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I Run For the Reward

A few weeks ago, I participated in the Clarksburg Country Run in Clarksburg. I also did it last year, but last year I did the 20 miler so by the time I was done, I just wanted to go home and take a nap. But this time, I was only (only, haha) running the half marathon, so I wanted to visit Old Sugar Mill winery while I was already in Clarksburg (located just south of Sacramento). I especially wanted to visit Rendez-vous Winery, Todd Taylor and Clarksburg Wine Company because I had heard so many great things.

The race itself was actually pleasant. It was completely flat and really beautiful through the vineyard in Clarksburg wine country. The day was beautiful too—no rain in sight, though it was pretty cold in the morning before the run got started. I hadn’t really been training, so I didn’t beat my own time, but I got much closer that I thought I would, which made me wish I had trained for it.

We got a hot lunch after the race, which was much appreciated and then my boyfriend and I headed over to Old Sugar Mill for a nice wine tasting reward. Even though I was still a little gross from the half marathon, everyone was pretty casual there on a Sunday afternoon, so I didn’t feel totally out of place. Plus, I saw several other participants in the race there as well.

The first winery we went to was Rendez-vous because we planned on working our way from back to front. We ended up spending a good deal of our time there because in addition to wine, they also had olive oil, jam, and balsamic oil to sample. And because I participated in the race, I got a special chocolate truffle. When we finally got around to trying their wines, we were pretty impressed. Most of what we tried was white wine, but a few of the wines we tasted were red. I think maybe they just specialize in white wine. Either way, it was delicious.

By the time we left Rendez-vous, we didn’t have a lot of time to visit the other wineries. I didn’t mind though, because I felt like I got the experience I was looking for even just having gone to Rendez-vous. We did manage to stop into Todd Taylor for a while. And try some of their wines and they were really good too. By the end of the day, I had run 13.1 miles and bought 4 bottles of wine. Quite a productive day, I must say!

I plan on doing the same thing next year: race, then wine. It was the perfect way to relax and reward myself after a swift race. I am already looking forward to next year.

A Weekend in SF

About six months ago, my friend Jenny told me that she was going to be moving from her apartment in the Haight to a larger loft in the Marina. And she wanted me to help her move. I was relieved to find out that she had already hired a mover (Golden Bay Relocation – a local SF mover) and that she really would only need my help packing and unpacking. So I agreed to go as long as she promised to take me to my favorite noodle bar called Citrus Club. It was a deal

She was really excited because she was moving as a result of a promotion that would allow for her to pay much higher rent than she usually did. It was definitely an upgrade and she called to tell me that she might need some help moving. While I wasn’t excited to help someone move, I was excited to see her new place and spend time with her. So I drove up on Friday, we had dinner at Citrus Club and drinks at a local pub around the corner called Magnolia and then spent the rest of the night catching up and packing boxes.

The next morning we ate breakfast at this great café within walking distance from her and then were back to her apartment by 9 to meet the movers. When the movers from Golden Bay Relocation arrived, they didn’t take very long at all to load up all of the boxes and furniture.  By the time they had loaded everything and unloaded all of it in her new apartment, it wasn’t even lunchtime yet. And they were really nice and helpful when we were trying to figure out the best place to put furniture. They were really patient with us because there were a few times when we were being indecisive.

Even though it wasn’t my move, it was still a pretty easy move. And actually, when I said this to Jenny, she mirrored my reaction. I think it really helped to have me there to help her with packing and unpacking and to have Golden Bay assist with the physical portion of the move. I have never hired a mover before, but I know that the next time I move I will definitely hire a mover to help. It made the whole moving process so much faster!

I know it sounds weird, but I actually had a really good time helping Jenny move this weekend. I wasn’t looking forward to helping her move, but it turned out to be fun to just hang out and drink wine and listen to music. And I got to help my friend to make sure her move wasn’t stressful. WIN!

The Not-So-Terrible MovingExperience

moving in san franciscoMoving is my least favorite activity. I’m sure that isn’t terribly surprising considering that it’s highly unlikely that any person on the planet actually likes moving. I doubt even moving companies like moving. But if I was ever going to move, I always had my favorite moving company’s business card (Golden Bay Movers located in San Francisco) just in case.

It is my general mode of operation to try as hard as I can to stay in one location as to not have to move. It’s a bit pathetic, but I think it illustrates my point. In fact, I went six months with a clinically insane roommate to avoid moving. But at some point, I was no longer sure that I was the sane one of the two of us anymore because I was so miserable.

So I decided to move out. This, of course, meant that I was going to have to do the one thing in the world that I hate most: moving. Good thing I had kept Golden Bay Movers’ business card all this time. I have to say that the fact that I already had someone I trusted to move my stuff made the whole thing much less stressful.

Even though having help from Golden Bay considerably cut down my stress levels during my last move, I still hated moving. I think it has to do with the fact that I moved around a lot as a kid. Now, when I settle down, I really don’t like having to start the whole process again.

Maybe it was because I’ve grown up a little, or maybe it was because of Golden Bay, but this move was pretty freaking smooth as far as I was concerned. Sure I had to pack up all of my stuff myself, but I think this time I was ready to be moving on to another place. I hated my living situation so much that moving was the light at the end of the tunnel—something to look forward to instead of dreading. For me, that was serious progress.

All in all, I had a pretty pleasant move. I still wouldn’t say that I had a good time, but it wasn’t as dreadful as I usually think it will be. Although I usually try to prevent myself from having to move, I know the next time it happens, I’ll be ready.