May 1-3, I attended the Couples Therapy Conference in San Diego. I spent three full days in training and workshops from 8:30-5:00, listening to some of the top leaders in the profession speak on topics concerning "Relational Life Therapy"TM, Forgiveness, Intimacy-Avoidant Couples, Erotic Intelligence, Rethinking Infidelity, Gay Marriage, and Working with Difficult Couples. It was an exciting training with some of the best in the field encouraging the work I do. It was both inspiring, and exhausting!
I managed to get in lots of fun, during the weekend as well! My friend and colleauge, Linda, and I arrived Thursday afternoon. We checked in, then hit Fashion Valley Mall (a block from our conference hotel location) before we even dropped off our luggage in our room. After our brief shopping fix we unpacked and headed to Little Italy for wine at Sogno de Vino. Here I enjoyed a couple of glasses of one of my favorite wines, Tommasi Pinot Grigio Le Rosse.
We eventually headed next door to Buon Appetitio for dinner. I was looking forward to this menu item all week. I made it through only half of my serving, but every bite was delicious. Penne with Bolognese topped with marscapone!!! The marscapone melts and adds a fabulous creamy taste to the sauce.
We walked around Little Italy, stopped for coffee, and headed back to set a 6 AM wake-up alarm.
Why "Days of Wine and Roses"? The conference hotel, Town and Country, while an older convention property on San Diego's "Hotel Circle", was really a garden setting, spread out over acres which happened to be blazing with blooming roses in May.
On Friday, during the conference, we enjoyed cobb salads during a long lunch break on the patio of the Trellis Restaurant. The roses were really quite spectacular.
I thought it only fair to include as many roses as there were glasses of wine consumed during the weekend! Rest assured that an equal or greater number of coffee drinks were consumed for balance.
Friday night, we began with wine on the terrace of Hotel Valencia in La Jolla. We watched the end of an all white wedding in the garden below, and enjoyed the sunset and a calamari appetizer with a crisp, cold Hogue Fume Blanc.
We wandered down the street for a dinner of salad and shared Humboldt Fog Fondue and grilled asparagus at Azul.
Saturday night after the conference, I joined Shannon, Marcia and David, and Jane, Ken and Casey at the Vine. We had another great meal, and yes, some good vino! While everyone else enjoyed a couple bottles of Sagrantino and Pinot Noir, I sipped the Pinot Blanc I have grown fond of. Though I missed the daytime activities of the other planning committee members, most of the details of the 2010 San Diego Gathering have been worked out. Now we can't wait for next March!
It was nice to get home to be with Brad on Sunday night. I really missed him over the weekend, but we are looking forward to a fun long weekend together in Las Vegas in a couple of days!