Lady of the Playground and the Wedding

Today was a busy day. I started out in Visitacion Valley at a volunteer event with the Spinsters of San Francisco. We had a Halloween-themed event for the kids at Real Options for City Kids (ROCK), the organization we partner with.


Lady of Sorrows

It’s starting to hit me that I’m really leaving San Francisco. As excited as I am to move to London, it’s sad to leave home. My boyfriend and I had a going away party the other night at Mauna Loa. It was great to see all of our friends, but sad to say good-bye.


Lady in Hollywood (Maryland, that is)

I’ve been running around like crazy this week trying to get everything packed for London, but I want to do a quick post about my trip to Maryland and DC last weekend.

My boyfriend and I headed to DC on Thursday for his 10 year high school reunion in Hollywood, Maryland. We stayed in DC on Thursday night and met up with some of his college buddies at a sports bar in Bethesda. I had a great time listening to stories about all the crazy things they did in college.


Lady Has a Visa!

I got my Entry Clearance for London yesterday! My passport arrived in the mail with a fancy full-page sticker that makes me an official UK visa holder. I’m so excited!

Lady and the Chocolate Factory

Today I went to Berkeley to tour the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory. I had passed by the factory a few times before, and my combined love of chocolate and interest in how it is made prompted the visit.

Cocoa at a chocolate factory in Berkeley California


Lady of HSMP

My HSMP approval letter arrived today! I am so excited! Now I have to fill out the Entry Clearance application to get the actual visa in my passport and I’ll be set to head to London.

It’s supposed to only take a day or two to turn around the Entry Clearance, which is good because I already booked a flight to Paris next Sunday. I’m going to visit a friend there for a few days and then finally head to London. I can’t wait!

Lady about Town

I’ve been sick for the past few days, so I figure it’s a good time to put up some pictures from all of my recent adventures in San Francisco.

A few weeks ago I was in hiking mode. I spent a day exploring the Marin Headlands, an afternoon finding some new hiking trails in the Presidio with my boyfriend, and another day walking the Coastal Trail from the old Sutro Baths to Land’s End.

At the end of the last hike I decided to head over to Baker Beach since the weather was warm and I hadn’t been there in over a year. It was pretty amazing; so much so that I returned the next day with my bathing suit and a good book.

Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach in San Francisco


Lady at the Shower

On Saturday I flew down to San Diego for my brother’s fiancee’s wedding shower. The weather was perfect, and her mother’s friends did an amazing job hosting the shower. They made amazing food, decorated the house with their own wedding dresses, and hung photos of the bride and groom outside on the patio.


Lady of Oysters and Beer

Last weekend I went on two great day trips from San Francisco. One trip focused on oysters, the other on beer. I have a pretty great life these days.

On Saturday I went to the Hog Island Oyster Company’s oyster farm on Tomales Bay. The place is pretty rustic; they provide picnic tables, grills, oysters, and shucking tools and you bring the rest.

Tomales Bay in California