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Missing The City


FullSizeRender 9 “The City Bathed In Orange” Original Untouched Photograph by Kathleen Shelfer

Last night I attended a Birthday party on the Zinfandel Yacht out of the Alameda Harbor. It was fantastic! I never even fathomed that we would be going under the Bay Bridge and having the most amazing views of The City.

It was 6:30 p.m. and the sun was going down. We all boarded the yacht. With it being such a hot day, we went immediately up to the top deck to cool off and find a seat. As the Birthday Boy boarded the boat, we headed back downstairs to say our hello’s and Happy Birthday.  Big hugs too.

I don’t really want to get into then whole logistics of the party.  What I really want to talk about is the views of The City.  The memories it carries for me and how much I enjoyed remembering them last night.

As I watched the sunset over the Bay I realized what I was looking at.  The Bay Bridge with The City in the background. I was in awe.  Frozen to the amazing view.  I found an open window and just stared.


I am still a little baffled at how to exactly explain how I was feeling.  I was happy. Excited. Calm. Just to name a few.  Even a little sad. I had memories flying through my head of the great times that I have had there.


San Francisco is the first City that I had fallen in love with. It’s as pure and simple as that. I am so happy that I was able to experience the views of The City at night from the Bay again.  It had been too many years. The last time was with my friend, Taylor, one 4th of July when I was 27, or 28. What a night that was! Another story, for another day.  😉



WordPress A Post A Day/Week #12 ~ What are you looking forward to?

What are you looking forward to?

As of this moment I am looking forward to my Husband finding a new job.  This could mean many different things for us.

I am not an in-limbo person… I don’t like feeling like I am to just float out there in space until someone throws me a line and pulls me in.  Damn it really sucks!  I could just imagine how he is feeling.  Horrible I’m sure!

As of today he is waiting to hear about an interview to be set up in San Diego.  Other prospective jobs that popped up this week are in San Francisco, San Jose & Miramar, FL.  Still waiting to hear how the job interview went while he was in Oakland.  Waiting, waiting, waiting… ugh!  Tomorrow is Friday and another week will be gone.  Have to wait again until next week… waiting, waiting, waiting.

On the positive side, which is the side that I try to stay on the best I can.  I am looking forward to that stability again.  Also, will we be staying here?  Will we be moving and where?  There is so much to all of it and it is all exciting to me.  I am looking forward to a move out of Arizona.  If not, then I will look forward to our future here in Arizona for a bit longer and the great life that we already have.  🙂


WordPress Post A Day/Week #9 ~ Describe A Recent Aha! Moment

Describe A Recent Aha! Moment

When I was walking the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk in San Francisco this past October I had an Aha! moment.  It was the first day of the walk and just after I did my first 15 miles.  It seemed that once I hit 15 miles I would have a breakdown moment.  I would sob.  It sounds strange, but the walk was exhausting and emotional.  My Aha! moment was when I realized this is exactly how children get and I could relate 100%.   As parents we think that our children are just clumsy, crabby, not minding, etc.  What it really comes down to is that they are exhausted, which also makes them emotional and all of the above.  Rest for children is imperative and as parents it is our place to see that they get plenty of it.  For their safety and our sanity.  🙂


WordPress Post A Day/Week #2 ~ Best Accomplishment of 2010

Best Accomplishment of 2010?

I would have to say walking the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For The Cure on October 1 – 3, 2010 in San Francisco.  I raised $2,312.  Our team… We’re Bringing Boobies Back, raised a total of $10,730.67.  There was 4 of us that made up our team.

My friend, Diane, whom I have known since childhood, posted on Facebook one day that she would be doing the walk.  I sent her a message asking what it was exactly and if I could join in.  Of course she said yes.  From that moment on I researched the event, bought merchandise from the 3-day website, raised money furiously, held fundraisers, walked at the gym to prepare myself and then all of a sudden it was time.

I was really nervous and didn’t know what to expect.  The first 3 miles was exciting.  Took lots of pictures… posted updates to FB… then my phone died.  It was a long day.  When we finished I was exhausted to say the least. When we got back to camp, yes camp, we had to find our luggage, get a tent to set up and set off to find our spot.  All of this after walking 20 miles.  To say the least. we were all exhausted.  Me, emotional!  Boy was I!  I learned why small children have melt-downs.  I was there 100%.  Each day got harder and harder for me.  I cried each day when I hit about the 15 mile mark.  I also cried when I saw signs, or friends and families of others that were out there rooting us all on.  They were amazing to be there, so I cried.

Needless to say, I DID IT!  I am proud.  I think back and I really don’t think that people realize what a feat it was.  Especially walking in San Francisco.  It was hard walking, really hard and emotional.  I had the injuries to how hard it was when I finished.  I am not going to complain though.  The person that helped me though the most was my Husband.  He was amazing, encouraging and I thank him wholeheartedly for all of his kind words and notes.  🙂


It’s A New Day In My Skin – Day 144

Weight:  180

Size:  13/14

Exercise:  Laying in bed still…  😉

I started the two hundred sit-up program the other day… last night I did Week 1 Day 3 and I think that my total sit-up were 173, or maybe it was 178… I don’t remember

I still haven’t gone back to the gym since my 60 Mile walk in San Francisco.  My foot and knee is still not even 95%, but getting there.  I just want to give it another week to really heal.  The doctor said that would be a good idea.

I really have been thinking about going to the gym, which is a good sign for me.  I usually could care less about going.  What I miss the most is the treadmill and yoga.  The doctor told me that I need to strengthen my inner thighs, so when I go back that will be a new focus.  Strengthening those muscles will strengthen my knees where the arthritis is forming.  Completely understandable and doable!  What I really miss is Bikram, can’t wait to get back!!  🙂


It’s A New Day In My Skin – Day 118

Weight:  183

Size:  14

Exercise:  2 miles on the treadmill… 10 miles on the stationary bike… walked home from the gym, about 2 1/2 to 3 miles.

It felt good to exercise today since I hadn’t done much since my crap experience of dehydration.  I went to the gym ready to do at least 5 miles today. Unfortunately, I couldn’t shake my damn cramps.  Starting your period for the first time since June is good and bad.  Bloated as hell and pain that makes you not want to move on the bad side.  Finally having it and thinking that my body might be getting back on track is the positive side.  I told the bad side to screw-off today and just kept going and thought positive thoughts.  I told myself today that I ROCK!

I was trying to check the weather before I stepped foot out of the gym today and decided if I was 100% sure that I wanted to walk home, but my phone wasn’t cooperating.  I purchased a protein bar since I hadn’t eaten anything this morning & made sure my water was sufficiently supplied in my water bottle.  I walked out the door and it was sprinkling.  I was so excited!  I was actually hoping that it would just rain on me the whole walk home.  I tightened up the silk bag that I have my Kindle & PalmPre stored in, so that the rain wouldn’t make it in there.  I set off for home.  I got a few drops on me here and there, but nothing more.  The cloud cover felt nice, as did the little breeze, but I knew that it was still very hot out today.  It had to be, it was 110 yesterday!

I made it home with no worries and no pain.  That was wonderful!  It still isn’t 20 miles, or 40 miles, or 60 miles like I will be walking in 12 days.  I keep telling myself I can do it, I can do it.  With all of the excitement that will be going on before, during and after the walk I keep thinking that it isn’t going to be as strenuous as it could be.  Yes, I will still be walking 20 miles a day and yes, I will be sore and tired most likely during and especially towards the end.  I will also be so excited, adrenalin and emotions flowing fiercely through my body.  I know I can do this and even better… I want to do it!  I am already thinking about doing it next year. Is that crazy?

As of today the Susan G. Koman 3-Day in San Francisco is 12 days away.  I will have $908 dollar to raise in less than 2 weeks.  3-Days 60 Miles – Please Support Me!!!.  🙂