Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Bart Experience

The other day we were planning to take a trip to the San Francisco Airport to pick up our youngest daughter from her 10 day trip to Alaska. I told darling hubby that we should look up the Bart schedule and drive part way to a Bart station and take it the rest of the way. I got online and low and behold, it was a Spare the Air day and it was free to ride Bart all day. Whoopee, it would save us a lot of gas and time so off we went.

We took our other darling daughter with us and left about 3:00pm. We drove to the Bart Station in El Cerrito Del Norte and parked the car in the first available parking spot. Everybody else must have heard about the free ride because the parking lot was full. We waited about 5 minutes for the Bart train we wanted to take and hopped on with a lot of other people. We took a seat and had a pleasant time in a clean environment (no eating or drinking allowed) and found ourselves at the Powell Street station in about 15 to 20 minutes. We got off there because there is a big shopping mall. We stayed long enough to buy some Crocs (ugly shoes) for all three of us and have dinner at Panda Express. Then we hopped back on to the Bart and took it all the way to the San Francisco Airport stop, where we transferred to the Air train (monorail) that took us right to the terminal.

We arrived at the terminal about an hour before Ally was due to come in, so we took a seat in the diner with a view out the window to watch for her plane. She arrived safely and right on time. After all that time in the air, I thought she might be crabby about taking Bart home, but she was quite happy about it.

Going home was pretty uneventful, except the trains were crowded because it was late and everyone was headed home. You can bring your bicycles on Bart too, which can be a hassle when the trains are crowded. We had a couple of obnoxious Berkley college boys on the train with us with their bicycles and when we were transferring to another train this kid almost ran me down with his bike and said, "Are you going to let me get on first!" He cut me off and I made sure he heard me say, "Of course, young men should always go before women!" He did have the grace to blush and say, "Sorry".

Monday, June 19, 2006

Playing my first round of Golf!

Well, this morning my darling hubby rolled me out of bed at 6:15 am to go play golf. We decided not to keep score after we lost the pencils on the second tee. It was a beautiful morning and because it was so early we didn't have a lot of heat. We walked the 9 holes and pulled our bags on rolling carts. Some holes we picked our balls up and walked on to the next hole because we had so many strokes. The seventh hole, I lost my ball. We looked everywhere but it was not to be found. The eighth hole I hit the ball from the tee to within 15 yards of the green. I was so excited. I may not be a good golfer but I'm having fun trying a new sport. It was great exercise and I really enjoyed the morning.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Letterboxing

For those of you that don't know, letterboxing is a fun sport. It's like a treasure hunt with lots of exercise. One of my darling daughters and I went on a letterboxing hike today. Since I am forbidden from divulging clues on this blog, I won't tell you exactly where we went.

First you have to go to letterboxing.org or atlasquest.com for clues to a particular letterbox that you want to find. A letter box is a waterproof box that someone has hidden with a log book and hand carved stamp inside. You have to make your own hand carved stamp and log book and when you find a letterbox, you stamp your hand carved stamp into their log book and their hand carved stamp in your log book. I'm afraid that I am not conveying the excitement of letterboxing because of the way I'm explaining it. Let me tell you that it's a great journey to the destination.

My darling daughter and I started after our first letterbox today and quickly found out that we should have brought gloves and a long stick. We didn't find the first letterbox because we had to cross a water filled ditch that we very nearly fell into and then had to reach into bushes that were very scratchy. After laughing so hard at each other that we almost wet our pants, we decided to give up on that one. The second one, after a lot of walking, we did find, but I was a little more leary of sticking my hand into the spot where I pulled out the box. It occurred to me that there might be a snake in there. So make sure you bring gloves and a stick on your letterboxing outings. We were thrilled that we found the box and it had a great carved stamp in it. We also had a great walking workout of about 3 miles. We're going to look for more letterboxes tomorrow after I play my first round of golf ever. I'll let you know how that goes!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Graduation was Bittersweet

Ally graduated Saturday morning from high school. It's so amazing that our baby is all grown up. She has become a very poised young lady. It's hard to think of the last child being old enough to graduate. Our empty nest is coming soon.

We had Ally's graduation party yesterday in our back yard. Between 40 and 50 people were here. Ally was very good about greeting everyone. Even though a lot of her friends came, she didn't forget to say hello to the adults that were here and make them comfortable. I had to laugh when I heard her asking people if they wanted her to get them anything. She made me proud, too. Soon she will be off to the Airline Acadamy in Daytona Beach for flight attendant school.

Good luck, baby, spread your wings and fly!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Vacation!!!!

Yesterday was my first full day of vacation. I actually slept in until 5:30 am! I love the early morning time when the birds are singing and everybody else is still sleeping. I can have my quiet time and have my coffee and newspaper before everybody else wakes up.

I had to have Ally at school at 8:00 am for graduation practice , so after I dropped her off, I called my girlfriend, Donna, and took her out to breakfast. Then we headed to Fairfield to a quilt shop, where I signed up for the quilt block of the month club. I've never made a quilt in my life, so it's time I started. After we visited another quilt shop and a scrapbook store, I dropped her off and picked up Ally. The two of us finished the food shopping for her party and then I got to come home and watch Oprah and Dr. Phil. I met my husband at the door when he came home from work with the question, "Where are you taking me for dinner because the fridge is full and we don't have any room to store leftovers. Chinese was really good last night.

Oh yes, I forgot to mention, when I got home from my play day, there was a messege on my answering machine from my boss asking me to come to work. I'm still laughing about that one!