First Day of School, round 2

MWF and TTh run differently at our house. Wednesday was the actual First day of school. Yesterday was the first Thursday of school.

I don’t have classes on MWF, so Wednesday didn’t affect me much. Yesterday, I had class in the evening. I tried to get my to-do list together so I could do it on the way home. I got a lot of it done, actually. I got home from work before my kids got home, so I managed a nap after a few chores.

I started packing the car about fifteen minutes before departure time and it took me longer than I anticipated. We left for school a little late, but made it on time. I realized that I forgot some of my equipment. I have the syllabus, but I didn’t realize that I’d get far enough to actually need all of the tools. And, toward the end of class. the instructor told me to skip the first project, anyway, since I’d done it last semester. Good thing I didn’t get far.

I got a background done.

It wouldn’t be acrylic painting class for me if I didn’t paint other things besides the canvas. Off to a great start of the semester!

First day of school

My kids are older, but they are still in school. I didn’t bother with first day of school photos, but the early morning chaos in the house is back.

The dogs got used to the summer schedule. They were not awake enough to figure out that it was time to out at the crack of dawn. They moved very slowly and quietly out the door to the backyard. When they were called back in, Doris seemed to have fallen asleep in the doorway. She just stood there and didn’t want to come back in. Molly was very happy to go back upstairs to go back to sleep, though. Doris eventually followed and didn’t even attempt to harass the cats.

The cats were confused because so many people were awake and not feeding them yet. Once I fed them, they went back to sleep, requesting that the lights be turned off.

I wandered off to work in the wagon, intending to get a package delivered to a friend before work, and putting back the camping gear, and a few other errands after work.

I got everything but a trip to the library done after work. It can wait until tomorrow.

The coolest things to do in the Bay Area

the coolest things to do in each bay area city

The above linked article talks about each Bay Area city and fun things to do in each of them.  I have seen many of them, but there are still many that I haven’t seen.  There are also things that don’t show up on this list.  I’ll always have things to do.

ALAMEDA
Get your pinball wizard on at the Pacific Pinball Museum
ALBANY
Tiptoe in the tulips (with some caffeine) at Flowerland

ANTIOCH

Try to commune with the ghost of Black Diamond Mines Regional Park

 

Marvel at the beauty of Ralston Hall 

BENICIA

Discover Benicia’s military history — and camels

BURLINGAME

Debate the merits of Pez candy at the Pez Museum 

BERKELEY

Explore the endless possibilities at UC Berkeley

BRENTWOOD

Get away from the rat-race at Round Valley Regional Preserve 

CAMPBELL

Get a donut (or a dozen) from Psycho Donuts

CONCORD

Get vintage at the drive-in movies

CUPERTINO

Find a bargain at the flea market

DALY CITY

Get in the Christmas spirit at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair 

DIXON

Get everything you need for the drive to Tahoe at Pedrick Produce
 

DUBLIN

Step back into the Wild West at Dublin Heritage Park

EL CERRITO

Reminisce about bygone decades at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach

EMERYVILLE

Gawk from afar at the creative hub of Pixar

FAIRFIELD

Stock up on summer fruits and veggies at Larry’s Produce

FREMONT

Experience silent film history at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

GILROY

Cool off at Gilroy Gardens 

HALF MOON BAY

Marvel at the world’s best surfers at Mavericks

HAYWARD

Birdwatch at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

HERCULES

Dine on authentic Filipino food at Cabalen Filipino Cuisine

LAFAYETTE

Get your preferred type of exercise at Lafayette Reservoir 

LIVERMORE

Enjoy the unique and beautiful Shiva Vishnu Temple

LOS ALTOS

Get back to nature at the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve 

LOS GATOS

See one of the state’s oldest wineries at Testarossa

MARTINEZ

Learn about John Muir and his work at his stunning mansion 

MENLO PARK

See the epicenter of social media at Facebook 

MOUNTAIN VIEW

See a piece of history — and glimpse the future — at Moffett Field

MILLBRAE

Watch the planes land at SFO from Bayfront Park 

MILL VALLEY

Get in on the secret and hike to the Tourist Club

MILPITAS

Get an amazing view of the bay from Ed Levin Park 

MORGAN HILL

Go fishing at Anderson Lake 

NAPA

Go wine-tasting, obviously

NEWARK

Splish-splash at the Silliman Family Aquatic Center

NOVATO

Hang out with astronauts at the Space Station Museum

OAKLAND

See a Warriors game at Oracle Arena

ORINDA

Rediscover your inner child at Tilden Park

PACIFICA

Bring your camera to Mori Point

PALO ALTO

Uncover the secrets and legends of Stanford University

PETALUMA

Embrace your Bay Area beer drinker stereotype at Lagunitas

PIEDMONT

Rediscover the joy of see-saws at Piedmont Park

PINOLE

Trade $5 toast for classic pastries at BearClaw Bakery and Cafe

PITTSBURG

Visit the area’s most unexpected theme park 

PLEASANT HILL

Picnic by the fountains at City Hill 

PLEASANTON

Have a fancy high tea at the English Rose Tea Room

REDWOOD CITY

Dress up for a show at the Fox Theatre

RICHMOND

Fulfill your childhood dream of having a model railroad at the Golden State Model Railroad 

ROHNERT PARK

Pack a picnic for the lawn seats at Green Music Center 

SAN BRUNO

Honor great Americans at Golden Gate National Cemetery

SAN CARLOS

Geek out over vintage aircraft at the Hiller Aviation Museum 

SAN JOSE

Get lost at the Winchester Mystery House 
SAN LEANDRO
Relax with a beer at Drake’s Brewing Company

SAN MATEO

Find your inner peace at the Japanese Garden

SAN RAFAEL

Have Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead read stories to your kids

SAN RAMON

Take a twirl around the rink at Golden Skate

SANTA CLARA

Roam the landscaped grounds of Mission Santa Clara de Asis 

SAN FRANCISCO

Everything!

SANTA ROSA

Battle the Red Baron with Snoopy at the Charles M. Schulz Museum 

SARATOGA

Catch a show at the Mountain Winery 

SONOMA

Step inside Jack London’s world at Jack London State Historic Park 

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO

Hike the iconic Sign Hill

SUNNYVALE

Try some mead at Rabbit’s Food Meadery 

UNION CITY

Roam the hills with the cows of Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park 

VACAVILLE

Introduce a new generation to the Nut Tree 

VALLEJO

Feel like you’re on a movie set at Mare Island 

WALNUT CREEK

See a play at the Lesher Center for the Arts 

WEST MARIN

Load up on snacks at Cowgirl Creamery and Toby’s Feed Barn before hitting the beach

 

A Roomba that Swears

roomba

The above linked article talks about a developer who programmed his Roomba to swear when it bumps into things.  If  it’s going to “feel like a part of the family, he better learn to swear like the rest of us.”

I miss my Roomba.  I used to talk to it.  Encourage it.  Apologize for being in its way.  I think it ended up in storage when we moved.  Maybe someday, I’ll have it to keep me company again.

The last weekend away

After work on Friday, I drove back up to the condo for the last weekend away.  I crashed dinner with my mom and her cousins and a friend.  I ordered something I normally don’t, lamb shank, and ate half, and brought the other half back for lunch the next day.

On Saturday morning, I spent time by the pool.  See how crowded it was?

I spent time listening to a family yell at a girl who was about 8 years old.  They were trying to teach her to dive.  The kid was the only one with a valid point.  “It’s too shallow.  Diving isn’t allowed here.”  The adults had the argument, “We’ve done the Iron Man.  We know what we’re doing.”  Well, 1) just because you’ve done it, doesn’t mean you can coach it and 2) I don’t recall a diving portion of the Iron Man.

What the shower would look like if I had none of my products in it.

The preseason football games were on Saturday evening, so my mom and her cousin and I did a puzzle while the cousin’s husband watched the game.  It took us longer than we thought, so we had to work on it the next morning.

I couldn’t leave before I finished the puzzle.

I packed up the car and went home.  I stopped at the grocery store to do meal prepping for breakfasts and lunches for the week.  I also made dinner and cleaned up a bit.

I went to bed exhausted, with a long todo list for the week.  I started it the moment I opened my eyes Monday morning.

It’ll be another year before I go back.  It was a nice relaxing time, even though I didn’t get as much reading done as I thought I would.