Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday I came into work Market to Laguna to McAllister to Polk to Post to Kearny to Bush to Sansome.  Mr. Poe had the day off so he came down to take me out to lunch.  We started off by walking over to check out the rood garden at One Kearny.  Super fantastic views:





I approve of the way they joined the new and old sections of the building.  Much better than the addition on the other side of the old section:



Hello gorgeous:



Me bringing big wig realness.  Closer to god!



We headed over to Westfield for Korean food at Sorabol.  Mr. Poe made me pay for it (the bastard).  Isn't that me taking him out to lunch??  After we ate he headed home on Muni and I headed back to the office.  I took a couple of pics on Grant as I made my way back:





My kind of office:



I headed back to work.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday I led a Different Spokes ride out to Cheese Factory and then Novato.  We had a rider that hadn't ridden with us before who was a Texan in town for training for a couple of months.  He didn't think he'd do well on the hills but he was a strong rider and he did just fine.  It was a lot cooler than on Saturday but it was still incredibly hot and that was a challenge for me.  I felt pretty crappy most of the day and I wasn't sure if it was the heat or if maybe I was a little sick since Mr. Poe is reporting similar symptoms.  But I managed, mostly because I knew we were having Chipotle for lunch which was pretty awesome.  My camera wasn't working so I didn't get any pics until the very end where I finally took some with my phone.  The fog was rolling in as we headed back to San Francisco and it was pretty spectacular:





John and David:



I headed home for dinner.  I made this Korean inspired potato thing which was pan fried potato slices that I tossed with this sauce made of garlic, corn syrup, soy sauce and sesame oil.  It was sweet, salty, sticky and delicious.  I loved it long time.  I watched a little TV and then I went to bed.

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today88.6
Week to date95.6
Month to date637.0
Year to date4,875.9
To Goal3,124.1
Over (Under) plan1,149.9
YTD Mileage vs Last Year814.4
Rolling Year6,235.8
Since Inception 10/1/0738,802.8

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Thursday I was running very, very late so I just came down Market into work and disliked that route very much.  I headed home in the mid afternoon and then headed down to Union Square to get my hair cut that evening.  I hung out with Miss Smith after and that was really fun.  Friday I worked from home. 

We had a little heat wave in the Bay Area over the weekend.  It was hot in the city on Saturday and was in the upper 80's in some neighborhoods.  It was in the upper 90's and hotter inland and I was happy I didn't have a ride on the calendar because there was no way I was going to ride in that.  I live in Northern California and am only comfortable in 60-75 temperatures.  Mr. Poe slept way in so I got a bunch of things done around the house in the morning and then we headed down to the Mission.  We dropped a bunch of stuff off at Community Thrift and we actually found parking without having to either drive around forever or pay for it.  It was a little tight so I documented my capital parallel parking.  It was a little tighter than it looks in the pic but also remember that my truck is a standard:



Then we headed over to El Toro for lunch and it was pretty amazing.  From there we gave up our parking and headed over to Safeway.  Here's Mr. Poe with the mint in the background.  Hello gorgeous:



We headed home with the groceries and unpacked and then walked down to the Castro for a couple more errands.  We took Ashley Jr. who loved all the excitement but it was a little too hot for him.  Then we headed home and Mr. Poe took a nap and I started cooking.  I made Gratin de Pommes de Terre a la Madame Poe which is potatoes scalloped with onions, garlic and thyme.  I had tried that a couple of weeks ago, but the cooking time in Julia's cookbook is very different from what I'm getting in my oven and it ended up really underdone which gave me the sads.  This time it turned out pretty much perfect and Mr. Poe ate quite a bit of it.  I made some Korean eggplant and tofu for me and it turned out really well.  I cleaned up the kitchen and went to bed.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wednesday we got up and headed to Fisherman's Wharf so we could go to Alcatraz.  I'd never been and when Nancy mentioned that she wanted to go I thought it would be a great idea.  I figured the prison itself would be pretty boring but the ferry ride and the grounds would be awesome.  And they were.  We almost missed it!  I didn't realize til we got in the car that I didn't really know where I was supposed to go and then I parked way far away by accident.  But we made it in time and got on the ferry.  Here are some views on the way to the island:



Nancy:







The boat landing at Alcatraz:



The prison has an audio tour but it was really slow moving so I didn't use it.  I wandered around and was about as impressed as I thought I'd be:





The recreation yard:



It's actually a handsome building.  It's in terrible decay though:





Beautiful gardens:





Those are all nesting seabirds:









Baby on board:





They look like flowers but those are baby birds in the tree:







Back on the ferry to go back to San Francisco:




 
We had lunch at In-n-out which Nancy had never been to.  She thought it was pretty good:



We got back in the car and went on a little drive around the city.  I took her to the incredibly evocative Holocaust Memorial:



We stopped by the store and headed home for dinner.  I was cooking and made crab cakes that turned out really well:



I also devilled some eggs:



After dinner we said goodbye to Nancy and hello to Russ's cousin who's gonna be staying with us for a couple of days.  It's a crazy ass summer!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It was so nice sleeping in my own bed on Monday night.  And I've Mr. Poe terribly.  I got up early and started unpacking.  We've had a house guest since Wednesday--  my friend Nancy from college was in town for a suicide prevention walk and has been staying at the house.  I made her breakfast and then we headed over to the Cow Palace to pick up my bike.  Mid day we headed down to Union Square to go to the Contemporary Jewish Museum which costs $12 and really only has one piece in it that I found exceptional.  Maybe they'll get a better collection at some point in the future.  I hope so the building is lovely.  After the museum we did a little shopping and had lunch and then went and hung out with Mr. Chris.  We all went back to my house--  even sofi and tonisha!--  and had wine and snacks.  Here are Nancy and Ashley Jr. lounging:



We all met Mr. Poe at Big Lantern for dinner. It was delicious as usual and then we headed home and went to bed. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday we took the 'Coast Starlight' train back to San Francisco and it was totally awesome.  We started pretty early and we made our way to Union Station with less time to spare than I would have liked.  I ran around getting pics.  It's gorgeous:











The view from outside:







We traveled first class so we'd have access to the parlour car.  Here's Nathan in his cabin:



Mine:



Views from the parlour car:





We had a lot of fun on the train although it takes forever.  We didn't get home until 11PM which was a very long day.