The first time Chris and I went up to Sacramento, we enjoyed dinner at The Rind, and then dessert at Ginger Elizabeth, per the recommendation of my college buddy Scott who lived in Sacramento at the time. The Rind is a wine and cheese bar that both Chris and I wished we had in LA. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, wine, and cheese. Ginger Elizabeth is a chocolate place that fulfilled our sweet craving after indulging at The Rind.
Today I drove to Sacramento. One year ago tonight, Chris and I were talking on the phone and discussing plans for the rest of the year and planning our week ahead. We said, “I love you” to each other and wished each other a good night. That was the last time I spoke with my husband.
Today I thought it appropriate to have dinner at The Rind and grab some chocolates at Ginger Elizabeth. I arrived to my hotel downtown and walked to The Rind. I ordered a meat and cheese platter and a glass of wine. I also orders the Mac and cheese which was Chris’s favorite! I ate slowly and reminisced about the first time we went to The Rind. We sat at a table and ordered several glasses of wine and very much enjoyed the wide selection of cheese they had available. We were in heaven! It was a wonderful night. I brought Chris’s ashes with me to The Rind. It was our own little date night once again, just like the first time. While I enjoyed dinner, I noticed that there were a few Cal Fire firemen outside, stranded because their truck died. When I asked for the check, I asked the server to package a dessert so I could take it to the firemen. He brought me chocolate mousse and I promptly left The Rind and walked to the firemen. I told them that my late husband was also a first responder and that I appreciated what they do for the state. I started crying and one of the firemen put his arm around me and said he was very sorry for losing Chris. Another fireman came over and I told them that I lost my husband a year ago. I told them I am going to the Academy tomorrow. They asked me about Chris and I told them he was a Lieutenant with the CHP. I said my goodbyes and walked to Ginger Elizabeth. I bought some chocolates and also got frozen hot chocolate for myself. I walked back past the firemen and I offered them some chocolates; told them they were Chris's favorites. I left and walked to the rose garden in front of the state capitol. I left a little bit of Chris there as I walked through the Rose garden and smelled the beautiful roses.
I am am looking forward to visiting the academy tomorrow. First I will enjoy breakfast with my long time friend, Karla, then head to the Academy. I plan to take pictures of Chris’s name on his class plaque. Hopefully I’ll be able to walk around the grounds one last time. I think this will be the last time I visit the Academy. I am moving forward and doing what Chris asked me to do... to move on and live my life to the fullest!