Day 355, Hipsters: I love that the NYC subway signs have taken on such an iconic identity. No trip to NYC is complete without at least a brief jaunt to the Herald Square Macy’s (my mom & I used to go there at Christmas when I was a kid).
Day 354, Hipsters: Immediately upon landing in NYC and stowing my suitcase in my room, I found the first place selling $1.50 slices of pizza and devoured one. Oh real pizza, I have missed you so.
Day 353, Hipsters: Saturday took me to brunch and later in the day to see a one woman show in a black box type theater (which was different than my usual jam, but very interesting!). In between, I stopped into the SF Library main branch (which I’ve been meaning to do.) It’s huge and has an amazing skylight. I also wandered Valencia and found the BEST cosmetics store ever (The Balm - their Balm Jovi pallet is amaaaaazing) and a gallery with these cute love notes hanging in the window. Because I’m feeling extra California charitable, I thought this one was adorable. (I reserve the right to change my mind.)
Day 352, Hipsters: Friday was the celebration of the glorious occasion of my birth. Guys, I was SO BLOWN AWAY by everyone who came out to wish me well. Happy hour turned into happy eleven hours and I could not have asked for a better group of 20 people to gather to celebrate me. I got a little emotional thinking about it… I have people in California now! It’s almost like I live here or something? (Why yes, it has taken me 352 days to get to this point; thanks for noticing.)
Day 351, Hipsters: Seen on the side of the MUNI shelter on my walk to lunch. I still don’t understand why people are so obsessed with Fernet. It tastes like black licorice & mouthwash. (My friend Barb wants this to hang in her someday fabulous loft.)
Day 350, Hipsters: So, apparently, California is in a drought. As such, these lists of “how to conserve water” are popping everywhere (including in the restroom at work). The thing that kills me about these is they all say the same thing - ie. put a bucket in your sink/shower while your water warms up and use it water your plants. But, what if I don’t have plants? What then? (I’ve decided that my reliably $14 water bill means that I am probably not doing too badly on water conservation.)
Day 349, Hipsters: Book club meant an alternate route home from work - one that took me on a MUNI car past an up close & personal look at the Bay Bridge and one that took me on an underground MUNI car. I had no idea that MUNI cars went underground! (Book club was, predictably delightful.)
Day 348, Hipsters: (plagiarized from my facebook) Goodbye jeep-colored phone case. You lived a battered, but loved life - sacrificing yourself to save my phone, which I drop constantly. You will be replaced by your nearly identical, though tragically not jeep-colored cousin.
Day 347, Hipsters: One last spin around Philly before I headed to the airport. What up, City Hall?
Day 346, Hipsters: Hipsters II & Clogs back together again! Though we look reasonably similar to the last picture we took together, it was SUPER exciting to spend the day with one of my oldest friends. Philadelphia adventures included a German beer festival that prominently featured a bluegrass band, a burlesque troupe, and a band called Polka-delphia that played mostly ironic polka covers. We also hit up a couple of bars and an improv show. Clogs, darling, thank you for a super fun Philly week-end.