Thursday, March 31, 2011

Irony

It has been raining and cold in SF for the past several months. However, when I left for a work trip, things turned for the better and SF is experiencing unusually beautiful weather.


Too bad it could not have waited until my return!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

While I am away ...

... in the great state of Texas, Tom is home grilling (yes, more meat -- look away if you are a vegetarian)


With his best friend, Rocky.


(Sonny is there, too.)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Nice Poem

Sent to me by my favorite aunt. I have visually enhanced it for your viewing pleasure.

Poem: "The Changing Light" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, from How to Paint Sunlight. © New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2001.

The Changing Light

The changing light

            at San Francisco

    is none of your East Coast light

           none of your

                   pearly light of Paris


The light of San Francisco

             is a sea light

                       an island light


And the light of fog

        blanketing the hills

    drifting in at night

           through the Golden Gate

                      to lie on the city at dawn


And then the halcyon late mornings

    after the fog burns off

      and the sun paints white houses

                     with the sea light of Greece

      with sharp clean shadows

       making the town look like

                             it had just been painted


But the wind comes up at four o'clock

                                    sweeping the hills

And then the veil of light of early evening


And then another scrim

           when the new night fog

                            floats in


And in that vale of light

                   the city drifts

                           anchorless upon the ocean

More Bouquets

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rainy Day Grillin'

On Saturday, we headed over to Concord in the rain for a barbecue with Tom's friend, Tim. Tim was in town from Thailand where he usually lives and teaches English.

Buddha watches over the barbecue.


Tim carves the finished product. Delicious!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Today I wore my green to honor the day. Tom refused to wear green -- he says since he is Irish, that should be enough. We had a celebratory drink after work and saw a lone piper on the way home.


He played a nice little Irish tune for the neighborhood.

Luckily, we did not have a piper down.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Union Street

Today we strolled down Union Street in the beautiful Pacific Heights neighborhood of SF.


Victorian in Setting - Charm of Long Ago...
Union Street offers all the charm and services of an old-fashioned shopping street where you could find virtually anything you need on foot. The Union Street Shopping District contains some of the City's best eateries, art galleries, fine jewelry stores and trendy boutiques.

The street is long, so plan on spending at least half a day exploring up and down the street - don't forget to miander up and down the cross streets as well - you will find some real gems off the beaten track. Breakfast, lunch or dinner at the great restaurants and cafes will definitely spike the enjoyment of your shopping day!

(http://www.unionstreetshop.com/)

I like to take my friends who come to visit shopping on Union (remember, Steph and Candace?). This is also where we saw Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner about a year ago (although Tom still thinks it was J-Lo -- he is a little behind the times).

We had brunch at a nice little French place.


We had cappuccino


And a bowl of cafe au lait (??)


In SF, your dog can dine with you (and wear a fashionable red sweater - that one next to him must be embarrassed to be naked).


Isn't this against the health code? I often say there are no cats in SF. However, we saw this cute little tortoise shell in a storefront window. I guess they stay inside to avoid all the dogs.


On the way home we saw the GPS guided tour cars. Tom thinks they are dorky. I think they would be pretty fun for a tourist.



We also saw a few other SF staples:



Sunday, March 6, 2011

Foggy Day

It is rainy and foggy outside today


and getting foggier by the minute.


I can already hear the fog horns that will keep me up all night.

It's the perfect night for our favorite take-out pizza, North Beach Pizza.



My calorie counter app is not happy with me this weekend.

City Day

Yesterday, we decided to enjoy the nice sunny weather in the city before the rain came. We took a walk down Embarcadero to Justin Herman Plaza where we checked out the Vaillancourt Fountain. I guess this is somebody's idea of art, but it reminds me of something from the set of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.



Then there were the three Eggheads:


We hopped on the historic F-line trolley



and headed down to Fisherman's Wharf to one of my favorite seafood restaurants, Scoma's. It is crab season, and there is nothing better (to me) than fresh crab right out of the bay.


I enjoyed some fresh crab with drawn butter



while Tom had a fresh .... BLT. (what?!?)

At the end of the day, we headed over the bridge to Alameda for dinner at Uncle Sonny's house.


We had an absolutely delicious meal of breaded pork chops, creamy mashed potatoes, and fresh spinach salad.

Sonny and his pork chops:


Sonny was expecting to feed five people, but made 10 pork chops. Wonder what will become of all those extra chops. It's a mystery ....

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Beware the Klepto Kitty!

Lock your doors and hide your undies! There is a cat burglar (literally!) on the prowl in San Mateo, just down the road from us here in SF. See what we are up against here in the big city??

Friday, March 4, 2011

More Blue Angels

Tom sent this video he took from our balcony of the Blue Angels' show. He loves his Flip camera! (And yes, I look a little deranged at the end, but that is only because it was quite exciting!)

Blue Angels video.

Tom's Birthday

Back in November, we drove down to Santa Barbara for Tom's birthday. I had never been there before and was excited to see it since I had heard great things about it. Talk about lifestyles of the rich and shameless! Guess we'll have to wait until we win the lottery to move there. If you know Tom, you know he likes to stay in style, and this trip was no exception. We stayed at a gorgeous hotel on the beach.


Here are some pics of the Birthday Boy livin' large:





During our trip, we visited some of the surrounding towns. We visited Shoestring Winery, where they had their tasting set up in the barrel room -- just the way we like it -- no fancy-schmancy tasting rooms for us! They had great wine and a friendly staff. We then drove through Buellton where we saw the restaurant where Sideways was filmed. Fun!


We then stumbled upon a little Danish village called Solvang. It was really neat, yet completely out of context with the surrounding area. We felt like we were in a Chevy Chase vacation movie.




Tom as a Danish soldier:


We ended the trip on a high note with a beautiful sunset. I did not capture the full
brilliance of it because I had to run back to the hotel room to get my camera (doh!), but here is a sample:


Ahhhhhh ... what a great trip!