Sunday, January 5, 2014

An Old Friend Moves to San Francisco

November 2013; Sonoma, CA

My dear friend from college got a job offer in San Francisco on Thursday (she's so impressive the company offered her the job on the spot)! She's moving to the city on January 22nd, right after our trip to Portland together. 
Moving to San Francisco has been a dream of hers this past year and I'm so happy to see her dream come true. I'm also thrilled to have her move to the city for my own benefit. It will be wonderful to have this California-native in San Francisco to teach me how to hike and camp and so we can continue our many travels and food & wine adventures!

December 2009; Washington, DC
December 2013; Las Vegas, NV

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Welcome, 2014!

Steak and I chose to fly home from San Diego on New Year's Eve. Flights are significantly cheaper and we get to be in our own home for the start of the new year. We made it back to our apartment just in time to see the San Francisco fireworks. It was really neat to see a big fireworks show over the Bay Bridge while cars honked and pedestrians played with noise makers. It felt like a community event. 

New Year's Day started with a morning run along the Embarcadero and a walk (hobble) up the Telegraph Hill stairs. My husband and friend (who flew in from LA this morning) cheered me on every time I ran by the house. We celebrated the New Year with a trip to The Sycamore for brunch, a walk to Bi-Rite and Delores Park, and later, a walk through North Beach and dinner at Don Pisto's. My friend is in town for an interview and we are hoping she gets the job so she can move to San Francisco!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 in Review

Steak and I had a wonderful year! We started the year in one of our favorite DC restaurants, Brasserie Beck, not knowing that we'd soon be moving across the country. We promised ourselves more adventures, as we do every year, and toasted to travel. We set out on a spur of the moment ski trip in January, flew to Chicago in February to visit Steak's grandmother, and took a last minute trip to San Francisco for Steak's job interview. 

We made our big decision in March and spent the rest of the month saying goodbye to DC. Steak moved to San Francisco in April after a surprise birthday/going-away party. I moved to San Francisco in May after a visit from my mom, a trip to Albuquerque for Steak's cousin's wedding, a final dance performance and a going-away fete. Steak and I explored the city in June and surprised my sister for her birthday and flew to Alaska. We traveled to Napa in July for our one year wedding anniversary. We also had to take a last minute trip to Chicago to say goodbye to my grandmother. 

In August we welcomed many visitors, including my aunt & uncle & 3 cousins, my dad and my sister. We also took a quick trip to NYC to celebrate our friends' nuptials. We flew to Chicago in September for another friend's wedding and then flew to San Diego to celebrate Steak's brother's engagement and PCT completion. My mom visited San Francisco in September and, unfortunately, Steak's grandmother passed away, so he ended up flying to Chicago to say goodbye. 

In October we spent a weekend in Napa and in November we spent a weekend in Sonoma with an out-of-town friend. We spent Thanksgiving with my mom and sister in Chicago. We celebrated my birthday at The French Laundry and again in Las Vegas with my sister and friends. We traveled to Monterey Bay with friends to go whale-watching. And we finished the year in San Diego with Steak's parents and brothers. 

This year was full of surprises, but I am proud to say Steak and I are settled into our new home and are adjusting to Californian life. We are so looking forward to 2014 and all the adventure it promises.