Do you want to know my idea of heaven? Last night. Jon and me in a super fancy yet cozy hotel in the city with a view of the Presidio trees, room service, and lounging in robes. It was the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary!
We stayed at Hotel Drisco which isn't far from our house. When we looked out the window, Jon said he felt like he was on vacation in another country. We're good about looking at the city through fresh eyes and appreciating the landscape around us. San Francisco isn't perfect—and that's a post for another day—but there is a lot of beauty here too. When the fog rolls in and the breeze picks up with the smell of the eucalyptus trees, there's something special in the air that's indescribable unless you've been here for a bit.
We stopped to get a bunch of snacks and drinks and then found a parking spot right next to the hotel! I still get really nervous when we park on a steep hill in San Francisco. Sometimes it feels like the car is going to tip over! I tried to capture the angle in this picture but it doesn't do the tilt justice...
We were greeted with some nuts and a bottle of chilled champagne (which we gave to our friend for sleeping at our house with Croc!) along with a nice card from the staff wishing us a happy anniversary. How sweet! It kicked off the night nicely.
Like a couple of kids we explored the room right away and commented on the views, the comfortable beds, and the massive bathroom with a seat in the shower! My dream is to have my own bathroom some day. Sharing one tiny bathroom with three males is worthy of some kind of prize in patience. This tiny little toothpaste was so cute.
First thing we did was order room service. I got a panini, salad, and tomato bisque. Jon got short ribs, beans, and potatoes I think. I was too busy digging into my meal (and later ordering a chocolate brownie with raspberry coulis). It was all delicious and served on some fancy ass silver trays!
Next thing we did was take showers, try on the robes, and then go out and take a walk while the sun set.
The neighborhood around the hotel sits on top of a hill so as soon as you walk out you see rolling hills with houses and trees one way, and then the ocean and Presidio the other way. The sun was just starting to set when we walked. Oh that air... I swear to you that it is therapeutic this air in San Francisco.
We walked past some homes that make you wonder who in the hell can afford to live there, and then some embassies and the Lyon Street steps. Fall was definitely in the air which was evident in this beautifully decorated doorway!
I mean, is there such a thing as doorway envy? If so, I had a case of it last night. The sidewalk alone was pretty enough to sleep on...
We tend to act like teenagers when we get away from the kids. It was like we were giddy! Jon forgot to pack a long sleeved shirt so we were about to walk to Walgreens and get him a sweatshirt but then it felt really nice outside. It was cool but not cold.
We took a detour through the Presidio but I kept reminding him that it was dusk and the coyotes would be out and active at that time of night. He often thinks I overreact. Me?
Jon looks like a deer in headlights here haha! We also saw this interesting robot art in the front of a house. And it looked anatomically correct if you know what I mean.
I wouldn't say Jon and I are high fashion kind of people. We have nice clothes but shopping is not a high priority for us. That said, I love a good sale at Nordstrom Rack and I got this comfy looking sweatshirt there. Jon took one look at it and his jaw dropped. He said, "is that intentional?" and I said yes, of course. He could NOT believe it which I found hilarious! We laughed so long and hard over his complete and utter disgust over a clothing company charging to have the bottom seam officially torn hahahahaha!
This morning I woke up at 7am because my body is just trained to wake up after eight hours of sleep I think. I went downstairs and grabbed some breakfast—coffee, croissant, fruit, oatmeal—and waited for Jon to wake up.
It was so nice to see the boys although The Dude has no voice and I think he *maybe* got two hours of sleep last night? So he must be absolutely wiped out at his soccer game right now. Sleepovers are always rough the next day. Is this true for you other parents out there too?
Once everyone was settled at home, I drove over to Tiburon to pick up my bib for the Tiburon Half Marathon tomorrow! It was a really easy pickup and I love the shirt! Long sleeve wicking shirts are the best race shirts.
I just pounded some pasta and am currently drinking water like crazy. I need to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow so I'm going to roll really well, take a warm shower and get to bed early tonight.
I've been watching one video regularly before long runs and it gets me really pumped up every time.
All of a sudden I have a huge case of the jitters! This isn't a race I'm running for time or anything—I need to incorporate some real races during my marathon training and this one is local so it was perfect. I have no idea what to expect to be honest. We could be running up Mt. Tam for all I know. I'm going to run slowly and then just see what I can churn out for the last three miles or so!
What are you doing with your weekend?
We are celebrating our wedding anniversary this weekend—17 years!!! Can you believe it?! Don't we just look like little spring chickies? :) Thanks.
What's funny is that Jon and I grew up about two miles away from each other nearly our whole lives but we didn't meet until college. He was friends with my brother who introduced us. Jon was in graduate school where I went to undergrad. We have had such a long and emotional road in our marriage and we stay strong through it. We have moved across the country, lost parents, gone through sobriety together, had two beautiful children, and continue to make each other laugh.
We're going to have our friend stay with the boys while we get away for just a night. I cannot wait. We've only done this a handful of times since having kids and I want to make it more of a tradition to spend overnights away from them. Plus it's fun for the boys to be around their friend-family here because they always bend the rules and make it a night to remember!
I see the most interesting things on my runs and some of the coolest yard art. These Laurel and Hardy statues are almost the same ones my mom had in our basement as a kid.
Jon outside of his comfort zone many years ago at the summit of Mt. Shasta!
Look at these old pictures I found. I mean, come on boys! You're killin' me with these pitiful looks. These pictures were both taken on their first week at childcare at the exact same school.
This weekend I've told The Due he needs to commit to which Halloween costume he wants this year. Making them tends to be a hairdo of an occasion. My mom has pitched in for some of them including spaghetti/meatballs and the matador. Jon and I did the robot together.
And finally here's an old race photo from 2005 I think? Those red shorts. I wore them until they were threadbare. For some reason it's very hard for me to find comfortable running shorts.
And how was YOUR day?
Happy Wednesday! Or as I lovingly refer to it -- oh shit it's the day I have to send the PTA newsletter!! I may have mentioned before that I'm on the PTA Board at The Dude's school. Much as I don't like giving up spare time for all the inevitable meetings and commitments that requires, I also know that if I don't do it, not many people will! It's tough to get parents to join and participate, and if the slots don't get filled then we lose that precious funding which pays for really important stuff like outdoor education and technology in the classrooms. Nope these things are not funded already with our tax dollars. All that cool stuff like music or art or a special event once a year is add on and needs someone to pay for it. Enter the PTA.
Sometimes the startling differences between one public school and another in the same city makes me want to cry. Or scream. Or both. And don't get me started on the stunning differences between public and private in San Francisco. One school's Fall Festival has iPads at the prize booth and spa treatments for the moms/daughters. The other's Fall Festival has tattered games and no prizes because we don't have the . budget this year.
All children - regardless of their race, income level, or zip code - deserve the same opportunities. If you only have time to read one book about this topic, I recommend Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol. It's one of the few books I kept that was required from school and gives you a lot of perspective on the broken platform many kids have from the very start of their education.
If you have children, how did you decide on the right school?
Speaking of school... guess what today was? Picture day! And we noticed all three of the males were Matchy McMatchersons:
After work I rushed to pick up The Dude and take him to soccer practice. It was the perfect chance to squeeze in a short 4 miler while he scrimmaged. The run felt good but weird because I'm not used to running after 2pm. For the most part I'm a wake-up-and-run kind of person and evening workouts always feel like more effort to me. But the pace was okay even though I again jumped all around.
And then I came back to pick him up for the last 15 minutes and became the anti-social mom wearing lycra who sits away from all the other parents. Sometimes forced social situations make me a little anxious. I like conversations to flow naturally and you might as well punch me in the face for every second of a silent pause. My friend and I joke that we are the least network-y people we know... so much so that she wants to start an anti-networking event. I suggested she call it NOTworking. The idea of doing speed networking or whatever gives me the hives. No thanks! But I admire people who put themselves out there like that and instantly make friends and feel comfortable. I think I need to work up to it for a little bit.
Sixty-seven days until California International Marathon!!! There are discussions of my mom and surrogate aunt coming out for it. I hope they make it but I feel like typing any more will jinx it.
I can't get enough of all the cool analytics and insights you get from Garmin. I don't know what half of it means, but I'll learn!
I stopped to take a picture of this beautiful spider web but when I got home and looked at it, you couldn't make it out. But I actually like it. They look like they're about to spin a web around the tiny moon.
So I thought these looked truly disgusting:
And finally, current mood:
Okay I need help. Who uses a Garmin or similar watch? What reports or stats do you always check after a run to gauge your performance?
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