What I’m Doing During my SF Holiday Staycation

burger and shoestring fries at Zuni Cafe in SF

It's hard to believe I am only halfway through  my holiday staycation! Needless to say, I'm definitely finally feeling relaxed, as one should on a vacation. Even the kitties are cooperating by being good.

So far, this staycation has been a busy one. I kicked off the week with getting all my holiday cards completed, and shipping out a few packages. But Tuesday is what felt like the real kickoff.  I treated myself to a long leisurely lunch at Zuni Cafe, long one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. I even splurged on a great glass of pinot noir and saved room for dessert — the always delicious espresso granita. Despite being a one-top in a sea of larger parties, I was well taken care of, and had a prime seat in the sunny main room, with plenty of people watching.

After lunch, I hopped on the F Market Streetcar and made my way to Macy's Union Square, for my two-hour shift volunteering for the SFSPCA and their holiday windows fundraiser and adoption event. If you're not familiar with the SFSPCA holiday windows, check out the window cams of adorable adoptable kitties and puppies now. Be warned that you may be overloaded with cuteness.

I've volunteered for this annual fundraiser at least a half dozen times over the past 12 years. This year, as with most years, I was on duty to answer questions about the adoptable pets in the windows and the SFSPCA. There was not too much foot traffic, which is not surprising given we were on the O'Farell side of the building, post-lunch and pre-evening crowds. But I still had the opportunity to talk to a number of animal lovers about their pets, which is always one of the nice side effects of this volunteering.

I gathered about $100 in my collection box, and spread the word to dozens of folks. And I think a 4-year-old poodle may have found himself a forever home as a result of our shift too. A rather enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. I highly encourage SF peeps to sign up for a shift. But don't blame me if you end up coming home with a new furry family member…

The rest of this week has been consumed with plowing through the Hunger Games book series (I am 75% of the way through the third book now), and getting started with playing the new Star Wars MMORPG. If you're interested in learning more about that part of my week, peek at the blog I've started that focuses on my SWTOR adventures.

Next week, I am most looking forward to my significant other finally being able to eat solid, chewy food again after 3 weeks of post-surgery recovery, and making a lovely Christmas Eve dinner at home, then heading up to Sonoma for Christmas Day. So nice to have a relaxing holiday season for once, instead of trying to cram in all the to-do's after work in the weeks leading up to the holiday. I hope to have the opportunity to take this time frame off again.

2 Replies to “What I’m Doing During my SF Holiday Staycation”

  1. I took a peek at the menu; it looked great. What type of sandwich is that in the picture, and are those shoestring fries in the background?
    I made homemade fries earlier this week, my daughter ate three plates of them, after eating her main course. That girl can put food away, and still stays trim.
    I bet your SO will be happy to consume solid foods again. Here’s hoping the rest of your staycation goes by slowly.
    Volunteering is such a rewarding opporunity. I’ve never volunteered with the SPCA, but I have volunteered at a local ferret sheler. Hopefully some of the pets will find forever homes. The only type of pets I get now are from animal shelters.
    I checked out your other gaming site, can’t comment on it since I haven’t been following it. Eventually I’ll get around to checking it out, although I won’t be there when it’s released.

  2. The photo is the hamburger, with the cheddar cheese added. And those are their amazing shoestring fries. I have had that exact same meal there I don’t know how many times. It’s one of those happy taste memories I go back to.
    I’ve been a supporter of the SPCA for a very long time. I love this opportunity to do some hands-on volunteering. I haven’t yet adopted from them — Marcello and Bolvar came to us from an awesome kitty rescue group (they had been abandoned in the Central Valley.)
    And finally, as for SWTOR, please look me up when you start playing! I am set with my Sith guild but still trying to decide where to roll some Republic alts…

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