Posted on November 12, 2013
If you know me at all, you are aware of my perennial love of fall. The trees, the air, trudging through the crunchy blanket of color on the Chico streets. Bidwell Park had been my favorite spot to experience the season until Central Park easily slipped into first place when I got to see it for the first time this weekend. I spent four days in New York City with my best friend, which was absolutely amazing, and Central Park was our first stop after dropping off our bags at the brownstone where we stayed.
We could not have visited at a better time of year. There was a bit of rain and it was definitely cold for my thin California skin, but seeing my favorite season on the East Coast was perfect. I fell in love with the city and the park, and although we wanted to stay forever, we did manage to just miss the 30-degree, icy weather that’s there now. I’m pretty sure all of the leaves I love so much will be gone within a week or two.
It’s absolutely one of my new favorite places. Which photo is your favorite?
Posted on November 4, 2013
My niece Haley Nicole made her grand entrance into the world at 7:25 a.m. on November 2, 2013. At an even eight pounds and 20 inches, she doesn’t believe in loose ends. She’s a scorpio. She shares a birthday with Marie Antoinette, David Schwimmer, and Nelly the rapper. Solid line-up, Hales. She enjoys putting her entire fist in her mouth and making tiny baby noises.
I absolutely adore her.
I was honored and awed to be there for the birth with my brother-in-law, mom, and of course, my sister, who is an absolute bad ass. Both she and Nick did an incredible job, and I am just so proud of how well she did in there! I am seriously biased, but they made the most beautiful baby.
I am so excited to watch this little person grow from the minute she was born through the rest of her life! I can’t wait to experience everything being an aunt entails. It’s crazy to think that just like that someone becomes a mom, someone becomes a dad, someone becomes a grandpa, grandma, aunt, uncle. My sister has a daughter! She and Nick are going to be such amazing parents, and I’m so glad I get to watch.
Posted on October 2, 2013
Now that I’ve filled in the gaps of September, I’m ready for my favorite month, the best month, the month everyone should love – October. The above quote from L.M. Montgomery is one of my favorites, and even better, I just discovered it’s from my favorite childhood book, Anne of Green Gables. I haven’t read it in years and years, but I’m considering revisiting it.
Time is moving as quickly as ever, and I have some exciting/major/life-changing events coming up in the next few weeks. Bring ‘em at me.
There’s no way I can mention October without letting my geek show and mentioning postseason baseball. The A’s play the Tigers in the ALDS starting this Friday, and I’ll be going to game two on Saturday. It’s a rematch of last year’s ALDS, so I could not be more stressed/ready/excited/terrified/anxious. This team makes my little heart warm.
In 17 days, I will be getting my ass out of bed to run 13.1 miles in San Francisco at 6:30 a.m. I do realize how crazy this sounds when I spell it out as simply as that. But honestly, I can’t wait for my first half-marathon. I’ve done an 8K and a 10K and had been looking for the perfect half-marathon. This is it. It’s the 10th anniversary year of the event, 30,000 people participate, it’s in my favorite city (only a bridge length away), and this was my last chance to use my guaranteed entry as a college student. Of course I’m anxious, but I’m back on my training schedule and I
hope know I can pull it off. I have been having some pain in my right quad so that’s a little worrisome, but hopefully it’s nothing. Countdown to Oct. 20 has begun.
And if you’re thinking, “Hey, aren’t there hills in San Francisco?”
Yes. Yes, there are.
The third and most important piece of my October is the fact that my niece is set to arrive on Oct. 28. I absolutely cannot believe how fast my sister’s pregnancy has gone by or explain how excited I am to meet Haley. I’ve never been an aunt before, but I’m so ready to take on the title. We’re all wondering if she will arrive before or after Halloween or even in October at all, but I’m just hoping to god my sister doesn’t go into labor while I’m running around San Francisco on the 20th. Dear Haley: WAIT.
Posted on October 1, 2013
I’m sorry to say I managed to skip right over September on the blog (whoops), even though it was actually a pretty important month for me. Quick recap?
Sept. 2: I spent Labor Day with two of my best friends in one of my favorite spots on earth – Muir Woods. We also explored Sausalito and ate (necessary) large amounts of crab and ice cream. Days like this really make me appreciate the Bay Area and how beautiful it is. Sometimes I take that for granted, and I really shouldn’t. Spending time with Bay transplants who are really in awe of the area and everything it has to offer also drives the point home for me.
Sept. 7: One of my very closest family friends got married! It was the most gorgeous wedding I’ve ever seen at an amazing church in Napa. I’ve known Sam since I was pretty much an infant, and she and her parents are my second family. I could not be happier for her and Kyle.
Sept. 15: I turned 22! Believe it or not. I had a fantastic dinner and night out in the city with my friends on Saturday, and my little brother took me to dinner on my actual birthday. I even got out of a parking ticket on my birthday without having to whine to the cop that it was my birthday! Twenty-two hasn’t been so bad.
Sept. 16: I decided to take the day off work to extend my birthday weekend and spend the day wandering around the Presidio like a tourist with my best friend. There were views of the Pacific, the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown, and the forest. The weather was perfect, and Crissy Field rules.
Sept. 20: I went to my first Oktoberfest. We went on this Friday after work to Pier 48 in the city, and it was hilarious. Live German band, keg hats, and Lederhosen. Lots and lots of Lederhosen.
Sept. 22: I spent the first day of fall at the Coliseum to see the A’s clinch the A.L. West for the second straight year. It was magical and included the players showering fans with champagne. I’m kinda into baseball if you haven’t noticed. Duck and cover – October means playoffs.