Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Sunday -While the girls slept in, Sue and I went on a mission to locate breakfast fare. The neighborhood Safeway was 3 blocks away and fulfilled all our needs – milk, fruit, yogurt, bagels and pastries. Back at the hotel, everyone fueled up for a day of sightseeing and by 9:30 we were off.

Today was our first attempt at trying to master the San Francisco Muni system. Lucky for us it is not so hard to do. We boarded the #30 bus right outside the hotel, and then transferred to the #28. Our trip to Golden Gate Park took us through the Presido and along the bay, but 45 minutes later we arrived at the park.

Our first stop was the deYoung museum. We went up to the top of  the 9 story tower for be beautiful views of San Francisco and the park. The Golden Gate Park is larger than Central Park in New York, is about 3.5 miles in length, and has museums, gardens, a lake, bike and hiking paths, a buffalo paddock, windmills, and appears to be a wonderful gathering place for San Franciscans (and tourists) on a beautiful Sunday. And as a bonus, one of the main roads is closed to traffic on Sundays, so there were lots of dog walkers, rollerbladers, and runners taking advantage of that.

We headed to the California Academy of Sciences next and got it a very long line of people waiting for the museum to open. That’s when the only rain shower of the day let loose but we were all prepared with our umbrellas. It didn’t last long. The museum was great. We took in the planetarium show (a bit of a snoozer according to Jen and Leslie) and then grabbed lunch in the museum cafe. Leslie and I share pork and shrimp rolls and nachos. Both were very tasty. Afterwards, we wandered around looking at the exhibit on climate change and then entered the exhibit on rainforests  ” a living 4-story rainforest, where dripping water sets the beat for a symphony of croaking frogs and chirping birds. Peer into one of Borneo’s bat caves, meet chameleons from Madagascar, and climb into the tree-tops of Costa Rica to find free-flying birds and butterflies. Finally, descend in a glass elevator into the Amazonian flooded forest, where an acrylic tunnel allows you to walk beneath the catfish and arapaima that swim overhead.” It was amazing and we enjoyed looking at all the strange animals on exhibit as well at the aquarium exhibit.

After that we, we went up to the living roof, and then decided to go outside and enjoy the beautiful day. We took the shuttle ride down to the far west end to see the Dutch windmill and the blooming tulips. From there, we walked across the busy highway to Ocean Beach where the winds were blowing fierce waves onto the shore but there were lots of people out and about enjoying the day. It was beautiful.

We went in search of a refreshment break at the Beach and Park Chalet. We went upstairs to the Beach Chalet first, and although the views were great, it was too stuffy, so we abandoned our table and headed downstairs to the Park Chalet. It was a much better choice. We had drinks and sweets and enjoyed our break.

We rode the shuttle back to the deYoung museum (getting on the last one of the day – thank heavens!) and started the trip back to our hotel. We got off the 28 bus at the Golden Gate Bridge stop to take photos, and eventually made it back to Columbus Avenue. We enjoyed a bit of a break, but eventually headed out for dinner. Our plan was to go to Tony’s for pizza, but we nixed the idea of a 1.25 hour wait and went looking for another option. We settled on the tiny L’osteria del forno and enjoyed pizza and dessert. We walked the half mile back to the hotel on a beautiful evening.

We were tired but happy from all the wonderful sights and sounds and food of our first full day in San Francisco.


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March 7

Monday – Woke up late and had to scramble to get to work 15 minutes late. Guess my late night caught up with me. Busy, busy at work.
I forgot my work out clothes in the rush of the morning so no Zumba with Nicole tonight.

While my supper was cooking – a hamburger, salsa, bean and corn chili which turned out very, very tasty – I cleaned out the bottom part of the pantry. I know how to have a good time! (And I now know that I don’t need to buy anymore diced tomatoes for a month or two – for some reason I seem to be stockpiling them!)

Had to throw away a few past dated items (including one box of cereal that was purchased while Leslie was still in high school. Guess we’re not eating much cereal these days). My garbage guy is a little concerned about the extra output this week. Sorry Paul!

One step up from taxes is cleaning the pantry.

One step up from taxes is cleaning the pantry. Don't ask about the expiration date on the cereal.


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March 4

Friday – I often think my office is so messy because I am so busy but I honestly can’t stand the thought of going on vacation and leaving it like this because I really can’t stand the thought of coming back to such a mess. So my goal between now and then is to whittle away at this mess and get all the paper sorted, and then organized, filed and/or tossed. Let’s see how that goes.

I'm ashamed to say this is my messy desk.

I'm ashamed to say this is my messy desk. And even though it's not working real well for me; will I do something about it.

It was a cold and rainy and very dreary day. I picked up take out at Imperial Palace after work and it was just OK. I hadn’t gone there for quite awhile and I remember it being better than it was tonight. Oh well, if not good, at least we got a lot of just so-so food.

Worked on my paper to finalize and hit submit – it’s probably my least favorite topic of the whole semester and I’ve got the A so I’m a little apathetic about the effort. I considered (just for a second or two) not doing it at all but couldn’t be that lazy or disrespectful of the class.

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February 28

Monday – How can February be over already? It was brutal at times weather-wise but still it seems to have flown by. Down to 18 days until San Francisco trip; I’m getting excited!

I had a dentist appointment in the a.m. Clean, shiny and cavity-free teeth are such a joy! Really busy at work and when I got into work I had two urgent work projects and one urgent Leslie request for financial info. A little stressful start to the day. It seemed like the day was constant interruptions so I brought some work home in an effort to catch up or at least  try and maintain. It helped a little.

Paul’s been hungry for jambalaya so I made it for dinner but used hotter than normal sausage. He said it cleared out his sinuses (good) but also was going to require Tums (not so good). Guess I better stick to the regular the next time. We have lots of leftovers so I may be eating it every day for a week unless he decides he can handle it.

Ending February with spicy jambalaya. um, um, good!

Ending February with spicy jambalaya. um, um, good!

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February 16

Wednesday – I’ve been trying to add flax seed to my diet because it’s suppose to be a super food good for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. So far my favorite way to eat it is on peanut butter toast in the mornings. Add that little extra crunch and the only thing to be careful of is walking around all day with tiny seeds stuck in your teeth. Not such an attractive look. Went to Zumba after work today. Paul had made tacos for dinner – I turned mine into a taco salad and then worked on some homework while watching T.V.

February Love - Flax Seed and Peanut Butter Toast

February Love - Flax Seed and Peanut Butter Toast

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February 8

Tuesday. Another busy day at work, lots to try and get done as I am taking my Birthday off tomorrow to do what I want. I think it will involve the Mindframe and movies.

Today was cold, really, really cold, so I didn’t walk up to the health club at noon. So far this week, I am being a slug.

February Love today is a healthy start to the day though…

February Love - Yogurt, blueberries and nuts for breakfast. Yum, yum.

February Love - Yogurt, blueberries and nuts for breakfast. Yum, yum.

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