I’ve been totally slacking on the blogfront! Despite my thoughts that things would calm down once summer ended…it actually hasn’t felt that calm. The past two weekends included soccer games, football games, a food truck festival (just as delicious as it sounds), three trips to the Bay Area, a concert, a sailing cruise, SO. MUCH. GOOD. FOOD., and a career change. Yeah. That one was sudden, very unexpected, not altogether upsetting, and deserving of its own post when I finally write about the complex experience that is being a nanny. But right now, I just want to show you fun pictures!
1. We went to see my two former charges kick some butt in their soccer games, and my tiny girl made that chair look so big! 2. And then we made that chair look small, and Summer christened me “Justine-Sits-On-Kids.” I miss those little girls like crazy
3. After the girls’ games, they had their busy social life to return to [seriously, they have like 3 birthday parties every Saturday], so we went to the Sacramento Food Truck Fest, or, as it’s more well known, Sacto MoFo [Sacramento Mobile Food, obvi]. This was while the weather was still hovering around 95-100 [which was actually til last week!], so we didn’t stay too long, but… the food was ah-ma-zing. Our dessert was a belgian waffle with ice cream, strawberries, and whipped cream, while our main course was 4. pulled pork sandwiches with mac-n-cheese inside, with a side of rosemary tater tots. I couldn’t even dream up a sandwich like that, guys. Seriously. Heaven. If you’re in the area, check out Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen so you can chase down your own heavenly sandwich.
5. Our view of the Sacramento River while we pigged out on our sandwiches. Sacramento’s a small little place, but I think it’s highly underrated, and I love it Eating a bomb lunch while enjoying the breeze of the river was one of those moments when I really loved where I live. 6. A view from out the window of the SF MOMA, which we visited the next day with my parents. We went to see the Cindy Sherman exhibit, which we heard about on an episode of This American Life, and which was awesome. We even got the audio tour, and I’m so glad we did. I’m not a huge one for art museums, but listening to the artist and other experts discuss the work while you’re wandering about an exhibition is the best way to do it. It makes everything way more interesting! I couldn’t take any pictures though, because…
7. They have a very strict no photo policy in most exhibits at the MOMA, and many security guards ready to swoop down and take your camera if you even attempt it! Now, I’m usually a huge photo rebel [I was kicked out of the Sistine Chapel for taking pictures, true story], but the guy that took this picture of us could give me a run for my money. Gabe asked a random guy to take a picture of us, but the security guard yelled at him to stop and started to come over to take the camera! This little rebel though, he quickly snapped our picture before the guy got there…resulting in a not-ready [nice face, Dad!], but good-story, picture. And those really are the best ones, anyway. 8. We all tried macarons for the first time and I think…ehhhh. They’re no cupcake as far as trendy desserts go, but they’re pretty tasty, and they also make for pretty pictures.
9, 10. On Thursday, I drove to Berkeley to meet one of my best friends, Liz, so we could accomplish one of our friendship goals: see Jason Mraz in concert. This is actually harder than you’d think, since he doesn’t tour much in the US, let alone the West Coast. We saw him at the Greek Theater on Berkeley’s campus, and it was incredible. We started out really far away on the grass, but then…
we got way closer, even though it still seems really far in this picture
There he is! I love him even more since seeing him live. He was somehow WAY better than his albums, which are already some of my favorites. It was definitely one of my top concerts, right up there with Stevie
, No Doubt & Blink182, and John Mayer. 12.
The next day, we met our friend Ally at a place we found on Yelp called Denica’s
. If you guys are in the Bay anywhere close to Dublin…go here. It was a Mexican/lunch/breakfast/bakery spot that was delicious, and judging by the enormous crowd at lunch, well-loved. Look at that huge chunk of bleu cheese next to the candied walnuts! Mmmm.
13, 14. After driving back to Sacramento on Friday to take a nap and watch part of my brother’s football homecoming game, Gabe and I drove back to the Bay Area that night to visit his brother and sister-in-law, Matheus and Tallita. Tallita is finishing up her degree on a cheer scholarship from Menlo College, so we went to watch her cheer on Saturday! We were all supposed to wear pink for breast cancer month, and Gabe and I accidentally packed the exact same outfit. Haha! I could say I would’ve worn something else if I’d have known, but I love matching with people [mainly just boyfriend or siblings] so…I’d be lying.
Saturday night, Gabe & I went into the city for our “City Lights” sailing tour…I bought it for him for his birthday [on July 4!], but we were so busy that we didn’t get a chance to use it until now! We wandered around on the very crowded
Pier 39, which was packed with tourists, while we waited for the time to board our boat, and I took pictures of the sunset 16.
Our boat went all the way from Pier 39, around Treasure Island, to AT&T park, where the Giants play [which is a pretty long way!]. There was a Giants game going on, so the stadium was packed,
and people were kayaking around the water trying to catch loose balls I guess? Doc was also present and accounted for in his DeLorean.
It was such a magical boat ride! No one on our boat knew why, but there were fireworks going on and we ended up sailing right
under them. The boat had blankets for us and we dressed warmly, so we were cozy while we sailed around the bay. If you’re going to SF or live there even, I highly recommend SF Sailing Company
cruises over the more usual tourist activities [ahem horribly crowded Pier 39!]. The captain and first mate were so fun, and there was even free [&unlimited] drinks. It was awesome to see the city from the bay!
This weekend some of our friends are getting married in Tahoe, and after that, we’re [hopefully] smooth sailing until the holidays [what?!]. Thanks for letting me share my pictures with you!
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