Relive the Batkid Moment

Living in San Francisco, cool, fun and random things seem to happen in this city all the time. Excluding some good years in sports, few bring together an entire city.

November 15th of last year was one such day – the day that 5-year-old boy named Miles Scott became Batkid. Through Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, Miles who had spent most of his life battling leukemia (and beating it!) was able to see his wish of becoming Batkid come true. Well, not just see since he was literally running around the city fighting off bad guys and saving damsels in distress!

Batkid

While I was unable to participate in Batkid since my work takes me about 25 minutes outside of the city, my social media outlets were flooded by chatter about Batkid and what was taking place. The #SFBatKid and #BatKid hashtags reached more than 1.84 billion people on Twitter and Instagram. I know a lot of my friends working in the city who took a break from their offices to cheer on Batkid.

BatkidAs it turned out, instead of a few hundred people that Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area had hoped for, 25,000 people lined the streets to cheer Miles on as he saved San Francisco aka “Gotham City.” The superhero spirit blew up across the Internet as news of Batkid’s heroics reached over a billion people, including President Obama and the International Space Station!

Talk about a case of FOMO! All I could do was sit on my computer and live vicariously through friends across all social circles who were piping in on the day.

As the title of this post indicates, we can now relive that Batkid moment. Here’s how:

1) At Comic-Con in San Diego right now? On July 27 at 10:30am, there will be a Batkid panel! Dana Nachman (documentary filmmaker, KTF Films) unveils her latest project Batkid: The Film, which chronicles the making of the overnight international phenomenon that is Batkid. The panel features Patricia Wilson (CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and mastermind behind Batkid), Eric Johnston (Batkid’s adult Batman sidekick and inventor), Mike Jutan (Batkid’s nemesis, The Penguin, and Lucasfilm engineer), and Sue Graham Johnston (The Damsel in Distress and VP of operations, Oracle). The panel will be moderated by Chris Taylor (deputy editor, Mashable).

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2) Lend your support and learn more about the exciting new Batkid Begins documentary. Supporters of the Indiegogo campaign will get some sweet Batkid-themed swag! Batkid Begins is a sponsored project of Moving Train, Inc., a non-profit organization that funds documentary films, so contributions must be made payable to Moving Train, Inc. and are then tax-deductible (to the extent permitted by law). The IndieGogo campaign will end on August 19, 2014.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. Images courtesy of Clever Girls Collective.

Worse than Poisonous Meatballs

SashaJust before the Fourth of July weekend, Sasha suddenly wasn’t acting like her normal self. She was glum in demeanor and even refused one of her favorite treats. Hello, you’re saying no to bison strips? What’s wrong with you?! Thinking perhaps that she might have been the latest victim of poisonous meatballs, we took her to the vet immediately.

We explained how we had seen dead skunks in a local park in places where you wouldn’t expect to see a dead skunk (ie. on the road). Maybe we had turned away for just a second and she’d gotten a lick of a poisonous meatball? As it turned out, poisonous meatballs would be the least of our worries. In fact, all the tests done that day came back fine.

There was really only one other possibility, and the vet took the samples she needed for this other test. We wouldn’t hear back until the following week since it was a long holiday weekend. So what’s a worried pet parent to do? Look up all the symptoms online.

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Based on symptoms and observations, we suspected that it was canine lymphoma, a malignant cancer that involves the lymphoid system. It was the longest long weekend – her condition worsened, so we made another trip to the vet. It got better, but then something else seemed to bother her, so we went to the vet again. Thank goodness for Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital being open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Monday rolled around, and I kept an eye on the phone all day long. No word. Then Tuesday came, and at the end of the day, we got the call confirming our suspicions.

She’s now on medication. For the most part, her spirits seem back to normal. She has less energy overall, but she’s hungrier and smilier than ever. We are working on keeping her as healthy (minus chemo) for as long as we can, even if it’s for a short period of time.

We’ve changed many of our plans in July and August due to the circumstances. Our goal is to make her as comfortable and pampered as possible and to take her to all of her favorite places while she can enjoy them. That rule about no sitting on the couch? She now has her blanket on the couch in case she wants to go up there. This past weekend instead of going up to Portland for WDS, we spent a day in wine country and the rest of the weekend in other familiar places. We are sad, but we are doing what we can.

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Robyn Arouty recently documented Duke’s last day. He had been with the Roberts family for about three years when they had to make the difficult decision of letting him go.

Ryan and I adopted Sasha about three years ago, and in a short not-yet-determined amount of time, we will have to make the same decision to let her go.

Sasha Sasha

For now, she gets all-she-can-eat treats and as much couch time as she wants.

June 2014 in Pictures

And so we begin the second half of the year. It’s incredible how quickly 2014 seemed to have flown by. I’m certain it will be like this from now until forever. #365inFocus – a photo a day! 23 of 30 photos were officially taken for June’s challenge, but I was able to pull up enough photos for this post.

June 2014 in Pictures

June saw the end of the year for the social philanthropic group. There’s a short summer break, and the new year starts again at the end of August. We painted San Francisco skylines, watched some World Cup, went to a few Giants games, and celebrated Ryan’s 30th with a tasty seafood dinner.

June 2014 in Pictures

June 2014 in Pictures

June 2014 in Pictures

The last weekend in June was Pride Weekend. The sister and I volunteered serving drinks on behalf of the SPCA. I normally avoid the large-scale events in the city because I’m not a fan of the crowds, but being behind a booth wasn’t so bad. Plus, I got to help out the pups and kittens in a purple wig!

Ryan and I also got a chance to row a boat in Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. It’s $20 to $25 an hour for the row and pedal boats, and for those who dread any physical activity, there are electric boats for $34 an hour. We brought a picnic, but you can also pick up food at the boathouse. It’s a little bit touristy, but I highly recommend it, especially on a sunny day.

June 2014 in Pictures

Currently – v.03 {2014}

Currently, this is where I’m at:

Loving Rent the Runway Pro. Since I attend various events throughout the year where I might need to rent a dress, I opted in for the Rent the Runway Pro account. It is $29.95 for the year, and it includes free shipping, free insurance, and a $50 credit to be used around your birthday. Not a bad deal if you plan on renting twice in the year, and they’ve really worked on getting dresses in many price ranges. You can now find a cocktail dress rental for as low as $30 or many long gowns in the $70 price range. Here are my two recent rentals (one for the Guardsmen Bachelor Auction and one for Annual Ball tomorrow):

Loathing vacuuming. Don’t get me wrong. I actually find vacuuming therapeutic most of the time, but sometimes you’re so busy with your day-to-day, and all that dog, cat, and human hair that builds up is daunting. While I love my Dyson, I am so tempted to put a Roomba on my wishlist…

Watching Suits on Amazon Prime. The show was recommended to me when I mentioned loving Sherlock. So while I am having Sherlock withdrawals, I’ll catch up on Suits. The episodes are 45 minutes long, and I’m only watching one at a time, so that’ll take awhile. I’m also supplementing that with what we have in our Netflix queue.

Feeling okay about passing on the torch to other qualified members. I decided not to run for the Board of the organization after all.

Planning out where to add homework time among all the other activity. July weekends are going to be a little hectic, and I’m already missing out on birthdays and going away parties. I’ll need time to sit down and do homework for two classes!

Working on updating this blog more often and eating an entire bag of popcorn by myself (done it before).

Wishing for a lot of things, but at the same time, knowing that I have a lot of good things going on. I’m just grateful.

Looking forward to many things – Annual Ball this weekend, World Domination Summit, a quick Vegas trip, and BlogHer ’14 to name a few.

What are you currently up to?

May 2014 in Pictures

#365inFocus – a photo a day! 26 of 31 photos were taken in May. I’m seriously slacking off in the photo taking department, but I’ve not given up on the #365infocus project just yet. The month of May seemed to be quite eventful with plenty going on each week.

We started off the month in Philly. That’s where Ryan went to school, so we spent a long weekend out there.

May 2014 in Pictures

We stayed in a loft near Chinatown, which was pretty accessible. I really enjoyed my time out there, exploring different neighborhoods and checking out some of Ryan’s old haunts.

May 2014 in Pictures

Over Mother’s Day weekend, we got to hang out with both of our moms – his on Saturday in wine country, mine on Sunday over brunch and then at dinner too.

May 2014 in Pictures

The weather was quite nice in the area, so the mosquito net came out. During the week, we went to the Exploratorium for their spring gala after party where we saw a real live Strandbeest. They’re made of plastic tubes and move with the wind. Super neat.

Over the weekend, we drove down to Salinas for the Santa Lucia Highlands Gala. Such a fun time getting to know the appellation and the grapes that thrive in the area [pinot & chardonnay!].

May 2014 in Pictures

With the end of May approaching came the end of the Junior League of San Francisco league year. One of the committees that I’m a member of was recognized as Committee of the Year. Yay! We ate out a few times during the week [fantastic Ethiopian food and an amaaaaazing sashimi platter] and even drove up to Tomales Bay for an oyster-filled Sunday. AND I even threw a little tea party with some lady friends [not pictured].

May 2014 in Pictures

The following week was the longest short week ever at work. Instead of resting up over the weekend, I managed to stay busy.

But now, it’s June. Whoa.