Adventure Time: Alcatraz Island

On Tuesday, Grant and I decided to play hooky and go a date to Alcatraz Island. I've always wanted to go to Alcatraz not only because I've never been, but also because there was an exhibit by Ai Wei Wei that's closing on the 26th. We reserved tickets online and took the F trolley to Pier 33 to board the ferry. I wished I was able to be in the bay more often. The view from there is so pretty. 

The kite below was definitely my favorite piece of Ai Wei Wei's exhibit. The colors of the kite were so beautiful and inspiring. 

Ai Wei Wei at Large exhibit on Alcatraz

The installation below was also really cool. It was all made of lego. I can't wait to have my house one day or have an opportunity to make a giant lego installation. I would to do some cool lettering. 

Ai Wei Wei at Large exhibit
Windows on Alcatraz

After looking at the exhibit we went to the Cellhouse to do the audio tour. The cell block is kind of gives me chills as I thought about all the things that happened there and the stories that were told on the audio tour. I really enjoyed the audio tour and would highly recommend it. 

Alcatraz cell block
Solitary confinement on Alcatraz
Mini window with a view of the San Francisco skyline

The hospital is not part of the audio tour, but was interesting and a little creepy to walk through.  

Hospital on Alcatraz
San Francisco skyline

After Alcatraz, we decided to continue being tourist and went to Boudin at Pier 39 to get some clam chowder in a bread bowl and Trish's Mini Donuts. Skip the churros and get the fresh and warm mini donuts. We tried a churro from a stand and it was no good.

Trish's Mini Donuts at Pier 39

We walked around with our donuts. They didn't last long. :) We found some musical stairs. I haven't seen them at Pier 39 before but remember there was a The Fun Theory sponsored by VW did this back in 2009 in Stockholm. They're really fun to walk up and down cause a note is triggered at each step.

Musical stairs at Pier 39

And of course we didn't forget to pay the sea lions a visit. They're so silly. I loved watching them hop all over each other, bicker, swim, and look up at the sky. 

Sea lions at Pier 39

Such a fun day in San Francisco! I love playing tourist in this beautiful city. I've lived in SF for 5 years now, and I still don't feel like I've done everything I want to here. Until my next adventure, have a fantastic weekend!

(Early) Birthday Weekend

Today is my birthday, and I can't believe another year has gone by! 27 was an interesting year of figuring out what I should do with my life. Unfortunately, I don't have a good answer yet. I just know I want to make things, whether it's an app, greeting cards, or necklaces, I want to keep creating. That's all I know for now. Stay tuned!

I got to celebrate my birthday last weekend I had an action-packed weekend with my brothers and friends. My oldest brother, Jeffrey, flew up from Santa Monica to do the Ridiculous Obstacle Course (ROC) Race. On Saturday, we drove down to the Santa Clara Fairgrounds early in the morning to the ROC Race. I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. I knew there would be some inflatable obstacles which looked like a lot of fun.

There were 12 obstacle courses total. The last 4 obstacles were my favorite. The last 4 involved going done a slide with an inner tube, a foamy slip and slide, walking across an inflatable log, and then sliding down the world's largest inflatable slide. I wished that we were allowed to try each obstacle more than once. It was lots of fun, and I would do it again. 

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I'm so grateful to have such ridiculous people to do ridiculous obstacle courses with.

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The rest of the day I spent running errands to prepare for my birthday party the next day. I wanted Jeffrey to be at my birthday party so I figured I would throw my birthday party a week early. I enjoy planning parties. Last year I did a garden party for my birthday. This year I decided to throw a snow cone party at Golden Gate Park near the Conservatory of Flowers! 

I rented a snow cone machine from SF Party. I decided that I wanted to make my own fresh syrups. So I made a variety of syrups that included: watermelon mint lime, pineapple coconut, raspberry, blackberry, rose water, Pimm's cup, ginger, and lavender. I also had coconut milk and condensed milk to top things off.

The syrups were simple to make. I just blended up fresh fruit, added some sugar and boiled it in a pot. I was really happy with how everything turned out. My favorite combination was the rose water with coconut milk and some condensed milk. It was fun to mix and match the syrups and everyone could come up with their own creations.

I kept the party decorations simple. I made a snow cone garland using this tutorial. I had an inflatable T-Rex, just cause I had one lying around our apartment and thought that it would be fun. I tried to match what decorations I had to my dress, mainly just the garland and the paper straws. I didn't know what snow cone cups to buy, and the ones I got were a lot smaller than I anticipated. They worked out though. I think that was good for trying different flavor combinations. 

I was so happy that my friends and family could come out and celebrate life with me on a beautiful sunny day in San Francisco. Thanks for those that came out to celebrate. Hope everyone had fun!

I ended the day with a delicious birthday dinner with my brothers and Grant at Suppenkuche. Our fun festivities were not quite over though. We still had a Jason Mraz concert to attend the next day! My brothers and I love Jason Mraz, so I bought tickets for us to go see him in concert with Raining Jane at Davies Symphony. Here are some sibling selfies before the show. I love my brothers.

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Jason Mraz and the gang put on an amazing performance. I love seeing Jason Mraz live, and I think this has been my favorite concert of his so far. 

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Also, if you haven't been to Davies Symphony Hall, you should definitely go! It's such a beautiful venue and there's a great view of City Hall. 

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I had so much fun with brothers and friends. I'm so grateful to have them all of them in my life. I love you guys, and can't wait to see what 28 holds. XOXO

Flora Grubb Gardens

I've heard of Flora Grubb Gardens, but didn't know much about it. I heard it was a place people go to get plants. I don't know why I never looked at pictures of the store, but when it came to to get some plants for our apartment, I knew that that was the place to go.

I finally made my way over there a couple weeks ago, and oh boy was I glad to have gone! It's an amazing and magical place. The space is filled with so much green goodness and a Ritual Coffee. I could browse the 2,800 square foot shop for hours.

I wanted to take everything home, but we rode our bikes with a little bike cargo trailer attachment. I really wanted a fiddle leaf fig tree, but it was too big. I was scared to risk it in our cargo trailer. I did find some great ferns, succulents, and air plants.

I can't believe that I had not been there sooner. I can't wait to go back. If you're in San Francisco and looking for some plants, I would definitely check out Flora Grubb Gardens.

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