Sheweeeee, April just disappeared, didn’t it?! I was pleased to find that I only had 4 weeks of “Life” pictures to update, because it certainly seemed like much longer since I’ve been around these parts.
It has been a great month. Lots of sunshine (and some sunburn. in April! in San Francisco! well…. mainly out of town..), lots of gatherings, some fun trips, blah blah blah. See for yourself:
92 – not a good start. My 9:00 PM reminder (also, see the microwave time?) buzzed and all I had to show for it was a picture of a quinoa and bison meatball soup. The soup was great, but the pic? Not my best ;).
93 – a nice day for a lunchtime walk outside at Stanford. love those flowers!
94 – say hello to Jennifer & Jon! we did a little FaceTime to check in on them since their move to Seattle (!!).
95 – my friend, Frannie, had a massive shoulder surgery and has been “stuck” at home, so I delivered some homemade mac n’ cheese. she put me to work shaking a cocktail, but dang, it was worth it!
96 – this is why reading in bed never works. she is on her way to the small spot between the iPad and my face.
97 – Chris and I happened upon this spot on 24th street in our new ‘hood. Still not sure why we haven’t been yet! Records, pig, and pie? oh my!
98 – I was at a 2-day committee meeting in Phoenix and this was basically what that meeting consisted of. Yes, I ate Sun Chips for the first time in years! And plenty of other snacks too. It’s all about staying focused…
99 – ready to get home! goodbye, Phoenix!
100 – hello, Palo Alto. another lunch walk. it is definitely Spring here!
101 – instead of 90 minutes of hot yoga, I called Chris and told him I was more interested in checking out Hi Lo BBQ. ’twas a good choice.
102 – Bernal Heights from my angle. Wouldn’t living there be so fun? Well, unless you had to walk up it every single day…
103 – the view from Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, about 30 minutes east of SF in Richmond. sunscreen would have been really nice here. also, if you look closely, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. see?
104 – a trip to Japantown. apparently the Cherry Blossom Festival was going on, and the bands were setting up. Cool mural, eh?
105 – shrimp, couscous, feta, and zucchini. also, another night of almost forgetting to photograph. look at those leftovers!
106 – I am usually not too into the genetics/DNA stuff, but I thought this was timely, since I’d just finished dinner with a couple of fellow genetic counselors when I spotted this in a window on Valencia street.
107 – this is the site of my worst run ever. I think. note to self: coming down with a sore throat/almost cold doesn’t mesh well with running in heat. I think I made it 1 mile and stopped about 10 times. ha!
108 – we took a road trip to Los Angeles Thursday-Sunday (well, Monday – stay tuned) and stayed in this adorable place we found through AirBnB that was essentially a treehouse in the hills. There were lots of cats, but this was the friendliest. She just hopped in bed with us like we’d known each other for years. Chris would probably like for me to add here, that the point of this trip was too see Rush get inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. It was pretty spectacular; I won’t lie.
110 – after the required trip to an LA record store for “record store day”, we headed to the Angeles National Forest for a little backpacking adventure along a part of the Pacific Crest Trail. We veered off a bit and hiked up to Mt Hawkins (8800 feet elevation). This is the view.
111 – we were back to the car by 10 AM Sunday morning to get a head start on our trip back to SF. apparently, the forest wanted us to stay a few more hours, because this crazy tire damage was all from a rock smaller than my fist. the best part? having no cell-service and waiting 5 hours for a tow truck. no, the best part was being stuck overnight in tourist-crazy Universal City, home of Universal Studios. no, the best part was riding down a mountain in a tow truck and smelling my own body odor the whole time. oh, man, what a journey. we did get to try out Fabio Viviani’s old-school restaurant down the street, though!
112 – home, sweet home. also, I think I can cram a few more things into my hutch, don’t you?
113 – I’ve just realized I have to stop taking lunch pictures on campus. but it’s so pretty!
114 – our awesome new landlords mailed us BBQ sauce from The Pit! (they moved from SF to NC.) we didn’t even bother whining about the “western style” sauce because it was so dang awesome.
115 – someone was tuckered out. poor baby.
116 – somehow a Friday night of planned delivery turned into a dinner out at Foreign Cinema. best change of plans ever. their fried chicken (Asian-influenced) is killer.
117 – Chris organized a post-birthday celebration in Dolores Park on Saturday with a few friends. the weather was PERFECTLY SUNNY. we had jams to listen to, ice cream to eat, and an amazing cake with peanut butter icing from a new bakery (thanks, Judy!). it couldn’t have been a better day.
118 – on Sunday, we headed out for coffee and a nice stairway walk up through the east part of Bernal Heights. the view was so dang clear you could see Sutro Tower and Twin Peaks in the background. ps – these are some of the houses from the picture above, #102, but now up close and personal.
119 – oh, and don’t let your dream die. just don’t ;).