Eighties hair band Cinderella really knew what they were singing about when they said, "You don't know what you got till it's gone." I miss the freedom of lacing up my shoes and hitting the road and enjoying all the amazing feels that getting fresh air gives you.
The Napa fires are about 50% contained and the air quality is still unhealthy in San Francisco so I ran on a treadmill at the gym. I only ran seven because you're limited to 30-minute increments on the machine since there's usually a line. So I ran for 30 minutes and then stretched for 10 minutes. Run 30 minutes and stretch. Then I ran another 10 minutes and watched ESPN on the treadmill before I had to hit the road to pick up some gifts.
I *will* say the amenities in the gym were awfully nice. Soft towels I didn't have to wash. Free hair products that I didn't have to buy. A shower I didn't have to clean. Soft lighting I embraced like the inner Elizabeth Taylor that I am.
I started out the morning with a white bagel and processed jelly. It's what was available at the gym restaurant and I didn't want anything that would upset my stomach so it fit the bill. It was enjoyable just sitting there in silence eating at a table and staring out the window. I find any moment I can turn my brain off completely and not have to answer questions, I take advantage of it.
It was SO gorgeous out today so it was really hard not to play outside all day long!
Tomorrow the air is supposed to be better so I might run outside. I saw a runner this morning with a face mask on—that's dedication (or dumb).
As I was enjoying the bagel, I saw this cute little story come up on my IG feed. Aren't dogs the absolute greatest?
After the run I went to one of my favorite shops in San Francisco: Foggy Notion. The second you walk in the store, the smells hit you. But good smells, not the Bath and Body Words kind of smells that hit you like a mack truck...I mean natural scents like eucalyptus and lavender. My mom's birthday is coming up and I wanted to get her something special.
My mom is the kind of person who has everything already but still loves anything you'd get for her and will swear it's just what she needs. I landed on a box of fancy candy from Portland and an absolutely gorgeous stained glass sun catcher made by artist Debbie Bean. Her pieces are so colorful and happy. I think mom will appreciate it!
While I was there I grabbed a couple of small gifts for my *other* colleague and friend who is leaving our company. It's a trend right now that I'm a little sad about but I can't be too sad when I know that great things are around the corner for her. I have no doubt I picked the perfect things for her: a bar of orange sage soap because she's the only person I've met who is AS obsessed with skin products as I am, and a feminist pin made by a local artist. Woman power...she inspires me to be a better feminist.
I also grabbed a couple of cards before heading home to take over parenting duties so Jon could watch the Ohio State football game with some friends. Parenting is pretty much a constant negotiation of time and sleep and errands between the two partners.
Then the boys and I ordered a pizza and watched The Emoji Movie which would be a thumbs down big time from me, but it entertained the kids.
I took this picture because I wanted to capture the one time Jon forgot something at home after he'd already driven away. I do this ALL THE TIME and he laughs about it. When I leave the house we'll say, "see you in five." So I loved that he was the forgetful one this time.
I saw these jackfruits at one of the produce stands in the neighborhood and thought they were durian fruit at first. Do you know what durian fruits are? I didn't before I moved to the city.
We went to a barbecue at a friend's house years ago when The Dude was a toddler. Someone brought a durian which is one of the smelliest foods in the world (true). It's so stinky that it's banned from most public places in Southeast Asia. When they broke it open, I had to walk away. The texture was like a raw chicken breast. I may have tried one bite but certainly didn't finish it, but The Dude? He had like three portions. He absolutely LOVED it. I wonder if he would even go near it now, ha!
Jon broke the "no outside" rule (I don't blame him - I'd have gone stir crazy inside too) and did a little Hot Wheel action with the boys. Did you play with these when you were little?
I really need to get my act together and make The Dude's costume. It's fairly simple but I just need to plan the materials. What did we do before Pinterest? I loved this old costume for Croc. He was an old fashioned body builder. You can't really tell in the photo but I sewed little strands of thread to a tan shirt to make it look like chest hair. He also squirmed when I drew the handlebar moustache on him so it's just a little off center :)
Finally, we framed the prints I got Jon for our anniversary. We both love this artist Grant Haffner. His paintings are really distinctive. They remind me of the fluorescent skies we see out our window at night. I feel happy when I look at them. Now I just need to find the perfect place to hang them and then obsess over how my walls need painting. :)
Now it's time to watch This is Life and finish up this post!
Tell me how you spent your weekend and especially share your OUTDOOR stories so I can live vicariously!!
(Almost) daily blogger. Sober runner. Mental sh*t stirrer. Pro gender equality in tech. Family first.