Friday, March 28, 2014

San Rafael Farmers Market

On my last visit to San Fran, the B man and I visited the San Rafael Farmers Market in Marin County. This is a gorgeous little (well, big) market where all the local farmers come to sell their fare. This place gets PACKED. If you're going to go, get there before 8am, otherwise you'll be driving around trying to find a parking place!

It is a BIT pricey, but considering Marin County is a bit richy rich, it doesn't surprise me!

Here's a bit more about the market:

San Rafael downtown Market brings delicious food, local music, and diverse downtown businesses together to create a family-friendly environment where you can eat healthy food, enjoy the arts, and support small businesses. With a strong local presence the San Rafael Market has been contributing to the community for over 20 years. Coming together and enjoying Marin's perfect summer season has become a staple for San Rafael and neighboring cities.

It was a bit chilly at 8am, but we grabbed bundled up a Blue Bottle coffee (seriously SO GOOD) and walked around and sampled the local fare. By the time we left, there were cars circling the parking lot looking for a parking spot. Then I spotted this….  

Um…..WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?!?!! WHY would you do this to your car?!?!?!

So much fresh everything! Too bad I don't eat seafood!

Chicken. Chicken. And more chicken!

There's even a little area set up so you can enjoy the food you just purchased!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hiking Mount Tamalpais

Well this post was LONG overdue. I guess now that I'm moving to San Fran, you'll be seeing more of these but this post has been in my draft list for MONTHS. The last time I visited, we decided to hike Mount Tamalpais in Marrin Country.

A little about the mountain:
Just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate is Mount Tamalpais.  It has redwood groves and oak woodlands with a spectacular view from the 2,571-foot peak.

 On a clear day, visitors can see the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the Sierra Nevada's snow-covered mountains can be seen 150 miles away. 

 Coastal Miwok Indians lived in the area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. In 1770, two explorers named the mountain La Sierra de Nuestro Padre de San Francisco, which was later changed to the Miwok word Tamalpais. 

With the Gold Rush of 1849, San Francisco grew and more people began to use Mount Tamalpais for recreation. Trails were developed and a wagon road was built. Later, a railway was completed and became known as "The Crookedest Railroad in the World." It was abandoned in 1930 after a wildfire damaged the line.

 More than 50 miles of hiking trails are within the park and connect to a larger, 200 mile long trail system.

SO yeah…we hiked all the way to the top! I won't say that there wasn't A LOT of complaining on my part, I wasn't expecting such steep path to the top.

This really was beautiful on the way up

Found this really weird spray painted picture on the side of a water tank


So far up there!

That's the city way back in the back

At the top! This is an old ranger station.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Bestie's Wedding

Can't wait to celebrate this girl's wedding this weekend!  I'm driving down to Newport News to be reunited with all my friends in the 757 to watch my bestie marry her best friend!

Friday, March 21, 2014

This Day in History v.37

I was watching an episode of House Hunters International and they were in Stuttgart, Germany and they featured this bridge with locks all over it. It reminded me of the time I was traveling through Cinque Terre, Italy I came across this path with locks and at the time I didn't know what they were. Come to find out, they are love padlocks. This is when locks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts at an increasing number of locations in the world to symbolize their everlasting love. Pretty neat!

There were hundreds of them!

Of course I have to pose for a ridiculous picture!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Four Courts Four Miler

Instead of running the Shamrock Half like I have before in 2013 and 2012 and 2010, I decided that we should run the Four Courts Four Miler this year! I've always been sad because its the same weekend and there's no way I could run this race and then drive down to Virginia Beach for a half the next day. I mean, I could theoretically do it, but I want to be able to drink and enjoy St. Patty's Day and I wouldn't be able to do both in one weekend.

I just had to convince my father its as a better idea. That took all of 2 minutes. Ha. I will say this race is awesome, however the last mile is STRAIGHT UP A HILL. This was actually one of my WORST races ever. I guess I was hungry or really out of shape because after mile 1, I had this sharp (and I mean SHARP) pain up under my rib cage and I kept having to stop and breathe. I lost my dad after mile 1 and he went ahead and killed the race!

It may not have been my best race, but it was pretty fun!  My dad is going to have to fly to SF a lot so that he can run some races with me!

The music started at 8 am and people are already out and about enjoying the party.

LOVED this guy! He played really well too.

We will run for beer!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Cat's Out of the Bag

SURPRISE I'm moving to San Francisco! I'm going to try out being a West Coast girl! I don't know if this up-tight East Coast girl can survive, but I'm willing to give it a go.  It may not always be sunny or warm, but my favorite season is Fall and its almost always Fall-like weather in San Fran!

Many of you know that my bf is in the Coast Guard and he's been stationed in Alameda, California (across the bay from SF) since last summer. Its a big decision, but I'm having an adventure and moving west with him!  Yes its scary, no I'm not ready, but we'll see how it goes!

I've been searching for a way to get to SF with Big Daddy D since back in December. I love how they always tell you that "you can make your own career and way at D"….what they don't tell you is all of the hoops and red tape there is to make it happen. I interviewed for a position back in December/January and after NINE, yes NINE interviews (someone apparently forgot that I already worked there…) I didn't end up getting the position. Which I'm actually happy about now because everyone I talked to really didn't like the job. But good news is, I got offered a MUCH better position and I'm actually excited about it! I will be a Learning and Development Specialist on the onboarding team. So I will be traveling to DU (our $300 Million dollar Learning University outside of Dallas) every other month and will be helping with all the onboarding activities such as creating the training and facilitating the logistics for all the programs. AND best part of ALL…I will work from HOME! Hizzome!!! Whoop whoop!

I'm excited to try something new and another new place! After 4 years in D.C., I'm ready to leave this crap weather (seriously, 70 yesterday and its going to snow tomorrow) and explore a new city. After living in London for a year and D.C. for four, I'm itching to try something new. I am sort of scared to leave all of my friends and family and move somewhere where I know a total of …. six people. Doesn't help that I'll be working from home, but I'm outgoing and more than willing to put on my sorority rush hat and push my friendship on people. Hey, I did it once, and I can do it again!

I don't have a set date that I'll move yet because I will start my new job in D.C. and move whenever. So, I'm thinking Easter weekend, so that gives me about a month to close up shop in D.C. and get myself to the West Coast. AAAAAHHHHH that just gives me anxiety thinking about it.

Here goes nothing….