I get the draw of running in the evening now. Tonight it hit me. Look at this gorgeous sunset in Golden Gate Park. The light was perfect and the trees in the park cast all kinds of pretty shadows to run through—I might be an evening running convert but too early to tell!
Clearly I was running so fast that the shutter speed just couldn't keep up!
I zoomed past the Rose Garden which is a popular place for weddings because it's so lovely.
And I love those evening long shadows that make your legs look ten feet tall.
I know it looks not so bad in this picture but for some reason this incline made my lungs fire up a bit!
I have to pick the least exposed places to take the selfie pictures because they semi-mortify me :)
Yes please! I mean it's like someone identified two of my favorite pleasures in life. The only other sidewalk sign that might beat this one is Free Science Books + Pizza. Jury is still out...
It's Thursday so it was soccer practice night for The Dude! I went for my normal run while he did his thing and then I came back to watch the last part. Have I mentioned how gorgeous it was tonight? Definitely an improvement from last week's rain.
Here's what I love about his coach: he treats them like adults in the sense that he expects them to show up, participate, behave well, and work hard and play fair. Plus he's Irish and when he barks orders the accent gives him credibility somehow. I associate Ireland with miles of open green space and everyone playing soccer :) I've never been there so I'm going to stand by this vision until I see otherwise.
I love it when the moon and sun are out at the same time...and Sutro Tower photobombing in the back. Did you know it's almost 1,000 feet high? You can see it from so many spots in SF.
Definitely not as fast as I'd like for a short run like this but I was coughing every .10 miles so I'll cut myself a little slack.
When I picked The Dude up from school today, the first thing he said was "I don't want to go to soccer practice." I always let him tell me why because I figure he's a human being and he might have a good, valid reason to not go. He didn't :) He just didn't really feel like it. Sometimes I spend a lot of time talking to him about how we can make it fun or the benefits of getting exercise, etc etc, but tonight I simply said "Yeah but you're doing it." He sort of grunted and I told him I felt the same way about running tonight but I'm going to do it. He said, "why don't you just skip it then?" I reminded him that his grandma and friend are flying all the way out for my race and the whole family is showing up to see me follow through with a commitment I made. Now I need to do my part. And now *he* needs to do his part and show up for the team who are relying on him to be there.
After practice and the run we both agreed it was nice to be outside on such a pretty night. His friend is very generous and gave him a piece of candy at the end of practice which was another major score.
Earlier in the day, after my lunch at work, I hopped in a Lyft and went across the bridge to see Croc in his childcare center's Halloween parade. The kids get dressed up and then do a "parade" through Jon's work where all the amazing (and I mean AMAZING) employees hand out candy and toys. They really get into the spirit and I love this about them!
Words can't describe how happy Croc was to see me standing in the building. I don't get to visit his school as often as I'd like due to logistics of it being across the bridge so it felt really nice to be there for him for a special moment.
The vampire teeth lasted as long as it's taken you to read this sentence.
One of the employees passed out tiaras and wands so of course he had to become a vampire princess-slash-magician (he was saying abracadabra when he waved his wand).
I told the woman who made this sign that it encapsulates every part of being a parent. Her daughter decided to be a banana.
Then hurry home to get The Dude and get ready for soccer/running! Today was one of those days that feels like a carnival from start to finish. Quick recap:
Major score in the tricks and treats department. So much booty. See that container of red slime in the middle? That slime would cause tears later.
Spiteful cereal eaten in a dark room. I blame Instacart.
And because I like to end on a positive note and not a sour one, flashback photo to that time Jon and I saw Jeff Goldblum at Swedish American Music Hall which btw is the all time greatest music venue hands down end of story!
Tell me all about a time when your schedule was as crazy as mine and how do you get through it? I rely on lots of timers and lots of snacks.
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