Monthly Archives: March 2016


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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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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Happy 83, RBG

My dad gave me Sisters In Law for Christmas, and today, RBG’s 83rd birthday, felt like a perfect time to pick it up.


It’s wonderful-really excited to keep reading. In the intro, the author shares a story about a time that Ruth’s first employer (SSA) prohibited her from going on a work trip because she was a woman.

This evening, I took a long walk (thank you/hate you, Daylight Savings Time) and thought a lot about RBG. What it must have been like to be a female attorney, navigating the challenges of work and family life, 50 years ago? How did she manage to push through, when the pressure of all of it-and the total lack of support from her male-driven profession-must have been overwhelming? Thinking about her, that tiny, bird like little woman, with such powerful resilience, gave me strength as I walked and thought.

This weekend was tough one for David and me. The kind of emotional, real-life-can-be-hard-weekend, where you just kind of hunker down, wrapped in gratitude and love for each other, and just try to wait for the rain to stop. (Literally-it was non-stop rain, all weekend).  It was also the kind of weekend where you realize there’s no way you’ll be able to slap on a smile and embrace work on Monday.

And this is where I’m so grateful to be a working woman in 2016. In 2016,  you can go to work, bring your whole self to work, and be honest and open about a tough weekend or whatever else is going on in life. And thank goodness-my colleagues were amazing and so helpful to talk to.

What a powerful thing, to be a lawyer during this day and age.  RBG could never have the conversations like that with her colleagues; whatever she was going through she had to completely compartmentalize. This must be why she’s such a fervent advocate for equality. Her advocacy goes so far beyond her opinions-it’s her actions that inspire me, professionally and personally. If she could manage her legal career and all the curve balls life throws in her personal life, in a completely male dominated world fifty+ years ago, then surely I can handle this.

So, thanks, RBG. Thinking of you powered me through a much needed walk, in some much needed sunlight. Forever grateful for all you’ve done.

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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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