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saturday in the city

Yesterday was a wonderful day spent in the city with maiki! We went to see the Maira Kalman exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and it was wonderful. I bought three books in the gift shop: Fireboat, What Pete Ate and the Principles of Uncertainty. I had been anxious to visit the museum for some time and was happy to have finally made it there after a few failed attempts. We also checked out the work of the scribe of the “As It Is Written: Project 304,805,” in which a young woman is writing out the sacred Torah scroll at the museum. There are 304, 805 letters to meticulously write—its pretty amazing!

For lunch we went to the Samovar Tea lounge in Yerba Buena Gardens, a favorite place of ours. I tried new things and they were both delicious: vegan thai iced tea and the rice jook with tofu. We decided to walk around the city a bit, which means we will inevitably end up in Japantown. We went to New People and I bought a perfect little pearl ring that I had been eying made by mei-5. Its gorgeous!

making the most of my time

Everyday I have a list of what absolutely needs to get done to get through this semester (and hopefully pass). The great thing is that I am learning new things everyday and am enjoying myself even if it may not always seem like it. I am very fortunate that maiki is so supportive and making time to work around my hectic schedule because he is the comic relief that is so very important in my life! Ah, he is a best friend that I cannot imagine living without! _ Cloud Ninth is also continuously supportive and I know that I could not do this without them. My life is so very fun and filled with friends that really inspire me.

Luckily I have had some cool adventures squeezed into my down time. Justin and I made a trip to the Samovar Tea Lounge and it was so wonderful. I got their signature smokey black russian tea and it was strong but I enjoyed the flavor. We sat in the sun overlooking Yerba Buena gardens and spent a couple hours out of our busy school day just relaxing and sipping tea. I also have gone to the movies a few times and saw Bottle Shock, Burn After Reading, and Religulous at the California Theatre here in Berkeley. It is an old independent theatre like the ones I loved in Santa Cruz. Last Saturday maiki and I walked to a Utrecht that I had never been to in the city on Van Ness and then wandered to Japantown. I picked up an art book from Makoto Shinkai. I am always so inspired when ever I go to Kinokuniya. I always want to either move in or bring all the books home with me. It is hard to not purchase art books and I have such an amazing library now full of design and art books of all kind.