What have we done?

  • Stared at Dahiell in amazement.
  • Practiced getting the car seat in and out of the car. WITH a baby in it.
  • Practiced getting the stroller together and adjusted properly. WITH a baby in it.
  • Practiced getting in and out of the house with the baby, the dog and all the equipment that entails. So far, haven’t forgotten anything too important, but haven’t remembered everything at once either.
  • Laundry. Lots and Lots of Laundry, even though, thankfully, he doesn’t spit up very much.
  • A few of his favorite things? Boobs. He will launch himself towards them. He has an amazingly strong neck and can, at 12 days old, maneuver himself to the boob. Should you not be ready for the sideways launch, well then. Maybe you shouldn’t be holding him. His attempts to nurse from Daddy have been greatly disappointing, although, highly entertaining. For us anyway. Yes, we are terrible parents.

    Least favorite thing? The bassinet. The quickest way to wake him up is to put him in the bassinet. He will sleep for hours on the bed, or, mere moments in the bassinet. This has made night times rather rough. Thankfully we have a large bed.

    We will be adding more pictures to the flickr account and more movies to the youtube account as time allows. There are TONS of them.

    Finally Registered!

    January 16th, 2009 by smoop

    We still have no move in date, but baby boy San Filippo is impending, so I have gone ahead and registered for some baby stuffs on Amazon.com.  We’re thinking a jungle theme for his bedroom.

    Also – check out his new pics on Flickr!  It’s all very exciting… and VERY terrifying!

    End of the year Recap

    December 30th, 2008 by smoop

    Thanks to Jody for the picture!!

    Welcome to the end of 2008, and the world as we know it.

    We bought the house and are in a heated race at this point as to which will come first, our baby, or our move in date.  My cousin Dan is helping us with the remodel, but deciding exactly what we want, and finding the proper mahogany for the walls as well as a pelethra of other things are slowing progress on the house.  The baby on the other hand, it moving forward at an amazingly rapid pace!

    Are we ready for him?  HELL no.  DO we have a name picked out?  We think we might… are we going to tell you what it is?  Not until he makes his debut.  Have we registered yet?  Nope.  Are we having a baby shower… maybe.

    Right now the target move in date is the first week of Feb.  I sent out Xmas cards with the new address, but didn’t get them all out, so if you didn’t get yours, it could be the USPS, or it could be the sudden need for a nap and my shockingly short attention span. Let me know if you still need it.

    We continue to update pictures of the house (and a few of us) on our flickr account.  Check back often for more, and feel free to leave a note letting us know what you think!

    We’ve done it now!

    October 13th, 2008 by smoop

    Seems we may have bought a house.  The bank says we can have it.  And this morning, the owners (former owners?) said we could have it.  Oh My.  We are, indeed, in shock.

    Our Double A Frame Eichler!

    Ringo is thrilled about the yard.  Casey will be moving out on his own to stay in The City and close to school.  We will live by ourselves for a whole entire three months before the baby arrives.  Scott is thrilled/freaked out to finally, possibly, be the owner of his very own Double A Frame Eichler.

    And yes, we will be changing the color as soon as we can, as well as a lot of other things.  The former owners updated it, and we will be undoing those updates and taking it back to it’s original 1963 splendor.  Thankfully they left the architechture pretty much untouched so while that will take a while, it will mostly be grunt work.

    Belly Pictures!

    September 28th, 2008 by smoop

    Someone just asked if I was beginning to show yet.  Um. Yes.  Daddy took this at 17 weeks 1 day.

    baby San Filippo

    September 23rd, 2008 by smoop



    baby San Filippo

    Originally uploaded by Monatopia

    Is a boy! And there was NO denying it! The very first view we got was a total Bart Simpson syle shot of him flashing us his butt and … um… outboard motor.

    Looks like he is doing very well! He’s even measuring 17 week instead of 16. He was so active we could barely get pictures. Thankfully he tired himself out dancing in front of the camera by the time the Dr busted out the needle for the amnio.

    Click on the image to see LOTS more!

    We’re Pregnant!

    August 20th, 2008 by smoop

    Retro Space Babies

    Not just vicious rumors! It’s true!  We are due March 5th, 2009.  So far everything looks fabulous and mom is just beginning to show.  We are taking turns being excited, and terrified.  We numberswiki.com

    will post here when we know more, or when we finally scan in those ultrasound pictures.  As of right now, we’re lucky if Mona makes it till noon before her first nap, so please forgive us if we have been neglecting certain obligations. CoughCoughCouchIndiaPicturesCoughCoughThankYouNotesCough