Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sunday Strolls

Sundays are always half-depressing, wouldn't you say? Despite the fact that it's a day off, it's also one that slowly becomes tainted with stress as the clock ticks eagerly towards the looming work week. Wah. Despite that, I do try my darnedest to keep it productive while being a little bit mentally-lighter. And it's been no secret that I look forward to my Sunday errands with Jay (See: 6 Reasons to Have the Grocery Store Date & Wake Me Up Before You Shop Shop) and just the simple act of jointly stocking up for the week ahead. I've always liked doing it and it's become a weekly tradition for us. 

That was before. I liked it before. I love it now

Because this is our new route in the quest to fill the fridge...
^There's tourists, dogs and locals aplenty on this scenic route. 

^And we can stop in the Marina Greens with this backdrop AS WE MERELY WALK TO GET GROCERIES.
^Putting our old lady city cart to good use. Man alive that looks ugly stuffed to the brim with our various reusable bags. However, we wouldn't be able to do this trek on foot without it.
The main downside is that our new grocery store doesn't allow dogs in it. I'm pretty sure 95% of you probably just went "why.the.eff.would.it.allow.dogs?" and I totally understand that vantage point. However, a lot of downtown stores do - I guess since they figure people need to maximize their time and grab groceries while freeing Fido from his undoubtedly tiny space at home? I acknowledge and get why people think pets in food establishments are gross. That said, if the store allows it - we'll do it like most city dwellers would. I just feel guilty taking long, beautiful walks that don't include my pup - feels all kinds of wrong.

But truly, sometimes I can't believe I live here and I curse myself for all of my bemoaning and tears during the stress of the apartment hunt. We're right where we should be. We needed to up our exercise even more from our San Francisco Freshman 15 (it's a thing! The food is really good!) and this hood provides that in spades. We wanted a place that felt like a neighborhood within the city with more grass for the dog and just some space to breathe without car fumes and buses accosting us. Got that too. We wanted an older, SF-looking place. Check. Took a lot of elbow grease but it happened. And Sundays like this one, where a mundane activity (such as grocery shopping) has my jaw on the floor and engages flutters in my soul, just reminds me that things turn out as they should. 



And that feels really nice.
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12 comments:

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

He looks as thrilled as MFD by the end...he's good for like one or two photos then all COME ON. LOL

So great that you guys can walk this beautiful walk for something as necessary as groceries. Bummer that Chandler can't come, it is a shame to take a walk without the one who might love the walk the most!

MilitaryPugWife said...

Oh I think dogs should be allowed in everywhere!!

Nadine Lynn said...

That is so awesome that you are able to walk to get groceries!!! And you are so smart with your old lady cart. There is no way we could carry our groceries for a week by hand haha. So happy you are loving your new area. Hopefully your new store will get on board with the dog friendly folks soon.

Brittany said...

So gorgeous. I saw when you posted this on Instagram and thought to myself, "That cannot be real." I'd be going out of my to grocery shop with those views.

Pat Hatt said...

I'd take the dog in too, if allowed, but I can see why not, as some dogs get rather happy and piddle on the floor lol wouldn't want to be the person that has to clean that up every day. Good to have an old lady cart, they come in handy haha

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Sundays are the WORST. I look at the clock like I do when I can't sleep at night "1 hour... half hour..." AHHHH!
None of the grocery stores around here let us bring in dogs... stupid! I mean it's not like they're licking the food or something! lol

Robin said...

That store should allow dogs - the dogs would be better-behaved then some kids I see! I hope to visit San Francisco someday, it always seems like people are more laid-back there.

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

I wish my walk to the grocery store was more scenic... But nope. Oh well. HAHA That look on his face just captures it all, really! Ahh, San Fran, you are so pretty!!

Jax said...

Your pictures keep making me want to take the 6 hour flight to California. It's one of the many states that I'd like to visit! Too funny about the grocery store. I do see some smaller pooches hiding away in shopping carts during our weekly Target run. I always think, but WHY couldn't they leave the pup home?! But, I guess if I was a puppy I wouldn't want to stay home all the time either. lol

Emily said...

Scenery like that can brighten up any Sunday..what a great tradition to get out and be productive while spending time together.

Kara said...

Hahah I love your "old lady city cart"

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i love that you guys can walk to the grocery store, and i love the views! and that cart. i want one. KC and I used to live in walking distance from a grocery store, but we moved... if we'd stayed, i would have bought a cart for sure. i totally understand the dog thing, and how is it any different from allowing dogs into a restaurant or bar? poor chandler. but glad you're able to get some more walking in!