Dinner in Half Moon Bay

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Here’s a video with a continuation of our time in San Francisco. After dinner (which I didn’t include in this video), we went to a pumpkin patch nearby to entertain The Kid. (The Girl – who was 10 months old at this point – couldn’t have cared less as long as someone was holding her. Infants are such divas, ha ha.) Anyway, it was a cool time. The pumpkin patch (well, all pumpkin patches really) made for a great backdrop…and we were there during golden hour, so I snapped what I could while chasing the hyperactive 2-year-old.

pumpkin patch Half Moon Bay, California


pumpkin patch Half Moon Bay, California
The Kid is on the left with a new friend he made while running around. It always amazes me at how quickly kids befriend one another.
pumpkin patch Half Moon Bay, California
Pumpkin picking (or pretending to per my instructions, ha ha).

Before we left, my sister-in-law suggested taking a picture by the big pumpkin. We waited as there was a family ahead of us. When they were done, I asked the wife if she would take our picture. “Oh, I don’t know how to use those things. My husband is better!” I handed my camera to her husband, and he clicked away. We said our thanks and headed to the car. When I flipped through the pictures, I found this and about 10 similar shots:

when you ask a stranger to take your picture

HA HA HA HA HA. Blurry fabulousity from The Photographer Extraordinaire!

This is 100% my fault. I should have set up the camera before handing it over to him. Lesson learned! In the meantime, I’ll keep laughing every time I see this and will continue to debate if I should include it in this year’s family photo album.

Happy Friday!

I love the Ferry Building

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Have you heard that editing videos is hard? It is! I’m embarrassed to tell you how long it took to edit this piece, but I learned a few things so the time wasn’t wasted. In any case, I don’t think I did the Ferry Building any justice here, but I do want to say that this might be my favorite market in the country and if you find yourself in San Francisco on a Saturday morning, you should 1000% drop in and stuff your face silly. It’s the right thing to do. 🙂

Library books [stop motion] & I want to start a dinner club

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library books stop motionPopped over to the library last weekend to grab a book (Anything You Want which I was curious about after seeing it mentioned on the Think.Grow.Prosper blog). Long story short (pun intended), I ended up leaving with 9 books. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It happens.

On the subject of books, I’m currently reading Bread and Wine, which is Chicago author Shauna Niequist’s account about how a few food gatherings have created a sense of community around and away from the table. It’s beautifully written and most of the chapters end with a recipe that leaves me drooling. The book, in general though, has planted a seed with wanting to start a monthly dinner club now. We seem to have people come through our table at least once every two months, so why not make it more of an organized thing? The hurdles seem to be that we don’t have real friends in our community (I am trying to change this!) as our friends all live at least 30 minutes away and I wonder if people would be willing to do all that driving on a regular basis. (Suburban living at its finest.) Everyone is busy, and maybe I’m overthinking this one as I should just ask and see who might be interested. For the record, just to show you how preoccupied I am about this dinner club thing, here are the links that I’ve been (re)reading all week:

Maybe this will be my project for 2018. 🙂

Went to San Francisco For Some Crackbread

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"I want crackbread."
“I want crackbread.”

Okay, that wasn’t the only reason we were in the Bay Area (my brother & his wife live there), but hey, it was an option so it became a priority. 🙂 The low down on crackbread:

  • Crackbread is more properly known as Sweet Senorita Bread. It’s addicting (hence, the name). If I had to describe it, it’d be some like a supersoft baguette with some butter and condensed milk (I think?) rolled into it.
  • You can’t have 1. Seriously. Don’t be that person. Leave with at least 5 pieces per person. Read the Yelp reviews if you don’t believe me.
  • These are best eaten as the box is handed over to you. Warm crackbread is the best bread.
  • The place that serves crackbread – Starbread Bakery – is quick, fast and cheap. I think they serve food, but the two times I’ve been there, people just come in and out for “the goods”.  Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am.

Enough of that. I didn’t bring Walter with me on this trip because I wanted to focus on getting to know Miss Daphne. [She’s so much easier to tote around!] It’s been fun taking pictures with a smaller camera, and I’m trying to get in the habit of shooting more video. Now I’m going to have to get into the habit of keeping the camera still. 😉

I’m getting hungry for some again. However, since I’m nowhere near South San Francisco at the moment, I may just try this copycat recipe one of these days.


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Swinging on swing set at Mission Dolores Park San Francisco

The family and I went to San Francisco this past week to visit the other part of our family (my brother & his wife). I didn’t take as many pictures as I normally do on this trip and opted to hit the record button more. I’m not sure how that went as I haven’t previewed too many of the clips yet, but we shall see, LOL. Anyway, here’s a cinemagraph of us hanging out on the swing set at Mission Dolores Park. I was hoping we’d be here with a bag full of treats from Tartine (which is down the street), but the line was too long. The people outside tried to convince me that the line was quick moving, but I didn’t want to chance it with two of my fidgety travel buddies. Next time, Tartine!!!

Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Auto Adapter [vlog]

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I’m totally enjoying vlogging these days, so finding camera accessories for my Canon M6 to make the video recording process easier makes me happy. Truth be told, I probably didn’t need a lens adapter, but I’m very, very dependent on my prime lenses (50 mm & 24 mm) so hmmm, maybe I did need the adapter. I’m needy and like what I like. 😉 Anyway, the Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter is $40 on Amazon vs the one available with Canon at $249. The reviews for the Fotoxio adapter were good (4.5 stars and 129 reviews….good enough for me). No regrets yet!

More babbling about the lens adapter:

The City

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Recently, my oldest friend (in time, not in age) celebrated her 40th birthday. :-O She wanted to do a big girls trip, but knowing that some of us (er, me) had young kids, that was a little bit of a hard sell. Somehow it evolved into a staycation in Chicago. Yes! I’m in. So Saturday afternoon, I drove into the city and had a rare (these days) night on the town with a few lovely girls.

We started off at The Peninsula for afternoon tea.


Those sandwiches are filling, so if you have a steak dinner following, I wouldn’t suggest not stuffing your face with so many sandwiches. (Easier said than done.)


And what do you know? We had dinner reservations at RPM steak house where the water mentioned that he could do family style. (For our stuffed bellies, we were all about this.) Read more about it here.

Because then we went to Apogee for drinks. Prosecco pops – that’s where it’s at.

Cinemagraph at Apogee Bar Chicago

Not a bad view at all!

cinemagraph Chicago traffic at night

We crashed at the Dana Hotel. I ended up in a room with two girls who were leaving early (5AM!) the next morning – one was catching a flight and the other one was driving her to the airport. (That’s a good friend, by the way!). So I ended up alone in the room on Sunday morning. Best. Morning. Ever. I took my time getting ready with a little Bravo in the background. It was pretty awesome.

cinemagraph jumping on bed at Dana Hotel Chicago


cinemagraph Dana Hotel

And then it was time to get back to my non-Bravo reality. 😉

Chicago Marathon 2017

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Chicago Marathon 2017

Man, 2017 provided a beautiful day for the Chicago Marathon. It started off on the cooler side…I admit that if I were running, I probably wouldn’t have been comfortable as the temps warmed up after 10AM (I think it was officially somewhere in the upper 70s but it felt a little like it was in the 80s). But as a spectator, it was fun to stand, cheer, talk to my friend’s husband as we waited for our Marathoner at the 11.5 mile mark, watch The Kid chase his friends and then, abandon Adult Conversation to stop The Kid from running onto the course. (“Wow, he is full of energy,” the friend remarked. Ha ha ha, very much an understatement.)

Chicago Marathon 2017
He totally missed the superheroes run past him.

Chicago Marathon 2017
The energy was awesome, as it always is.

Chicago Marathon 2017
I love that this guy was taking a selfie or vlogging, mostly because I know I would have been dying at this point if I were in his place. (So much admiration here!)

Such a fun morning, and I hope I have a reason (to cheer someone on*) to return next year!

Chicago Marathon 2017

Random notes about this year’s marathon:

  • There’s a Chicago Marathon app that let’s you track runners in real time. It tells you where they are and where you are in relation to them. I thought that was so great! Such a good app.
  • I arrived in the area around 10AM (so I totally missed the ultra-marathoners. Oh, and congrats to Galen Rupp!). The Husband wasn’t too confident that I would find a decent spot, but I actually did find street parking when I arrived (on Franklin and Huron. Funny enough, there was nothing but street parking on Huron. Yay).
  • I’ve been a spectator to a handful of Chicago Marathons in the past, and I’m sad to say that I noticed the amped up security this year. I won’t lie: I was very relieved to see them and glad they were there to keep the runners and crowds safe. Much props to the men and women of the CPD that kept an eye out for all of us this weekend.

*Because there is no way I’ll be running.