Love The Place You Live: Ferry to San Francisco

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Do any of you remember the Love the Place You Live column? It was focused on encouraging all of us to appreciate where we live and notice the great things about our area, whether it’s a big city or a small town. I’ve had some really fun explorations of Oakland in the past few weeks, and thought it might be fun to highlight some of them using the same column name. I admit it’s somewhat selfish — I like using the need for blog content to get me out of the house. : )

One of the most fun things we’ve done lately is rediscover the ferry from Oakland to San Francisco. We’ve been on it before — usually when friends are in town, as part of a tourist day — but we didn’t realize until earlier this month that it could make a great date night too. As we studied the ferry schedules, we discovered we could head in to the city around 6:00 PM, enjoy dinner and window shopping at the famed Ferry Building in San Francisco, then grab a ferry back by 7:30. That’s amazing! 

For those of you who don’t know the Bay Area, trying to do the same visit by car would add another hour at least of just sitting in traffic, and then another huge chunk of time and money trying to figure out parking. Instead, we get to bypass all of that and take a stunning ferry ride that takes you right under the Bay Bridge!

It’s been quite rainy here, so for our last ferry date night, we grabbed an uberX so that we could get dropped off right at the ferry stop in Jack London Square — it’s one of our Saved Places in the app. (Have you tried the Saved Places feature yet? When you’re on a ride, you can choose to save the destination as a Saved Place, so you never have to look it up again.)

In the mornings, there are many commuters that use the ferry to head into the city for work, and a long line forms. But not in the evenings. In fact, we’ve gone a few times lately and it’s not usual to have just a handful of people on the boat. It feels like you have the whole thing to yourself.

Get inspired for date night!

A Few Things

Hello Friends. How are you? Ready for the weekend? My niece Lindsey is here with a couple of her roommates — it’s spring break at their university. Lindsey finished a Mormon mission to Japan in November, so while we sightsee tomorrow, I’m going to suggest we include a visit to Japantown in San Francisco, plus 3 Japanese stores I know she misses — Muji, Daiso and Uniqlo. One of her friends has never been to California before, so I also want to do all the most touristy, recognizable things too.

It’s also St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow! Do you do anything fun to celebrate? Our own celebrations are usually food-related. Maybe we’ll eat Corned Beef & Cabbage, or classic Shepherd’s Pie, or these kid-friendly clover-shaped Pinwheel Sandwiches. Or, we might just dye our milk green. : )

Here a few things I’ve collected for you this week. I think you’ll really them:

13 memorable links. Go see!

Adult Acne: What’s New and What Works?

Can we talk about Adult Acne for a minute? I’ve found myself totally caught off guard by it. I feel a little like when a friend who’s going to have a baby soon, asks me for breastfeeding advice, and among other things I tell her that nursing is curl-your-toes painful for a few weeks, and she nods like she’s taking it in. But then she calls me when the baby is 2 weeks old and the nipple scabs are forming and she can’t figure out why no one told her that nursing hurts like the devil.

I know I was warned about acne-for-grownups, but I guess I didn’t believe it? Or thought it was like a one week sort of thing? For most of my 20’s and 30’s I might get a breakout the week before my period, but usually it was no big deal. These days, it’s like a daily thing. Turns out it’s a longer phase than I anticipated. So lately, I’ve turned my attention to actively combatting it.

Six things I’m doing right now or want to try.

#Enough National School Walkout

(Writing this quite late on Tuesday night. By the time you see it, this whole thing may be over. Hah!)

Will your kids be joining the walkout in the morning? If you haven’t heard about it, here are the basics:

– It’s called the #Enough National School Walkout.
– Thousands of students will be walking out of school at 10:00 AM local time.
– The walkouts will last 17 minutes to honor the 17 students killed at the recent school shooting in Florida.
– The aim of the walkout is to raise awareness about issues of school safety and the impact of gun violence.

Lots of parents have been talking about the walkouts on social media today. Some schools are trying to shut down the walkout. Others are hoping to pivot the event from a walkout to an assembly about kindness. No surprise, our Oakland schools are openly supportive of it.

More on the walkout when you click through. Let’s discuss.

15 Pretty Ways to Prepare for Easter

Have you looked at the calendar lately? I just realized today that Easter falls on Sunday, April 1st this year. (That’s right: April Fools Day!) Which means when you eventually flip your calendar from March to April, you’ll basically miss it. Which also means the holiday is less than three weeks away.

But no need to panic. Here are 15 pretty ways to prepare for Easter. Take a look. Most of these are super simple. Which means you’ve got plenty of time.

Fifteen helpful ideas, straight ahead.



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