Monthly Archives: May 2015

Summer weekend

Sunday night, reflecting on this first summer weekend.  Today is a happy day-it’s Dad’s birthday!

Hooray! Happy birthday, Dad! Wish we could celebrate together, but I’m toasting to you today! Thanks for being the best :)

After weeks of gray skies, the sun decided to shine in Rockridge this weekend.  Eager to enjoy the nicer weather, David and I walked through the neighborhood on Friday night, and restaurant crawled to some great places.  We ended up with this menu:

antipasti: Artichoke and mozzerella salad at Southie

primo: Asparagus and parmsean salad at Elmood Cafe

secondi: So classy-a burrito at Gordos :)

dolci: Chocolate covered Pretzels from Powell’s Sweet Shoppe

The sun stayed strong, and yesterday we drove to Lake Merrit to check out the Farmer’s Market:

It’s embarassing that we’ve been here for nearly a year and we’re only just now getting to this market.  It’s awesome.  Next on the list-the Temescal Market.

The A’s lost to the Yankees Saturday night, and the game was FREEZING, but it was all ok because we got to hang out with these cuties:

Excited to see them next weekend at the Stevens Lodge.

(This is early in the game-before breaking out the mittens, jacket, and beanie.  It’s summer!)

This morning, after a long mental negotiation revolving around whether it would be better to stay in bed and pay the ClassPass penalty for missing yoga or JUST GO, I got up.  I was uncharacteristically early.  So early, that I missed the e-mail saying class was cancelled.  In a classic millenial moment, I was just “proud of myself for trying,” and thought about Amy Poehler and the gym snow day.

With an extra hour, we drove to Redwood Regional Park for a hike:

Once again, a 20 minute drive and we were in absolute vacation.  It felt great to walk through the fresh air and spectacular trees:

We spent the rest of the afternoon picnicking and reading in the sun.  That really felt like summer:

And now it’s Sunday night-hard to believe tomorrow is June!

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Hello, Friday!

The sun is out, it’s Friday, I’m on my way home, hello, weekend!

(From a few weekends ago at Cavalo Point)

Looking forward to an A’s game with the Hualgars on Saturday and maybe our first trip to the Lake Merrit farmers market. Cheers!

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I’m sorry.

A perfect video to remember before speaking on conference calls, work meetings, presentations, in gym classes, on airplanes, walking down the street, taking an elevator, taking BART, during a slightly complicated restaurant order, after the haircut you don’t like, after the meal you don’t like, after someone bumps into you, and all the other times we begin a sentence with an apology:

Thank you, Amy Schumer.

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Weekend in Rockridge

Hello!  Writing this in the last few hours of a wonderful weekend.  I realized tonight that this is the first three day weekend we’ve spent  relaxing at home since we moved to California.  It was so nice to take it easy and really relax.

We stayed in on  Friday night and decided to spend the day in Napa on Saturday.  It was gray and cold when we left Rockridge.  An hour later, we were in sunny and gorgeous Napa:

Our first stop was Oxbow Market, where we planned to pick up sandwiches and snacks for a picnic:

We walked in and I was immediately overwhelmed.  The vendors all looked delicious, but it was packed. I realized we would like spend the next hourish jostling for counter space.  We noticed a quiet restaurant in the back, the Kitchen Door, and decided to try it.

I’m embarassed to admit I spent a half-a-second thinking, “shoot-I never read about this in my Napa research-we should probably Yelp it before committing.”  Ughhh.  So glad we didn’t listen to my ridiculous subconscious.  The restaurant was perfect.

From there, we drove up to William Hill:

This was my favorite winery during my October trip with Heather and Lauren, and once again, it was specatcular.  When we walked in, the associate said, “I hope it’s ok….this is chardonnay weekend, and we’re doing a series of chardonnay tastings.”  Yes, that is absolutely fine.

The best part about William Hill-other than the delicious chardonnay and incredibly generous pours-is the view.  Instead of doing the tasting at a bar inside, you sit at lovely Adirondack chairs and do the tasting while looking at Napa.

We ended up staying for hours, relishing the scenary and late afternoon views.

It was very relaxing.

On the way home, we stopped at Gotts for burgers and split a shake :)

Lexi was in town for the weekend, and yesterday morning, we met up for a hike at the Lafayette Reservoir:

The reservoir is maybe 15 minutes from our apartment, but it felt like a total escape.  It was such a treat to spend the morning catching up with Lexi and enjoying the beautiful scenary:

That afternoon, David and I went into SF and took the Muni out to Ocean Beach. We met up with Bress and walked to Golden Gate Park. It was FREEZING and very overcast.  All throughout the park, people were barbecuing and playing lawn games. It looked like a perfect summer scene, except it was 50 degrees, and people were wrapped in blankets and parkas.

From there, we went to the Dillons for a delicous dinner. Zac has been infusing different liquors, and we got to sample his fennel and citrus creations. So cool!

Mimi is in town from Brazil, so this morning, we had a mini-college reunion brunch.  Thanks to the magic of Market Hall, it was super easy.  I completely failed on taking a photo of the group, but I took a quick one of the table to remember:

And now, the three day weekend is almost over.  So grateful for the rest and catching up with friends. Here’s to a new week ahead!

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Memorial Day Stay

Hello, Memorial Day Weekend!

(from Saturday in Sausalito)

It’s funny-we’re not travelling anywhere, but I found myself so excited for the holiday weekend from the moment I woke up.

All day at work, I had that feeling of eager anticipation, the kind you get right before a flight.  In my mind, I’m visualizing the weekend as a staycation.  The concept always seems a bit absurd (isn’t it basically a euphuism for a weekend at home?) but I’m embracing it Iike a vacation.

The whole apartment is crisp and clean, so when I get home from work, it’ll be (almost) like being at a hotel.  And I won’t spend the whole weekend thinking about what needs to be cleaned.

At lunch, I walked to the OPL and picked up some great vacation reads.  I’m particularly excited to read Quiet.

We did Blue Apron this week, so we have some out-of-the-ordinary dinners to look forward to. And, I want to try a new restaurant-maybe something that feels like it’s far away.

Also looking forward to catching up with friends, hiking, and maybe exploring a new place.

Hooray for vacation :)

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