A busy winter and some photos

January 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Things have been crazy around here since early November, but it looks like life is finally beginning to calm down. When we moved into the apartment in late November, we had grandiose plans of working hard and getting everything unpacked in a month or so. Unfortunately, it was not to be — which we certainly should have figured out ahead of time. The problem was that we filled up our winter with events and never really set aside time for unpacking. Between our move-in and today, here are all the things that happened:

  • The moving men delivered the boxes
  • Five days of frantic unpacking so that the guest bed would be accessible (and not covered by a wall of boxes)
  • Mom visited (and slept in said guest bed)
  • Five days of more frantic unpacking
  • A twelve-hour drive to Washington state for Christmas with my Dad’s family
  • A few fun days in frigid Washington over Christmas
  • Another twelve-hour drive back home to California
  • Two more frantic days of unpacking to make space for Dad and Sylvia’s visit
  • Dad and Sylvia visited
  • A little over a week of more unpacking (less frantically this time)
  • We flew to Colorado for our annual week-long ski trip
  • Everybody on the ski trip got sick, sick, sick
  • We flew home this past Saturday

…which brings us up to now. Blake and I are still both sick, but at least we’re back at home for the foreseeable future. And although we certainly enjoyed getting to see some friends and family, we are pretty drained. And that whole list of stuff came upon the heels of moving from Seattle to San Bruno and from San Bruno to San Francisco for ten days! Honestly, this feels like the first time we’ve had to really settle down since we left Seattle in October.

Anyway, I don’t mean to sound complainy. All the things we’ve done have been lovely, and it’s been a fun Christmas season. It’s just been pretty tiring, and that’s why I haven’t spent a lot of time updating the blog recently.

So! That’s enough of boring things. Please enjoy these photos of some of the interesting stuff that’s happened:

Seal Rocks

The sun setting behind Seal Rocks off San Francisco

The view from Baker Beach

Baker Beach is just south of the Golden Gate and nearly always has an incredible view of the bridge and Marin County (the hills to the left of the bridge)

The Sutro Bath ruins. Near Baker Beach there are some cool ruins of baths from the late 1800s (named after Adolph Sutro, a former mayor of San Francisco). The buildings burned down in the 1960s, but the ruins are open to the public and sit right on the beach. It's neat.

We have so much kitchen stuff. Before deciding what to throw away, I had to take stock of what we had... and it turns out we had an insane amount of kitchenware. It took up the entire bed! We ended up donating about 50% of what you see here. Just look at all those spatulas! (In our defense, Blake and I each had a full kitchen before we got married, and then we got a lot of duplicate kitchenware when we were in Seattle and our stuff was in storage.)

Mom and I drove to Big Basin Redwoods State Park one day. It was a long and sometimes harrowing drive to get there, but the trees really were beautiful.

Here's Baker Beach looking much clearer. It's really a beautiful spot.

When I took Dad and Sylvia to Rockaway Beach, it was totally opaque with fog. Which wasn't as pretty as the sunshine, but it had its own mystique.

While we were in Colorado we had a day or two with a lot of snow. I spent it in the lodge being sick, but it was really very charming and cozy. (It became less charming and cozy that afternoon when Blake and I got a flat tire and he had to change it outside in these conditions on an icy and non-level parking lot. I was very appreciative!)

Anyway, that’s a brief overview of our lives recently. I hope to be back in business with more interesting posts in the next few weeks. =)

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