Today my team ditched the office for a full day offsite! We do this every several months to celebrate all our hard work and talk about things that are not work related! I honestly don't know how I managed to surround myself with such stellar people...the kind I want to hang out with because I want to, not because I'm forced to :)
We took a ferry over to Sausalito for the afternoon and it was a perfect slice of heaven. At lunch we found out we have a very weird thing among us...
All six of us have different area codes even though we all live in SF or the East Bay! We are very sentimental about the first area code we were assigned with our phones and we don't want to update it. Isn't that funny? I remember a Seinfeld episode about that - Elaine had to change her phone number but she was mortified to lose her old New York area code!
The plan was to meet at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero for coffee and then take a boat over to Sausalito for lunch. On my way to meet them, I saw this man in the window preparing his fresh fish and putting it in ice. It was such a San Francisco scene to me. When Angus was a baby, I used to walk him up and down the street near us and we'd look in the windows of all the dim sum and sushi restaurants. There would be ducks hanging in the windows and huge pans of fried rice or steaming pork buns. I love watching the chefs in the windows, making their food and getting ready for service. There is so much activity here. But today we took a load off and got the hell out of dodge!
We walked to the top deck to enjoy the views. Fun fact: the Ferry Building was one of the places featured in Inside Out (one of our favorite animated movies of all time!).
We decided to eat at Bar Bocce because they have great pizzas and a beautiful outdoor patio with a view of the Bay. Sometimes when I see views of the city, it still takes me a heartbeat to remember that I live here. It's almost like it's too beautiful to be my home. We ordered a ton of food - the salt cod fritters, kale/almond salad, chicken/couscous salad, beet salad, mushroom pizza, and some other kind of pizza that I didn't eat because I was stuffed!
They ordered blood orange sangria which looked so pretty and I had a nonalcoholic beer. I love it when people save room to order desserts. Brittany ordered the bread pudding and I told her that it's an under-appreciated treat! She let me have a bite and it was absolutely perfect. Seriously - order it!
I don't know why but I saw this picture on the wall and fell in love with it. I'm not a big spender or a collector of anything, but if I had the time and money I would love to travel all around and collect really interesting art. I love how you can find something that makes you smile on the wall of a pizza joint.
They were teasing me because I a.) paid $40 for eclipse glasses when you couldn't even see the dang thing in SF because of all the fog, and b.) I was still hanging on to a pair - you know...in case there's an unforeseen eclipse in the near future :) Callie put them on and somehow made them look stylish.
We sat and looked at the water for a bit and then I cut out so they could cut loose a little. It's always a little weird having your boss around when the drinks start flowing if you know what I mean.
I packed running clothes and decided to literally run home since it was just over 6 miles and I needed to squeeze in that amount for my training plan. Only 94 more days until California International Marathon! GULP!
Let me tell you. It was HOT today. As in some parts of the Bay Area were in the triple digits. And of course being a noob and all I did not pack water so my butt was dragging under that scorching heat! The heat combined with the hills felt like total torture (in a good way).
There's something you should know about me. I am a total klutz. I trip over things constantly. This is why I would never ever make a good trail runner. You'd have to keep picking me up off the trails.
Exhibit A: I wasn't on the road one mile before I tripped, flew in slow motion in the sky, and then landed flat on my hands, knees, and pride.
I was using leaves to mop up the blood drips. I was keeping it real classy. Did I mention how hot it was? Holy cow. Big huge high fives to all of you out there running in heat like this every day. I don't know how you do it! But I must say the views on the bridge were simply amazing. No whale sightings but plenty of pretty sailboats and TONS of Black Baggers! It's a good thing I survived with only a bloody knee!
There's one short part of the run where you go under the Golden Gate Bridge. I'd never done this before because when I run the bridge it's usually an out-and-back from the other direction. So I was half scared out of my mind when I heard the cars start thumping above me - they were LOUD even over my music. I admit it was a little scary. I'm not great with bridges to be honest but I'm really glad I went out there and did the run. Seriously, it was really hard especially after a big meal and I could have easily called a cab but I chose to do the harder thing. There's nothing like that feeling of having done the HARDER THING! :)
As I ran off the bridge and up into the Presidio for my last leg, I almost stepped on this little snake. We had a stare down for a good 30 seconds. It was a moment.
Today was Croc's pajama day at school! He is such a happy boy. I wish they had pajama day for adults. I would completely get on board with that.
Sad Update: Either Sharky or Mr. Crabs passed on to the red claw crab tank in the sky. Lyle still hasn't realized it five days later so I'm pretty hopeful we can replace it this weekend and all will be well.
What was your first pet as a kid? If you didn't have one, what did you want?
Ever taken a ferry ride? Where did you go?