The Giant Race 2015

So I ran a 10K this morning, my first in…awhile.

I ran an easy PR of 58:29. Also, I decided to stop signing up for races.

The Giant Race caters to Giants Fans, unsurprisingly. My friend and co-worker Herbert and I don’t care about baseball at all, but we signed up because we wanted to run something longer than a 5K  and the timing was right As such, we weren’t very excited about a lot of the “selling points” of this race: finishing on the field of AT&T Park, a Hunter Pence (who?) bobblehead, a tech shirt that’s styled after a Giants jersey. I mean, you know me, I don’t really like paying a lot for races that give out a lot of swag.IMG_5065

Basically, this race wasn’t very fun for me. It was an out-and-back course on the Embarcadero, and it seemed really disorganized. For example, it wasn’t clear that the outbound runners had to stay left, so when the elites turned around, they were running back straight into a wave of on-coming slower runners. They were weaving and dodging through walkers and people who didn’t even realize that they were in the way. How frustrating for everyone!

I got stuck behind a lot of slow headphones-wearing, tutu-clad runners, which made my first 5K frustratingly slow. And I get it, headphones aren’t going anywhere, and a lot of people really like to run with them. And if that gets them out and moving, that’s great. I just don’t want to weave and dodge around them.

While I was running this morning, I realized that I don’t like racing that much. I find road races very stressful because I have so much anxiety about the possibility of failure, which is ridiculous but sadly true. Plus, I rarely do speed work, and I hate pushing my body to go fast, especially without speed training! Consequently, I end up just running most of my races as slightly faster training runs…but with thousands of people around me. And what’s the point of racing if I’m not going to run all out? Why pay $50+ for a training run with swag that I don’t care about? I know I can train for distance, so there’s really no point in racing unless I want to go for speed at this point, I think. And I don’t care enough about speed.

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Me, Herbert…and some thirsty lady

I had all these thoughts while I was running, but it wasn’t like the race was a wash. I didn’t completely throw in the towel, and I was pleased to see that I ran negative splits and PR’d. (Not that this was difficult as my old PR was over an hour.) Plus, it was Herbert’s first 10K, and he did really well!

So this was probably my last road race for awhile, I think. I entered the lottery for a few marathons, but if I get in, I will definitely train for that seriously. In the mean time, I’ll just save my money and work on my general fitness. Plus, I have some hamstring tightness and arch soreness that I should probably address. Without the “obligation” of any upcoming races, I’m looking forward to doing whatever feels best for the time being.

Sundottir: My new favorite sweater!

Is it the holidays yet? Because I have a sweater I want to wear!

Sundottir sweater

I first saw the Sundottir sweater last year, but I wrote it off as something way too complicated for my knitting skill level. I, of course,  promptly forgot about it. Then I heard an interview with the pattern’s creator Diana Walla on the Woolful podcast, and I decided to give it a go because she sounded so cool. (Linguistics major!)

Sundottir sweater

My sweater fears were unfounded. I was shocked at how nice the instructions for the Sundottir were. They’re so clear and well-written with no math errors. I really didn’t have to think at all when following the directions. All of the new techniques were described right in the pattern, and the chart was super-easy to follow. I even learned about color dominance; the contrast color goes in the left hand/strands under the main color because it will be more prominent that way. Mysteries of yarn!Sundottir sweater in progressBecause I wasn’t sure how this pattern would turn out, I used Cascade 220 yarn, which is a solid “workhouse” yarn with pretty color saturation and a manageable price point. (I don’t have problems paying a lot for nice yarn, but I wanted to give it a try on less expensive wool yarn initially.)

Sundottir sweater
…Looks super good over running shorts, yes?

After swatching and then blocking my swatches, it took me just under a month to knit this sweater, mostly in the evenings after work. I think that’s pretty speedy, though people on Ravelry said they finished it in, like, five days. I don’t know who these fast knitters are! I enjoy the process of knitting just as much as the finished product, so speed isn’t so important to me.Sundottir sweaterI’m so proud of my Sundottir. It is exactly kind of sweater I’ve always wanted: sort of like a Christmas reindeer sweater but without actual reindeer in the pattern. I love the red and cream color scheme! (Aren’t you shocked? I didn’t use blue/teal, though I am thinking of doing another one in navy.) Plus, the sizing came out just perfectly: I had a little over and inch and a half of positive ease (extra circumference), so it fits comfortably but not too baggy.

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Killing it as a sweater model.

Unfortunately, it is still the wrong temperature for wool sweaters in SF. In fact, we’re in the middle of a heat wave. I couldn’t wait for it to cool down though, so I took photos in our very warm living room wearing this sweater over my sports bra. As usual, my modeling job leaves something to be desired, but it was too hot for me to wear the beloved Sundottir any longer. Time to book some trips to cold weather locations!Sundottir sweater

(I’m actually pointing to Albania on the map because one of the dialogues that my ESL students practiced had the line “Albania is on the Adriatic, kind of between Yugoslavia and Greece.” It doesn’t seem very cold there in the winter.)

And I’ll end with the [most] awkward sweater modeling shot:awkward Sundottir modeling

In case you’re interested in more details, you can check out my project page on Ravelry.

Foregoing my phone for an evening.

I accidentally left my phone at work today and didn’t realize it until I’d gotten home. It wouldn’t have taken very long to ride my bike back to the office, but that seemed like too much work. I texted my teammate, asking him to stash my phone in a safe place and decided to go phone-less until tomorrow morning.

When I decided to leave my phone at the office, I felt a little excited to try an experiment of going fairly low-tech for the evening. Maybe it would be a huge revelation in how much my life depends on my phone and I’d end up in a fetal position, weeping openly about how disconnected I felt without my phone appendage.  However, I guess the evening isn’t nearly as low-tech as I though. I’m sitting here, blogging on my desktop and making a million reservations for fall travel (flights! hotels! dog-sitting! registrations!) after dinner.

I realized that with so much integration, everything is just in a cloud and can be accessed through the phone…or through my computer. I can use iMessage for texting, the webclient for Slack to check work messages, and if anyone calls me, I can answer directly from my desktop.  I can even sync my Fitbit steps via USB dongle and “manually” log my water through the web interface. The only thing I’ll have to do differently is set an alarm on [some other device] to get up tomorrow morning.

Would you feel panicked not having your phone overnight? Would you go back to the office and get it? I’m curious!

“Twinsters”

"Twinsters" ticket stub

On Friday, I took the Cal-train down to Redwood City (voted “Climate best by government test!”) to see Twinsters, a documentary about and made by two Korean adoptee twins who were separated at adoption, each growing up as an only child–one in the US (Samantha) and one in France (Anaïs). By chance, Anaïs found Samantha on the Internet, and realizing the likelihood that they were twins, the two ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to make a documentary out of their reunion.

Here’s the trailer:

I was surprisingly excited to see Twinsters in theaters. I say “surprisingly” because in general, it sometimes makes uncomfortable to hear other adoptees, particularly ones I don’t know in person, speak emotionally about their adoptions. I was worried that there would be a lot of emotional crying on screen while I, the viewer, sat there, assessing the situation with ruthless clinical efficiency.

And, of course, my worries were totally unfounded. Twinsters is a really great documentary! Seeing Anaïs and Samantha’s giggly reunion and sweet interactions made me wish I had my own long-lost twin. The story itself is amazing (What did we do before the Internet? Apparently, not find our twins!), and the creative team did a remarkable job balancing the poignancy of adoption with the joys of family. Twinsters acknowledges the difficulties of adoption, but it doesn’t have a strong, beat-you-over-the-head message. More than anything, it celebrates the two sisters’ reunion and seeks to document it in an honest way.

That being said, I did cry a few times, and if you watch it, I’d come prepared with a few tissues. (The adoptive mother next to me was losing her shit.) Mostly, I laughed, but there were some tug-at-your-heart-strings moments.

I try to distance myself from Korean adoptee drama because seeing it on the Internet makes me pretty stabby and rageful, but it’s good to be reminded that adoptees, like, uh, all people, are all different, despite the commonality of adoption. There are some KADs that I will strongly dislike, but others are pretty great! I guess I just need to make more of effort to meet the latter in real life.

(Twinsters is playing at the Century 20 Theater in Downtown Redwood City until August 6th, 2015 as well as in other locations across the country. Check out times and locations here.)

Completed: 21-day Cold Shower Challenge

Saturday was my first warm shower in almost a month — 27 days, to be precise. Thus, it is with great satisfaction that I can report my success in completing my personal [perhaps totally unnecessary] Cold Shower challenge. Here are my thoughts:

Early on in the challenge, I really didn’t enjoy taking a cold shower every morning, and I did everything to make it not the absolute worst.

My strategy involved turning on the cold water, hopping into the back of the tub, and flipping my head upside down under the stream of water, keeping most of my body out of the stream of frigid water. Once I’d thoroughly soaked my hair, I’d do that fancy model thing where the flip their head back with an arc of hair and water, except it looked totally stupid when I did it, I’m sure. Then I’d immediately turn off the water and shampoo my hair. Once I was ready to rinse, I’d finally submerge myself under the cold water, which was less horrible at that point. I’d then turn the water off while conditioning my hair.

Because this whole challenge was maybe about mental toughness (and I read this online somewhere), when I was standing under the cold water, I’d remind myself to breathe slowly and tell myself, “This isn’t so bad. It’s just cold water.” And that sometimes worked; I sometimes felt like a bad ass.

The days that I ran, I’d immediately jump into the shower and take advantage of my sweat and elevated body temperature. These were the times that I could turn the setting to COLDEST.

The days that I didn’t run were the worst because I was hopping into cold water with a cold-ish body. I’d usually turn the dial a little past the midway point so it was cold but didn’t feel totally icy.

However, by the second week or so, I was pretty adjusted to cold showers. It did wake me up–not that I wasn’t already awake from running–and felt like a great jump start to my day. It was really refreshing after my runs, and I liked that I wasn’t still sweating when I got out of the shower.

Overall, I think there were two main benefits:

  • I used a lot less water because I was 1) taking markedly shorter showers and 2) turning off the water while shampooing and conditioning.
  • My hair has become softer and glossier. Someone even commented on it at work, asking if I had to do anything to make my hair look so nice all the time.

I guess the third benefit was that now I don’t fear cold showers and actually kind of prefer them after running. In the event that our hot water gets used up, I’ll be totally fine. (If I haven’t run or if I’ve let enough time elapse and my body has cooled back down though, it totally sucks.)

[Some people said this makes you lose weight. I didn’t lose any weight.]

The main issue I encountered was that my expedited showers did not leave any time for shaving. However, that’s not a huge deal because I wear pants almost exclusively and also because I’m Asian and am not very hirsute.

On the 22nd day of the shower, I actually turned the water to warm (but not scalding, like my previous showers), and it felt really gross. I immediately turned the faucet to cold and kept the now-finished challenge going. Cooling down in the car on the way back from a long run, however, meant that I was going to relish every minute of my warm (but not scalding!) shower.In conclusion, cold showers are actually pretty nice, a good jumpstart to my morning and a time- and water-saver, so I’ll keep them going for now. Except on non-exercise days. There’s no need to suffer that much.

Our favorite Texans visit SF

I can’t believe two years have passed since we stayed with Kayla and Darby during Wedding Victory Tour. We were way overdue for a visit with the two of them, especially since in the past two years, our lives have diverged considerably. While we’ve been living the DINK lifestyle in SF, Kayla and Darby not only bought a house, but they also made a cute, little human and have done what I consider to be a bang-up job raising him! Jonas didn’t join them on this trip, so we have yet to meet him, but we really enjoyed our 48 hours with his parents while they were here!

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We took Kayla and Darby to some of our favorite SF places and sights: walking around the Mission and eating burritos (And we saw Mission Dolores for the first time!), Alamo Square & the Painted Ladies, Blue bottle coffee in Hayes Valley, the Land’s End Trail, Nob Hill, etc.  Their visit coincided with a small “heat wave” in San Francisco, with a record-breaking high on Sunday (in the 80’s), but they were troopers and trekked all around the city with us. I guess it helped that we had multiple ice cream stops over the weekend, including a delicious It’s It treat while looking at the Pacific ocean. (We also introduced them to the local oddity that is Dance Party on KOFY TV.)

Kayla & Mica in front of the GG Bridge

It was fun to show off the best parts (and some of the not-so-best parts along the way) of our “new” home, but my favorite thing about the weekend was the opportunity to spend time together. I miss my weekly coffee/tea dates at Espresso Royale with Kayla; she is such a thoughtful conversationalist and has such good insights into seemingly any subject. It was interesting (and exciting/scary) to hear about how they are finding parenthood as well as their move back to Texas to their alma mater, ACU. It’s easy to get comfortable in the DINK-y SF tech bubble of 20-somethings, so I’m infinitely pleased to be reminded of how special our friendships are with people who are not just like us.

That being said, I discovered that Kayla is my ESTJ soulmate (who loves ice cream too!). No wonder we get along so well.

Thanks for making the trip out to see us, you two! We’ll have to get to Texas soon so we can meet Jonas before he’s, like, a grown-up!

K-Pop & Beyond!

We don’t have cable, so one of the few channels we get over the antenna is the Bay Area’s 24hr KPOP-TV. It’s a fairly low-budget local television station with VJs who introduce K-pop videos. It also plays entertainment shows which are, I think, produced in Korea for an international audience. With the exception of the music video lyrics, it’s almost entirely in English, though with varying degrees of fluency among the native Korean-speaking hosts.

The local VJs started advertising the inaugural KPOP Summer Festival in Golden Gate Park, to be held on July 11th. This was a competition put on by the Korean consulate in the US for non-Koreans to perform their favorite K-pop songs. (Earlier in the year, there was a preliminary competition, but on Saturday, we saw just the ten best groups.) There were also some Korean activities, like a photobooth in hanboks and a chance to play yut-nori, a traditional game that involves throwing sticks in the air.

We had a free Saturday afternoon, so, of course, we went to Golden Gate park to check it out.

Admittedly, this was a weird thing for two almost-thirty-year-olds to go to. K-pop is, like, kind of not my thing. It’s bubblegum pop, and the stars supposedly have all had plastic surgery, which bothers me.

On the other hand, I enjoy Korea’s efforts to promote the Korean wave, hallyu, throughout the world. The amount of resources they have funneled into hallyu is impressive, and the enthusiasm with which they want to “share Korean culture” always strikes me as sweet and endearing.

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We were kind of afraid that it would be an utter failure of an event, with people just milling about, not paying attention to the performers. It was surprisingly better-attended than I thought, with many of the seats in the music concourse filled with rapt audience members. It was a strange assortment of people: families, kids, Koreans and non-Koreans, college students, performers and their fans, and the occasional passerby who stumbled on the festival. There was also a wedding party that apparently wanted to take romantic photos in the Music Concourse. (One groomsman danced a lot to the music, which was amusing.)

We were also lucky to have beautiful weather on Saturday. Sun in Golden Gate park? What?!?

There were ten performers, some of whom sang and some of whom danced. A few were college clubs, while others were soloists. I guess they all just…love K-pop a lot. We sat through the performances and recognized about 20% of the songs, based on sometimes watching 24hr KPOP TV in the evenings. Other people were losing their shit though–the intro to the song would start and cheers would erupt from the crowd.

We stayed for the announcement of the winners, and we were pretty much in agreement with the judges (Korean consulate employees in very official suits). The first- and second-place groups will be entered into the pool of performers from each Korean consulate around the world. Then the best of the best will fly to Korea and compete in a huge K-pop international festival in Changwon in the fall. We’re not going to go that one, but I looked up some videos and it’s quite the spectacle with thousands of people (Koreans!) in attendance.

I’m not going to lie. I have no idea who these boy groups are. I love the bad-ass persona juxtaposed with feminine hair and synchronized dance moves.

K-pop posters

It sounds like such a weird afternoon, and it was! Still, I thought it was a rather enjoyable way to spend time in the city. It was free event and a beautiful, sunny day. Not to mention, even though I think K-pop is strange, it was fun to see people who love it so unabashedly and wholeheartedly. You do you, K-pop lovers!

(We also walked back via Tank Hill, which had gorgeous views of the city. And then we walked through the Castro so I could pick up some yarn for my next project. All in all, I ended the day with 43,000 steps. My feet hurt.)view from Tank Hill

I told the Hus-friend that I didn’t really imagine married life would involve going to K-pop festivals, but I’m glad we’re both up for silly adventures in the city together.IMG_4934

Stonewall Sweater – It’s very warm.

It took me about six weeks to get this sweater from yarn hanks to blocked and wear-ready. I think a lot of people knit much faster, but this felt like six weeks of aggressive sweater knitting, for sure!

Stonewall sweater

The pattern, Stonewall by Alicia Plummer, had been sitting in my Ravelry queue for a long time as an ambitious dream. However, it wasn’t until my emboldening delicate lady sweater (featherweight cardigan) experience that I felt confident enough to tackle a large, worsted-weight pullover.

I was unsure about starting a pattern with so few finished examples (~55 projects on Ravelry), but the promise of a V-neck and waist-shaping was tempting enough. I didn’t want to spend a long time on a sweater that would make me look like a meatball. (After all, I’ve already done that look. Right, Jessica?)

Quince & Co Lark

I used Quince & Co’s Lark worsted-weight wool, which I like for its nice texture and environmentally-friendly production. It’s 100% wool, which is not exactly silky, but I’m able to wear it next to my skin without issue. I had a tough time achieving the stated gauge: 18 st/24 rows per 4″ on US 9 needles. I knit and blocked several swatches before ending with US 7 needles and US 6 for the ribbing.

gauge swatch

I wouldn’t recommend this pattern for beginners (HA!) because I had sa-hooo many issues with the stitch math. (Note: This was for the 34.75″ bust size. The other sizes might be better.). To get the number of stitches to come out evenly, I basically had to do every calculation on paper to ensure that I was decreasing correctly. Some instructions were vague and omitted things like how to work the wrong side of the pattern, while other instructions seemed actually incorrect to me. For example, after joining the sleeves to the body, the instructions said to work three decrease rounds with six stitches decreased per round. However, to get to the stated 68 front/back stitches, you’d need to decrease eight stitches per decrease round; it seems like a egregious mistake to leave decreases out of the decrease round instructions, but maybe that’s an exercise left to the reader/knitter. I don’t know.

knitting Stonewall sweater

(If you’re interested in the actual math, check out my project on Ravelry. I wrote out what I did as clearly as possible.)

This all being said, I’m pretty happy with the finished sweater. My knitting is not perfect: I may have messed up the kitchener stitch when grafting the underarm holes together, and I found a few purls that should have been knits in the raglan shaping, but really, no one is going to notice that.

Stonewall sweater
(Unblocked and wrinkly)

The waist shaping seems pretty dramatic and unnatural when you’re just looking at the plain sweater, but I think it’s better for my body shape to reduce the amount of bulk around my waist (no meatball!).

As soon as I finished it, I wanted to wear my new sweater, so I took this super-flattering bathroom mirror selfie to send to Kim.  I’m basically the best at modeling my handmade garments, yes? IMG_4916

It was a little tight off the needles, but I blocked it with wool wash and let it dry for 36 hours. It’s now a bit looser and feels like the wool chilled out. Plus, the stitch pattern popped out nicely.

Stonewall sweaterAnd, of course, it’s July and totally the wrong time to have a wool sweater. Granted, it is cool enough here to sit with a giant pile of yarn on my lap in the summer, which wouldn’t have been the case nearly anywhere else in the country, but it’s basically never going to be cold enough to wear this extremely warm sweater in SF! I’m going to have to take a trip somewhere cold in January to get some use out of it.

completed Stonewall

And because I know you enjoy my super-good modeling, here are some more photos!

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IMG_4956And my personal favorite:IMG_4951

XOXO,

-Mica, the best sweater model

A big-ass, chunky knit bag

A little while ago, I was contacted by Wool and the Gang with an apology for my unpleasant experience making their Coco Sailor Sweater, which you may remember as the “Disasterbox sweater.” They said the pattern has since been re-worked so that it matches the model photos (-_-), and it now comes in multiple sizes.

Also, they offered to send me a kit (for free, not in exchange for any review). Now, obviously a bag is not the same as a sweater, but I figured I’d give the WATG another try. I want to like them because they seem genuinely interested in making…makers. (I hate the term “makers,” but that’s another story.)

I received a kit for the “Zigazig” shopper. WATG’s model is to sell products that you can buy pre-made or a kit to make it yourself (the cheaper option).  The kit itself had fun packaging:WAG Zigazig shopper kit

It was also really heavy because it had two gigantic cones of jersey yarn inside. In addition, there was a pattern booklet (with illustrations, no photos), needles, and a pin to advertise your allegiance to WATG products.

WATG Zigazig shopper kit

Oh, also I got a pair of size 19 straight needles, which are basically tiny trees. The Hus-friend kept asking if I was going to knit with my “drumsticks.”

WATG size 19 needles

Because you’re knitting with thick yarn and large needles, the bag knits up really quickly. You basically make a long rectangle with two holes on either end, then fold it up, and sew the sides together. Here I am looking really excited about knitting with drumsticks.

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WATG’s jersey yarn (“Jersey be good” — why everything has to have a cute name, I don’t know) is made from the offcuts from tee-shirt fabric in Turkey. I’m glad it’s recycled, but I don’t really prefer the unevenness and texture. I mean, you’re basically knitting with fabric selvedges, let’s be honest.

Also, I wasn’t a fan of knitting with huge straight needles. It takes a lot of work, and it was hard to get a good rhythm going. One thing I like about knitting is the repetitive movement and “meditative” action, but with these big-ass needles clunking around, it just felt awkward to me. I much prefer working on smaller needles for projects like socks. The yarn is smoother and more consistent.knitting with WATG Jersey Be Good

So, are you ready for the finished bag? (Seaming sucks, that’s just that.)

WATG Zigazig shopper

I mean, it’s fine, right? Unlike my Coco Sailor Sweater, I ended up with basically the advertised product: a big, chunky knit tote bag. (Actually, I just noticed that the one of the bags on the website has a bottom seam that mine definitely doesn’t have because you don’t sew up anything on the bottom. Strange!)

Because the yarn is made of jersey, it is exceptionally stretchy, so I could probably fit two laptops, several library books, and a personal watermelon in it. However, also because it is jersey, it’s really heavy. This is not a super comfortable bag to carry around, especially when it’s stretched and full of stuff.

WATG says:

“When what you want is a bag that can go from the market to your office to an evening out the ZigaZig Shopper is perfect.”

I might take this shopping because it holds a lot. I most likely will take it to work and leave it in my desk for toting my laptop home if necessary. However, taking it on “an evening out” seems like a fairly big stretch here. Obviously, this tote isn’t going to the theater with me, and it’s probably not even going to a restaurant because I’d have to get a table for three just to accommodate it.

So, I’m 0/2 on Wool and the Gang, unfortunately. I will say that it was very nice of them to reach out to me and send me this kit for free. And I do think that their #madeunique idea is cool. Most of their stuff isn’t for me though. I don’t think I’m fashionable enough to pull off aggressively chunky knits. I wish them the best of luck, but for now, I think I’ve got other knitting projects that I want to pursue.

4th of July Weekend

Ooh, I just love a long holiday weekend! While it seemed like a lot of the city left town for fun July 4th adventures, the Hus-friend and I enjoyed a relaxing few days in town.

Actually, on Friday (my “arrival day”–yeah!), we took the ferry over to Sausalito for a day of exploring. Neither of us had been, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect. After lunch on the bay at Le Garage, we wandered over to the Bay Model museum, which a couple people had told me to check out.

Not sure what the Bay Model is? Well, it’s a giant model…of the bay. As in, the size of two football fields. It was used by engineers in the 1950’s, prior to computer modeling for planning around the bay. (The neighborhood where we live, for example, is all on filled-in parts of the Bay. It will probably liquefy in a large earthquake. Hurrah!)

Bay Model, Sausalito

It’s a really neat free exhibit, with lots of science about the bay and its surrounding ecosystem. The Hus-friend enjoyed reading about the mathematical modeling behind it. (Though he said this particular calculation’s explanation was questionable.)

Bay Model science

My favorite part was seeing all of the miniature SF landmarks, like the tiny Golden Gate bridge:

Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Model

After seeing the Bay Model, we turned back south and wandered into the thick of Sausalito’s tourism. Not wanting to be run over by errant bike riders, we ascended some hillside stairs into the ritzy neighborhoods of Sausalito. The crowds thinned almost immediately, and it felt like we had the place to ourselves!

Bay view from Sausalito

Oh, also, I found this super reassuring sign:Earthquake warning sign

Back in SF for the 4th, we celebrated Independence Day at Tina and Ben’s by watching Independence Day and eating a lot of food (hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries, mac & cheese, salad, chips, corn, and whoopie pies). I do not regret it. 4th of July feast

We headed out to see fireworks, but just like last year, Karl the Fog rolled in and obscured most of the show. You could see the bottom half of the large fireworks peeking out under the marine layer, and you could hear the explosions echoing around the bay. That’s about it though. Oh well, a true SF experience, for sure.

Fireworks, SF 2015

After the pyrotechnics were over, we sat in a food coma, watching the second half of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. This was semi-significant because the Hus-friend and I were on a mission over the holiday weekend to catch up on the the Terminator franchise. We watched the first and second movies on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before going to see Terminator: Genisys with Tina and Ben and Siena and Andy on Sunday afternoon. You know me and my love of blockbusters/escapist fantasies! (It did not disappoint.)(I had major issues with the obnoxious child version of John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Ugh, 90’s tropes.)terminator2_tweetHope you also had a similarly entertaining holiday weekend!