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This past week worked out pretty well, I think.  My original intent was to take the week off from blogging at my WordPress sites just as a mini-break, but in the process I ended up doing a lot more head-clearing than I'd expected.  A new way of approaching various things in my life (or as I'd been hinting, a return to an old way of approaching said things that makes a lot more sense to me).  This past week was a trial run to see if I could actively make it a real thing instead of yet another Best Laid Plan.

All in all, it went pretty well except for Wednesday night, in which A and I are woken up at almost exactly midnight by two young local policemen (about whom A commented that they looked young enough to be our kids).  Allegedly there had been a hit-and-run in the neighborhood in which a few local cars had been sideswiped by a possible DUI and the offending person may have entered our building.  Aside from not recognizing the car (which they'd shown A via their phone), life went on, and neither of us were able to get back to sleep until about 1am.  The both of us spent most of Thursday in a sleep-deprived loopy haze and multiple cups of coffee.  Thankfully we were back on the ball on Friday!

So what *did* I do creatively this past week?  Well, I'm glad to say that I've been consistent with getting some good solid words down for Meet the Lidwells, still averaging about 500-700 a day.  This is all first draft, pre-revision and pre-editing work, of course.  I'm a little nervous that I won't hit my hopeful deadline of mid-autumn for a release, but I think if I keep this up and not overwrite (an issue with the trilogy) I should be okay.  I'm already at 13k words and probably about 1/5 of the way done...this is going to be a short novel compared to my last three!

Also, I took the time to retune all my guitars -- the weather changes have detuned them all at least a half-step -- with the intention that I will pick up and play at least one of them once a day.   This is a change from my usual default, which is to pick up my electric and play it unplugged, which is all fine except that everything else is gathering dust.  I should also probably start using my little Danelectro HoneyTone mini-amp I bought recently at Tall Toad Music.

I may have even returned to the poetry, after deciding to drop it some six or seven months ago.  That may or may not have to do with the current administration, but it's also part of the creativity reboot I've been working on this week.

One last creative thing I must kickstart again:  the art.  I really need to start doodling and sketching again.  Finishing up the Trilogy Project really took a lot of time and energy out of me and it fell by the wayside for far too long.  I even got a nice case for all my art pens and pencils so they're not all hiding in forgotten nooks of my desk.  Really must make room for that again.

Thankfully, the weather has decided to turn gorgeous here in SF, with most of the morning fog burning off rather quickly and revealing lovely blue sky and warm temperatures.  We did our grocery shopping and went for a walk earlier (filling ourselves at the Korean/Japanese fusion restaurant for lunch).  We'll be going to the Symphony tonight to listen to some Mendelssohn and Schumann, and tomorrow I believe we'll be going to see a movie at the Vogue down the street.

Other than that, it's been a nice weekend so far.  Can't complain!

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Yesterday A. and I went downtown to the March for Science.  This is the second time I've walked down a considerable length of Market Street from the Ferry Building down to City Hall.  Technically it's just over a mile, but it's up a very slight incline most of the way (going from the edge of the Bay inland) and at the speed of everyone else in front of me.  Not to mention a good hour standing at Justin Herman Plaza beforehand.  Or standing on a VERY slow and VERY packed N-Judah train.  And walking a few blocks to the bus stop to head home.  And that we got up and did our shopping today, at the speed of every other person in front of us (and leaving their cart dead center in the aisle, natch).  And walking over to Sakana Bune afterwards for a sushi lunch.

Suffice it to say, mah dogs is barkin' something fierce.  I'm even at the point where I don't want to do the laundry today, even though the machines are open at the moment.  [I usually do it Monday or Tuesday during Day Job hours anyway, when most everyone else in the building is out.]  I walked down the street for some coffee, and that's about as much as I'm doing physically for the rest of the day.

Writingwise, I've gotten caught up with outlining the original 750 outtakes for Meet the Lidwells and at this point I'm just filling in some gaps.  I had a lot of holes in the band's discography (which I'm using as the chronology anchor to the plot), not to mention the barest of endings in mind.  BUT!  I've gotten those squared away for the most part.  The only big thing I need to lay out is the timeline -- in particular, the ages of the band members, when the music was recorded, that sort of thing.  It's not set in stone, but it does make for better continuity.

In other writing stuff...as much as I'd love to pick up the 750 Daily Words again, now is not the right time.  At least not when I'm trying to get a new project off the ground.  It's annoying, yes, but I must be patient.  Once I get into the groove of the Lidwells project, then I'll be able to set aside some time and brainspace for it.  That doesn't mean I can't play around with some new ideas, though.  My hardback moleskine is starting to gather a bit of dust with the lack of stuff being put into it.  Again -- I just have to be patient.  Soon enough.

In the meantime, going to enjoy the lovely weather we've been having lately!  Slight breeze, but it's nice to be able to have the windows open to let in fresh air!  This is the time of the year when San Francisco has the nicest weather -- mid-60s, sunny and clear, slightly breezy.  Just how I like it. :)

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A much quieter and more fruitful sleep last night, it seems. Downstairs neighbor was quiet, and I took a decongestant and put on a snore strip so I wouldn't keep everyone else (including myself) up. We are now hanging out in the living room watching NFL GameDay Live and vegging out until it's time for us to head out to the Symphony.

Here's one of my favorite interpretations of what we're going to see:



Sort of Fantasia as made by Gerald Scarfe, no? ;)


Other things...

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Happy Autumn! Emm and I took a nice long walk in the Presidio yesterday, and walked through the Presidio Heights/Pacific Heights area over to Fillmore, where we cut down to Japantown for lunch. As you can see, our autumn doesn't have the change of foliage colors like New England does. It's actually the warmest and nicest time of the year for us, and the fog clears up quicker than usual out our way. Looking forward to enjoying the weather while we have it!

Let's see...what else...the revision of Chapter 6 is slow going--just like Chapter 5 did, and I think I know why. Again, I like what the scene does, but it's not written the right way. I think one of the reasons is that the character isn't really himself. This scene is from Nehale's point of view, the same person who kicked off the trilogy with an intensely strong Awakening ritual, but he seems so powerless and unfocused here. This means that I'll have to do some major rewriting of the scene to make it work. It's a chore, but it's gotta be done, and I think I can do it.

Other than that...not much else to report! Hope everyone's been having a good weekend!
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Yep, haven't posted here in awhile, I see. Good couple of weeks there. Not much to report, really...been busying myself with a lot of writing stuff and work stuff. A quick recap:

--[livejournal.com profile] emmalyon and I drove up to the California State Fair in Sacramento, as we've done every year. It's quite a lot of fun, even if the drive is a bit long. The only difference was this year I didn't print out or write directions (you'd figure after six years I'd know how to get there by now), and proceeded to take the wrong highway TWICE. So yeah, guess I'll have to continue to write it down...the signage on CA highways is sometimes sketchy at best (signs partially blocked by overgrown trees, important exit signs about 20 feet from the exit itself, or lack of any signage to tell you what highway you might actually be on), but there was also the MA driver logic (me) versus CA driver logic, which is sometimes at odds. Anyway! Had fun, didn't embarrass Emm with fried projectile foods (although my jeans were covered with powdered sugar within 15 minutes of being there), and we made a side trip to Napa on the way back, and entered TEH FOGZ OF DOOOOOOM upon hitting Golden Gate Bridge, or what we could see of it.

--Taking a bit of time off from the 750 Words as I am actually being productive!! By the end of June's 750 run I was ready and itching to get some serious work done, so I've picked up the revision of A Division of Souls and am slowly but surely making headway. It's looking better with each pass, and I'm quite happy about that.

--Also, getting some serious reading done as well, making a good dent in my own private Bookhenge. I'm on a kick of reading a handful of paperbacks (the biggest culprit on the TBR pile), so I'm zipping through those while alternating with something quick like a YA book or a recently purchased manga. I've managed to pare down the pile considerably over the last few months, so that's a good sign. It also means I'll be able to get some rereading done soon...I've been itching to pick up House of Leaves again, which I read probably every couple of years or so. I haven't read it since probably 2008 or so.

I hope to get another WP post out pretty soon...it's been a busy week and I haven't had time to work on one, but it's quieted down somewhat, so I can return to that this week.

Lastly...the local YMCA has been closed for its annual cleaning/spiff-up/what-have-you for the past week, so we've been doing a lot of walking around the neighborhood, which will also add to my lack of web presence as of late. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing...log off work, do some local walking, come home to eat, get some writing done...it's a nice and relaxing habit to get into. That said, the Y is now back open, so we'll be doing our usual after work workout again. Not much of a difference, but it's good for me to get off my duff for a little while each day!

Hope everyone has a spiffy week!
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The weekend has arrived! And I'm quite happy about it. The work week wasn't exactly a crazy one (although there were a few frustrating moments of work WTFness), but I'm happy it's the weekend nonetheless, because we have some fun events planned.

Today is going to be a hot one in the city, which is actually a rarity. It's supposed to get into the triple digits inland, which means it'll at least get up to the 80s here. It's actually kind of nice when it gets toasty here, because it doesn't get humid, and there's always a breeze from somewhere. So yay for nice days off!

So today we'll be heading down to Fillmore Street, either by foot or by bus, we haven't decided yet, to do some shopping and lunching. Japantown is actually a short walk down Fillmore from California, so I can head over to Kinokuniya and pick up the last volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist that I need (and the next of Saturn Apartments, which I'm finding quite lovely). After that we'll have lunch at Inferno Pizza, which Emm says had a wonderful beer list. I can't promise anything, but chances are good that books will be purchased on the way home.

Tomorrow we're going to the opera to see John Adams' Nixon in China, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing it. I've been a fan since hearing it in college (and remembering Main Street Records in Northampton was all over it when it was released back in 1988), and I quite enjoy Adams' stuff (check out his Short Ride in a Fast Machine, which I could probably describe as "contains every single instrument in the symphony, including the small bits of stuff they found in the back cupboard, and playing the equivalent of exclamation points"). He's quite diverse and experimental, but a lot of fun.

I think somewhere in between I might get some writing done as well... :)
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So yeah, it seems I've been avoiding an internet presence for the last few weeks. I didn't so much plan it as it just happened that way. Aside from my last few LJ posts and a few comments here and there on the Twitterverse, I've pretty much been internetting rather passively as of late.

You know what? I don't mind.

It's kind of interesting, really...there are days when I pop onto Twitter and read all the funny and/or interesting conversations I may have missed out on and feel like I'm late for the party, but at the same time--does it really matter? Yes, it's fun conversation, and it's always fun to be a part of it as it happens (and it always feels forced to add a silly comment well after the hilarity has passed), but it's just light conversation. Sometimes I feel like I'm missing out on being a part of something, but then I remember--this is how it felt before the internet, my friend. We didn't always have Instant Camaraderie in affordable value packs. So it's not worth fretting over. I'll pop in and say hi, make the occasional comment, share the occasional link, post the occasional blog entry, but it's not vital.


A lot of the internetting has actually been doing music research for Walk in Silence, but I've also been doing a lot of goofing off, on purpose--relaxing, playing around, letting my mind wander, just having fun. Getting it out of my system, calming my brain down, centering my chakra, whatever you want to call it. I'm almost always trying to focus on something, do something, think something almost every waking minute, and it's been ages since I've taken it easy (not including vacations of course). It's been awhile since I've had passive enjoyment.

That's not to say I've been lazy, of course. Emm and I have been going to the gym on a relatively normal schedule, and we do a LOT of walking on the weekends. In fact, we walked a whopping 7.47 miles today, probably enough for me to have walked off my quite large brunch at the Hawaiian restaurant on Clement. While I still have that nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I should be doing something creative or constructive, I remember that I'm usually sitting on my duff for eight hours a day at a job where I rarely have a second's mental peace. Getting out and seeing the city for a few hours is better than solitary confinement in front of a computer screen.

It's good to get out every once in a while. See the real world instead of just the virtual one.
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1. A picture of our neighborhood from the parking lot near the Presidio Landmark apartments, taken earlier today.



2. I love the new scanner I bought. I still need to figure out how to change the settings to color and get photocopy quality, but for now I like the fact that at this point, I'm at least getting a goodly amount of digitizing done, and that's what's important. I want to at least get the writing and the artwork scanned. Any other stuff that needs high-quality digitizing, well, I can figure that out when I get to it.

3. One more week of work, and then [livejournal.com profile] emmalyon and I are on vacation to the east coast! We'll be visiting Boston for the first half of the week, and then hanging out in western MA for the rest of the time. Looking forward to it!

4. I'm having a hell of a time trying to revise/rewrite the opening scene in Chapter 1 of A Division of Souls and it's bugging the hell out of me. I think it might be that I'm out of touch with the story...I may need to give the opening a good strong reread before I start pulling it apart.

5. On the other hand, the revision for Love Like Blood is going strong. Considering I'm on Chapter 3 and I only started revising in the middle of last month, I think that's pretty good. I plan on ramping the speed a little more, maybe get at it at least halfway done by next month.


For tomorrow: a possible walk to the ocean and breakfast at Louis' Restaurant if it's not too crowded, more scanning, a bit of writing, other house errands, and not too much else. It's been a pretty relaxing weekend so far.
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Been awhile since I posted this kind of update...all kinds of things in the works in Joncland.

SFWC
The San Francisco Writers Conference starts this coming Thursday and I am PUMPED to go, writer nerd that I am. I've been working on getting some simple one-sheets together of a few of my projects (primarily the trilogy and Walk in Silence), which I will be using during the "Agent speed dating" segment on Sunday. Yes, the name sounds odd, but it's actually kind of neat--you get to sit with a few agents for a few minutes and try to sell them your book idea, and move onto the next one. They suggest bringing the first page and/or a summary that you can hand them if they ask. The schedule is up as a pdf at the site now, if you're curious. There's a lot of neat panels that I'm interested in, so it looks like it'll be quite enjoyable. Plus there are some lunches included in the price!

The good thing is that I can just hop on the 1 bus to and from the conference, so no worries about transportation. The one downfall is that I found out that President Obama will also be in town on Thursday afternoon (the day it starts) and will be one block down the street, so I'll have to make sure I can get there before the vehicle and pedestrian traffic is temporarily halted. I will, of course, give him a wave if I see him going by. :)

Writing in General
My schedule is still a bit wonky, due to wanting to get a good portion of both WiS and ADoS prepared for the conference, but once it's over I'll be back to normal. I have a few things in the works:

--Updating the Wordpress blog on a more consistent basis. This would also entail taking some time to switch it over to wordpress.org so I can mirror posts and do more with it.
--More poetry to work on. This would include perhaps gathering some together into a chapbook and getting it published at some future point.
--Rewriting the first five chapters of A Division of Soul almost from scratch. This one's a biggie...I'm preparing some big things for this one, and if it goes well, I'll continue with the rest of it.

Exercise
Going to the local YMCA for a bit of treadmill walking and bike riding continues apace. [Hey! I made a funny!] [No you didn't. -- Ed.] I'm still a bit over my ideal weight, but I've definitely lost a good amount since we moved here to SF, when I was 250 or so. I'm now currently hovering around 220 or so, so that's good. Cutting down on soda and snacking on much healthier things has also helped, as has our weekend walks around the neighborhood. I'm hoping to get down to the 2-teens sometime this year.


...and that's part of what's going on. Hopef all is well elsewhere with everyone else!
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A bust of Miguel de Cervantes, being solemnly watched by Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, just off to the side of the de Young Museum.
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Today's excitement included quite a lot more walking, a lot of impulse purchases, really tasty brunch, and even tastier ice cream. And it's not even 4pm yet!

Started out by walking up to Q Restaurant, our favorite local place at the other end of Clement, and had brunch. I ordered the black bean cake benedict (sort of like a crab cake only made with black beans and other small veggie bits in it, topped with eggs benedict and a few slices of avocado), which was heavenly and quite messy. And of course as always, we timed it so we got there about 20 minutes before the lunch crowd came in.

From there we walked to the end of Clement and caught the 33 Stanyan, which took us down to the Mission. Our main idea was to go to Borderlands Books, but since we were a bit early, we of course stopped at Imagiknit on 18th Street, where Emm picked up more yarn to play with (including some Malabrigo that had a wonderful dark blue (color name "Paris Night") that she'll use to make a scarf for me).

Heading east down 18th we were tempted by Bi-Rite ice cream, but given our fattening brunch, we figured we could wait a bit, so onwards to Borderlands Books! We picked up the latest [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire book One Salt Sea, [livejournal.com profile] aberwyn's second Nola O'Grady book, and all three of [livejournal.com profile] burger_eater's Twenty Palaces novels (OSS and 20P book 3 were both nicely displayed up front, I should add), among other things. I like to make sure I support my LJ writer peeps! :)

(I should add that the Mission District is definitely becoming more and more of a Hipster Haven, at least on the strip of Valencia we were on. Lots of caf├ęs, galleries and boutique stores opening up down that way.)

So on the way back we deemed it time for Bi-Rite ice cream! Thus:



Malted vanilla ice cream with crunchy caramel bits in it...and a scoop of cinnamon ice cream underneath. VERY tasty.

After that, we'd decided to head back and jumped on the 33 Stanyan back to the Richmond...

...and ended up jumping off in the Haight again, where we found this and brought it home:



...an Ami Spruce Burgundy guitar from Art & Lutherie guitars out of Canada, and [livejournal.com profile] emmalyon's birthday present! She'd seen one just like this up in Brattleboro when we were there in July, and found one at the guitar store in the Haight.


And finally we hopped back on the 33 back to our neighborhood, walked down Clement, got yet another coffee, and headed back home. So yes, lots of walking and eating and spending. I think we're good with the musical instruments now (note to self: hide any pictures of accordions from Emm, she seems to have a thing for them too). Expect some recordings in the future. :)
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...I got a hell of a lot done.

--1600+ words for Walk in Silence
--poem on my Dreamwidth account
--dropped off e-recycling (old computer and other electronics at recycling center)
--picked up new receiver for TV
--walked a few miles
--laundry and trash

Not that I'm complaining... ;)
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[livejournal.com profile] emmalyon and I took a walk in Golden Gate Park today, starting from the de Young Museum and making our way down to Spreckels Lake (roughly about 2.5 miles), and of course, we took our cameras with us.

I've already posted pictures taken at the Rose Garden over at my Tumblr site, but thought I'd add a few here as well. Enjoy!

Saturday in the Park, I think it was the 11th of June )

And one for good measure...

When we left the park near 36th Avenue, we jumped on the 5 Fulton back up to 6th Avenue (pretty much back to where we started!), then jumped on the 44 to go get something to eat on Clement. The bus dropped us off in front of Green Apple Books, which is always a dangerous thing for us, though we were good and avoided its temptations. However, we couldn't pass up taking a picture of this bit of silliness:




So, all told, with the walk in the park plus walking home from where we stopped for lunch (Pizza Orgasmica), we must have walked total at least three and a half miles today. No wonder we're both sleepy!
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After quite a few off-days of weird weather or nice-but-cold sunny days, it looks like we're about to finally hit a stretch of warm spring days here in town. Can't complain there! So once we finally decide to get off our butts and get out of the house, we'll be doing a bit of walking, because hey--why waste a perfectly nice day? And yes, I will be bringing my camera, so expect to see a Tumblr post o' pix pretty soon!

This weekend is also when I finally (FINALLY!) finish polishing up the A Division of Souls synopsis, make one quick glance at the two first chapters, and email them off to [livejournal.com profile] dancinghorse for a critique. I want to get that done by tomorrow, because I've made her wait much too long for it. I suppose I have a few typical writerly worries--that the synopsis is a bit too long, yet it is a large novel with a lot going on...that this story could either be a brilliant multi-character event, or just an overcrowded mess...but at this point I'm just shutting that voice up and going with my instincts. I think it's a good story worth trying out, and I'm going to stay with that.

Other than that...we both were convinced most of this week that we had something scheduled or wanted to do, but for the life of us, we couldn't remember what it was, if anything. We have a few things going on in the next few weeks--a Mahler concert at the SF Symphony, the Maker Faire, and BayCon--but nothing this weekend. So! Looks like we'll have to make do with just relaxing and having a bit of fun. :)
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So yes, as was my duty, I headed up to Amoeba today for Record Store Day (Emm headed instead over to the de Young Museum to check out the Olmec stone head and the Balenciaga fashion exhibits) and spent mumbletymumble dollars on some nifty things. It was a bit of a chore getting there, as I decided not to wait the extra 24 minutes for the next 33 bus to get me just over a mile's distance. Walking up Arguello to Fulton wasn't too bad...but walking from Fulton up to the northeast corner of GGP is a bit of a chore, since it's all uphill. On the way I did walk by 2400 Fulton, known in 60s lore as the house owned by Jefferson Airplane, which looks pretty much the same as it did back then.

[Side note: one of these days I'd like to take a walking tour through the Haight and take pictures of all the houses and stores that were famous back in the hippie days...I know it's probably been done and posted/published, but given that I live in this city and am just a bus ride away from a neighborhood with a very famous musical history, it would be fun.] [ANYWAY...]

So! The spoils:

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part I dvd

Buffalo Tom, Skins (Ltd Edition with outtakes cd)
Crowded House, Intriguer (surprised we don't own this already)
Crowded House, Travelogue 2010 (3 cd live album I didn't know existed!)
The Feelies, Here Before (Yay, new album!!)
Foo Fighters, Wasting Light (WOOO! Been waiting for this one!!)
Good Charlotte, Cardiology (yet another album I picked up for Emm...I sense a theme here)
Ladytron, Best of 00-10 (I keep forgetting I like them)
Low, C'mon (came with a free 5-track acoustic EP)
The National, High Violet (Ltd Edition with extras cd...again, another theme here)
The Smithereens, 2011 (Yay, new album, with Don Dixon producing!)
Yellowcard, When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes (Yay, new cheap album!!)


And some odd freebies, including random posters, an Epitaph Records sampler, a Christian Gospel sampler, and a Belle & Sebastian seven-inch. I figure that B&S single is the only thing I'll end up saving...

I was very close to buying the new remaster of The Church's Starfish (which has an album's worth of extra tracks), but I think I'll wait on it for now, since it just came out and was a bit over twenty-two dollars. Yeah, in the past I'd have picked it up despite the price (and if I hadn't picked up the Harry Potter dvd, it may have made the cut), but I figure I'll wait for a sale or find it online for cheaper.


So! After a few hours' of browsing and listening to the Kinks' Lola vs Powerman and the Moneyground, Part One (a very odd choice for Amoeba's store play, but a nice one nonetheless, at least it wasn't something horrible or earshattering), I headed out to Golden Gate Park to meet up with Emm, who by this time was hanging out at the Arboretum. I cut through due west, surprising myself by finally finding Hippie Hill (and yes, there were neohippies there) as well as the very quiet and nice AIDS Memorial Grove, before coming up on the back end of the Academy of Sciences. There was, I believe, a high school band playing Sousa marches on the Music Concourse stage. That's when Emm and I finally met back up and headed home. We stopped at the Hawaiian BBQ place on Clement on the way (Two large chicken katsu sammiches and 2 drinks for just $8.50? That's a steal!), a quick shopping stop at the Smart & Final, one last stop for iced coffee/tea, and then home.

So yes...I'm tired, but we had quite a lot of fun today, and I got to celebrate Record Store Day in the process. Woo!
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So we took the 29 bus up to...



Golden Gate Bridge!

We didn't go all the way across...we only went about half the span, but we certainly took some nice pictures along the way...

Even more pictures of our local claim to fame behind the cut )

But that's not all...

Apparently the Deathly Hallows can be found on the GGB as well! :)


And if that wasn't enough, we decided to take the Coastal Trail from the Bridge down to Baker Beach (it states that it's just about a mile, but it seems longer). Many more interesting things along that route, including a handful of former artillery batteries along the coastline and some wonderful views of the Bridge.

even more bridge shots and trail pictures within )

And finally...


Two crows perched on top of the fence in front of Battery Chamberlin, the Marin Headlands in the background. Our neighborhood has an oddly large amount of crows, so I'm convinced they're haunting and taunting me at this point.


So now? I'm going to kick back and relax, because I am DEAD TIRED after all that!
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Heading over to the old neighborhood (North Beach) in about an hour or so...as I'd said earlier, we haven't been there since we moved out to the Richmond back in October, so it'll be fun to see what's changed and what hasn't. We haven't really decided where we'll stop, other than perhaps having lunch at Tiernan's, spending more money on books at the B&N, stopping at the World Market next door, and maybe even stopping at the Trader Joe's as well. I will of course be bringing my camera in case anything fun and weird pops up. And yes, I will most likely post them if they're good. :p

Other than that...still need to do some last minute errands when we return (I with the laundry, Emm with the fruit and veggie shopping), but other than that, it'll be a nice relaxing weekend.
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According to GMap Pedometer, we walked just shy of four miles today! Not bad, considering I'm not nearly as tired and worn out as I'd expected to be, and a lot of it was uphill (as is the norm here in this town). We crossed over to Lake Street where all the posh houses are, cut over 32nd and up Clement, where we walked all the way to the end (it changes to Seal Rock Road and ends at Fort Miley), cut over and checked out Sutro Heights again, and made our way back up Point Lobos/Geary, over 34th to Clement again, and down to Hard Knocks Cafe where we ate back all the calories we'd lost walking (okay, we weren't that bad, but their food is quite tasty), and now we're back home. Whew!

So now I'm heading back up and down the stairs again doing laundry, and Emm is preparing our collection of kale we'd bought at the Grande around the corner, as she is making a tasty dish she found online.


Other than that? Been quite the productive (if not writingwise) weekend, so I'm quite happy about that. :)
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Today's original plan was to take the bus up to the Golden Gate Bridge and walk across it and back, but due to the usual fogginess (and the extreme breeziness) of the day, we decided on a nature walk through the Presidio instead. This is such a weird city for walking, we've both found out, because it's a living embodiment of the time-honored "uphill both ways" meme, or at least it seems that way.

So today we took the bus up to the Presidio Ave. Gate (up near the southeastern corner), and headed down the hill on the Lover's Lane path--interestingly named, considering its claim to fame was that it was actually part of the old path heading from the original Spanish Presidio fort down to Mission Dolores in, well, the Mission district. We took this over to the main Presidio parade grounds area, over to Pershing Square and across the street to the Visitor's Center/Officer's Club--which also happens to be the oldest building in the city, built in 1776. After a few side trips around the parade grounds, we took the Ecology Path back up to Arguello Gate, including climbing over a recently fallen tree!

Lastly, once back in civilization, we walked down Arguello to Clement Street, where we found some really tasty and filling lunch at Q once again (Emm got the pulled pork sammich and I got a heavenly-tasting grilled catfish sammich). Post-food we stopped for coffee across the street, and somehow made our way home.

We are now tired and are going to be sleeping soon. *YAWN* I will perhaps post some pix later on, when I feel less lazy. :)
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Yesterday Emm and I took the bus to 48th Avenue to Sutro Heights Park to take in the view. It looks out over Cliff House and Ocean Beach and was quite nice yesterday for picture taking...

Yet more reasons I love our neighborhood )
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Okay! Forcing myself to be in a better mood now that I've narrowed down what the hell was originally wrong with my PC, I'm going to pretend that the last month's worth of PC frustration didn't happen. Out of sight, out of mind.

Onto interesting weekendy things:

--There's a guitar store up on Clement between 9th and 10th Avenues called Exploring Music that sells some really nice acoustic guitars, including an acoustic bass for about two-seventy-something that I'm eyeing. Not a bad price, considering all the other acoustics around it are more around the $400 range...and I think the brand is local, which is neat!

--Managed to catch up on sleep, so I'm quite happy about that. I was seriously dragging on Friday and was amazed that I'd made it through the day.

--[livejournal.com profile] inochinoakari and [livejournal.com profile] athalran are now married by this point, I believe! They were the reason for my lack of energy on Friday, as we picked them up from SFO for a quick stopover before they caught their connecting flight to Hawaii for the wedding. Well worth the lack of sleep, though...congrats, you two! :)

--Eating: Saturday we stopped at Hamburger Haven on Clement for brunch. The place is a total dive and looks like one of your old-timey mom and pop restaurants in a small town, but they make some damn fine breakfast. And today for lunch we went to Hard Knox Cafe up the street, where I had a Cajun Lucy (a version of the Jucy Lucy but with peppers and pepperjack cheese). I am quite full now. *URP*

--Our weekend walking was kind of shortened this time, partly due to it being quite cold and windy today. We were originally going to take the 38 up to the end and then walk back on the Land's End/Fort Miley paths, but it just seemed too cold. So we ended up walking up to I believe 37th Ave, cutting over and heading down Clement. Just a little over a mile this time, but considering we walked at least twice that yesterday going to the Library and back, I won't complain.

--Pictures: I just finished uploading all sorts of stuff, and am currently uploading the Grizzly Bear Smackdown to YouTube so I can post it, so once that's all set I'll post some long-awaited pix! Plus, I think I need to upload some newer LJ icons. I haven't updated them in quite some time and I think it needs a change.

--Writing: Okay, so I've been lazy the past few days, partly due to exhaustion, but I've been doing something every day, so it's not a total loss. Again, I do plan to continue most of my writing out in the living room and then updating it here in Spare Oom on the weekends. Getting some headway on Love Like Blood, but A Division of Souls definitely needs more work. Aside from that, I'm glad I'm getting it done! :)


Hope everyone else had a good weekend! :)

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