November 19th - November 24th, 2013: I’m really not great at keeping up day-to-day or taking more than a photo a day, so the week are just going to combine.
19th: Utterly in love with oatmeal, now - realized my preference is to cook it in water, then add peanut butter, copious amounts of berries, and top it with chia seeds. A rainy day all of today, so stayed in and got work done for KSC.
20th: My lovely brother’s birthday! Braved the rain and crazy people of the parking lot at Stonestown to pick up ingredients for his birthday dinner - dry rubbed chicken, and an ice cream pie. Realized that working with ice cream and hot fudge drives me crazy, and have no desire to engage in such an ordeal ever again. Dinner with him was nice, though, and I’m glad we got to celebrate together. Headed over to SM afterwards to rescue the boy from the neighborhood blackout, and lit loads of candles (to his dismay).
21st: Equipped with my own TARIDS key :) ran a few errands in the morning before heading back to wait for the guy to come and set up the internet. Got a remarkable amount of reading done in the meantime, which was lovely! Swung by the REI sale to find a few awesome jackets, and then popped over to Planet Granite, where I took my belay lesson, and “did remarkably well for my first time back climbing in a while” (or something to that nature. Bone marrow at the Attic with James and the Bobbsey twins (nickname pending), then back home to collapse.
22nd: Super exhausted all day, so little to no work was done. I did practice for my belay test, though, which I passed that evening! Now officially belay certified, all I need is my own harness and I’m set! Thai food and Target adventures for the rest of the evening (along with completely forgetting the picture frames we went there to buy specifically in the first place).
23rd: Adventures in San Mateo day! Checked out several thrift shops to try to find a Mad Men-style cocktail table for the boy’s apartment, scored a Roomba for $25 instead (best find ever, srsly). Attempted to get turkey legs for lunch, but alas, they weren’t ready, so off to Old Town for bomb sushi instead! Ran a few more afternoon errands and then it was off to Planet Granite. Need to build my way up to 5.8s and 5.9s again, and got a little bruised on one particularly vicious 5.7, but I love that I’m climbing again, and with the boy! Had a delicious dinner at Curry Up Now (where the boy humored me as I sped-read the last bit of Ender’s Game), and then watched the movie just down the street. Note to self: don’t do that.
24th: Early morning matinee of Catching Fire with A&B, followed by Five Guys afterwards! Once we got back, the day was divided between finishing unpacking and sleeping (curse illnesses and whatnot). Soft tofu for dinner, and more unpacking after!
November 14th - November 18th: Not enough photos per day, so everything is squeezed into one post.
14th. Spent the day prepping for a phone interview, over-prepared for it in the end, de-stressed afterwards with cooking & webcamming with the roomie, headed out dead tired later that night to have dinner for the last time at Webster Street with the boy.
15th. Worked on interview materials, KSC tasks, began packing the monstrous kitchen, and then headed out to San Mateo for some Peruvian food, drinks, and cake for Andrew’s birthday (and got to see Bleu again!)
16th. Stressful, claustrophobic packing all morning until the movers arrived, grabbed some Tao Yuen for the road, and helped the boy officially move into his new place in San Mateo. Collapsed once the movers were done, eventually got a decent chunk unpacked, and then went to a great tapas place in Palo Alto for the birthday dinner, followed by drinks at a local pub after!
17th. A million and one errands were run today - cleaned the old apartment for inspection, dropped by endless stores for new furnishings and whatnot (scored 4 Le Creuset baking dishes, and 2 magnificent blankets for myself!), and then swung by Tao Yuen one more “one last time” while the boy finished his inspection. Unpacked more once we got back, then dinner with the family, which was rather delightful (and adorable when I was asked if I needed a fork). The night ended with us getting locked in the apartment after the deadbolt broke (99% sure it was the curse of the creepy antique store down the street), so we made it through the night with delicious drinks, blankets, and movies.
18th: The locksmith came bright and early to break us out, and then it was Day 2 of endless errands to find new things for the apartment. Dropped by Costco for lunch and to restock the fridge, and then came back for a bit more unpacking, and an amazing dinner of miso-wasabi & cajun seasoned salmon, chanterelle mushrooms, sautéed greens, and potatoes :)
November 13th, 2013.
Super dull photos, barely tried, sorry all.
Drove my brother to Fremont or Richmond, one of those, to check on a car he was going to buy; ended up being a bust, so he went with me to Costco to run a million errands!
Got some major to-do list items off my list, and now spending my night watching The Mindy Project and prepping for tomorrow’s phone interview!
November 11th, 2013.
A productive day of work for me (for once, am I right?). Finished my cover letter, applied to four jobs, and got KSC work done as well, while James slaved away at a massive pile of code and other such things I pretend to be well versed in. He got the call earlier that day that the apartment was his (perfect timing, the luck of this boy, I swear), so we headed out around 4:30 to go sign the lease in San Mateo.
I’m entirely excited for the new place (and the fact that I can actually drive and park there without paying an arm and a leg), and everything is so walkable (minus that blasphemous pie place). The boy moves in this week, and I couldn’t be happier for him :)
We went to a celebratory omakase dinner afterwards (the value was amazing, $24 for ~8 pieces, plus miso soup, and a spinach dish), and then met up with Andrew & Betty across the street for tea and catching up.
Good good evening :)
November 10th, 2013.
I neglected to take any photos today, so here are two stolen ones!
Was a quiet day in, waiting with baited breath for news of apartment applications, eating curry, watching movies, and napping. For dinner, James made more of his glorious habanero fried chicken, and along with our lovely Fin du Monde beer, we marathoned The Cornetto Trilogy (this time from the comfort of home!), and also caught up on Red 2, mostly.
I rather like these days in, I think :)
November 9th, 2013.
Not many photos today, as my phone died early on.
Woke up early to go to an open house in Piedmont, and then dashed over to San Mateo to catch a second one. Both was rather meh, but it was the later one that mattered the most. We stopped by the lovely Pancho Villa for burrito bowls dosed in salsa (which, sadly, made me a little meh afterwards), so I napped in the car during the last open house.
Once I did wake up, it was off to the San Mateo Public Library to explore the aisles and bask in the sunshine. I’d forgotten how lovely San Mateo is, really. We never explored on foot too much when I was up there, kind of glad we have the time to do it now. We both scored some awesome finds at Friends of the Library book sale (what up, The Art of French Cooking, Christmas book of my childhood, and 2 of the Hitchhiker’s Guide books), and then wandered to B Street Books where even more scores were found (thanks for the LOTR book :D).
Early dinner at Sushi Sam’s (such beautiful omakase and green tea tiramisu, nomz), where a little girl was entirely fascinated by our origami chopstick holders and dinner choices). From there, it was back to SF, to pick up some familiar faces and get drinks/hot wings in the Mission. Nearly froze to death wearing a dress and a puffy jacket, really need to start dressing better for the weather.
Night ended a little early, but it was most excellent (and we even got to go to the sparkly 500 Club or something similarly named!).
November 8th, 2013.
A frantic morning of cooking all of the fast-thawing meat/fish in the freezer, as it broke the night before. Ended up getting food poisoning from a piece of salmon, so that wasn’t delightful. After major bleh, was whisked away to Oakland for a nice, quiet night in - endless amounts of chicken, deviled eggs, Mississippi Mudd, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective :) Utter perfection.
November 7th, 2013.
This photo is lame. I am sorry. I took it to send to Carolyn as a joke about “look how nice these coat racks are in the bathroom!” and neglected to take a single picture the rest of the day. I even went places and cooked, I don’t even know.
Was actually quite productive today, for a first. Woke up to a begging puppy, did some yoga (and realized my right knee is a total B for warrior pose, so need to strengthen it), and headed out to my month-long-postponed doctor’s appointment.
I think SoCal gave me a bubble of nice offices and friendly doctors, because what I got today was a run-down, very jank hospital whose doors were filled with depressing sights (not traumatic, just lonely looking people), and a doctor who barely spent 10 minutes with me. SOoooo I’ll be looking for a new primary care physician come 2014 and my next physical. All is well healthwise, though, so huzzah.
Swung back home to make a smoothie for lunch (and some chicken!), and was productive in cleaning/working/etc, until it was time to head to Hyundai for my also month-long-postponed safety check and windshield wiper fix. It is insane how much safer I feel having a windshield lacking any streaks of water (or stains of it).
Cooked a lot (think of a lot and double that) of sweet potato jalapeño chicken chili for dinner (can’t quit that recipe, I swear), and got a solid chunk of my cover letter done tonight! Tempted to curl up and watch a movie or read more of The Princess Bride for the rest of the night though.
November 6th, 2013.
A half-day in Oakland, but, as always, a good ‘un. Both woke up exhausted; I think running around all weekend took a bit out of us (more for you than me, I’m afraid), so it was another work-from-home day. Puttered around updating work pages for a bit, until we headed out for lunch and errands in Emeryville.
In keeping with our No-Excuses-November, we hit up Pamir (a favorite) for some saffron chicken and spicy skewers for lunch, but sans the massive bed of rice or side slab of bread. Health! :)
Swung by Trader Joe’s for a massive shopping event (bought my own basil plant!) for family cooking, and then walked over to PetCo. Betta aka Captain Jack (pictured above) went tragically and mysteriously missing from his tank exactly a week ago, after some aggressive encounters with the ghost shrimp in his tank. We still have no idea what happened to him - scoured the apartment, the sink, all crevices of the tank. In honor of him, today we (James, but I totally helped) rescued (seriously) Captain Jack 2, a beautiful double tailed betta, with colorings very similar to Betta. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing his new digs for myself, but I’m happy the tank is full of life (and no more shrimp) again!
Cooked dinner for ze family (garlic-rosemary-lemon roasted chicken on a bed of caramelized onions, mushrooms, and potatoes) and fed Lira an excess of turkey-cranberry dog treats, and all was quite well for the evening.