It was clear for a little bit before the fog rolled in, but when it life it revealed another grey rainy day. We had breakfast, a buffet this time, with freshly made scones, cranberry ginger, and lovely corned beef hash. After much discussion in front of a non-fire in the fireplace, we decided to drive into San Francisco and visit Japantown.
The drive was an easy one due to a lack of traffic and no rain. Our first stop is always Soto’s Hardware store and there I was able to pick up some paper to replace our shōji’s destroyed paper (due to the very unhappy cats during our ‘kitten phase’ this past summer. We had the five kittens in the kitchen and guest bathroom and I put the shōji across the entrance to the dining room. The boys didn’t like that and let me know all over the screen. Then as the kittens got older, they start to climb it. Sigh). It was a mighty $14 as opposed to $50 on line. Finally, some place cheaper than Amazon!
After that, we headed for The Paper Shop, which surprisingly enough deals in paper. I picked up some origami paper and a couple of cards. It’s always fun to chat with Annie, the owner.
While TBG took our booty back to the car, I went across the street to the Japantown Mall, a collection of restaurants, shops, and a hotel. It is always fun to wallow in Ghibli stuff. I have a hard time saying no. We stopped by the book store and picked up a new DVD Mary and the Magic Flower. I had wanted to see it in the theater last year and missed it, so this was a delight. TBG also bought me a new puzzle (this one of Jiji and his little family from Kiki’s Delivery Service) and then we wandered the various stores. The new thing this year (and it may have been a thing for a while) are chair socks. You put them on the legs of chairs to keep them from scratching your floor.
It was time to leave, but it was pouring outside and, while we were parked just across the street, we didn’t have our umbrellas. We decided to eat while we were there and had a nice lunch at a small restaurant within the mall. And I can say that, for the first time in a long time, I had a Screaming Orgasm for lunch. It had tempura shrimp, avocado and a variety of other ingredients. It was very tasty. We also had a tempura plate which we shared.
By the time we finished, the rain had stopped and we dashed across the square to a department store and I was able to pick up some more cat plates. It was still dry when we exited the store, but we both knew it wouldn’t last long. In fact, it waited to just as we got to the car to start up again.
It was another wet ride back to Pelican Inn, but there wasn’t much traffic and the rain stopped as we approached the Muir Beach turn off. We got up and over the hill without any problem, still trying to find where the road had collapsed three years ago.
Back to the room and a bit of a lie down. Still no internet, so it was a quiet afternoon of listening to the rain and reading. I worked on my latest quilt and discovered that the afternoon passed far too quickly.
We had agreed to meet The Boy and his partner for dinner down in the Pub and they were right on time. We did have a bit of an argument with the hostess. We had asked for and been given a small secluded table. There was no one sitting there and she argued that we couldn’t reserve tables. Then if there was no one there, why couldn’t we sit there? She eventually seated us there, but she was not happy about it. I still don’t get what the problem was. We did not want to sit outside.
Anyhow, the guys arrived and we had a great dinner. TBG’s steak from the night before was so good that I ordered one – something I rarely have. He had Shepherd’s Pie, Jason had a steak and The Boy had Beef Wellington. Afterwards, we headed back to the Snug to talk, but it was packed, so we went up to our room instead. It was much quieter and we could just talk without worrying about bothering anyone.
At around nine, they decided it was time to head back, so we sent them off with chocolates (for Valentine’s Day) and hugs all around. It was good to see them and they both look good. The Boy hates his job and isn’t happy. He’s looking into other opportunities and knows that we will always support him and his decision. We loved this job and did a great job with it, but since they merged with two other companies, they have gone up the food chain and the fun aspect is gone. Now it’s more cut throat and time conscious. Before they would take time and get things right. That’s gone now and in its place is just get it done and don’t worry if it’s not great, just make it okay. The Boy has never been one to cut corners in any aspect of his life and this style of work ethic is grating on him. We will see what happens. I just nodded a lot and let him talk.
We fell asleep to the rain and the happy frogs singing their “Hey, Baby” sound. It was a lovely day, even without Internet and cell service. :P