Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Motorcycles, etc.

My YD and I frequently make diaper cakes and diaper motorcycles as baby gifts, and now my OD has gotten into it too.  Here are some pics.

Super cute!  She did a great job!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


As I am sure you are aware, Hamilton is the biggest Broadway play since I don't know what .. maybe Wicked? Soooo, Nevada has season tickets to the SHNSF, and she invites me to come with her some of the time.  For Hamilton, she had offers from many friends to accompany her (including me).  She decided to take her mother -- a great decision.

Unfortunately for Nevada's mom, she learned (about three weeks before the show) that a memorial for her aunt was planned for that day. 😞

I was thrilled when Nevada asked me to go in her place (and felt just a little guilty).

Nevada had also given two tickets to the show to her former roommate as a wedding gift (nice!).  So since that friend (who lives in L.A.) and Nevada's mother (who lives in Nevada (of all places)) were coming in to town for the show, they had reserved rooms at the Fairmont San Francisco for the weekend.  I only mention this because normally for a show, we go up and back to SF for the day, but not in this case.

Since it seemed the most convenient thing to do, Nevada and I left work, went to the airport to pick up the travellers from L.A., and then drove up to SF for the night.

Image from here.

This is the Fairmont.  It is a beautiful hotel at the top of Nob Hill.  Great views! The only down side was that every time you left the hotel, you had to come back up the hill .. I'd be in great shape if I lived in San Francisco.

We went to dinner at a restaurant/bar near the hotel and then capped the evening off with drinks at the hotel bar.

The next morning we got up and walked to the theater with a stop for dim sum at Lai Hong Lounge on the way.

(cute sign)

Anyway, it was a great musical.  Definitely lived up to all the hype.  (and now I want to know more about the characters in it -- Hamilton, his wife, her sister, Aaron Burr, Hercules Mulligan, Lafayette, and John Laurens, and even the presidents (Washington, Jefferson, and Madison)).

I definitely need to get back to reading biographies ... so much to read, so little time.

All in all, a wonderful time!  

*according to the internet --SHN stands for Shorenstein Hays Nederlander. SHN owns and operates the Golden Gate and Orpheum Theatres and is the pre-eminent theatrical entertainment company in San Francisco.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Cocktail Wednesday - Lavender Lemon Drop

Recipe from here.


Lavender, some
Vodka, 2 oz
Lemon juice (fresh), 1 oz
Simple Syrup, 1T

I muddled the lavender with the simple syrup in the cocktail shaker, added the lemon juice, and vodka, and shook the shaker.  I initially strained it with the top of the shaker and it looked like this:

I then used a better strainer to get all the bits of lavender out.

It was very tasty, and potent.  I'd like to find fresh lavender and try it again.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Goals for April

Here are the goals for this month:

Visit with my YD's in-laws
Send cards to grandsons
Work on baby quilt
Make quilt for Nate
Make a blue elephant
Take a new hike
Make 2 new meals
Try different waffles (malt)
Get through week 4 of the couch to 5K (go to the gym at work)
Reach step goal 5 of 7 days (each week)
Start a biography
Get the garden prepped -- plant?
Bread? Try a new one.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Goals for March - Wrap Up

First the re-cap of last week:

1 - continue with the Round Robin posts - done
2 - work on my other blog -- finish adding my European vacation from two years ago - done.  If I'd realized I was so close to finishing, I might have done this before ...
3 - meet my step goal three times -- only two -- Sunday and Saturday
4 - take a hike (probably the dish).  No hike.
5 - Move my sewing room to the dining room - done (I've actually moved it back already).

6 - help my YD pack her house - done
7 - send a card and a package to my OD - didn't do.

I'm not doing another weekly goals .. I'll post goals for April later this week.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Hike #1 - Alamaden Quicksilver County Park

We finally took our first hike of the year, Almaden Quicksilver County Park.  I found it online.  Picked it mostly because it was dog friendly.  Nevada, my YD and Max and me.

This is a picture of the trail we were on.  We took pictures of the maps so that we would be able to figure out where we were ... We made only one wrong turn. My fault.

All-in-all, a very nice hike.  One we would definitely do again.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Goals for March (Week 3)

First, let's take a look at last week:

1 - Visit Amanda - Done!
2 - One Grinch block - see note on #4
3 - two Round Robin posts - I added many more.  I'm up to 1953.
4 - work on baby quilt - wasn't able to do this and will put this on hold until my sewing room gets re-located.

5 - Make a new dish - Made crusted parmesan chicken with zucchini.  Recipe from here.  It was good, but not a very interesting or different recipe.  I need to try harder to do something new.  I guess it'll be good for a slightly different fried/baked chicken coating.

6 - Do research on planting for the garden - nope
7 - Straighten up my sewing room - nope (with moving the room yet again, I'll be setting up soon in another location)

and for this week:

1 - continue with the Round Robin posts
2 - work on my other blog -- finish adding my European vacation from two years ago.
3 - meet my step goal three times
4 - take a hike (probably the dish)
5 - Move my sewing room to the dining room
6 - help my YD pack her house
7 - send a card and a package to my OD

Friday Wrap Up (3/17/17)

I might have to start planning to do this on Saturdays because Friday just seems too hectic ...

Good things that happened this week:

1. Had a glass of wine on the lawn of Retzlaff with Nevada
2. Played Catch Phrase with friends and family
3. Went on a long hike followed by breakfast at Mikayla's Cafe

Things that made me smile:

1. This from the bottom of my "weeping angel" mug (I love the "for best results" line ...)

 2.  This sign

Things that made me sad

1. Working late
2. Ugly traffic