for christmas, i bought my friend marissa a bus tour - we had been talking about how fun it would be for months but it never quite materialized. (pro tip: get your friends an "experience" for christmas - you have to get yourself a ticket too obviously, so bonus! you get to give a gift and get a gift without looking ultra selfish!) our husbands rolled their eyes, but GUYS IT WAS SO FUN. we went on a sunny morning, found parking right in front of the bus stop, and were one of 6 people on the tour. you get an unbeatable view of the city from up there and we had the tour guide practically to ourselves. we even whipped out my selfie stick because #noshame. it was the best morning.
the city came alive for chinese new year! we missed a lot of the celebration because we had guests in town that weekend, but i loved the display at the mall downtown.
we met some friends at the point bonita lighthouse on a whim one weekend. you walk through a tunnel and across a rickety bridge to get to the lighthouse, so it's only open for 8 hours a week. it was so charmingly nautical. i'll say it a million times - i love having such a variety of things to do so close!
we took pregnancy announcement photos for some good friends one sunday evening and i made them snap one of us before we took off :) and just in case that was unclear, we are not pregnant. just the friends, haha!
in the city of a thousand views, i think we found our new favorite! from grand view park you have a vantage point to see every part of the city - we could spot downtown, you can see the entirety of the park, and you can see all the way from the bay to the ocean. i can't wait to take visitors!
abc has a partnership with the exploratorium, an interactive museum about all different aspects of the human experience, so we get in for free! we went with our neighbors - i wasn't expecting much so i was blown away at how fun it was for adults. we spent several hours there and didn't even finish one of seven wings of the museum! (this photo is from a camera that takes an extended photo of your movement for a few seconds.)
beautiful sunsets from the deck off of our bedroom. (downtown is glowing in this one!)
one of the perks (okay, maybe the only perk) of crazy early mornings at abc is watching the sunrise over the bay bridge. check out this #nofilter morning!
i have been using bumble and bumble's "don't blow it" spray and letting my hair air dry for the past ten days. i'm digging the "undone" look and it literally takes ZERO MINUTES. (i have just been putting some dry shampoo in the roots and oil in the ends before i go to sleep.) i am so excited about this and have been sharing it with everyone !!
i drug a friend with me to saturday morning kickboxing at alta plaza park! she loved it and it made the workout all the more fun. exercising outdoors (& in the coolest park with a sweet view, no less) is the best!
loving ALL of the colorful bushes.
it was still pretty gloomy for a good portion of february, and although i am so sick of the rain i could throw up all over this stupid microclimate weather, it was pretty cozy this day. this is the lake in golden gate park near our apartment, and i thought this scene was pretty eery-cool.
and a snapshot of russian hill: