Tuesday, April 30, 2013

San Francisco - Day 3

First off, let me add that my husband remarked last night that none of these vacation posts talked about him. I reminded him that it was my blog. ;) Besides, he didn't do his big ride until Monday (day 3). He rented a bike and rode across the Golden Gate bridge to the parks on the other side.  Pictures below.

My new phone has a panoramic picture taker. I love it.
I sat on a bench here during my lunch break.
I just love the blue skies and green grass
(things which had been missing from the Midwest
until rather recently.)

We decided to see a movie, since we doubted
we'd find a babysitter once we were back in IL.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Or better yet,
The Rock in 3D. ;)

Our walk back to the hotel

This leaf fell from a tree.
A side note,
I haven't smelled this much mary jame
smoke since college.

Keith rode to the top of the mountain.
Or, Sarah freaked out when she received this picture
and wondered where the hell her husband was.

Another shot from his ride

Monday, April 29, 2013

San Francisco - Day 2

We headed to Alcatraz Island on day 2. We took the trolley down to the pier, had some breakfast with the giant seagulls standing at attention nearby, and waited to board the boat. The island was beautiful. The prison was creepy. Of course, I loved it.

We had lunch at the Wipeout Grill - I had an amazing cheeseburger with guacamole on it. We did a little browsing of the shops and saw the sea lions (which we had forgotten to see the night before). We ended up walking back to the hotel so I could change clothes before the conference began. A trip to the hot tub was also in order.

The opening speaker was actress Marlee Matlin. She gave a very moving speech about diversity. Afterwards we followed the Chinese Lion Dancers down to the reception. Keith met me and we headed back to the hotel for a delicious (and HOT!) room service meal.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

San Francisco, Day 1

Hello, my name is Sarah, and it's been two weeks since my last blog post. I've been busy being on vacation! Well technically it was a work trip, but Keith and I managed to sneak in some alone time for the first time in 6.5 years!

I love San Francisco! It was a beautiful city. And I loved loved loved the blue skies and green grass, which was a big change from this never-ending winter in the Midwest. I mean, seriously, what's with snow in April?

The gate to Chinatown

Lunch in Chinatown

Keith made me walk all the way here from our downtown
hotel. In two days alone, we walked about 10 miles.
Up hill like the entire time. ;)

Breathtaking views of the ocean

We visited a museum filled with antique games.
That purple star is made out of fairy dust!
I almost didn't post this picture because I hate
my nose, but oh well, I'm learning to accept myself,
flaws and all.

Crab cakes and chardonnay for dinner - yes please!

Friday, April 5, 2013

High Five for Friday!

  1. Traditional Easter picture with all the kids - on my late grandparents' back porch steps.  
  2. Yesterday was my self-imposed sexy shoe day at work.
  3. Apparently after having kids, I fell behind on fashion. I had no idea they made these little sock-things (Kohls had a fancier name for them) that you can wear with flats. I got a set with zebra-striped and cheetah print. Love them!
  4. I'm addicted to Starbuck's Tazo Iced Green Tea. But I'm cheap, so I make my own at home.
  5. I had Reiki done last Thursday. Best feeling ever. I cannot stop telling people to go get it done. This is the chakra bracelet I made awhile back, and two of the stones the Reiki practioner gave me. Can we say bliss? That's was Reiki does for the body and soul. 
 And how was your week?

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Hoarder - Happiness, Week 4

My little princess is my best friend. She always makes me laugh and smile.

But she is a hoarder. She cannot help it, it seems.

Yesterday I received this call from my mom.

Mom: Do you know that Keira brought all the Easter candy in her backpack?
Me: I vaguely remember hearing her tell Connor she was going to bring it.
Mom: No, I mean she brought ALL the candy. Hers and her brothers.
Me: I'm not surprised. She said she was going to eat it all today at your house.
Mom: She told your father that 'mommy said I could have one piece'. Then she changed it to two pieces. A few minutes later, she said, 'Actually, mommy said I could have 4 or 14 pieces. I think it was 14.'

Thankfully she settled for one piece.

Happiness is my little girl.
And her odd ways. ;)