Life. 365-Style (7/30-9/17).

Hi friends. Thanks for all the kind words through your comments, calls, and all sorts of other ways. It means a whole heck of a lot. Things are slowly becoming normal again, a new normal, but still – it’s progress.

Meanwhile, I’m in North Carolina for this week and next – mom got herself a new right hip last week and I flew in to help out. She’s keeping me busy and her recovery is going really well, but on occasion there’s a little downtime. When I’m not eating BBQ in said downtime, I’ve tried to get these pics organized so we could get up to date for a change. So here goes:

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211 – Tange had no idea what was in store the next day, and neither did I. This is her all nice and happy, the day before we found the tumor.

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212 – Maverick has fried chicken night on Monday and Wednesday, so we finally decided it was time to give it a try. We’re hooked!

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213 – Chris says Sasha isn’t chubby, but this picture says otherwise. She’s still a cutie though.

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214 – Words to think about….

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215 – Craftsman & Wolves has one of my favorite treats – toasted chocolate bread with ricotta cheese, vanilla, honey, and Marcona almonds. This is a version I made at home which is mighty tasty. Holy moly.

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216 – Judy’s new doggy, Orson T Cumberbatch III, came to “Off the Grid” to celebrate Jared’s birthday, and he dressed up!

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217 – Dinner for three: Tange loved her bacon!

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218 – A coworker gave me some green beans, so they got tossed onto a mushroom-gruyere tart. Not bad for no real recipe!

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219 – finally got to Kronnerburger. Sorta pricey for a burger and fries, but still good in my book.

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220 – I follow the rules.

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221 – STAY. As seen from the Tenderloin. No thanks, Tenderloin.

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222 – Fiats in the water! This was an ad campaign over in Sausalito. Chris and I did a big bike ride from home to Sausalito (his first time biking over the Golden Gate Bridge!) and we took the ferry back. Way fun.

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223 – Mission neighborhood mural art.

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224 – We’ve had a gift certificate to Chez Panisse for a while now, so we finally went for their Monday night dinner, which is a little less expensive than other nights. My opinion this time around? Still overpriced and just blah. The coolest part of the day was going to Berkeley Bowl for groceries.

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225 – we decided to watch Breaking Bad since we have HBO for a bit. This is going to be a problem. So good!

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226 – Pi Bar is a spot near our house that opens at 3:14 each day and has specials until 6:28 each day. Genius! They have a great beer selection.

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227 – the day before Tange’s surgery, she got plenty of love.

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228 – ironically, Chris took a picture of Tange prior to going to the vet. We had no clue this would be her last photo-op.

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229 – big tangerine flowers for Tangerine

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230 – a stairway walk to get us out of the house. This was at Lands End.

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231 – a cleansing salad, of sorts. Lots of cabbage and chicken. Good stuff.

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232 – a good campus run

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233 – card from the vet

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234 – shadows!

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235 – BART is always interesting. And, we’re headed to Chicago!

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236 – it isn’t a visit to Chicago without a trip to Handlebar. This Bloody Mary was excellent!

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237 – I miss the CTA.

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238 – Chicago Millenium Park view

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239 – hopping on the train to head back to SF. At the California stop – crazy!

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241 (yes, there’s not a 240 – whoopsie!) – ready to bake some pumpkin rolls!

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242 – kale and cabbage salad

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243 – writing notes to the coworkers

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244 – I fried a rabbit.

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245 – Chris was really feelin’ The Beatles

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246 – time for alfajores again!

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247 – Happy Hour with my buddy, Sunny!

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248 – look what Joanne made for me – a board of cupcakes in an “H”. We had a great farewell day with treats at work and a nice dinner. I’ll miss these guys a ton.

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249 – last ride on Caltrain after a lovely happy hour with my Gwennie.

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250 – my coworker Cynthia always called me feathers, so this seemed appropriate to send to her.

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251 – as you know, I made maple bacon donuts the other day, so this weekend I did the same, but with pancakes.

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252 – I’m now jobless for three weeks, and my flight to NC isn’t until Wednesday night. So for dinner, I finally got around to making a salmon dish I’d had in queue for quite some and it was worth the wait!

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253 – a mid- afternoon beverage at Coqueta following a really really hard bike ride up through the Marin Headlands. It was well-deserved!

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254 – our friend, Brad, was in town for the day and he and I tested our US map knowledge. We did just ok… (Note – we stopped when we got east because we have the east on lockdown. Duh.)

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255 – flying the friendly skies. Waking up to a turbulent red eye flight into DC and then RDU.

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256 – sunset at the hospital. Mom’s getting ready for rehab!

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257 – a nice day for a run around the high school track near mom’s house

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258 – rando Instagram shot of some good lookin grilling

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259 – cheapo gas

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260 – BBQ time! Charlie’s was pretty legit, even though their sauce isn’t as vinegary as I like. I let that slide every now and then!

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Life. 365-Style. (7/2-7/29)

Man, ya’ll. We had a *heat wave* this month! And in SF, that means it hits 80 a few times. It was magnificent, and so odd for summertime.

Oh, and since it’s well into the second half of 2013, I thought I’d take this chance to update my progress in my “goals” from the first post of 2013:

  1. Run 500 miles this year. That’s roughly 10/week, so as of today I should be at 300 miles. Here’s reality: 309.33. BOOM.
  2. Finish the Stairway Walks: we’ve walked 20/29. I’m betting it won’t be a problem to get those last 9 finished this year. BOOM again.
  3. Take a picture every day: this is the hardest of them all, honestly. I won’t be doing this in 2014, but so far, I’ve managed to pull something out every day. BOOM BOOM BOOM.
  4. Go somewhere awesome: this was the easiest. Peru was awesome. Other small trips were awesome. And in late August, we’re heading to Chicago, which is awesome again. Quadruple BOOM.

And now, the pictures:

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183 – one of our commuter systems, BART, went on strike recently. the gates were shut to get through to the BART side and a whole bunch of folk were p-o’d.

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184 – gotta love an impromptu happy hour with coworkers! it was much more fun than running ;).

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185 – we found a perfect spot to watch SF’s fireworks from Bernal Heights. it was so clear that night it was insane. the fog has usually taken over that part of town by then!

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186 – Chris made me watch Sinister. it was uber creepy. and Ethan Hawke looked funny in a man-sweater.

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187 – Chris, Judy, Jared and I headed out really early to Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport. we rummaged through the strawberry fields. well, some of us stared off into the open air…

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188 – my loot! i ended up making jam (strawberry-lime and strawberry-balsamic), strawberry-buttermilk sherbet, and then we ate a lot of them too.

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189 – I hope he wore these kicks last week! he was in the front car of the Caltrain watching the track. super cute.

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190 – afternoon sun.

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191 – i want to make this dish. it’s called a “veggie ceviche”.

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192 – Frannie’s delicious cocktail stories made me wanna try a recipe i found. this is st. germain, tequila, lemon, and thyme simple syrup. it wasn’t bad. not at all.

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193 – I had a Friday off (crazy!) and went back for my favorite breakfast at Craftman & Wolves (the toasted chocolate bread). then i went and sweated it off at yoga.

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194 – this cat gets herself into the damndest places. she keeps thinking she’s gonna jump on top of the hutch. i don’t think she knows my wrath yet.

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195 – we did a stairway walk out in St Francis Wood, a ritsy neighborhood. that house is for 1 family! in our neighborhood, that would be 12 units. ha!

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196 – i looked outside this morning and this bird was staring in. totes eerie.

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197 – Chris was in Austin for a few days, so I wandered down to Philz after work for some qualitee people-watching. never disappointed.

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198 – pineapple close-up!

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199 –¬†blue house, blue sky. but much chillier than it looks!

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200 – grilled chicken on a Friday night indoors. i think i fell asleep at 10 PM. i know how to live!

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201 – we actually went out to Speakeasy Brewery this afternoon, but happened upon a wine tasting when we decided to stop by Mr & Mrs Miscellaneous for ice cream. talk about a perfect day!

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202 – We spent the day being So. Classy. by first going to a free concert from the SF Symphony in Dolores Park, then dinner at my chef crush, Michael Chiarello’s, new restuarant, Coqueta. We ate a bunch of small plates and, while we didn’t plan to on a “school night”, we ended up with a couple of cocktails apiece. This is the “Revolution”, my favorite drink of the night. Food-wise, I could eat a whole plate of the “tattas bravas”, and the duck meatballs weren’t bad at all. Chris could have easily filled up on the cheese plates, his favorite food group.

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203 – Steven’s Creek Trail in Mountain View. a nice break from my typical Mission or Stanford campus runs.

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204 – I had leftover frozen “mornay” (cheese sauce) from a mac n’ cheese dish I made a while back. I wasn’t sure how the frozen cheese sauce would be once thawed, but as it turns out, it’s just dandy. I also mixed in a couple of frozen cubes of pesto sauce. Not bad for a last-minute dinner ;).

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205 – another day of construction in the building of a new hospital.

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206 – An impromptu dinner/beer night at Pi Bar just *had* to end with a stop across the street for a cookie. Right?

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207 – Where’s Sasha? And how did she get there?

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208 – A night out in Berkeley at the Greek Theatre to see The Postal Service. The show itself wasn’t that great, really, but we still had a great time!

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209 – The weather was a little foggy this weekend (a true “summer” in SF, not this heat wave stuff!) and it was the perfect setting for a nice big bowl o’ ramen. One of our favorites, Halu, is closed on Sunday, so we went to an easy standby, Tanpopo, in Japantown. it hit the spot.

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210 – Even though I’ve lived in CA for 2 1/2 years now, the palm trees still make me smile :).