The joys of getting older

There are a number of benefits to a birthday in the 30’s.  1) you are more concerned with a good bottle of wine than getting shit faced, 2) you have a good group of friends that will show up on time only up to 20 min late to the dinner reservation 3) you and your friends finally have some semblance of a career, meaning you can afford to add a nicer dinner on top of the usual birthday bar trip.

My good friend Devon turned 31 a couple of weekends ago.  Dev and I met when we were 24, a time when our birthdays consisted of getting shit faced and sweaty in the back dance floor of Delirium.  Over the years, those days have slipped away for good the most part.  Now in our 30’s, we both share a love of sweets, baking and Mac n’ Cheese.  Dev chose Grub, a comfort food type restaurant on Valencia for her birthday dinner.  They have a Mac n’ Cheese Bar.  You heard me right, a Mac n’ Cheese Bar where you order the basic and add toppings as you like such as steak, lobster, panchetta, brocolli, etc.  I’m really great horrible at making menu choices, so I actually skipped the Mac n’ Cheese and instead ordered the steak.  B was smart brilliant and ordered Mac n’ Cheese with steak. He was awesome enough to let me steal some of his in the end.

More snapshots from the night:

Aaaaand, one of the funniest things from the night, seeing 6’4″ B try and fit on Jen’s bike:

The Maritol

The Maritol, China Basin, San Francisco
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I’m on a Boat!  More than a few years ago, I visited the Maritol for the first time. At the time, there was one dude living on the ship and it wasn’t very decked out.  Since then, the Maritol has changed pretty dramatically, with a hot tub addition and a warmer atmosphere.   I was lucky enough to visit the ship a second time around last week when B and I were invited to a Boat! party.

An invitation to a boat party to me is just another excuse for nautical stuff.  I think B had the same thought because when we met up to go to the party, we were both wearing blue stripes.  He’s such a biter.

Narwhals are so magical!  I picked up this Narwhal necklace at the Renegade Craft Fair this past December from the Unicorn Crafts Booth.  

glasses: bonlook – cardigan and pants: j.crew – top: anthropologie (old) – boots: steve madden – jewelry: unicorn crafts, gifts from B and made by me

I’m not going to lie, the whole evening on the boat this video was playing through my head.

Tree Trimmers

A few weeks ago, I went to a tree trimming party at my gorgeous friend Aimee’s house. Aimee teaches at the same high school as me (right above me actually on the infamous 3rd floor!) as do (or did) all the other lovely ladies.  We had a blast of course, and managed to keep the teacher talk to a minimum.

Aimee has fab taste and decorates her tree with a bird theme.  I stole one of those birds and made myself a new fascinator. But then maybe pirate look was better?

We are all teachers, and we all have super interesting things to say.  some of the things said that night would probably scandalize a good percentage of americans.  especially when said teachers play scandalous games.  Cards Against Humanity.  I highly recommend it.  B bought the set off of a while ago and it’s been the go to game for every party.  It helps us old fogey teachers stay on top of all the popular disgusting things out there.

 My friends are just a sampling of how dedicated and talented teachers can be.  They work long hours and invest themselves physically, and even more so, emotionally in their classrooms.  They are all amazing educators who strive to make a difference every day.  Day to day we are faced with daunting, discouraging, bureaucratic and social problems that are too immense to tackle by ourselves.  We combat these soul crushing adversities through support, hugs, and a bit of alcohol.  =)  My ex-parter-in-bio-teaching Ann calls it trauma bonding and I’ve yet to hear a better descriptor.

bottom row: nicole (ELD formerly known as ESL), Alexis (SpED), Anne (English)  top row: me (Bio/health/Physiology), Aimee (ELD/English), Jen (English).  Missing from the photo was Ann, aka Zhaoweezy (bio/physiology).  ❤

The boys are not teachers, but they are teacher lovers.  I know this because they love us.  They are the ones who clean up the emotional messes we bring home with us.  They are also the ones who bask in our glow when we have success.  They give us encouragement, affirmations, and they tell us constantly that they are proud of us and our work.  Everyone needs that kind of support regardless of what the day job is, and I’m thankful that we have these dudes to help fill that role (among other roles).

On to some pictures of what we wore!  fashion helps make us happy.  There is no better time than a holiday party to bust out the new dresses!

earrings made by me – cardigan and necklace: f21 (not-so-secret-santa gift from Alexis) – dress, lipstick and belt: j.crew – over the knee socks: urban outfitters – booties: nine west

P.S. check out Aimee’s blog Past the Mission.  Its fantastic!