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My 16th Californiaversary

golden gate bridge

I used to celebrate the anniversary of my move to the Bay Area by calling it my “San Franciscoversary.”

Except I’ve never lived in San Francisco proper…

So when I heard Kimra refer to the anniversary of her move as her “Californiaversary” I decided it was more appropriate.


After 16 years I still sometimes have to pinch myself that I live here.

When you grow up on a small Hawaiian island like I did, living near the big city can feel daunting. But over the years I’ve been able to build a community that’s been as large or small as I’ve needed it to be.

So what do I love most about living in the Bay?

My list can go on forever, but the top of mind ones are…

– That I live near iconic places that I read about in books or saw on television or in movies. Muir Woods, Berkeley, Big Sur are just short drives away…

– That I get to go SF Giants games all summer long and not bake in heat…

– That I can see the brand new 49er stadium from my office…

– That I get to run across this majestic bridge whenever I want (and I still get butterflies every time…)

– And that Karl the Fog is {almost} always here providing mild to chilly weather 95% of the year.

And even though its so expensive – SO EXPENSIVE – to live here, there is no other place I’d rather call home.

3.5 Things I Did This Weekend…

1. Went to A Wedding!

Audrey is a local runner (and makeup artist!) who has become a close friend over the past few years. Yesterday we had the privilege of attending her wedding. Like her, it was a beautiful wedding and fun reception full of love and so much creativity!

2. Learned iPhone Photography Tricks!

At the wedding reception we sat the same table as Julianne. Julianne always posts beautiful, creative photos to her Instagram. So of course, during the reception we talked her into sharing her iPhone photography tips and tricks with us.

We pulled flowers from the centerpieces and photographed them using our napkins as the background. Here’s my finished product:

You can see more results of our lesson at the Instagram hashtag, “photographybyjulianne.” Maybe now I’ll have a more interesting Instagram feed.

3. Ran in Golden Gate Park!

Since adopting my puppy dog, I’ve kept my running routes close to home. Since I was gone for most of Saturday for the wedding, she spent the weekend at doggie daycare.

I took advantage of my “free Sunday” and ventured up to the City to do my longer weekend run in Golden Gate Park. Its one of my most favorite places to run and I have missed it! It was cool and foggy – a nice break from the extra hot weather we’ve been having. I was in heaven!

3 1/2. Celebrated Alyssa’s 4th San Francisco-versary!

Following my GGP, I headed over to Alyssa’s to help her celebrate four years of San Francisco living. But since I failed to take any photos, I’m not sure I can claim it happened… :)

Life Lately…

Despite my good intentions I have yet to resume any sort of blogging consistency. It’s always my intention to do so, but whether it happens is always a crap shoot.

Anyhow, here’s quick rundown of what’s been going on lately:


There hasn’t been a whole lot of running going on lately. I had planned to run the See Jane Run 5K two weeks ago, as well as the Golden Gate 10K today. But my right knee has been acting up so I skipped both.

The knee has actually bothered me for months. When I straighten it after its been bent it hurts like a mother. But it never hurt when running or working out – that is until about two and a half weeks ago. I was at the gym on the rowing machine and started it feel it. At first I tried to ignore it, but I continued to feel it even when taking Coco out for a walk.

I don’t feel like its injured enough to warrant a trip to the doctor but I’ve still taken a conservative approach taking LOTS of rest days.

In fact, I’ve only run once in the past 16 days. And it still bothered me on that test run so I had my chiro look at during my last appointment.

She advised taking a week off of running and doing lots of plyo exercises (like jumps). If it continued to hurt or get worse then we’d know its an impact issue vs gait issue.

So over the past week. I’ve jumped rope, found short plyo workouts and did lots of knee strengthening exercises at the gym. The level of DOMS I felt after each workout was severe. It was a big wakeup call that I need to pay more attention to strengthening these little muscles that make a huge difference.

As for the knee, it’s starting to feel better. I guess this means its possibly a gait issue which is what I need to work on next. Anyhow, I’m gonna give running another try this week.

Whole 30Whole 27

My second attempt at the Whole 30 ended at Day 27 when I went to Audrey’s tea party bridal shower.

I’m starting round 3 today and am determined to make it a full 30 days with no cheating this time.

4th of July

I ended up having a 5-day holiday weekend that was just the right balance of fun and productivity.

I finally put together my new BBQ. It had been sitting on my patio for a month and took three hours for me to assemble. I did not use it this past weekend, as I need to have a lesson on how to use a gas grill, but I foresee many grilled dinners in the immediate future…



I had intended to have lunch in Sausalito with family but it turned out that no one else could go. I wasn’t about to let that stop me so I took a solo drive up to Marin County anyway. Everyone else had the same intention because Sausalito was unbearably crowded. So I continued on to Mill Valley and dropped in to the San Francisco Running Company to check out their new gear.


Its embarrassing when you realize you already own most of the merchandise they have in stock. So instead, I picked up this shirt just in time for the 4th.


I also got to visit with my friend Deb and her two pups who were visiting from So Cal. She has been a HUGE resource for me, giving me lots of advice about raising a new puppy. I could not have survived the past six months without her. So when she came home for the long weekend to visit her Mom we made a point to schedule time so our pups could meet.


We went on a long walk at the Los Gatos Creek Trail. It was so much fun to see them and the walk also wiped Coco Pop out for the rest of the day!


Yesterday Coco and I met a friend in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco to hike the Lands End Trail. It’s just over a mile and a half, yet is kinda strenuous with lots of stairs. I had done a plyos workout that morning and felt it with every step.

After the hike we had lunch on the back patio of the Beach Chalet. They have a pet-friendly area on the back lawn so Coco was able to run around while we had lunch.


The rest of the weekend was spent doing house projects, experimenting with recipes (future post?) and lots of naps.

That’s all that’s going on lately. Maybe when I start doing more running, I’ll be inspired to do more blogging…

But as always, thanks for reading!