Procrastination doesn't work
Photographic records reveal that we also spent a day at one of my favorite places in the universe, the Exploratorium. Much fun was had upside-down. In addition, we harvested our artichoke flower, and beat cago tio, who pooped candy, as usual. We also had a number of good friends over for dinner. My new years resolution, which was to see friends in person more often, was in full force throughout January. Every Saturday night, we had people over, and we truly had some wonderful nights catching up and hanging out with people we like and admire. Otherwise, only a few other events of note: the Keith Haring exhibit at the De Young, 200,000 miles, pop-up erasers, wild spins, and explorations.
And that brings me to February, when we said goodbye to Doppler the cat, who is, according to the literature we received from the pet crematorium, now 'beyond the rainbow bridge' where she will, someday, when she sees that special someone, 'run up to greet them', or something like that. We made a trip to the garden store and chose a special plant (a California-native, redwood-loving, drought-resistant shrub of some sort; in other words, about the only thing that might survive in our backyard) that we planted in her honor. Doppler, we miss you.
Over 'moon day', the holiday the public school kids get and parents do not, we decided to drive down to visit my sister, just to see how time flies. Well, not really, but I had to put those two photos next to each other. We broke up the drive down with a night in San Louis Obispo, and then continued on to Len's, where my mom was staying as well. We had a fabulous time at Lego Land, and enjoyed dinner time , bedtime, rocket time, mentos time and then, sadly, we had to drive home. But, Highway 5 has never looked so beautiful. In other exciting news, Asher started gymnastics class. He has been bouncing around ever since.
February also brought the 21st birthday of Bianca, which we celebrated at our place with a bunch of fearless biancanauts, who traveled from far and near to celebrate the occasion. Much grilled cheese, sangria, and fun was had, along with puppet shows, live music, and frolicking. Otherwise, February was mostly about flying drones, eating al fresco, walking to the library, wearing sunglasses, and getting ready for Easter. Workwise, Dave has been busy with his 'Technology for Good' class at Mills (in addition to his usual responsibilities at Google), and I've continued my contract work with the Wikimedia Foundation and am, as always, working on my novel.
And that brings us to March, which began with a family day trip out to Alcatraz for the Ai Weiwei show. Kite dragons, lego portraits, cells where Asher spun round and round to Pussy Riot. The show was amazing, particularly in the juxtapositions of environment and content. We had to wake up at the crack of butt to catch the early ferry out to Alcatraz, but it was well worth it. The other big event of the first part of the month was Ada's school auction, for which Dave and I were the leads of one of the many class projects. We got there on the early side this year and caught the Taiko drumming before bidding on a bunch of stuff we didn't need, but that doesn't matter, as the proceeds all go to support the public school.
Mostly, March is about birthdays, and this March was bursting with celebrations, a birthday breakfasts, birthday cooking classes, birthday first bikes, birthday sushi, birthday cake, and a birthday blowout at MyGym, where everyone celebrated until they dropped. Dave and I also took advantage of grandma's gift of babysitting and brunch at Top of the Mark to enjoy some great views and food. We also tried the pig ear and some other fine dishes at Spices, and enjoyed a few fancy cocktails at Rye Bar. And then we were visited by my dad and Myrna! dim sum, golden gate park, and other fun things were enjoyed by all. Whew. Dave's Mill's break and the public school break did not align, but we did manage to head out of town for a very beautiful weekend in...
... Big Sur. We had a wonderful time at the Fernwood Resort doing yoga on the sun deck, admiring redwoods, braving frigid waters, hanging out in our awesome cabin, by the fire, hunting eggs, hiking, and being silly. On the way back, we made stops at some favorite spots, pescadero and moss beach distillery. Other than a few pics of Ada and Asher, that's it for now!