Friday, December 31, 2010

Why I hope this decade will be better than the last

Another new year is upon us, it seems. Can you feel my enthusiasm? I plan to celebrate by never leaving the house and going to bed at 11:30. So, basically like any other day. God, I hate the holidays.

This time of year is all about self-reflection, which is where I tend to get into trouble, as I probably spend way too much time self-reflecting as it is. But in the interest of learning from past mistakes, I thought it would be useful to reflect upon things that happened in 2010 that I do not wish to repeat in 2011. Which, as it turns out, is most of them. But I particularly do not wish to repeat:  



definitely not this 

oh god, and this 

this too

and I could definitely do with less of this 

Well that was a fun walk down memory lane, wasn't it?

In the interest of not being a total downer (too late!), let's end things on a more positive note, shall we? And so, here are the Things I am Looking Forward to in 2011:

finishing school (again)

getting a job

and this:
I leave in one week, and will be meeting my fabulous travel-partner-in-crime, Jamie, for one extra-long weekend of west coast fun. I have already scoured the archives of my favorite San Francisco-based (and formerly San Francisco-based) bloggers, taking careful note of their suggestions. But now I pass it to you guys--have you ever lived in or visited San Francisco? Is there anything I absolutely must do or see (or eat) while I'm there? Anything I should avoid? My only goals so far are to 1) eat great food, 2) walk a lot and see some stuff, and 3) maybe taste some wine. Anything beyond that would just be icing on the cake.

Cheers, all. Happy etc.  



    Hope 2011 is full of hilarious memories!


  2. Muir Woods--so cool

    I hated the rest of who's the downer?

  3. Happy 2011, Rachel! I hope it's a great year for you.

    And have a FABULOUS time in the terrific city of San Francisco.

    I have a goal for you for 2011: Compile some of your best posts (they're all terrific, so finding the gems among so many gems will be a tough job) and write a book. I'm not kidding.

  4. In San Francisco go to the Ferry Building for good everything.

  5. Best wishes for a wonderful 2011. Have a great break away in San Francisco and let's hope that's the start of heaps of good things to follow. :-)

  6. 2010 sure seem to have been an emotional rollercoaster but it has been awesome to read!
    I wish you a great 2011 Rachel.

  7. Recommendations will vary based on what neighborhood you'll be in. in general, I love- Taqueria Cancun super burrito. Take a Rosamunde sausage next door to the Toronado for a beer. Watch a movie at the Castro Theatre. Martuni's piano bar for very stiff drinks. There are also some wonderful high end restaurants, if you're looking for that. I love my city and am always happy to talk about it!

  8. Little Italy in North Beach (Columbus Avenue), great food every 32.5 inches. Wine always with the meal, coffee afterward (espresso ONLY please).

    Tadich Grill, 240 California(near Front Street),for best seafood anywhere. More wine.

    Boat to Alcatraz just for kicks. Fun, great views from boat and the island, wonderfully creepy history. Book early.

    Muir Wood if you have time.


  9. I spent a day in San Francisco with a friend who had just broken up with her first boyfriend. She dragged me into Sephora and I spent the day watching her get hair extensions and cry.

    I advise planning other sorts of activities.

    We ate really good sushi, though.

    Much love and luck in '11!

  10. Happy New Year!!! (<- look punctuaton) and if was in S.F. i'd do like i do in any other city i visit: seek out dive bars, score drugs, end up in strip clubs or massage parlors. sound advice from your friendly neighborhood low-life.

  11. Hi Rachael! Welcome to SF! Definitely check out the view from Coit Tower. Great food everywhere! Visit City Lights for a piece of Beat history and take home something!

    Happy New Year!!!

  12. Hi Rachel! I just stumbled on your blog and I absolutely love it!

    Anyways... Hope your 2011 is better than your 2010!