Friday, April 21, 2006

Yosemite thaw

Moss-covered rocks and trees at the parking lot near the base of Bridalveil Falls.


Closer to the base of the falls, ice was holding fast to tree branches and leaves.


Bridalveil Falls

More photos from my recent Yosemite mini-vacataion to come ...

Sunday, April 9, 2006

April celebrations

Friday was a fun evening - happy hour at the Sugar Lounge with friends I haven't seen in a while, 2 of who just celebrated their birthdays in March. We were to get together on St. Paddy's Day but plans broke down and we postponed it until this past Friday.

The bar had the fabulous Hendrick's Gin on hand so I had 2 G&Ts and a Mangopolitan. We then got hungry since the happy hour food was long gone and walked over to Frjtz, where I had a Stella and a crepe. Since it was wet and cold and we hogged up the large seating area under the big umbrella, I figured no one else would possibly attempt to sit back there, so we were all thoroughly loud and raucous. But I was wrong and a couple of other parties of 3 or more ended up back there. One group even ate with their own umbrellas in one hand, fork in another when the rain really started coming down.

Family celebrations started on Saturday. After my friend's baby shower (where Eric and I cooked lumpia for the crowd) we headed over to my mom's for left over longanisa & sinigang. My sister drove up from Vegas with her kids and one of my niece's friends for their Spring Break. My other sister flew up from AZ for the weekend. And my sister in Hayward also came over with my brother-in-law and my niece. With a couple of family friends, we were all together to celebrate my brother's birthday (April 10) and to visit with my mom, since she's recovering from her surgery. My dad's birthday is on the 21st - another celebration to look forward to!

Fabulous food on Sunday: pancit palabok from Red Ribbon, bistek, lechon kawali & sisig from the House of Sisig. I heard their sisig was yum and I agree. But Ihaw Ihaw's is pretty dang good, with more grilled taste. I made a couple of batches of chocolate chip cookies and bought the birthday cake from Goldilocks. It always feels weird when I'm being served in Tagalog and I reply in English. So at the end of the transaction, I made sure to at least say salamat to the nice lady behind the counter. I took some photos of all the fun and food but I have to develop and scan the film before I can share.

The kids are probably bored out of their wits at my parent's house. We'd love to play tourist with them in the City but we're not off this week. Instead, we'll try to get them to join us for church services for the Easter Triduum out at SI with us. That's really going to go over well with a couple of sophomore girls, one 7th grade tween and a 5th grade boy. I doubt, if they do decide to come, it'll be the highlight of their SF Easter Vacation at grandma & grandpa's house. But it can't hurt to ask.

My 8th wedding anniversary is coming up on the 18th - same day as the Great SF Earthquake of 1906. It's pretty hard for Eric or me to forget our wedding date. 5 more days of toil in the office and then I'm off for a week. I can't wait. Activities include going to Yosemite for a couple of days (the Ahwahnee here we come!) and waiting for our armchairs to get delivered.

And then wooo! My birthday is next month! But this post is about April celebrations so we'll end it right here.