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July in San Francisco

[Monterey, January 2011.]

San Francisco in July is an exercise in patience. This is my fifth summer here, and each year I am shocked anew — it’s drizzling? It’s freezing? It’s gray and depressing every damn day? In July??

Well, yes. For some reason, July 2011 is particularly bad. I can’t exactly say why: perhaps it’s the piles of work, the lack of a real vacation in nearly a year, an ongoing, nebulous, and thoroughly disheartening injury preventing me from logging my usual 30ish miles a week, the feeling like I am always, always behind in everything — whatever it is, I am trying desperately to hold on ’til Indian Summer and sun and free time. I can see it on the horizon, it’s just that it’s a bit hazy.

So I am sticking that photo up there to remind myself: there is so much beauty in this world if only we take a moment to remember, and to look for it. The fog may be omnipresent, but it also can be beautiful — all pearly mist and mysterious wisps. The cool summers here are, I chide myself, vastly preferable to the muggy heat of the East Coast (no air conditioning in the city most days! What a gift!). We are perched along the sea and so must resign ourselves to living with its moods and temperaments. It’s not so bad really.

Tonight I will cook, to console myself and ease into the weekend the best way I know how. I will (hopefully) sneak out of work a 1/2-hour early and go home to make pesto from scratch, poach salmon in lemon juice and white wine, bake a chocolate cake. The oven will be get a good workout, which pleases me for many reasons, not least of all because it will warm up the apartment. I will make thick, fudgey ganache and open a bottle of red wine. It’s Friday, after all, weather be damned. And one day soon, we will see the sun again.


  1. We’re having the same problem in Portland. It really is depressing!
    On a positive note, I didnt have to worry about warming up my house too much with the oven on while I baked your delicious cherry muffins! :)

  2. That is a seriously gorgeous photo. Hope you have a nice weekend, and glad you can find the positives in such un-summerlike weather. I’m sure wine and chocolate cake will make it even better, too :)

  3. Sounds like a wonderful Friday night to me.

    I am also going nuts with my lack of running. Especially since I am missing the season of running in a tank and shorts in Chicago and running my 2nd marathon is slowly, slipping away.

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