Archive for April, 2012

April 15, 2012

The Most Amazing People, The Most Amazing Place.

I’m happy to report since my last post, the promise of a changed attitude has found itself worthwhile. Since my last post, so much has happened I feel as if a year, not a month, has gone by. I’ve found myself yet again reminded in so many different ways how blessed I am to have the family and friends that I do, and to be living in an incredible place that I am in awe of every single day. I tried to narrow down the past month to one story – but I’ve had so many fun activities and experiences in this city recently, I had several to share.

I have to start with my sister’s bachelorette party I hosted in SF, titled The AbsoluteLeigh Bachelorette Party (a nickname that her fiancé’s friends gave her). While words can never (and shall never) be able to describe what exactly went on and JUST how much fun we had that weekend – the pictures can certainly tell a thousand words. The weekend started on a Thursday afternoon in my Marina neighborhood with manicures, pedicures, happy hour, plenty of wine and even more laughter. We called it an ‘early’ night, to wake up bright-eyed and bushy tailed early Friday morning to be picked up for a day trip to Napa Valley. We went to three wineries, had lunch, stopped to see some sights along the way, and enjoyed the overcast-but-yet-not-rainy-or-that-cold weather. We got back just in time to escort my sister to the ‘secret’ location for the weekend – a penthouse apartment by Union Square. We cooked my sister her favorite meal that night, continued with the wine ‘tastings’ and even more laughter, played bachelorette games and had a lingerie party on the rooftop deck of the AbsoluteLeigh Bachelorette Penthouse Suite. While we did not call that night an early one, we still got up bright-eyed and bushy tailed to spend the next day in the Castro District, with brunch, mimosas, more games, and nonstop laughter. Dinner was downtown that night at the oldest French Bistro in San Francisco, and we were then picked up by a limo for the remainder of our evening, driving around exploring the city, and stopping at a few places to dance. I thank all the girls who flew out from all over the country to join in the fun, and thank you for allowing me to show off the great place I now call home.

As if that weekend wasn’t enough fun, the very next weekend was nothing short of spectacular, either. One of my best friends in San Francisco was celebrating a birthday, and boy did we celebrate with a bang! A group of us got dressed up and went on a dinner cruise in the San Francisco Bay. With incredible views, great food, and an electrifying dance floor – this night was the perfect way to celebrate an amazing person. Needless to say, we had a ton of fun cruising by Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge with awesome city views under a ginormous orange harvest moon. You know you live in a remarkable place when even the locals don’t get sick of the tourist spots. Happy Birthday Lindsay – thanks for being my person.

Right, so in order to avoid writing a novel, I’ll try to give you the rest in cliff notes. Aside from these two fabulous weekends with the best friends in the whole world, even the day-to-day, not celebrating any particular event has been exciting.  My girlfriends and I spent a Thursday evening at a museum in our neighborhood, where they have ‘adult nights’ consisting of a happy hour while getting to explore the science museum and  play with all kinds of crazy gadgets. We also celebrated National Grilled Cheese Day in grilled cheese style, which pretty much made my week. I had a visit from an AZ best friend who was up for a night, who I’m still convinced will move here someday 🙂 I have also spent many, many hours and days with another best friend exploring new things in the city and reminding ourselves of all the great things around us. From playing (football?) in the park and learning about juicing(!), to watching the SF Giants home opener game in fan infested waters and shopping at farmer markets to buy authentic local SF paraphernalia. My best friend in AZ has supported me, encouraged me, and stayed true to me through thick and thin, listening to me rant and never complaining. My best friend from our South African births got engaged and asked me to be one of her bridesmaids. I’ve stayed consistent with my running, my spin, my yoga, my writing, my photographing, my exploring, and most importantly – my attitude.

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To make a long story short, the last month has been the super charge to my battery, the sprinkles to my ice-cream, the wood to my fire, and the ying to my yang. And the best part is there are still more exciting events coming up soon. So I thank every one of you who stood by my side when things were rough. My family and friends are without a doubt my rock, enabling me to have these experiences I get to write about today.

I remind you to live everyday as if it were your last, and oh – to just love life.

Love,

Chianne

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