12 Weeks in Photos – Part 1

Sutro Tower at Sunset

What?? Two posts in one week.  I’m going to try quite hard to post at least once a week going forward, and I’m cheating a little today by using mostly photos.

Because my camera is most often attached to my hand, and when it is not, I have a smart phone in my pocket, I thought photos would be the best way to look at the last 12 weeks in California.

Hopefully you will like them too!

Week 1 (September 14-20):

September Strawberries

I flew back to California in mid-September and dove pretty quickly into work. That weekend, Mom came home from the Farmers Market with the most gorgeous flat of strawberries.

September was an amazing month for produce. We had strawberries and heirloom tomatoes, and Syche made amazing beets.  The weather was gorgeous and the food delicious – it was the perfect time to move home.

Week 2 (September 21-27):

In 2010, I went through a big Sherlock Holmes faze, reading three of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels. This year the Fall mystery companion has been Agatha Christie; I’ve read And Then There Were None, Crooked House, and just finished today, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.  The first was my favorite – I couldn’t put it down! (But after Ackroyd, I think I’m done with Christie for a while – what classic mystery writer should I try next?)

SF at Night

Friday of my second week in California had me driving to the Castro to pick up Liz, Molly & Syche from the Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long. I had missed this first portion of Liz’s bachelorette because of a board meeting for work, and while I was on my way, Syche texted saying the start had been delayed.  I used my extra half hour to take some pictures near Dolores Park – I was trying to capture Sutro Tower, but this shot ended up being my favorite.

Late Night Pizza at Liz's Bachelorette

Eventually I made it (and without killing the denizens of the Castro who kept brazenly walking in front of my car). We enjoyed show tunes and they enjoyed martinis (I have so much kharmic debt owed in terms of rides, I was happy to be the DD), followed by late night pizza on Haight Street.

‘Twas a lot of fun!
(Molly is taking the picture, but I promise she is also wearing a lot of jewelry and possibly a crown.)

Fog Fest 2011 - Sandcastle Competition

The following morning, Syche, Drew and I went and explored Fog Fest 2011 in Pacifica. One of the highlights was the sandcastle competition – the other? Funnel cake!

Week 3 (September 28-October 4):

Auction Item from the Fashion Show (sadly I did not get to keep it)

Week three was all about the Fashion Show at work. I put together a silent auction for the first time and ran around like a crazy person.

But, the event went really well, and by having a sort of trial-by-fire, the following weeks at work have been much less insane.

When not going crazy, I got to hang out with some good friends and their adorable baby.  Being an adopted auntie is one of the coolest things ever. I get to hang out with a great kid, give him fun presents, and hand him back to the parents when he gets cranky. So much fun!

(But side note: all these married friends and friends with babies – kinda crazy! I’m glad I’m seeing it all from an observational point and not having to deal with it myself.)

Carolyn, my super crafty sister, also likes that I have friends with kids, because then she can make them adorable hats – like the one modeled above. That kid is a star!

Week 4 (October 5-11):

Transamerica Building

Lysandra and Joe invited Carolyn and I to experience the Fleet Week Air Show from the Royal Towers with its amazing views.  We ate a ton of cheese and other goodies, and watched the planes zig and zag all over the SF skyline. It was amazing.

Blue Angels near Coit Tower

The Canadian Snowbirds did a full show, but we only saw the Blue Angels for brief stint before the SF fog took over and became too much for them. Above you can seen them flying towards Coit Tower.

Carolyn on the Royal Towers deck looking at the Fleet Week Air Show

I think four weeks is enough for post one, but I promise weeks 5-12 will be coming along shortly. (I know, I know, you are totally desperate to see them).

Don’t you just love California? And San Francisco, especially? I do! =)

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