Serendipitous Sightseeing

July 19, 2008

Mom and I were up at 5:00 this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep (thanks body clock alarm), so we decided to get up and get a head start on the day with a workout! By 5:30 we were down at the Westin Health Club – only to find it CLOSED! I was so bummed. What to do?!

Then I suddenly realized: "OHmygoshitsSaturdayandtheFarmersMarket istodayandwecango!!!"

So I grabbed my camera , and we set outside on foot for our workout. I got mom to jog all the way to the Ferry Building! She did great (although said she was going to stop about 5 times but I kept her going).

But we were still too early. I decided to keep running while mom walked along the water. I ran all the way to Pier 39 , saw the seals, and turned around to head back. I was so thankful to be getting in a workout that I ran super fast too. It was about an hour total of running, jogging and walking – way to make lemonade from lemons!


What I saw of the Farmer’s Market set-up was awesome. Tons of beautiful fresh produce and flowers.


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Breakfast today was the same as yesterday – half a wheat bagel with some cream cheese and marmalade , fresh fruit mountain , and bites of banana nut bread (so good!) and a cranberry muffin . Plus decaf coffee with skim.


Over breakfast today we attended a Windows Live Writer workshop. Amazing, amazing software. There was one woman who was blogging by typing her post in Word, copying it into Notebook, and then copying it into her blog. THEN uploading the photos manually. You can imagine how excited she was to discover WLW!! ANNnnnnddd…..I got a free Vista Upgrade for my desktop!!!!!!!!!

I’m really excited about today’s agenda – including meeting Chelsea (!!!) and the finale cocktail party at Macy’s tonight!

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1 hk July 19, 2008 at 11:50 am

SF Farmers’ Markets= one of a kind, those strawberries look so great! Have a fun day :) kudos to “Mom”, too!


2 mollymolly July 19, 2008 at 11:50 am

yay!!! you were able to make it to the farmer’s market!!!

when i was there in may i think it made my whole trip! ha!


3 Beth July 19, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Yikes, don’t get too excited about Vista. I’d say well over half the people I know who HAD Vista were back to XP (or straight up switched to a Mac!) within two months. That software has way too many bugs, unfortunately.


4 ModelBehavior July 19, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Hey Kath, I think your decision to delete unneccesay negative comments is a good one. I think it will actually make it more pleasent for the readers who come to your site for the right reasons, sometimes all those negative comments can really make you just want to shut your comp off.

Bravo for taking charge!


5 ModelBehavior July 19, 2008 at 12:13 pm

goodness, ignore the typos (what is unneccesay? :))


6 jenna July 19, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I want to use that software but I have a mac!!!!! Can it still work?!


7 Jenny July 19, 2008 at 12:25 pm

I agree with Beth about Vista. I got a new laptop and could only get Vista for it. It stinks!!!! I have to use it for work but in our personal lives, we’re Mac users all the way. Microsoft tried to make Vista more intuitive and added more fail-safes, to make it more like Mac’s operating system. However, they failed miserably, and it’s just incredibly buggy. People even started a petition begging Microsoft to keep XP but, unfortunately, Vista will soon be it. Across the country people are shuddering. And, to top it off, just FYI for all you tax payers out there – 90% of the government is running on XP, or less, and when this change occurs, not only is all of the software going to be updated, but so will most of the hardware because the hardware can’t support Vista. That will mean millions and millions of dollars. Sigh…


8 Chandra (Eating to Live) July 19, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Great job on all of that early morning walking and running! And kudos to your mom for keeping up most of the way 😀

I love farmers’ markets! We have one every Monday afternoon and the berries you can get there are just to DIE for. Have a great time today, it all sounds like so much fun!


9 Gena July 19, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Woman, that is a ridiculously cute photo of you. There’s something very Mary Tyler Moore about it, even if you’re in running shorts in San Fran instead of a skirt suit in Minneapolis :)


10 Jenny July 19, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Oh, and Jenna –

My bf says that if you have an Intel Mac, you can get a program called Bootcamp that will allow you to run Windows on a partitioned hard-drive. But only if it’s an Intel Mac. (He just reiterated that point) 😉 He love his Mac and knows a lot about them if you have any questions about that.


11 Kath July 19, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Beth and Jenny,
I have Vista on my laptop and LOVE it! I haven’t had any problems thus far.

I’m not sure about the Mac? Perhaps check the Windows Live Help area?



12 amy a July 19, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Just gotta let you know, you are inspiring with the early mornings. I’m trying to re-adjust my body clock and be able to go running at 5/6:00am. I’m not there yet, but I’m working on it.


13 Justy2003 July 19, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Way to get in a great workout and start out the day at the farmer’s market!
And way to go Mom for jogging! I know I could never get my mom to jog with me for even a minute. Could partially be because she has a rod and screws in her leg from a car accident like 13 years ago though… 😉
Cute pic with the bridge in the background, by the way :)


14 Jen July 19, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Great pic of you by the bridge! We have Vista on our laptop and it’s fine. Sure, it took a bit of time to get all our preferences set up and get rid of those annoying popups, but we’ve been happy campers since then. Enjoy the rest of your trip!


15 lara July 19, 2008 at 1:18 pm

The Ferry Bldg farmers market is one of the best in the country. I hope you had at least 2 hours to take it all in. You need at least that much time. Some of the best food finds ever.


16 magpie July 19, 2008 at 1:23 pm

You have such amazing energy! I’m glad you’re enjoying SF :)


17 Jenny July 19, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Part of my dislike for Vista is my laziness/dislike for all things “mechanical”. That I’ll admit. I want my computers to be like my cars. When I turn them on, I want them to run. And, if they don’t, I want someone to fix them. But, I don’t really care what’s wrong or how it needs to be fixed – I just want it taken care of. My mechanic always wants to explain what’s wrong with my car and how he’s going to fix it. As soon as he starts talking, some part of my brain shuts down and fails to absorb the information. I feel the same way about my computer. I liked XP. I understood XP. Vista requires owner interaction. I hate that. Therefore, it continues to do things I hate, but I’m too lazy to go in and figure out how to fix it. I never had to do that with XP. I’m sorry I’m a poop.


18 Ansley July 19, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Hey thanks Kath. Your pictures aren’t too shabby either. 😉


19 sp July 19, 2008 at 4:19 pm


dont know if anyone got back to you about the minerals. While it looks awesome, it is messy to put on. Snow flurries of minerals all over your clothes. it is messy to transport and reapply, even though they give you that comact thing that is supposed to make it easy. If your not a touch up person, that it may work out. Otherwise, always keep a ziploc around to hold it in.


20 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm

The picture of the okra sign with the smiley face is sooo cute!


21 sp July 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Umm nevermind, i just read yesterdays posts and it was a plethora of bear mineralites…you got plenty of advice :)


22 Danielle July 19, 2008 at 4:28 pm

That farmers market looks like heaven on earth


23 ppp July 19, 2008 at 5:04 pm

kath, i was inspired by you and your CSA delivery and just joined a co-op with weekly deliveries of fresh organic local veggies and fruits once a week, and it is the BEST thing ever!! (these farmers market photos made me think of it)

I think everyone should look into these services in their area, because it really is worth it! here in LA I use “love delivery” ( i LOVE getting a new shipment of vegetables every week – and they often send things i would never have picked out on my own so its fun.

anyway, just thought i would share…


24 workout mommy July 19, 2008 at 5:33 pm

what an awesome workout, much more exciting than the dread-mill at the westin!

and I wish i knew about that farmer’s market, it looks delicious!

i’m so glad I got a chance to meet you today. As always, your posts are making me hungry. :)


25 Kath July 19, 2008 at 5:36 pm

amy a,
I PROMISE it gets easier!! Just picture how you’ll feel after when you are laying there in bed. It always helps me get up.

workout mommy,
It was great to meet you too!! We’re thinking kids in a few years, but perhaps I should start writing down your tips ASAP!



26 amethyst July 19, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Wonderful market photos!

Perfect setting for a great run… :-)


27 C July 20, 2008 at 7:30 am

I’m so jealous that you got to go to the that farmers market! Hooray for local, even when it is miles and miles from home :)

I am going to look into the live writer, you’ve been saying so much about it. And even after only a little while of writing a daily blog, I am learning what a painfull process it can be sometimes!


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