Happy New Year!!! I hope you either put on something fancy and raised a glass out on the town, or stayed comfy in pjs (like me) and watched a good movie.
For months (years?) we've been talking about painting the living room. By we've I mean I've :)
I've been feeling all kinds of guilt for not running yesterday or today, so I need to prioritize it tomorrow. I've been knee deep in Balboa Mist and Chantilly Lace, though I have been doing some interesting leg stretches while maneuvering our bookshelves while painting! I've been painting every waking hour for two days. You have to seize any opportunity you can during holiday breaks to get big projects like this done. Jon was reluctant at first but as soon as he saw the difference, he was on board.
I can't believe how much brighter and cleaner it already feels in the living room! I think we only have a few more hours left and then we'll call it done! The hardest part was that door frame and those shutter doors. Maybe we'll tackle the kitchen over Easter.
I'm on vacation until Thursday so we have a couple more days to play around the city.
I think once the Buckeyes secured the Cotton Bowl win, I could have talked Jon into pretty much anything :) Timing is everything when you've been married this long.
To keep the boys off the freshly painted walls, Jon took them to the SF Zoo for the day. The city is practically empty so it was a great time to go!
Croc couldn't wait to tell me a story when they got home about how he walked out of the bathroom and saw this peacock!
They also caught a good glimpse of this red panda. The scientific name for red panda means “fire-colored cat” and they're actually more closely related to raccoons than the pandas you and I think of when we hear the word. You learned it here, folks.
Even Jon knows what a soft spot I have for tardigrades so he snapped a picture of this little cutie.
A heap of popcorn, an amazing looking pretzel, and two soft serves. These kids live the lives of Riley I tell you!!
Mission accomplished. Nice work, daddy.
Don't touch the walls, I tell them. Everything is wet, I say to them. :)
This morning we all got up nice and early. When you don't drink, New Years Days are actually very productive and fun. I don't miss the hangovers a bit. I know all too well what it's like to wake up at 2pm on New Years Day and waste the entire day away, only working up enough energy to run out for Gatorade and frozen pizza. I love the life I've chosen for myself now. I look forward to early mornings, and I welcome big projects. When I was drinking regularly, big projects got started but rarely got finished.
We ate breakfast at Eats restaurant (one of the few open today) and I got the breakfast sandwich with salad greens. I wish I'd taken a picture—it had arugula, a sunny side up egg, tomato relish, and avocado. The best part was the rosemary roll. Yum!
We stared at this dog with envy over breakfast. He was so stinking cute wearing his fancy bandana.
Then we went to the car wash where I failed to make eye contact with any of the nice folks washing it for us because of how filthy that vehicle had become! I blame the kids! :)
We were on our way home in our beautifully clean car when Jon and I agreed the kids weren't nearly tired enough yet. He pulled over at the baseball diamond and just told them to run bases. Croc interpreted that to mean "remove your shoes and socks then dig holes in the diamond dirt." The best way to get The Dude to exercise is to tell him we'll time him. For some reason the competition against the timer is always an incentive for him (future racer I think!). The Dude ran the bases in 28 seconds then he asked us to run them. I rounded in 25 and Jon finished the fastest with 24 seconds. Unfortunately (for me, not Jon) his sport is jiu-jitsu so I've never had him as a running partner, but I think it would be so fun. I'm really hoping one of the kids will get into it!
When I got home I tried out this Clarisonic cleansing brush. My skin person I see told me I had some residue that I wasn't getting off in my normal routine and she recommended this. What attracted me to it is that it's good for sensitive skin like mine (I have rosacea) and sort of acts like an exfoliant without aggravating it.
My face feels as smooth as a baby's butt! There's not much I can do about the sun damage I've already done (sunscreen - what's that??, said my teenage me) but I can do the best I can at taking care of it from here forward. If you're reading this blog and you're under the age of 42, take some advice from me: wear sunscreen! No suntan is worth the age spots and wrinkles and potentially serious harm you can do!
Tell me: what is your tried and true skincare regimen? I don't remember my mom washing her face a day in my life and she's always had flawless skin.
What did you do to ring in the new year? We ate more Burmese food and fell asleep by 10pm :)
(Almost) daily blogger. Sober runner. Mental sh*t stirrer. Pro gender equality in tech. Family first.