On Fertility: It Takes a Village

It only takes 2 to tango, but there are so many collaborative musicians and choreographers in this dance called life.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have caught that I have been live tweeting from NYC and upstate New York. I’m here because I attended an experiential fertility workshop in Woodstock. It was FUCKING AMAZING. I will write all about it in a follow-up post. I can genuinely feel my baby on its way to me and Dean as I write this.

But before I go to sleep tonight, I wanted to capture how blessed and grateful I am for the following:

1. My job which quite possibly has the most generous vacation time of any employer in the US of A.

2. The interweb. Where or where would I be without Google and the internet, and the fact that we have the capability to research anything and find help.

3. So many friends who generously offered to take me in, put me up, drive me around (including 45 minutes to the workshop), and share their homes for me to sleep restfully.

4. As my parents are immigrants and I have witnessed first-hand the poverty of the Philippines, I know how very lucky I am to be able to eat local farm fresh food, to be able to choose between organic and gluten-free, and to have a tummy that is wined and dined every single day. I try not to take it for granted.

Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us on this journey.

Help! I Don’t Know How to Swim

I don’t know how to swim. Whenever I tell people this, I’m often quizzed with “What do you mean you can’t swim?”

Here’s how I like to think of it. If a boat capsized in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, would I be able to survive without any flotation device for the next hour until I was rescued? The answer is a violent no.

Despite spending a lot of time in pools when I was a kid, over time, I have lost the ability to swim. Also just because you spend a lot of time in the pool doesn’t mean you learn technique. Dog paddling is not a technique! That’s like saying if you bang on the keyboard enough, you know how to play the piano.

I also learned in my early teens that I’m allergic to chlorine. Swimming in a pool or even in the ocean which has trace amounts of chlorine would result in a rash all over my body. The only way I could avoid a rash was by swimming in reservoirs. How convenient!

I may have outgrown the allergy. I’m actually not sure, but now I just do a vigorous scrub in the shower as soon as I’m out of the pool. No more rashes, but I still can’t swim.

How can you resist this pool at the vacation home we rented in Palm Springs? Heaven all to ourselves.

What about you? Can you swim?

Can you survive a capsized boat?

San Francisco Real Estate Update

Remember this stunning Bernal Heights home that we submitted this offer letter for?

It was listed for $975,000.

We offered $1.1 million.

It went for $1.275 million. That’s $300,000 over the asking price!

Anyhow, we’ve extended our search to the greater Bay Area to include Alameda, Berkeley, and Oakland because my parents are over there = built-in babysitting for that one day when we are hopefully blessed with a bouncing brown baby. We have not lost faith in the city of San Francisco, but want to keep all our options open. I just saw a listing today in Bernal Heights that I am chomping at the bit for.

Anyhow, if we weren’t saving every nickel for our own dream home, I would buy this 1 bedroom bungalow in Alameda as an investment property. Alameda is an easy 25 minute drive from the city with numerous commute options into the city, including bus, boat, and a safe carpool system.

It is a short sale, listed for $250,000. Yes, you read that right. $250,000. With 20% down and a 4.75% 30-year mortgage rate, you can live in it for a smidget over $1,000. This is compared to 1 bedrooms in San Francisco going for 2 – 3.5x that amount.

Three Things to Do in Point Reyes

Yep, we love Point Reyes which is an hour north of San Francisco: good food, good hikes, good life. It seems like we spend more time in Point Reyes than in the city of San Francisco.

Here are 3 things to do in Point Reyes:

1. Eat thin-crust pizza and ginormously fresh oysters at the very popular Cafe Reyes.

2. Hike or bike the 9-mile round trip trail to Arch Rock and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. 

It’s like being on the edge of the world.

3. Have faux gras (so good it should be illegal), wine, and other yumminess at the renowned Sir and Star.

More posts on Point Reyes because we love it so much:

The Best iPhone App You Need to Download NOW

I’ve been on vacation, totally offline. Took Thursday and Friday off so today I was playing catch up at my all-day job—the one that pays the bills and affords me vacation time and bestows me with health care coverage. So bear with me, I’m still alive, but always juggling way too much. I’m also going on vacation (again!) starting this Friday for a week. My life is cray-cray beautiful. If you’re curious what I do from about 8am-6pm everyday, check out my LinkedIn profile since I’m always curious what part-time bloggers like me do full-time.

The Best iPhone App:

Our friend showed us the best iPhone app that y’all need to download NOW! I promise (100% guaranteed) that you will LOVE it.

It’s Yahoo Weather which won Apple’s 2013 Design Award. It’s functional and gorgeous. It’s not like the basic weather app that’s already installed on your phone. Get rid of that or hide it. It’s lame-o compared to Yahoo Weather, which gives museum-worthy scenic photos of every location that you type in. I have yet to see a duplicate picture of my beautiful San Francisco. As you scrolled down, you see a glimpse of the hourly and daily forecast, plus details on humidity, precipitation, wind & pressure, and the phase of the moon!

If you don’t have an iPhone, bookmark the regular site.

YAHOO stock = Buy

Also, I begrudgingly setup a Facebook Fan Page. Ugh, another social media medium to babysit. Would you do me a favor and like me?