Thursday, July 28, 2011

Vacation From My Vacation

Dylan and I flew into the Dulles airport to stay at my sister's apartment in Alexandria, Va for a couple of days. While we were there, we drove up to Maryland to check out the area and see if we might want to live there someday. The Baltimore county school district pays TONS of money for teachers and the cost of living is cheap, so we could essentially be billionaires if we moved there. A slight problem occurred when we visited, however. We HATED it. No, I shouldn't say hate. But yeah, kind of hate.
Baltimore itself might have been okay if it weren't 100 degrees out. Also, there was a pretty trashy lady working at the bar we went to and she was boasting about how she's never left Baltimore and how she hates tourists and also hates people who "don't learn English for godsakes."

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We traveled around the rural parts of Baltimore county too, hoping to find a more peaceful area with land that would be cool to have a house on. But we forgot that rural and a little Southern means pick-up trucks and Jesus. No thanks.

Then, we drove down to The Homestead in Virginia to meet up with the rest of my family. This place is crazy. It is filled with some of the whitest people I've ever seen.

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There is so much to do here, like horse back riding, a carriage ride, archery, a rifle range, hiking etc. I did all of them. Photos to come.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday

One of the best things about not working is that I can go to the gym during the day before the crowds of 9-5ers show up. When I got there today, there were SEVEN empty bikes and THREE empty ellipticals. That has never happened at the 24 Hour Castro branch before. I did BOTH of those machines and I even stayed there for longer than half an hour. In short, I got paid to get toned.
Then, I went on some errands. Upon completing said errands I noticed an outdoor patio with 2 for 1 margaritas. Did I stop in? Yes. Did I get paid to stop in? Yes. Do you hate me right now? Yes.

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Then I got home and Dylan tried on his new sweater and said, "I look like Kurt Cobain." And that is never a bad thing.

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Then Lisa came over for Tuesday Grill Night, and it did not disappoint.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Gladys was Lonely the Whole Day

My life is so great. First of all, today I was pleasantly surprised with how many "ughhh Monday" statuses I saw on facebook. Second of all, I found out that my Verizon teacher discount is more than Verizon employee discounts. I had been having a good talk/laugh with the the Verizon telephone operator guy, but when he told me that, I GOL and said, "Now I'm laughing AT you." Third, my dear old friend Mark came to visit on Sunday from Santa Cruz and we had the BEST TIME.
First, we went to a delicious Indian place in the Lower Haight called Naan and Chutney. Then, we went to this outdoor beer garden in the Mission called Zeitgeist. It turned out to be a sunny day and we all split two pitchers, played a geography word game, and got a little tan.

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During the day we started talking about how awesome grilling food is. We realized you can grill ALMOST ANYTHING. Anddddd when you grill, it basically means the only dish you have to clean is your plate. Then we realized we had a duty to ourselves and our summer. WE NEEDED TO BUY A GRILL STAT.
We rushed back to Cole Valley to buy a grill:

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And bought an adorable lime green grill with handles that clamps the grill closed in case you want to take it camping. Unfortunately, Mark was over exhausted from all of the grill talk and went home. Lisa and I on the other hand, decided to form a grill group. We created Tuesday Grill Night. That's right, you're jealous. We decided we also had to grill that night because the grill was brand new and needed to be Christened. We got soooo many grill supplies that it was almost surreal and probably a little inappropriate. When we finally got home to start the grilling.... we found this.

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Yep. Our brand new grill had a huge gash in the side. I cried, Lisa pretended she didn't need to. We realized we could still exchange our grill and have it ready for Tuesday Grill Night. Instead, we'd make a lil pasta and salad dish. (If you're still reading, 1. thank you 2. really? I've been talking about grilling for five paragraphs)

So we chopped a little broccoliiiii, chopped a little brocolIII (that's a Dana Carvey reference)

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Got some chickpeas heated with some garlic paste (that's a delicious tip for you)

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And made this Italian feast:

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I know what you're thinking. "Wow that looks great! Invite me over." But I'll tell you this: Ehh, no thanks. Also, the Italian feast was good, but it was no grilling.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Week

I had a low key week filled with some nice nothingness. I had a to do list which basically just said: "buy cat food; go on a free boat ride; pay phone bill." I did not do those things, but I did some other things.
Like, one day, I wore my pajamas until 4pm. I even left my house like that, which I haven't done since college.

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I walked to Starbucks in my pjs, which turned out to be unfortunate. The Starbs near my house is on the UCSF campus so all of the nurses wake up at the asscrack of dawn and are on their second or third cup of coffee by the time I roll in. They've seen patients, probably have saved lives, and I'm showing up in the sweatshirt I still have drool spots on. Classy.
I enjoyed a nice caramel machiato on the outside patio in my sweats. Of course, no one else was out there because they're all in a hurry to get back to their lives.

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Another day, Dylan and I took a long walk around the city.

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And then ended up in Golden Gate Park.

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What else happened this week?? You're dying to know?? I'll tell you. My mom sent me a picture of her looking HAWT going out to dinner for her anniversary, with a champagne cocktail in hand.

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Also, I wore this shirt three days in a row:

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Dylan made a freaky mask and scared the crap out of me:

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And I got a little bored and took some self pictures:

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I tried to learn how to use my camera, but I didn't. I'm not really sweating it.

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I did some actual things too, like planned out some teaching units blahh. I might read a section of Monster and a section of Speak with the 7th grade, and Hills Like White Elephants with 8th grade. I saw Ashley and Mark at Danny Coyle's and I brought a bag of clothes that had been sitting in my hallway for seven months to the cleaners.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Napa!!

This is going to be a very long post. But that's because yesterday was one of the best days I've had all summer. My three cousins, aunt and uncle are visiting Napa for the week from New Jersey. Dylan and I drove up in the morning to spend the day with them.
First, we went to a wine tasting at _____ (Joj, Kimbo, Kate, what's the name of it?) and it was amazing.

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Apparently, the bottles of wine sell for a ton of money, but this winery is silly enough to have free tastings. FREE. After the tasting, we went outside, and I panicked that I was in fact dead and in a humid type of heaven.

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But, I was alive and well, so we went to an Italian deli and got some food and had a picnic at another winery called _____ (help me out here). We got a couple of bottles of wine and sat outside at a picnic table eating olives, cheese, baguettes, etc. Around this time, you were probably sitting at your desk with a pb & j, or if it was a good day, some reheated pasta from the night before.
I was here:

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Then we headed back to my cousins' suite where I realized my love for champagne toasts. Feel free to toast me in the future. I'll make it worth your time.

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Then, while you were staring at the clock with about T minus 2 hours left in your work day, I headed to the pool.
Here is a picture of my dreamboat cousin Kimberly:

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I have a lot of other pool pictures, but I would have to get approval first to post them, and I'm a bit tired/already spent a lotttt of time putting pictures here.

After we got our Italian skin sufficiently tan (except for Dylan, who is still a bit transparent), we went back to the suite to get ready for dinner. My cousin, Joanne, had laid out an outfit for me since I didn't bring one.
This is a picture of me showing Joanne how great I look in her clothes:

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This is a picture of Joanne showing me how great she looks in her clothes too:

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This is a picture of my cousin, Kate, who looks good no matter what she's wearing or eating:

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The restaurant was called Rotisserie (right??) and was awesome. See? Kimberly and Dylan had a great time.

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And in case that wasn't proof enough, look--Joanne and I had a good time too.
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I had the BEST time with my family! But thank god I still have five more weeks off to relax after all of this excitement.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday

Today was awesome. On Sundays, they close off Golden Gate Park to cars, so that the whole road is free for bikes and runners and roller bladers and random people who want to stop in the middle of the road with gigantic strollers because their babies are more important than everyone else. I hopped on my new bike, a blue Schwinn with an incredible front basket, and Dylan and I set off for Ocean Beach, about 40 blocks West.
We rode through the whole park, looking good the entire time:

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We safely navigated through crowds of sweaty anarchists and old men who regretted not being in an air conditioned vehicle:

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We stopped where there was a crowd of people to see what the action was:

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AHHH it was a circus show!! Abort, Abort!

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After the long ride, we made it to the beach. We found a place called the Beach Chalet and went up to the second floor, which over looked the ocean.
We ordered iced teas:

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And veggie burgers:

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And then, since the Beach Chalet is a brewery, we had to order some beers:

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I think we might do the exact same thing next Sunday.