Life. 365-Style (9/18-10/21)

Another month has passed, friends. October has really been flying by. We’re out enjoying as much of our warm weather as possible – getting some of our final Stairway Walks wrapped up, squeezing in a hike or backpacking trip, and whatever else we can do to stay outdoors.

In addition to all of that regular stuff, life has been full of changes since August. Some horrible, some not too bad. I had an amazing time in NC with my family, and started a new job right after I got back. We continue to adjust to life without Tange. We had to put mom’s cat down while in NC, and that experience brought back all those all-too-recent memories. But we move on, as is our only choice.

All in all, putting things into perspective, life is still good. Here’s the short summary:

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261 – I had no idea I’d have to say goodbye to yet another cat in such a short time. This was mom’s cat, Boo, who was hiding a large tumor from his mommy until he just couldn’t anymore. He didn’t like me at all, and this is the closest I ever got to him.

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262 – One perk of my visit to NC was spending lots of time with family, and one extra-special perk was getting to finally go to another NCSU football game. We had some pretty awesome seats, and my Pops and I (along with his drunken friends!) had a pretty good night.

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263 – My Sis and I realized the rehab center had this rando bird cage at the entrance. wtf?

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264 – sometimes there’s nothing else to do but watch movies. Bridesmaids never disappoints.

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265 – Neither does bonding with my sissy. We had a really great time together, even if her feet did stink.

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266 – Mom will KILL me for posting this, but I like to think she’ll be ok with it, since I’m commenting on how amazing her hair looked after a good wash and curl – the old-school way!

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267 – Mom stayed in the rehab center for about 10 days, and then I brought her home. Before that though, I loaded the fridge with a whole cheesecake from this cute lil’ place in downtown Clayton. Super tasty.

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268 – Bye, Boo. This was without a doubt the worst day of my visit. It was hard to see mom so upset, after she’d made so much progress, and knowing how excited she was to come home to her cat.

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269 – BBQ one last time. I couldn’t get enough! And I’m glad I discovered Charlie’s.

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270 – Ok, one more time. With Cheerwine, too!

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271 – As much fun as I had in NC and as hard as it was to leave, it felt good to be home to my normal life. Plus, I missed Philz ;).

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272 – Mom wouldn’t have liked Pumpkin Curry, but we sure do!

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273 – Speaking of my normal life, it felt good to not be unemployed. I had three weeks off from working once I left Stanford, and my new job started on 9/30. I was none-too-excited about this pic, but whatever. I can’t ask for much for an ID, I suppose. And for anyone who’s wondering, my job is going well. It’s very similar to my old one in many ways, but I do miss my Stanford coworkers.

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274 – The best part? this dang commute. I bike by City Hall and the Civic Center every day, and lately, it’s been just gorgeous. The hills on the way IN to work? They’ll take some getting used to…

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275 – I should just call this post BBQ and be done with it. Not a week later and we met Liz and Kevin at Southpaw. I actually got the fried chicken, but Chris and I split that and his BBQ.

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276 – Sometimes Sasha really does think. Just not often. But isn’t she so pretty?!

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277 – Another Friday happy hour at Pi.

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278 – We got out of SF for a day and picked up some of our wine in Sonoma. We decided to stop at Matanzas Creek, a winery we went to on our first trip to Wine Country when we were still in Chicago. The views there are gorgeous.

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279 – We finished a Stairway Walk in the Upper Market area of town, right smack dab in the center of the city.

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280 – I love a good fall beer. This is Anchor Steam’s Big Leaf Maple.

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281 – Another benefit of my short commute? I’ve figured out how to make my running work into the trip home – a couple of days a week I take the bus to work instead of my bike, and I run home, creating random zig zags along the way to complete my full program. It takes a little planning, but it’s great to get a full run in and still be home by 6:15. This is one of the views from Dolores Park (and yeah, after barely surviving up the hill, sometimes it’s nice to stop and snap a pic!).

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282 – weeknight vegetable curry. This one was from the True Food book and just ok, but the leftovers tasted better.

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283 – I had a benefits orientation this morning, so of course I managed to squeeze in a trip to The Mill on the way.

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284 – Do you see the lil’ one in the back? I can’t tell if he’s scared or excited.

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285 – It was a little difficult to backpack what with the government shutdown and all, but we found a smaller state park in the area with a short hike in and enjoyed a leisurely afternoon of napping and reading in the sun.

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286 – there’s water back there in the distance. These are the Santa Cruz mountains.

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287 – SPRINKLES! need i say more?

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288 – It’s hard to capture these moments, but Sasha has a weird infatuation with licking plastic. Remember how I said she wasn’t so smart?!

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289 – Pigeons! As Chris would say, #missionlife.

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290 – I’m on jury duty this week, and they don’t require potential jurors in court until 9:30. So, I obviously went to Craftsman & Wolves beforehand for a thai curry scone. Duh.

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291 – Just barely escaped jury duty after being in court for 2 1/2 days. I had to grab another Friday Pi beer.

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292 – This weekend was amazingly beautiful. Chris and I completed 2 Stairway Walks, both on the north side of the city. We even tiptoed around Fisherman’s Wharf for one of them. Tourist count was off the charts, and I think I don’t need to go back there for at least a few more years ;).

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293 – After a sad Bears loss, we hit up a nice semi-outdoor late lunch at Namu Gaji, tossed in some soft serve from Bi-Rite, and laid in Dolores Park for a little bit. Cannot complain about that day, despite the loss.

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294 – Post-run Bernal fog rolling in.

Life. 365-Style (5/28-7/1)

I’m gonna go out there and say that this set of pictures is pretty boring compared to the last post. But really, what beats the Inca Trail? As it turns out, not much. But life back home in SF isn’t bad, either. The weather has been AMAZING, which means it’s been out of the 60s in the city. Last week, we hit the high 80s. How crazy is that?! Down south in Palo Alto? That’s another story – it sometimes feels like the seventh layer of hell there. In a totally good way, of course ;).

But enough of that. Here’s the pics.

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148 – never mind the cat on the mantle – we brought back a bottle of PISCO! But really, how did she get there?

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149 – a kale Caesar salad, and you’ll never guess the secret ingredient in the good-for-you dressing. Ok, I’ll tell you – silken TOFU. So damn tasty.

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150 – whhhooooooo are youuuu looking at?

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151 – peach season is upon us!

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152 – taking advantage of a gorgeous day and wandering around Lands’ End with Brook, Katherine, and Graham (visiting from Chicago!)

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153 – where’d Chris get that cute baby from? Meet Graham, Brook/Katherine’s bundle o’ fun.

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154 – Happy 7th (!) anniversary to us! We loaded up on sushi from ICHI in Bernal Heights.

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155 – do I have to tell you?

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156 – why has it taken me 33 years to discover the awesomeness of a Pisco sour? and why do they go down so easily? hoo boy.

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157 – still in love with my bike.

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158 – meet Orson T Cumberbatch III !! This is Judy’s new doggy and he is killer cool. And so dang rotten.

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159 – A Saturday full o’ beer, and a bus full of Apple folk. We stopped at Lagunitas (pictured), Russian River, and Bear Republic.

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160 – fried chicken eggs benedict (what?) at Brenda’s. holy heaviness.

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161 – this is how I spend my commutes these days. I’m on Season 5 now. Also, I LOVE Jerry’s sneakers.

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162 – I’ve been looking forward to breakfast at The Mill on a rando day off. I finally made it there after a nice foggy run in Golden Gate Park and a drive by our old place. That Josey Baker knows how to bake, that’s fo sho.

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163 – just another commute. i love how the sunshine makes my arm look ultra hairy.

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164 – afternoon shade in the living room, and balls on the wall.

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165 – a well-spent Friday night at El Techo de Lolinda with Liz & Kevin. Not a bad view, eh?

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166 – Chris and I were sans plans on a Saturday night, so we up and decided to walk down the street for ramen at Ken Ken. It was a brilliant move.

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167 – this was our appetizer almost every night of my childhood: garden-fresh cucumbers soaked in apple cider vinegar and cracked pepper +/- fresh tomatoes.

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168 – the damn cat is cheating on me! but that’s ok, I always think it’s super sweet when she shares her love with people other than myself, even if it is infrequent.

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169 – I made a pie version of the popular Indian samosa and I almost forgot to photograph the goodness. whoops. and yes, I used my regular recipe for pie crust, but with a mixture of 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white spelt flour.

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170 – I’d love to find out who did this to their bike. I’d punch them.

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171 – the other cooking thing I did recently is make 2 batches of pizza dough, which is enough for 4 4-serving pizzas. You freeze them individually and thaw overnight when you want to make pizza. this came in handy when the in-laws were in town. this is a hella tasty one: bacon, brussels sprouts, red onions.

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172 – just seemed like a cool array of oranges and greys, one of my new favorite color combos.

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173 – we made an attempt to go hiking in Point Reyes with Susan & Barry, but instead we ended up teaming up to change a leaky tire on the Mini. It seems that hiking and flat tires go hand in hand with us these days (see this post)! we made the best of it, and the pic above is of the signs on the crazy bathroom at the gas station. oh, small towns.

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174 – why, yes. this is a miniature “castle”. outside of a soccer field in the Presidio.

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175 – no words.

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176 – didn’t know this was a shaky pic, but nonetheless, i was watching Iron Chefs battle Iron Chefs. Of course, I was going for Michael Symon, and of course, he won it all. duh.

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177 – Tange has been taking prednisolone for almost a year now, but now we have to also start giving her thyroid meds twice a day. she is definitely getting tired of these pill pockets, so it’s time to break out the tuna! too bad you can’t shove pills into pieces of bacon…

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178 – do you see the kitty in the window?

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179 – another pizza night. this time using fresh kale, black beans, more bacon, and feta cheese.

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180 – Pride weekend in the Castro. this guy was marrying people for 5 cents!

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181 – spending Sunday on Lake Anderson is a good way to end the weekend, even if I do suck at wakeboarding.

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182 – impromptu sandwich dinner: turkey, cheddar, and arugula with pickled red onion. i even tossed some miso butter on the grill pan to season the bread. CARB LOVE.