san francisco – day 1

folks, it’s time this hard-working lady treated herself to a few days off from work.  where to, you ask?  well, if the title of this post isn’t a hint, i’m headed to san francisco.  yep!  a four and half hour delta flight brought me to this city on the bay for a long weekend to visit my cousin brian.  i know, how exciting!  he’s been living in this fair city for a little while now, and considering i’ve never spent time here, i figured a trip westward was in order.

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do i have much planned for my days in san fran?  not much besides a wine tour on saturday.  well, i take that back.  i plan to practically eat my way through the city.  i’ve promised myself i’ll do enough walking to justify the obscene amount of calories i’ll probably be consuming.  that order shouldn’t be too tall to keep since the weather in northern california is forecasted to be pretty gorgeous during my stay.  ah, thank you, mother nature, for your kindness!

but first, where does each cross-country journey begin?  an exhilarating flight across the nation, of course!  i hustled down to the airport this afternoon with my brand spankin’ new luggage (thanks to kari for helping me pick it out at tj maxx), left it at the baggage drop, and then patiently waited my turn in the security line.  i was a bit surprised by the number of fellow travelers this time in the middle of the week.  oh well, i was in no real rush, so i shuffled along and through like a good little guest.

after hitting the ladies’ room and filling my water bottle, i leisurely strolled on over to gate a24.  the gate attendants were getting ready to board first class, so i popped a squat and waited my turn.  i am a lazy boarder, so i usually just hop on at the end.  i mean, what’s the rush to squeeze yourself into a cramped airplane seat?  i always check my luggage since it’s free, so i don’t mind the later boarding.  plus, if you stick around the gate, you can be super touristy and take pictures of relatively boring and typical scenes.

isn’t this well-framed photo of my plane and jetway super interesting?

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and how about this one of the gate and all my fellow flyers?  we’ll be best friends long before touchdown in san fran!  oh, except for this lady on the right of the picture.  i’m sure she’d kill me if she knew i’d gotten this sweet shot of her white-washed jean backside.  hehe.

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oh, and here’s my personal favorite.  isn’t this delta sign just so picturesque with the fire hose totally photo bombing the entire thing?

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you didn’t think the simple act of boarding a plan could be this interesting, did you?  ah, just you wait!  i am a woman of many talents, one of them being the gift to make normally routine and bland life events highly entertaining.  i like to think i get it from my parents.  thanks, mom!  thanks, dad!

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join the club!

i don’t like to call myself a fast food lover, but i think that would be a bit of a lie.  sometimes all i crave is some processed meats and salty potatoes to satisfy my hunger.  is there something so wrong with that?  if you say yes, then i bet you are only denying your own desire to find the nearest drive-thru for some temporary and unhealthy satisfaction.  i’m not sure there are many fast food establishments i’d pass up, but i’d almost drive any number of miles to find a mcdonald’s because, let’s face it, mcdonald’s is practically an international icon in its own right.  those golden arches are recognizable almost all over the world, and there’s always a small tug on my steering wheel whenever i pass by one on the road.

phillip and i were recently talking about eating (something we do often now that i think about it) and somehow mcdonald’s came up in the conversation.  i asked him what his favorite meal there was, and he said that he always gets the quarter pounder burger.  he asked the same question to me, and without much hesitation, i said the big mac.  now, chicken mcnuggets are in a close second, i promise, but the big mac is just so classic!  “you know,” he said, “I’ve never had a big mac myself.”

“WAT.”  i swear the world stopped for a second when he told me he’d never had the privilege of enjoying what is, quite possibly, the most well-known burger in all the land.  how can he never have had a taste of those two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun?  i know!  it’s almost blasphemous!

well, i have good news for you all.  last night phillip joined the big mac club, and it was some of the most fun i’ve had eating a meal.

first, the bag of heavenly goodness.

next, the box.  oh, how the anticipation built!

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oooh, and there it is in all its glory!

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glamour shot!

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and by glamour shot i mean grease shot…

have you ever seen someone so excited about a big mac?

my first big mac, captured in history!

his first big mac, captured in history!

staring it down…

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…and taking the plunge!

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phillip took his time to savor each bite and really review the flavor profile of this classic burger.  he loved the big mac sauce (basically thousand island) slathered on each beef patty.  the pickles and cheese were great toppings as well, and even though the big mac is big, it wasn’t too large for this hungry fellow.  he had brought me one also, and i scarfed mine down between breaths of air.  big macs are a guilty pleasure for me, and considering it had been months since i’d had one myself, i wasted no time in enjoying it.

although the quarter pounder may always be his favorite go-to, i suspect i’ve converted phillip with a new favorite.  thank you, mcdonald’s, for bringing a close couple even closer!

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so, phillip is now a member of the big mac club.  congratulations, dear!  however, another club that he had missed out on for a while but is now a proud member of is the michael kors club.  yes, i have corrupted him and am afraid there may be no turning back.  last weekend phillip did a little spring shopping for himself at macy’s, and you shouldn’t be surprised that i was happy to tag along.

after dressing him up in new shirts and pants in the fitting room, we headed down to the michael kors watch counter.  phillip had taken a look at their selection right when we walked in the mall but decided he wanted to do clothes first and then see how he was feeling.  fair enough.  when we got back to the jewelry case, he kindly asked colleen to let him try on the everest silver-tone watch again.  with his new outfit and puma sneakers on, the watch looked better than ever.  funny how that works, right?  this watch is modern and sleek while also being a beefy, eye-catching piece.  the two-tone blue and black dial is unique like the rubber wristband.  oh, and you want to know what made it an even better buy?  it was on sale, and he didn’t know it until he went to the checkout counter.  sometimes you find everything when you aren’t even looking for it.

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soft boots!

soft boots!

these michael kors riding boots are one of the smartest fashion investments i have made in a while. the brown on black brings these boots to the front of modern while the simple gold embellishments keep them classy. michael kors has long been one of my favorite designers, and these boots reminded me why i love his designs so much.

jump into spring with more of his timeless pieces here.