Amazement: San Francisco

Day 13 of NaBloPoMo 2014: Married to Amazement

My great-grandma once played the song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” She was so sentimental, and I didn’t get what was happening. I get it now. My other grandma told me about dancing on the pier with Lawrence Welk, but that may have been in Los Angeles.

Back to San Fran! This place, the entire San Francisco Bay Area, is my first choice for location to live. I think in the entire world. The opportunities, activities, food culture, proximity to forest and ocean, unique city culture, and access to cool new services are enough to fill several lifetimes. All of that comes at a significant financial cost though, and so I’m mentally prepping myself to leave this perfect place* behind and start over again somewhere new as early as 2016. Each time I think about leaving I feel a renewed dedication to make space for more beach trips, more redwoods, more Ferry Building, more hiking, more single-origin pour-over coffee, more wine tasting in Napa, more hilltops, more Karl the Fog, more conventions, more random nudity in downtown SF, and more of everything techie geeky hipster chic.

I could go on, but I’ll stop. And if you are one of those people who know me in real life and have been saying “I really want to visit you!” – DO IT! You can sleep in the boat bed** and fall in love with this place, just like me.

*perfect in all aspects except cost of living

**My son sleeps in a boat bed every night, left here by our landlord. What a cool renters perk, right?

8 thoughts on “Amazement: San Francisco

  1. What does your husband do and why do you have to move so often?

    I agree that the San Fran area is beautiful! I just love the west coast.

  2. I lived in Palo Alto for 9 months when I was in grad school. That was more than 10 years ago and I still wax poetic about how awesome living in that area was. Too bad it’s so pricey. 🙁

  3. Didn’t TH just start a new job a few weeks ago? I guess I only have a vague idea of what he does, but why do you need to move so often? Will this continue forever? It doesn’t seem fair to you or the kids (since you love the area, and T1 will be starting school) to constantly uproot.

    — I lived in 17 houses/apartments/duplexes by the time I was 18 (parents divorced so between two adults) and it was the WORST in so many ways, and that was all in the same state, I can’t imagine moving allover the country as well.

  4. Cost of living was a/the major decision factor with our last move and will be when we decide where to settle after residency. We love Cincy, it has a surprising amount of stuff to do and a great sense of community. Plus we can afford to buy a nice house and plan to take more vacations to awesome places like the coasts.

  5. Does the boat bed fit two humans and a very small adorable fluffy dog? 🙂 Miss you!

    Jenna Reply:

    Absolutely! We hosted my BIL and SIL for several weeks and I loved having people here in the evenings! In my ideal, people would use my house as a free place to stay and go all around exploring the Bay Area while we residents go about our day. Then we come back together in the evening and debrief! With a nice dinner thrown in there somewhere as well 🙂

  6. With the exception of my time in college, I’ve always lived in the Bay Area. It is truly a magical place! On the wine tasting front, have you checked out the Santa Cruz mountains? If not, get to Loma Prieta on the next nice sunny day! The wine is great, but the scenery is even better. It’s up in the hills, but with amazing views into Santa Cruz and Monterey. Pack a picnic lunch and then enjoy a few other wineries on your way back down Summit road. It is a kid friendly place if you want to stop on your way to the beach 🙂 Also check out passport days. For about 40 bucks you can get a passport to over 50 wineries to visit on select Saturdays throughout the year.

    Jenna Reply:

    A picnic at a winery? That sounds like a perfect way to say hello to spring! I’ve bookmarked that idea for April. Thanks!

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