Ok, it has been wayyyyyyy too long since my last post. My bad and 50 lashes!
So what is new? A lot and then not so much. So, again, here’s what has been going on in no particular order.
So today was my annual dilated eye exam (remember I’m a Type 1 diabetic). Yes, every year I get my eyes fully dilated so my ophthalmologist can see the back of my eyeball and see if there are any changes due to the diabetes. So after a few drops and a few minutes, my eye looks like this:Pretty, isn’t it? Happy to say that no changes to report with my eyes. Still got 20/20 vision and clean bill of eye health. Whew! I have to say that is one thing I always worry about. Losing vision that is. As long as I don’t have diabetic retinopathy, the happier I am. I also worry about my kidneys but that is another post for another time. Oh and in case you are wondering, having your eyes that big on a nice sunny day is painful. I have to wear my sunglasses for about 4 hours or, even indoors, just to function. Everything
is just so bright I have to squint all the time. Forget about reading. I would need much longer arms to focus. The nice thing is the drops eventually do wear off and I can stop looking like I am on something. I added an oh so lovely pic of myself here. It was a chore just to get this pic. The sun was shining bright and i could barely see where the camera was.
Let’s see what else has gone on? Mabel and I discovered (along with sil & bil) a great burger place at the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco. The place is called Gott’s Roadside and I have to say it has one of the best burgers I have tasted in years. Been there twice so far and definitely have to go back. You can get the menu here. I highly recommend the Blue Cheese Burger or the Western Bacon Blue Ring. Oh, and don’t forget Garlic Fries and a Shake! Oh boy is that a good burger. Not only good food by they are dog friendly so Roxi was able
to sit with us the first time we went there. We are always on the lookout for places with good food and those who will also welcome our pup.
Another place we’ve recently discovered is Chow Food Bar in Danville. There are a few of them out there but so far we have only been to the one in Danville. More great food and dog friendly to boot! If you are interested, their menu is here. Both Mabel and I have really enjoyed their Local Lamb Burger with feta, cucumber, & mint. Awesome, just awesome! That combined with their crab bisque leaves you with a very happy tummy. The first time we went there I had pancakes with real Maple syrup and I have to say they were great too. Much better than IHOP or any other joint we’ve been to that serves pancakes. Even the Millbrae Pancake House, though we haven’t been there in a really long time. Chow is a very close second to Stacks in my opinion.
Another thing Mabel and I did this year is that we went back to Alaska. We took the same cruise that we took in 2008, NCL‘s Glacier Bay cruise on the Norwegian Pearl. We had a great time and the views were just breathtaking. This time we got to see quite a few whales, porpoises, and otters. We even got to see an eagle, sure he was on land but we still got to see an eagle! I don’t think I ever saw one this up close and personal before. The other thing with this cruise was that we went off on our own for excursions and it was a great idea. We went to Totem Bight State Park. The park was small but the totems were amazing. A great achievement of craftsmanship. But the best thing of all was spending time with Mabel and admiring the beauty of Glacier Bay National Park. The sun was shining the day we went into the park and the glaciers were just as big and awe-inspiring as I remember them. There are really no words to describe how it feels to see those huge rivers of ice up close and personal. It is so quiet and peaceful then you hear the crack of the ice and realize that nature is a heck of a lot more powerful than you can imagine. It all goes one without any inkling of thousands of people on a boat. Nature at its best. Sunrises and sunsets from our balcony were amazing to witness and the clear nights let us view the big dipper and thousands of stars. Beauty plain and simple.
For now I will end here. I have to update more often. Life is non-stop but doing this gives me pause and reflection. Speaking of that, I leave you with a great site I get to see right now, a sleeping dog. All she asks for is a warm place to lay and some cookies. Mabel and I happily oblige.