We spent a delightful, relaxing weekend with the jenkitty.
She got up at some ridiculous hour to fly down from Seattle Saturday
morning, and left Sunday evening. We (me, the flower_cat, and
the chaoswolf -- the Y.D. wasn't interested in the kinds of
things we had partially planned) piled into the van with Colleen's
wheelchair and spent all day Saturday driving back from the Oakland
airport (which has been extensively renovated since I was last there, and
had surprisingly little traffic) by way of San Francisco.
The entire weekend was an exercise in real-time scheduling. We drove
along the waterfront, passing up the food paradise of the Ferry Building
because of large crowds and a lack of parking, past the tourist traps of
Fisherman's Wharf, South on Van Ness, West on Geary past Japantown, and
had a late breakfast at the Cliff House. Crab is a house specialty. Yum.
South on the Great Highway to Golden Gate Park, and parked under the de Young Museum. We
need more museum time. The textile gallery was showing Turkmen weaving --
wow! The pace and interaction are vastly different when I'm wheeling
Colleen around, but it wasn't unpleasant by any means.
After the museum we went next door to the Japanese Tea Garden. This was
mostly a matter of Jen and Kat exploring widely while I tried to figure
out how to get around with Colleen and the chair. On occasion I failed
miserably; fortunately the Cat is still fairly mobile under her own
power. No disasters.
Finally, we drove down to San Jose via Skyline Boulevard (as far as
Woodside), took a turn past $WORK on Sand Hill Road, and tried to figure
out where to have dinner. We'd originally identified a couple of places
in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, but it was still too early and the Wolfling
really didn't want her sister to be entirely left out, so we went home,
let the Kitty take a nap, and headed out to Kobe, our favorite sushi boat
The evening was a combination of filking, conversation, and looking at the
proofs of the wedding pictures, which artbeco brought over for
us to sort through.
Sunday the Kitty slept in while I went out for bagels and Scottish lox,
then a walk to the Rose Garden. There was time for Jen to have a bagel
before going out "silly food shopping" to Cosentino's with Colleen.
Colleen's been shopping there for nearly three decades; most of the staff
are old friends. Dinner was huge pieces of lamb (which Colleen
pan-broiled with Greek seasoning) with saffron rice and caprese (which I
made). Quick, simple, and delicious.
All too soon it was time for Jen to leave. I combined the trip to the
airport with dropping the kids off at their gaming session a couple of
blocks down Coleman Avenue. All-in-all a delightful weekend; I just wish
there was some way to do it more often.
Capped the weekend with a pleasant drive with the Cat.