Saturday, August 1, 2009

Walking Across Golden Gate Bridge

I woke up this morning to gray, gloomy skies and I didn't think I was going to go out. However, as the morning progressed the sun started to come out and I pinged Samantha to see if she was still interested in going across the bridge with me. She had never walked across the bridge, even though she is native San Franciscan. I picked her up and headed out to Crissy Field. Once we got there, the day turned out to be beautiful. It was windy but the fog moved out for just the time frame that we were there, so I really think the gods were on my side. We walked out along Crissy Field and stopped at the Warming Hut. We purchased some water and coffee and then headed out. Here are some pictures of our walk over:

First a shot of the bridge from the start of the trail.

Here's a shot as we start to cross.

One of the support thingies.

One of the signs posted on the bridge.

A view of the bridge from the other side.

Once we got to the other side, we had to sit for a little bit and joked that we should call Sam's dad to come pick us up. The funny thing is that at about that time her folks called and when she told them where we were her dad DID ask if we wanted him to come get us. We didn't take him up on the offer. Instead, we hauled our butts up and headed back. Once on back on the city side, we stopped at the gift shop and did the total tourist thing....we bought t-shirts that say we walked the bridge.

I thought I had more pictures of the city from the bridge, but sadly my battery was going on my camera and I couldn't really validate that the pictures were being taken because of the glare. I highly recommend walking across the bridge on a sunny day, it really is a great experience.

How to Procrastinate 100% Guilt-Free

August Procrastination Post....Enjoy!!
  1. Plan your procrastination. If you let a task sneak up on you and then blow it off, you'll feel guilty. 
  2. Indulge all of your guilty pleasures until all of your guilt is gone. 
  3. Carry a list of your accomplishments dating back to childhood to ward off thoughts that you're lazy. 
  4. Think of all the people who don't even have a task list or goals. 
  5. Remember a great time you had while avoiding something you loathed. 
  6. List all the nonprocrastinators you know who lead balanced lives. Short list, huh? 
  7. Make a list of the productive plans you'll make in the near future. 
  8. Procrastinate with a friend. That way you can always say, "Well, they did it too."
  9. Learn a neat skill like juggling that you'll have for the rest f your life. 
  10. Master Task Value Assessment (TVA) - the art of evaluating the task versus the alternatives. 
And your personal procrastination list challenge: List 10 valuable things you do while procrastinating. (Keep this list handy when you feel guilty about procrastination.)

Monday, July 27, 2009

What I'll Miss.....

People keep asking me "Aren't you going to miss this?" as they point to something while bringing up the fact that I'm moving. And since my time here is limited (8 weeks from today the movers arrive....5 more Mondays, 3 more Tuesdays, 6 more Wednesday - Fridays), I decided on my drive home that I would address this question and list what I will miss about California.

First, addressing the question... Yes, there are certain aspects of California that I will miss. On the other hand, there are a number of things that I will not miss.... but that isn't what this is about. Here's some of the things that I'll miss, and I confess that I'm stealing some of these from the Queen:
  1. The fog coming over the mountains
  2. Walking to the Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building
  3. Easy access to the wine country
  4. The weather since it is pretty consistent and runs on the cooler side
  5. The fog wrapping the city in a cool cotton blanket
  6. My friends and their families
  7. LaBelle's Spa for massages and their comfy, comfy robes
  8. Tahoe, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and the drives there
  9. KFog - radio station
  10. Friends and family coming to visit, but this way I'll have friends come East to visit me now
  11. My Primary Care Physician.... she is really great and I feel very comfortable with her
  12. My quilt store... I learned how to do long arm quilting there and they are really nice ladies
  13. Monterey Bay Aquarium, even though I only went there once
  14. All the great parks around and the great views
  15. Camping with friends
  16. Horseback riding in the Santa Cruz mountain area
  17. Taking the Ferry to Sausalito
  18. All the great restaurants
  19. Sitting in Sam's backyard by the fire drinking sparkling wine
  20. Medjool's, even though I haven't been there in quite some time
  21. Watching the fireworks and the Blue Angels from the roof of my apartment
  22. Calistoga and just resting there
I'm sure there are lots of things that I've forgotten, but those will just need to be things that I do/see when I come back and visit. And yes, I made it to a list of 22 for all you 22-ophiles. And I also wanted to note that I'll be leaving the general Bay area on 9/22... Coincidence?
A couple of things that I forgot from my initial list:
- Going and seeing my friend Abby and her circus perform
- Tartine Bakery - They have THE BEST croissants!!