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Local architecture

In Kimberly, Washington DC on February 28, 2010 at 11:19 pm

New Orleans Steamship House

San Francisco has its Painted Ladies, and New Orleans has its steamship houses. Built near the turn of the last century by a steamship captain, they were built in a flood prone area to endure even through a terrible storm. The bases are built from brick and the second floor from wood because the swampy area they’re built on cannot sustain the weight of a two-story brick structure. There are two and they both survived Katrina.


Year of the Tiger

In Anna, San Francisco on February 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Chinese New Year parade

Good news! Amanda and I made it downtown for the Chinese New Year parade yesterday. We arrived early and exercised our wallets with some Union Square shopping, followed by dinner at Santorini (I highly recommend the saganaki and chicken souvlakia – so delicious).

I think I may have had too much fun last night though. We closed out the night with last call and dancing in SOMA. Unfortunately today, I’m pretty much only capable of lying in a fetal position, wishing that fun didn’t come with such a high price tag.

Trotting around

In Kimberly, Washington DC on February 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm

In the French Quarter

Tourists taking in the French Quarter during the evening from a horse drawn carriage. I took this photo while we were on a vampire tour. Money well spent, that.

Playing tourist

In Anna, San Francisco on February 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

The Painted Ladies

I love hosting out of town guests because I get to show off the city I love. After an intense yoga class this morning, I took Amanda to Alamo Square to check out the Painted Ladies, also known as Victorian Row, also known as the Full House house. Yup, that’s right. Replace those excited tourists with a happy family of six running down the hill and you’ve got the Tanner family.

We have an ambitious list of tourist attractions to see before a night out on the town with a few of my girlfriends:

  • Fisherman’s Wharf & the sea lions
  • Ferry Building
  • Chinese New Year Parade
  • Billionaire Row in Pac Heights

Wish us luck!

I’m in love

In Kimberly, Washington DC on February 26, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Mardi Gras remnants

New Orleans, I love you. It’s a sloppy kind of half-drunk, lust filled love, but it’s true and deep and, God, I just want you to know it’s real. (This is like writing a love note sophomore year of high school.) I love this city.

Crooked (quarter) mile

In Anna, San Francisco on February 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Lombard Street

One of the most interesting streets in San Francisco is this section of Lombard Street. As the crookedest street in the city, it attracts its fair share of tourists. I took my friend Amanda here tonight. It’s her first time in the Bay, so it’s a must-see on a long list of tourist attractions. Okay, enough blogging for now…off to show Amanda SF’s culinary finest!

Easing into The Big Easy

In Kimberly, Washington DC on February 25, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Sleeping city

I just arrived in New Orleans. Here’s a peek at this town, as seen from the huge wraparound second floor porch off of my room at Taylor and Martin’s house. I am in love, actually physically lusting and pining over, the architecture here. I cannot wait to walk around this city and shoot every little detail.

A city awakes

In Anna, San Francisco on February 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Financial District

On Tuesday, I heard the following statement and haven’t stopped thinking of it since: “You have to ruthlessly eliminate the ‘hurry’ from you life.” As a Type-A overachiever, this is much easier said than done.

Since my promotion last month, I’ve been hurtling through my days at breakneck speed. And because I’m essentially working two full-time jobs, this hectic pace has spilled into my weekends as well. The past couple of weeks have been especially stressful and with another trip to DC next week, it doesn’t look like I’ll get a reprieve any time soon. It’s to the point where even this blog felt like just another deadline to me; another “to-do” on a loooong list of things to tackle.

So this morning, while I was waiting at a red light on my way to work, I made myself stop mentally running through everything I needed to get done and instead let myself appreciate the way the sunrise seemed to wake a sleepy city. I pulled over the Mini and hopped out of my car to capture this peaceful moment.

Hide and seek

In Anna, San Francisco on February 24, 2010 at 11:58 pm

peakaboo sunshine

Down to the wire! Apologies for the late posting. Work has been insane and my friend Amanda is in town from DC. Needless to say, my time management skills are definitely being pushed to their limits.

I snapped this photo as I was leaving the lab this evening. The way the sunset peaked through the trees made me smile. Today’s weather was the complete opposite of yesterday’s. What started as a blah, dreary day turned out to be crisp and sunny. Unexpected, but not unwelcome.

On the Metro

In Kimberly, Washington DC on February 24, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Reagan National Airport Metro Stop

My commute can be either a high or low point in my day. It’s going to be a less than stellar commute when the bus or metro takes for-ev-er to arrive and it’s either cold outside, I actually need to be somewhere in a hurry or it’s late and my cat is no doubt dying for me to get home and feed her

Alternatively, I love riding the bus or metro when I have good new music as the soundtrack for my ride, when I have a great book to devour or when it’s warm and I have a while to get where I’m going and can take my time people watching. Tonight was definitely a great commute home. I love how much I managed to capture in this scene reflected in a Metro window (Metro riders, the inside of the train, the airport parking garage, the Metro station and the blur of a rider running onto the train).