#RacingtomyWedding Running Schedule for 2014

I am excited to announce my #racingtomywedding race list for 2014, with 4 races already under my belt for this yearI am looking forward to a year of new places, new races and new challenges!

RACES for 2014

January 12th, 2014 – Hot Chocolate 15k

January 18th, 2014 – Tinkerbell 10k

January 19th, 2014 – Tinkerbell Half Marathon

February 2nd, 2014 – Surf City Half Marathon

February 22nd, 2014 – Enchanted 10K

February 23rd, 2014 – Disney Princess Half Marathon

April 6th, 2014 – Rock n Roll SF Half Marathon

May 18th, 2014 – Bay to Breakers 12K

June 1st, 2014 – Divas Half Marathon San Francisco Bay (TBD – need to confirm calendar)

July 20th, 2014 – Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon – TBD SOLD OUT

July 27th, 2014 – San Francisco Half Marathon Wispro

Aug 30th, 2014 – Disneyland 10K

Aug 31st, 2014 – Disneyland Half Marathon

September 7th, 2014 – The Giant Race (TBD – need to confirm calendar) 

September 19th, 2014 – Ragnar Relay – Napa

October 19th, 2014 – Nike Women’s Marathon

November 2nd, 2014 – US Half Marathon San Francisco (TBD – need to confirm calendar)

November 23th, 2014 – Berkeley Half Marathon (will receive additional medal for doing both SF Wispro and Berkeley)

#ilovemyjob – My 3 Year Work Anniversary

Since I was not in the office on the day of my 3 year work anniversary my co-workers took it to the social networks to send me some major co-worker love. 🙂 I even have my own hashtag now #iheartKPats

  1. Happy 3rd Anniversary to our wonderful community manager @katiepaterson one of our fav A-players! #IHeartKPats
  2. Happy anniversary @katiepaterson – to one of the greatest, smartest, most wonderful people I know!! #iHeartKPats
  3. Happy 3rd Anniversary @katiepaterson! It’s been a wild three years, and here’s to many more!! #IHeartKPats
  4. Happy 3 year anniversary at Achievers @katiepaterson 3 high performing years of great results!! #IHeartKPats
  5. Very few people can truly keep up with social media, but our community manager @katiepaterson can! Happy 3 year Anniversary! #IHeartKPats
  6. Katie you we’re one of the 1st people I got to hang out with @Achievers 3Y ago. It’s clear you were an A-Player then and now! #iHeartKPats
  7. Happy Achievers Anniversary to our savvy social Commiunity Manager @katiepaterson – you’ve just owned the role! #iHeartKPats
  8. Shout-out to the AMAZING community manager @Achievers, the lovely @katiepaterson! A total rockstar & my @runDisney bud #iHeartKPats
  9. Wishing @katiepaterson a very happy 3 year anniversary at @Achievers! Could not imagine this place without you #IHeartKPats
  10. Happy 3rd Anniversary @Achievers to the wonderful & talented @katiepaterson! You’re ancient in Achievers years! #IHeartKPats
  11. Diggin’ all the L.O.V.E being shared for our very own @katiepaterson today! Keep em’ coming! #iHeartKPats
  12. H4PPY @Achievers 3-Y34R 4NNI @katiepaterson j00Z r mY |-|3R0!! s0 pr0ud 0f j00Z!!! l0ts 0f l0v3!!!! bit.ly/10zoPVY #IHeartKPats
  13. Seriously, my fellow @Achievers you have made my day! Thank you for the #IHeartKpats shout outs 😉 #ilovemyjob 😉
  14. Happy third anniversary to an amazing and talented Achiever! #iheartkpats xox
  15. Just because I like blowing up her feed, another tweet to congratulate @katiepaterson on her 3 years working for @Achievers!!! #iHeartKPats
  16. Congrats on 3 years at @Achievers @katiepaterson!!! You’ve been a trailblazer and made significant impact. #iHeartKPats
  17. happy 3 yr anniversary @katiepaterson!! I truly love working with you every day! Thanks for being so amazing! #IHeartKPats
  18. Wow 3 yrs Miss! 140 char is not enough to tell the world how great you are @Achievers. You inspire me daily @katiepaterson #IHeartKPats
  19. Happy 3 year Achievers anniversary Katie!! #iHeartKPats @katiepaterson Youre such a valued member of our team, thx for leading us in social!
  20. Happy 3 years to one of my @achievers partners in crime @katiepaterson! We will definitely need to celebrate when you are back! #IHeartKPats
  21. My dearest @katiepaterson, you are the Sourpuss to my Crown and Redbull. Always adding some flavah to our SF adventures! #IHeartKPats
  22. Congrats @katiepaterson on your Achievers 3 year anniversary! You are one of a kind 🙂 #IHeartKPats all day
  23. Happy 3 year anniversary @katiepaterson !! You are such an A-player in everything that you do #iHeartKPats
  24. @katiepaterson you are so talented, passionate, and kind. I am the luckiest to work with you #iheartkpats

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Restaurant Review: The Grove on Fillmore

The Grove has three locations in San Francisco, this is a review of the Fillmore location. The Grove is located on the famous location of the Fillmore Jazz Festival in San Francisco and it is a local hang out spot for brunch any day of the week.

The Grove has a selection of brunch and lunch items with in house made desserts and freshly squeezed orange juice. I have been there twice and both times it was packed and a challenge to find a seat but the food and atmosphere is well worth it. You wait in line place your order and are given a letter to bring to your table. I highly suggest snagging a seat outside if the weather is warm and do some people watching.

After asking friends I cannot seem to find a bad thing on the menu. I have tried the Apple Chicken Salad (which is huge), Heuvos Rancheos and a Chai Latte and it was all fresh and exactly what I want for a sunny weekday outing. If you want to jazz it up a little definitely take part of the bottomless Mimosas on Saturday from 10-3pm and Sunday 9-3pm.

Huevos Rancheros @ The Grove

The Grive
2016 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
415.474.1419

Restaurant Review: Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon

Crown & Crumpet is located in Ghiradelli Square near the waterfront of San Francisco, amongst little boutique shops and wide eyed tourists. Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon is like walking into the Alice & Wonderland movie where little girls have their birthday parties and ladies are attending small intimate baby showers. This place is a perfect way to enjoy some girl chat over a pot of tea and an assortment of sandwiches, scones, warmed crumpet and petit fours.

The tiered snacks are always different each time you visit. During my visit this Saturday we were served basil & tomato rounds, traditional cream cheese and cucumber, egg salad and chive, and goat cheese sandwiches. The featured scone was fig & cardamon, and like aways the crumpets were warm and buttered. We were then treated to miniature spice cake, vanilla cupcakes, strawberry iced cake, and raspberry round cake. The food is fresh and has a comforting home cooked feel.Bring your appetite and an empty stomach, you will walk out surprisingly full.

One small complaint is that the past two times I have been there, there were out of at least 4 teas which I have been told are some of the best teas on the menu. When going in groups take advantage of sharing pots so you can all try different kinds of tea, your Trolley Dolley (server) will also suggest to start with two pots at a time and they will suggest different teas as you work through all the tiers of food. The Trolley Dollies are very nice and know their way around the tea tins.

Overall this being my first tea experience in San Francisco I loved it! I have already been twice in the last two weeks. If you find yourself there and the weather is warm, grab a seat on the patio and enjoy the view of the water.

The Full Spread 🙂

Cute Branded tableware - Thanks to Kiley 🙂

Crown & Crumpet
900 North Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109
415.771.4252

1Thing App: Be Grateful Each Day

As the year comes to a close I always take a look back to see all the things I have to be grateful for; health, loved ones and a career I love are the big ones that come to mind. But this got me thinking about the small things that I often lose sight of as the days pass by each month. I have read in several books and articles this year about different ways to bring happiness and clarity to your life and I found a reoccurring trend; be grateful for what you have, live in the moment and concentrate on the small things. So in response to this I started a tumblr that I post the three things I was grateful for that day. I have been doing this for about a month now and found it really brought me back to earth when things may have been spinning out of control, it really brought me some perspective.

This must be catching on with other because I came across an interesting mobile app that has been created by a fellow Torontoian, Ayla Newhouse, called 1Thing app. This app allows you to post up to 6 items that you are grateful for daily.

Their simple process is as follows;

1. REFLEX on the good things that exist in your day

2. SHARE your gratitude with the 1THING community (This is anonymous, see explanation in FAQ)

3. LEARN from your gratitude, so your life can be more awesome!

I have been using the mobile site on my phone for the past few days and I am really liking the ease of use and excited to see how the stats play out once I have my Gratitude journal filled with more data.

I am hoping to bring this into my daily routine (the scheduled daily reminder from the site makes this a reality) and would like to ask all of you to join me in the new year and take a moment to recognize what we have in our lives and enjoy the moment!

To learn more about 1Thing App check them out in the links below;

www.1thingapp.com

@ithingapp

Facebook

Articles:

Toronto Standard

Globe and Mail

My 2012 Bucket List – Things to do before I am 30!

So with 2012 soon approaching it has got me thinking about what I want for the new year and what I want to accomplish. I have decided to set out a list if goals for my 29th year in preparation of my 30th birthday in December 2012. I will update this list as things are accomplished and maybe even indulge you all in the details in a blog post.

So cheers to an amazing 2012, the year of new things and new experiences. My first year in San Francisco!

1. Watch the sunset

2. Take a new class

3. Visit a new country

4. Learn the difference between different types of wines

5. Have a blog people actually read

6. Live in a new Country for a year! ( Hello San Francisco)

7. Learn how to “Juice”

8. Ski in the United States (Tahoe here I come!)

9. Scrapbook my photos from Europe in some form

10. Win a blog award

11. Go to Vegas with my High school Girlfriends

12. Get paid to write a blog post

13. Visit LA and see the Hollywood sign

14. Hike up a mountain

15. Visit Disneyland in California

16. Pay off all credit card debt

17. Visit the Twitter office

18. Do a flash mob

19. Get RC to ski or snowboard

20. Complete L1 Rosetta Stone language course

21. Complete a marketing course

22. Go on a sailboat

23. Visit Wine Country/Vineyard

24. Visit 3 new USA states

25. Eat at 5 Food Network restaurants

26. Visit the Walk Disney Museum in San Francisco

27. Sign up for the Walk Disney 1/2 Marathon for Jan 2013

28. Go on the “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” tour at Walt Disney Land

29. Learn how to Knit

30. Try a new extreme sport

My Kind of Bi-weekly/Monthly San Francisco Update

Wow, so time has been whizzing by and I am slowing getting my roots here in San Francisco. I think the hardest part of believing that I now live in San Francisco is that I still have some long term trips home on the horizon. Since my last written update I had flown back to Toronto on November 9th, to produce an awards gala for work. During my stay in Toronto I was handed my official Notice of Action for my H1B working visa and it was then when I knew I was in for the long haul, well at least until October 10th, 2014!  I was now in the SF moving mode and had a list of tasks I needed to accomplish upon my return on November 18th.

I hit the ground running when I flew back to San Francisco and had 7 apartment viewings ready and booked for Saturday. I was lucky enough to see an apartment in a building of my co-workers before it was even listed. I walked in fully prepared with documentation in hand and a “I am a great and responsible tenant” smile on my face. After seeing an apartment I liked, and apartment I loved and two apartments I couldn’t not wait to get very far away from I was ready to make a commitment. I just couldn’t believe within 24 hours of landing that I was going to have a place in San Francisco of my very own! I officially picked up my keys last night and will be moving in when I fly back on Jan 3rd, 2012.

I am happy to be close to a the few people I know in the city and  happy to call Pacific Heights my home thanks to my friend and co worker, RM.

Keys to my Home in San Francisco

Here are a few highlights I have to look forward to;

Fillmore St Jazz Festival in July

– Becoming a regular at this fantastic paper store, Paper Source

– Brunch at The Grove

– Take in a movie and drinks (at the same time!!) at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Now that finding an apartment was out of the way within 24 hours of landing in back San Francisco I was onto other task for the next  following days. Here is a summary below;

– Found an apartment in the area I love (already discussed to length above)!

– Explored my new found home, walked Fillmore St and took it all in.

– Ate chili in a sourdough bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf, nothing better than an edible bowl!

Yes I ate it all and a snickerdoodle cookie...

– Survived a very scary ride on the Polk 19 bus (twice) on the way to the social security office to apply for my SSN on Monday, short story the security guards do not have any appreciation for a nice bottle of chardonnay…

– Opened a US bank account, hoping a credit card will be in the near future. One can hope….

– Started to gear up for my first ever Black Friday experience, more to follow in a future post 🙂

Well that is it for now…

KPATS