Monthly Archives: March 2016

Outside-Finally!

Saturday night, we were walking into IKEA, when a young child burst out the exit doors, his arms stretched out, running and yelling: “OUTSIDE!! FINALLY!!”

Ha! How many times have I felt the exact same way, leaving IKEA, after barely avoiding a meltdown?

Anyway, I also felt that child’s joy this weekend, during a gorgeous hike. We met up with Alex in SF and walked from Ocean Beach to Lands End. The beach was windy and the kite surfers (??) took full advantage. They were awesome. It was fascinating to watch them prepare on the beach, run into the water, clip in, and take off.  At some points it was so windy, they were literally flying  (for a microsecond) above the water.

From the beach we walked to the Sutro Baths and explored the ruins and the cavern.  
  And then it was a gorgeous walk through Lands End. Can’t believe it took us over a year to get out here! A lush, National Park and this view–right in the middle of the city.

  I got pretty carried away taking photos.
  Thank you for showing us this incredible place, Alex!

Yesterday we drove to Stockton for Easter with David’s family.  His mom made a delicious brunch and we joined his grandma at Easter Mass.

Before we drove home, we stopped by the house. The texturing and paint are all done and it is looking so much brighter!  Still lots to do before we move, but exciting and encouraging to see the progress and imagine finally living here.

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Weeeeekend

Hello, Friday.  

This past week was intense and exhausting. Very grateful to be home, looking at the pretty green trees outside our apartment, and listening to the birds. It feels like spring :)

Hoping for a peaceful weekend and looking forward seeing our friends.

Speaking of peaceful weekends, was scrolling through my phone and reminded of one of the most peaceful, relaxing places-my aunt and uncle’s house.  The last time I was there was spring, four years ago, and somehow I’m finding myself really missing it this spring.

Isn’t it a pretty corner of the world?

 
 

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Crush

You know when it’s raining, you can’t commit to a book or tv show and find yourself creepily stalking strangers on Instagram? And suddenly you’re scrolling wayyyy back in time? 

It’s all worth it when it’s Justin Trudeau and you discover this gem from 23 weeks ago:


🙌!! Amen, JT. Knew I loved him before  but this seals the deal.  Back to scrolling the #CanadaVisit…

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Weekend in Monterey

Ever since we moved to Oakland, I’ve been wanting to check out Monterey.  Thanks to Kirstin and Brian’s kind generosity, we spent the weekend at the beautiful Monterey Dunes with our friends. 

 

The forecast predicted wild rain storms all weekend. But we actually saw some sun! Friday night, Kirstin and Brian made yummy cheesy stuffed shells and sausage and we stayed up late (for me) playing Celebrity/Butros Butros Gali.

 

The weekend was SO RELAXING. Can’t describe how cool it was to wake up and hear the waves and fall asleep listening to the rain. 

 

The rest of Saturday was delightful low-key. We went for a walk, made peppery sandwiches, read magazines, and marveled at sweet Georgia and Isla! 

    

  

Saturday night, watching the primary returns, we got into a good, slightly heated talk about life, the economy and politics. I think I always get too serious, but it feels so nice to have friends to talk this stuff out with and hear different perspectives.

Jon and David made an incredible white bean soup and tri-tip for dinner.We made them pose by the table-they weren’t into it.  

The storm REALLY picked up during dinner. As we were finishing up-the power went out! It came back on after about an hour, but it was kind of fun to eat It’s-It ice cream sandwiches by the candlelight in the dark.

The next morning, after Eric and Molly’s delicous breakfast, we lingered a bit longer before making our way to Monterey.

The clouds cleared and it was a BEAUTIFUL day.

We were walking by the aquarium when a kind man asked, are you going to the aquarium? Turns out, he’s a member and he gave us his free tickets!  David has been wanting to check out the aquarium and this stranger made our DAY. 

 

David came face to face with a shark- 

And we got to see the wild mama otter who gave birth to a pup the day before (she’s out on the rocks in the tide pool)

A beautiful end to an awesome weekend with wonderful friends :)  

  

 

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Seeing people as people

Yesterday, Mitt Romney gave a speech and articulated a very clear case against the GOP front runner. Watching this whole mess unfold is becoming less funny-it’s time for this primary to end. On the train, reading articles, and the headline to this one caught my eye. 

Wow, I identified with this piece. There’s so much more to it than the Republican/Democrat headline. I’ve never been a Republican, but due to what the writer aptly describes as the “enormity of advantages,” this country grants to people purely on the lottery of birth, his awakening, and awareness to a life outside his worldview, resonated with me.

Admitting privilege, recognizing naïveté, ignorance, whatever you call, it is not easy or comfortable. There’s always the qualifier of “I didn’t have it that easy,” or the fear that admitting advantage negates the sweat and tears of hard work. How much good conversation and problem solving do we avoid because we’re scared to admit…for too long, we just thought our “normal is the normal.”

From the article:

“That night, I told my roommates about the crazy thing I had heard that day. Apparently there were people out there who had never been to something as basic as a real restaurant. Who knew? 

One of my roommates wasn’t surprised. He worked at a local bank branch that required two forms of ID to open an account. Lots of people came in who had only one or none at all.

I was flooded with questions: There are adults who have no ID? And no bank accounts? Who are these people? How do they vote? How do they live? Is there an entire off-the-grid alternate universe out there?

From then on, I started to notice a lot more reality.”

I like to think I’ve never been as naive as this, but honestly, I’m embarassed to admit I’ve had similar moments of noticing “a lot more reality.”

Still have a lot more noticing and learning to do.

For now, a few more wise words from the writer:

” ‘Bootstrapping’ and ‘equality of opportunity, not outcomes’ make perfect sense if you assume, as I did, that people who hadn’t risen into my world simply hadn’t worked hard enough, or wanted it badly enough, or had simply failed. But I had assumed that bootstrapping required about as much as it took to get yourself promoted from junior varsity to varsity. It turns out that it’s more like pulling yourself up from tee-ball to the World Series. Sure, some people do it, but they’re the exceptions, the outliers, the Olympians.”

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