Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas Spirit


The kids nagged me about getting up our Christmas tree so we spent a good part of Saturday doing it. I didn't make the mistake last year of putting up the tree first and then putting up the icicle lights across the back. This time lights go up first, then the tree.
 
Much easier, especially when it's done by hubby. I did buy a new set of blue bulbs for the tree from Big W and the Merry Christmas sign under the t.v. matches them. I went with a blue and white theme (sort of) this year and I think it turned out nicely.



My son was meant to make a Nativity set for school. He is driving me nuts at the moment. He has been diagnosed with a combined type ADHD and his concentration levels are giving me and his father frustrations like no other.
 
Anyway, he was meant to bring in a shoebox and other bits to make a Nativity scene. I had remembered that I bought this panel of fabric from Spotlight a few years back because I thought it would come in handy one day. So it seems today my fabric hoarding is not for naught.
 
We started his project and eldest daughter helped me cut out the pieces. We decided not to use all the pieces. I sewed them up and the kids helped to stuff. Dad helped to do the big cardboard cut out. It turned out ok, I thought. But apparently the next day, his teacher said "You'll get an E if you use that!" Clearly not impressed it wasn't what she wanted. Ho hum.
 
So on Sunday afternoon he spent a few hours getting a shoebox version done instead. I didn't take a photo but it was nice too. This fabric Nativity now is situated in our lounge under the t.v. stand. I suppose it is kid safe since it can't be broken unlike our ceramic version we normally use.



I finally got a new diary from the bargain store. I normally umm and ahhh for a while at other shops before I bite the bullet and make a decision. It's cream, classic and week to view. I'm very happy with my purchase. Now I can start writing in things for next year because sometimes it's actually nice to write instead of inputting data into my phone.


Hubby made me lunch (for once). We are a bit health conscious since putting on weight after our trip and other celebrations. It's a very healthy deconstructed rice paper roll (without the rice paper). I just felt like sharing the picture.

Summer is hitting us down under. I hope it stays hot over Christmas. Last year it rained. Like ALOT. Like torrential rain as I was driving up to Port Stephens. This year I got a special deal because of the rain. So mid Dec we are going up there again and hopefully it'll be nice and warm. I can't wait. I really need a stress free holiday even though it won't really be stress free. I don't think life ever is after you have offspring. Lol.

So far I've bought most of my Christmas presents for the little ones but I like doing a bit of a round of shopping the week before Christmas. It's just fun looking at bargains. Not sure if we'll do the seafood market again this year. We can get the same prawns at the local fish shop. I do love Christmas food though (there goes the diet).

I have downloaded Nicole's Christmas Planning Checklist. I should really look at it again and actually use it. There's a lot of good items in this list that I totally forget up until the last minute.

Have you got any special plans for Christmas yet? Is it really the end of the year??? Already?


Thursday, November 3, 2016

San Francisco in One Day



Last year I met up with hubby in San Francisco after his work conference finished up. It was a long trip marred by the fact that I went to the wrong terminal and ended up missing my connecting flight. I also missed the second flight and wound up tearful and jetlagged while getting my ticket filled at the children's line at Southwest but the lady was nice enough to do it for me. I would have just cried otherwise. Then the first flight where my bags went was delayed by 5 hours so I was in SFO Airport requiring the baggage place to track it down and thankfully send it to me later to my hotel. Needless to say, I wanted to avoid this at all costs for this particular trip.

So, this time my bags were checked in again at LA to the baggage transfer people at LA and I was told to go to Terminal 7 , which is like a 10min walk outside of the building. I was messaging hubby at this time. Now that there are automated kiosks you don't need to wait in a big line to get your ticket. It's awesome but I suppose jobs were lost in this process. But a lot of kiosks are being used in the airports now so it really speeds things up.

I recommend this web link for how to transfer cheaply to Union Square: http://www.sftodo.com/sfo-airport-transit-bart.html

So I made it to SFO in one piece and no tears. I picked up my luggage and made my way up to the Airtrain terminal. I re-acquainted myself with the BART ticket to Powell St station ($8.95). In half an hour I met up with hubby and even though a bit jet lagged I was happy. It was nice and the sun was out.

First stop was leaving my bags at the Handlery Hotel and then we went straight to Macy's to the Cheesecake shop for lunch. This is me looking happy and tired knowing I can't sleep yet and would have to do Friday  all over again because I left Syd Fri morning and went back in time.


After a nice lunch and feeling completely full we decided to hit the road. Now let me tell you that San Francisco (they hate it being called San Fran apparently) has lots of peaks and low streets. We were basically at 45deg walking up the street from the Marina. To the Marina was fine but I was sweating it out on the way back. We also went into Lombard (Crooked) Street because we never did that last year. It was interesting. Lots of tourists there too.


        Walking up to the heart of Union Square. We rode the cable car again around to the Marina.


Another important note, wear comfortable shoes. I mean I had flat casual shoes on but there were a bit narrow and my feet were hurting from all the walking. We had popped into Ross for Less but I didn't feel like buying those $37 Skechers which would have made my day so I sufferred the consequences. I tried to have a nice day for the most part but there isn't much to do unless you want to jump on a rental bike or shop at Macy's.


We passed the Ghirardelli sign. Not sure if there's a choc store there. I'm sure there was but we weren't going to buy chocolate. So we finished our day with a quick shower at the Handlery (they let me use the pool shower even though it didn't warm up that much) and then back to the airport for two flights to NYC. Urghhh. By this time I was really over flying.

Do you have any memories of San Francisco? I'd love to hear about it.