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:

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.

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!

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

214 – Words to think about….

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.

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

217 – Dinner for three: Tange loved her bacon!

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

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

220 – I follow the rules.

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

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.

223 – Mission neighborhood mural art.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

229 – big tangerine flowers for Tangerine

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

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

232 – a good campus run

233 – card from the vet

234 – shadows!

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

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

237 – I miss the CTA.

238 – Chicago Millenium Park view

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

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

242 – kale and cabbage salad

243 – writing notes to the coworkers

244 – I fried a rabbit.

245 – Chris was really feelin’ The Beatles

246 – time for alfajores again!

247 – Happy Hour with my buddy, Sunny!

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.

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

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

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

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!

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

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.)

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

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

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

258 – rando Instagram shot of some good lookin grilling

259 – cheapo gas

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!

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:


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.


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


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!


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


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…


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.


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


190 – afternoon sun.


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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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


198 – pineapple close-up!


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


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


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!


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.


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


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 ;).


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


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


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!


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 :).