This past week has been momentous in many ways.  For one, my big sister, Kate, got married.  The first one of the three of us (I have two sisters) to get hitched.  It was a roller coaster of a week.  She is the only one of us who will have a traditional marriage ceremony and accompanying festivities.  Laurel and I threw her a bachelorette party with everything but a stripper (there were under-agers there).  The next day there was a rehearsal with a bridal party and then a luncheon with both extended families thrown by the groom's family.  Unbeknownst to most of us, the groom's brothers and other family gave speeches.  For some reason no one from our side of the family would go up there and share something with the group.  So, after a few glasses of wine and being one of Kate's bridesmaids, I got up there and said a few words.  Totally made her cry...booyah!  I'm kinda proud considering it was completely off the cuff.  Then my dad got up and said something.  The next day was the wedding and it was almost as beautiful as my sister was.  I even wore a dress for her, which I have not done since I was in my early teens.  Reception with an open bar (thank you!!) after that.  Lots of fun.  That night I barely made it to 9pm before passing out from sheer exhaustion. I am very proud to have been a part of Kate and Mike's day.

I have never been a fan of marriage. Perhaps it's because my parents divorced or something else, but I don't feel a need to get married.  Not to say I won't but for now that's how I feel.  Having said that, I am very proud to have been a part of Kate's wedding.  And I wouldn't change anything about it, except maybe having to wear a dress.  

Another amazing thing about this week is that DOMA and Prop 8 were eradicated.  I think it's pretty awesome that Kate got married in a historically significant week.  I wonder if the Supreme Court planned to have this vote during pride month.  San Francisco is getting ready to have its pride week so I'm guessing it will be even crazier than usual.  As expected, all social media platforms blew up with people commenting on both overturns and there was one recurring comment that has stayed with me. It was that it isn't just a win for a specific group of people, but for everyone.  I wholeheartedly agree with that.

To continue the flow of love this week, I started reading the book, The Working Theory of Love, by Scott Hutchins.

Have a lovely week!

Song of the Moment: Love They Say, by Tegan and Sara
As I was walking with Peach this morning I was actually thinking of different things I might like to blog about in the future.  So naturally I thought about all of things I had already blogged about.  Blogs are their own little timelines in a person or company's life.  Turns out I didn't really come up with anything very interesting.  I have found that when I am engaged in an activity outside (and by myself), I am much more tuned in to what I am doing and what's going on around me.  So, once I stopped thinking about what I might blog about I started tuning in to the sounds around me.  

At that point I was near a house that was being worked on, so there were sounds of construction...hammering, boards clanking against each other and workers discussing the task at hand.  I said good morning to a couple of them as I passed by.  People tend to be very friendly around here.Then I noticed the sound of the breeze rushing through the trees and the birds chirping.  For a moment I felt like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty walking through nature, except that I was wearing jeans and t-shirt and walking a dog, while my surrounding were not at all cartoon-like.  But the sounds were amazing.  These are sounds I wake up to everyday and it still surprises me that I get to wake up to them everyday.  Just down the lane I ended up walking by a house where someone was warming up to practice the piano.  On my way back the person was playing a song and tripped on a note, but nonetheless it sounded wonderful. For a moment I wondered what it would be like to be in that person's shoes, playing the piano with the windows open and looking out onto the Bay.  

To sound completely cliche and to quote a completely over-quoted, yet absolutely perfect quote from Ferris Bueller's Day Off - "Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it."

Song of the moment: Forsaken Cowboy, Royksopp
One my favorite things about living in the Bay area (aside from soooo many other things) is the ferry.  I'm sure for most people that would not even be on their top ten favorite things about this area, but for me it most certainly is.  I grew up in a beach town, so I'm stranger to living and breathing a very large body of water.  In fact, the town I grew up in added a ferry a few years ago (because not only is it a beach town, it also has a intracoastal waterway, aka a really big river).  

So back to the Golden Gate Ferry.  If you know your stuff about this area and public transportation, you should find yourself a clipper card, because they can be used on pretty much all public forms of transportation and for some will get you a pretty decent discount in fare.  This applies significantly to the ferry.  If you buy a single pass it's $9.75 one way( tourists beware!).  If you load a clipper card with money, it costs you only $5 to ride the ferry one way.  *end of nerdy accounting fun facts*

Once you get on the ferry (and at this point I'm talking about the ferry to Sausalito...there are also ferries to Larkspur and parts of the East Bay), it's a 30-minute on the water for only $5 (did I mention that already?)!  On a really clear day the views are absolutely gorgeous of the Bay everywhere: the Golden Gate Bridge, the city, the Bay Bridge, Sausalito, Angel Island, Tiburon, Treasure Island, and Alcatraz.  Fun little qualitative fact is most of the ferry drivers will slow way down as you pass right by Alcatraz.  Total freebee!

I don't really take too many pictures while I'm on the ferry, but I took a couple the other day.  I prefer to enjoy the ride and appreciate the many wonders I've been afforded in my life.  

Song of the moment: Hurricane by MS MR