Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mom left on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  I can happily report that she's no longer watching Fox News.  She no longer watching it because it was making her nervous and has starting getting her news from some channel in Orlando that is evidently targeting seniors with lead stories like "It's gonna be a hot one today!" and "Maybe you should play golf in the morning--  don't forget to drink a lot of water!"  I think it's a good move for her.

Saturday we started getting Christmas assembled and Mr. Poe started working on the tree.  I will bring the tree upstairs from the storage room but I don't ever help him decorate the tree.  Because he has very, very certain ideas about what ornaments belong where and it actually takes more time for him if I help him decorate because he has to move every ornament I put on at least twice.  Our tree this year is pink and slver with a glamourous silvery angel on top.  We wanted a tree that screamed "Machismo!".  Here's Mr. Poe hard at work:



Ashley Junior inspecting the it nearly finished.  He's looking for the tree skirt that he loves to chew on then pee on then chew on again:





The dogs were so worn out from Abuelita they couldn't keep their eyes open all weekend:



Sunday we had the CAT2 Sunday people over for an organizational meeting.  Not necessary at this point because we do the same thing every year because it works so well so it's really not a lot of planning.  But it gave me the change to make a bundt cake:



And Jambalaya.  Mr. Poe had definite ideas about how much liquid I was supposed to use and the finished product was almost like a risotto.  I liked it that way, but it just didn't seem right.  It almost seemed too much like gumbo:



Here's everybody at our meeting.  Which was heavy on the eating and light on the decisions:



We all went to bed early on Sunday.  It had been a long day.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday we got up early-ish and headed over to Marin to go visit Muir Woods.  I'd never been there before and it's very, very pretty.  Go early or you'll spend more time hiking from your car to the entrance than you will in the forest.  And what a forest it is:











Me and mom:













Hello gorgeous!



From there we headed over to the Pelican Inn in Muir Beach which was a good idea because it's so pretty but a bad idea because I didn't make a reservation and they were completely booked.  Note to self:



So we headed over to Muir Beach which is super pretty:













My second choice for lunch was Cafe Del Soul in Mill Valley which was sadly closed.  So we gave up on Marin and headed back to San Francisco and we had lunch at the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park.  We got a table by the window and it was great.  And no, Mr. Nick, my mamma didn't leave with a growler.  This is the view from our table:



Our last stop was the pretty North Windmill.  Not so many flowers but still very pretty:



We headed home and lounged about the house for the rest of the day.  Lots of fun.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My mom came for Thanksgiving again.  It was lots of fun and there was a huge amount overeating.  I busted out the deep fryer to critical acclaim.   The Smith Fangs came this year along with Wilfredo and Mike, and TWO of my old Lifecycle tentmates Russ and Wanderson.  I'm leaning hard on Wanderson to ride this year and tent with me again--  my mom promised to pledge me if he does.  It was also Russ's birthday and it was a big one.  I hope we did it up right for him.

Here are the little ones camped out in Abuelita's lap:



Rufus was completely exhausted before the guests even showed:



Wilfredo in his favorite post Thanksgiving position:



Mimi all dressed up and ready for her second plate of vittles:



Out comes the birthday cake!





I got Russ this hat for his birthday.  I wasn't 100% sure that he liked it but it's super super cute on him.  Take it as a given that Mr. Poe will be getting something similar for Christmas.   Shhh.....  it's a secret:



We were all asleep by 9PM on Thanksgiving.  Which I think is the gold standard.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Mr. Poe and I both had the day off and the weather was kind of crappy so we planned on getting errands run so I could try to be on my bike for the rest of the weekend.  We headed to the grocery store in the morning and then went down to Union Square for lunch.  After we headed over to Macy to get stuff we needed for Thanksgiving and to look at the Christmas stuff.  The Union Square Christmas tree was in process as we looked at the holiday stuff:



The Christmas department at Macy:



This was my favorite of the themed trees:



Pink poodles!







We got a couple of ornaments and Mr. Poe headed off to a dental appointment and I went to Neiman Marcus to peruse the new Tom Ford cosmetics range.  They don't have the product in stock yet nor is the counter ready but they have all the testers but you have to ask about it and they usher you into a special room where you can peruse the goods and pre-order what you want.  Like they're in the mob and it fell off of a truck.  It seemed pretty ridiculous but you know I love all that shit so it was lots of fun for me.  I got a pic of the display while the lady was ringing me up:

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I headed home and started cooking.  The holidays are pretty much here and I started some of the stuff that I'll be using that freezes beautifully.  First up was a mushroom soup base that's going to show up in a bunch of things but the real pain in the ass was the big pot of red chile I made.  It takes forever, but it's going to be used in tamales, dips and who the hell knows what else between now and new years:



I'm pretty beat.  I think it's gonna be an early night.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thursday I had some sense about me and I came into work Market to 14th to Folsom to 2nd to Market to Sansome.  I didn't make it home for lunch but I got a little ride in on my way home.  I headed off Sutter and stopped at Stockton for a pic of the Stockton Street tunnel:



Me:



I continued on Sutter and stopped at Van Ness for tangible proof that we're slowly inching our way out of the recession we've been in.  Construction in San Francisco has resumed!  This site used to be a movie theater and I'm thinking will soon be condos.  I see it as good news all around:



I continued on Sutter to Fillmore to Fulton to Baker to Buena Vista East.  I stopped halfway up the hill for a pic of everybody's favorite radio tower:



I continued on Buena Vista East to Loma Vista to Roosevelt to 17th to Mars to Corbett to Ord and home for dinner.  I made Mr. Poe dinner and then did a little work before bed.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday morning I came down Market into work.  Which is a huge mistake because Market is such a shit show between all the bikers, pedestrians, cars, cabs, buses, and streetcar tracks and I don't know why I do it!  It isn't actually any faster in the morning than coming in on Folsom which is far less fear inducing but I get it in my mind that I'm late and I need to get to the office the fastest possible way and then I'm on Market.  It's a bad habit I gotta break.  I didn't go home for lunch and ate downtown instead.  I almost always go to Tlaloc because the burritos are good and about the right size and I like their salsa but mostly because it's a block from my office.  They have a salsa called inferno that I've grown quite fond of that makes me both sweat and cry.  Which, for anybody who has ever lived in Santa Fe, is kind of the point of hot salsa.  Making my own salsa is something I don't currently do, but I should because it's just the kind of fussy, time consuming cooking that I find relaxing.  Maybe I'll make some for Thanksgiving.

After work I headed off  Sansome to Clay to Drumm to Washington to the Embarcadero.  I got some pics of the last sun of the day from the Embarcadero at Howard:





to Folsom to stop by Mr. Chris's for a minute and then I took Spear to the Embarcadero to Townsend to Kansas to 17th to Potrero to 21st.  I got this pic as I headed west on 21st:



I continued to Valencia and stopped at 26th for a pic of the storied Dovre Club sign:



I continued on Valencia to Tiffany to 29th to San Jose to Monterey into Santa Clara to Portola to Claremont to Dewey to Laguna Honda into 7th to Hugo to 3rd to Stanyan to Page to Scott to Duboce to Castro to 17th and home for dinner.  After dinner we did some chores around the house and then we went to bed. 

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today17.7
Week to date36.0
Month to date36.0
Year to date5,037.8
To Goal2,962.2
Over (Under) plan(1,822.5)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year(1,589.1)
Rolling Year5,753.6
Since Inception 10/1/0733,543.3