Wednesday, April 30, 2008

In Other News

Today is 31 cent scoop night at Baskin-Robbins (or 31 flavors if you're a Cowan). Needless to say I'll be there indulging in the 10 scoop/person limit.

I bought a hammock yesterday for our backyard. HELLO summer, here I come! Best part--it's portable, which means I can take it to GG Park and Baker Beach too!

Ok, maybe mine doesn't look like this, but I'll take it all the same :)

BFF's come to SF!

Yes, it's true. Shannon and Mitch came to visit this week! Needless to say, Patrick and I couldn't have been more thrilled. It isn't every day you have friends come to visit (ahem) and especially not these two. We had hoped that somehow we could convince them to stay forever, and although it ALMOST worked, they just have too dang good of jobs in SLC. Lame. (But we still love you!)

First thing's first. We picked them up from the airport on Saturday and went to lunch at Boudin's so Shannon could get her bread fix and Mitch could eat "Real San Francisco Chowder".

Side Note: The Boudin factory is 3 blocks from our house so whenever I walk home from the bus late at night I get to smell heaven (aka fresh baked sourdough bread). It makes me want to grab a loaf and run for my life, but I control myself (barely).

After lunch, we headed over to Golden Gate park to wander around and go to the Japanese Tea Gardens. It was so cute! We'd been meaning to go for a while, so we were glad they were here to do it with us! Next stop--Giants stadium! The Reds beat the Giants just barely but we managed to enjoy the sun, crab sandwiches (well, Patrick did. I had garlic fries mmmmmm), and whale-tail in front of us regardless. Oh trashy blonde, why couldn't you pull up your pants! Yuck!
On to Bi-Rite creamery. For those of you in SF who have yet to indulge in this locally sustained, small batch, completely compostable utensil artisan ice cream goodness, get there STAT. And those of you not in SF, come visit so we can go! The coconut, cheesecake, chocolate and brown butter pecan were voted top four by us four. I can't wait to go back!!

I'll split the adventures into a few posts to save on the length...hold tight, folks!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

All Hail Yancy Zimmerman!

Cursed Becca. She linked this to her gmail status yesterday and it consumed way too much of my day. I thought I did well (compared to Henry's 66, Jake's 62 and Heron's 39) until I came into work this morning and saw Yancy's status. 92 WPM.

UGH! Stupid (I mean incredible) Yancy.

Then I talked to Becca. She got 85.

Looks like my measly 74 has a long way to go until we all hail me.

What's your score? Did you beat Yancy? Let me know!

UPDATE: I just got 80 wpm. I'm on my way!

Monday, April 14, 2008

It's that time again...

If you know me well enough, you know that I love birthdays. Not just my own birthday, EVERYONE'S birthday. I mostly just like any excuse to have a party and eat junk food. I also like to string them out as long as possible. That said, my own birthday holds a special place in my heart and there are certain things I feel are a mandatory part of my birthday, no matter how old I get.
1. Good Friends

2. Pinatas (with GOOD candy, mind you. None of this smartee's and double-bubble junk)3. Ice Cream Cake

4. Peanut M&M's

This year we had a barbeque, and it was an absolute blast. (not to mention delicous! Go Patrick!) Thanks everyone, for celebrating with us!

Oh, and in other birthday weekend news, my dad and Robert were here to celebrate with us! It made it extra awesome.
We had such a great time eating birthday dinner at Aqua (which was FABULOUS and super fancy, read: table service for every course!), a fun awards dinner for my dad so we all got to get dressed up,
and delicious brunch at the Cliff House with our cousins.

And to top it all off, Patrick, Brooke, Eric and myself celebrated some more Monday at Benihana. (I forgot to upload the pics). Now that's what I call a birthday! Who's celebrating next??

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

And We're Back!

Hello Everyone! We're back with minimal (ok, that's not true) burns and peeling skin. We're well-rested, well-traveled, and well-fattened-up.

After spending a week touring the country (and beach) side we've decided that we like the Jungle best of all and can't wait to get back! It was incredible!! We saw a sloth, toucans, howler monkeys, iguanas, flowing lava, guitar sharks, octopus, sting rays, eels, and much much more. Needless to say, it was probably one of my favorite vacations of all time (although it's a sad day when you realize your parents have truly spoiled you so badly by living in Laguna Beach that the shores of Playa Conchal (touted as the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica) doesn't hold up to your expectations and that your diving tours of Fiji and Hawaii have left you a bit of a dive snob. Such a hard life!)

So we decided that when we do go back we'll focus mainly on the Jungle portion--there was so much we didn't get to see and so much we are dying to see again! Our hotel in Playa Conchal was an all-inclusive, we've never gone to one of those before and while things could have been better service and food-wise, the rooms were beautiful, the weather was incredible, and there was free food everywhere we turned. Lex was in room-service heaven! (Ok, we were too) Oh yeah, and Patrick is now an officially certified scuba diver! He really is a part of our family :)

And now, what you've all been waiting for! Pictures!