A Perfect San Francisco Weekend in March – San Francisco Opera Costume Shop Sale and Bouquets to Art at the de Young

All seems quiet over here except for the monthly recap of my daily photos, but despite how hard I try, 2014 has not been any less busy than 2013. This weekend in particular, though not entirely planned out to the tee, was delightfully beautiful and full of activity. It was what I would call a Perfect San Francisco Weekend!

Perfect San Francisco Weekend – Saturday

Ryan and I headed over to the San Francisco Opera‘s Costume Shop Sale. It only happens once in a blue moon, so it’s a big deal. Since neither of us had experience with this epic sale, we arrived at 10:45 (rookie mistake – some people wait as early as the night before). Four hours later, we made it into the warehouse where our senses were bombarded by the sheer number of pieces. We were definitely overwhelmed by the wait, the crowd, and the quantity of clothing to sift through, but it was worth it. We hobbled out of there with a dress I can probably wear to the Dickens Fair, two other black dresses, a coat and several vests for Ryan – all under $100.

perfect San Francisco weekendWith Daylight Savings in full effect, the sun was still shining brightly when we were finished up at the sale. With some tasty ice cream (Mango Chile Lime and Lychee Black Tea) from Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous in our bellies, we took Sasha to Fort Funston. It’s safe to say that she enjoyed herself. Her tongue was hanging out of her goofy face by the time we trekked back to our neighborhood. Back on our side of the city, we found ourselves in a dog-friendly neighborhood bar that served both craft beers and fancy cocktails. A few drinks plus sushi for dinner wrapped up our perfect Saturday in the city.

Perfect San Francisco Weekend – Sunday

I’ve been taking on receptionist shifts at a local Pilates/Yoga studio a few Sundays a month, and this was one such morning. The Yoga instructor was a sub and brand new to the studio, so I showed her some of the ropes since I had her beat in experience at the studio by one or two visits. We got to chatting after her class, and she suggested checking out the last day of the Bouquets to Art exhibit at the de Young. Since Ryan and I are members of the museum, I jumped at the idea. We grabbed brunch before heading over to Golden Gate Park.

Every spring for the last thirty years, floral designers have interpreted the works in the museum’s permanent collection and created arrangements based on those interpretations. It was my first time in attendance and probably won’t be my last, so I’m glad I caught the very last day for 2014! Photos were allowed, so of course, I went overboard.

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After several hours at the de Young soaking in the Georgia O’keeffe exhibit, Bouquets to Art, and the view of the city up in the tower, I parted ways with my new friend. Several hours is plenty at a museum for me, and it was time for dinner with the family. I’m not particularly excelling at the 2014 resolution to spend more time with family, so I’ll have to work more on that. Delicious food and family time wrapped up the perfect weekend in the city!

How was your weekend?

52 Lists : Things You Should Be Proud Of (2014.03)

Another week, another list. This week’s list is all about the things one should be proud of. I made my 2013 Eff Yeah list not so long ago, which were all the things I was proud of for 2013. It gave a recap of the year, so before putting together this list, I had to think about the longer-term achievements that I’m pretty stoked about.

Week Three of 52 Lists // Things You Should Be Proud Of:

52 Lists - Week Three
owning a home in the city I love
managing the $$, so I can do the things I love – travel and eat
a healthy, happy, and supportive relationship
teaching myself HTML and CSS / blogging for years and years
publishing a Windows Phone app called “California Parks

Owning a home in the city I love
I have read quite a few articles lately about how homeownership isn’t all the hype and how it doesn’t pay off in the long run (I’m not linking to any because there are so many out there). I can understand that it’s not for everyone, but so far, the pros outweigh the cons, especially in a place like San Francisco. The Bay Area doesn’t seem to be getting any less expensive, so if I intend on living here for a long time, having my own place isn’t such a bad deal.

San Francisco

Managing the $$, so I can do the things I love
While I feel pretty good about how managing my funds has allowed me to do most of the things I want, I know I should do a better job at saving. Owning a home and such a huge debt means that I have to be careful where all the $ goes. My emergency fund has to take all those bills into account. Also, there are some home improvements I’ve postponed because they require more than what I’ve managed to save.

A healthy, happy, and supportive relationship
Five years strong!

Teaching myself HTML and CSS / blogging for years and years
Blogging has opened doors that I never would have foreseen opening in front of me. I’ve had wonderful experiences and met fantastic people all because of it.

Publishing a Windows app called “California Parks”
With Ryan’s help, I was able to get an app up in the Windows Phone store that lists all the California State Parks and has the ability to sort by proximity. You can also save your favorite parks in a list. Check out California Parks if you’ve got a Windows Phone. It’s pretty basic at the moment, but I’m hoping to add more throughout the year!

What are some of the things you are proud of?