San Fran {a little recap}

A week ago today I was up at 4 am to get ready for my girl’s weekend in San Francisco.

I don’t do mornings which shows how much I love these girls and San Fran!

I am usually so focused on the kids, family and the business that I need a getaway like this or I am bad about getting together with people.

I love people but I just love being home, reading with the kids,taking walks and creating in my studio.

You can’t really back out of a plane ticket and a prepaid hotel room.

Once I am on the plane and it is real…then I get really excited.

I was so giddy when I saw Kimberly and Lissa that I pretty much hung up on Kelly mid sentence.

We took a cab to our hotel.

We stayed at the Sir Francis Drake and I couldn’t recommend it more.

Good price, nice location, very pretty and amazing staff.

We never made it to the top floor bar….we kept on forgetting about it.

The first day we walked and walked and walked.

We went to the Ferry Building and had the most incredible lunch and then proceeded to walk it off.

The whole time we are walking I am pretty much smelling Lissa and wanting her perfume.

It may have become a little awkward at one moment.

I love cities that you see one incredible, original, creative idea after another.

This city loves food….and it shows.

Cool alleys with coffee shops, vans with meat shops set up, ice cream shops that make your ice cream on the spot and candy stores that are as delicious to look at as their candy is to eat.

One of the highlights of the first day was going to March.

Lissa had seen it mentioned on the Kinfolk blog and I am so glad we made the 65 mile hike to the shop:-)

Not only is the store stunning and original but the owner makes you want to not only love March, buy from it…but to promote it and watch it grow.

They have been featured in some of the biggest magazines but she was gracious and lovely in every way.

It is the biggest reminder that the face of your business truly is you and how you treat others.

You can have the most incredible gifts, creations etc. but if you are not kind you fail.

Dinner the first night was the perfect ending to our first day.

It was off an alley and Lissa said that it reminded her of Italy and the little cafes scattered throughout the alleys and walkways.

It was quaint, relaxing, amazing food and perfect company.

Enjoying a good meal, bottle of wine and great conversation is one of the best parts of life.

When there is no where to go and you stop long enough just to be.

The next day was raining and we decided to run into Saks so I could smell just like Lissa!

The Jo Malone staff was amazing and generous and we had the best time and probably stunk up the whole store with all our spraying of perfumes.

We all went away with some goodies and by the time we came out of the store the sun was shining and we headed to the markets.

The Ferry Building has an outdoor market on Saturday mornings and we enjoyed the street performers, fresh produce everywhere, sun and good food.

Our feet were so sore from all the walking the day before we decided to walk a little more and head to Chinatown for reflexology.

I would like to say at this point that I did not know what reflexology was.

I pushed everyone to go for the 70 minute “massage” because I was really excited to get a 70 minute rub down for $45.

I would like to say that the next 70 minutes were not as expected.

Kimberly was a little more educated and knew what was about to “go down”.

Lissa and myself….well….let me just tell you.

Kimberly was happy as can be sleeping in her chair.

I was trying to relax while a women was pushing with all her might against my bones.

Lissa was doing some deep breathing exercise and laughing…and not because she was getting tickled.

At one point Lissa thought she would give the women a little “hint” to lighten up and said, “Wow, you are really strong”.

Later Kim said, “You might want to be a little more direct when you are speaking to someone that doesn’t speak your language”.

Good tip Kim.  Where were you when we needed you?

I swear I was internally bruised for THREE days!

After the “massage” I was so hungry that I ate standing against a wall in Chinatown looking like a savage animal…and I didn’t care.

Kim and Lissa may have but I paid no attention to them.

We walked a little more and oohed and aahed over historic buildings, the details and dreamed out loud.

We ended our night eating some pizza and then coming back to our room to get into pajamas and watch a movie (with lots of snacks of course).

The next morning we woke up early to get our rental car and head to the Alameda Flea Market.

Kim was our fearless leader and driver.

I was her backseat navigator.

It was sooo cold and windy.

We were not prepared but lucky for us our suitcases wouldn’t hold much anyways.

We hit a few booths and stocked up on some goodies and then did what we are good at….we headed into Berkeley to eat.

We ended up heading towards the airport but stopping to enjoy some coffee in the beautiful sunshine.

The whole weekend I was bragging about all my Colorado sunshine and I came home to an overcast sky and then snow.

Don’t brag…it is soooo unattractive:-)

The recap is that we ate a lot, laughed sooo much, walked so much we thought we wanted a foot massage and I can’t wait to do it again.

It was hard to say goodby to these girls but I know I will see them again soon.

I don’t know how I ever got so blessed with sweet friendships like this.

I am surrounded by sincere, deep, caring women with amazing gifts and character.

Kind women.

Lucky me.

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Have an amazing Easter.

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  1. Melinda

    Oh Jeanne,
    It looks like you had an amazing time!!! I love San Fran, definitely one of my favorite cities!!!
    And the food their is extraordinary!!~
    I can’t wait for your on-line class to start, I’m so looking forward to it!
    Hope you and your family have a lovely and joyous Easter!
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

  2. Kimberly

    I was just smelling myself and thinking of how good I smell and how great that morning was. I can’t wait to do it again and miss you terribly~
    Love you my friend,
    xx

  3. Tracy

    SO. JEALOUS. Next time I will plan to take a 2nd out on my house to pay for the gas and come up while I invite myself. 🙂 SUCH FUN! I can only imagine the laughter….. xoxo

  4. simone

    I love spending time with Kim, she’s a breath of fresh air isn’t she. And pretty funny too 😉

    Loved reading this….I SO want to go to SF, your week-end sounded AMAZING!! 🙂

  5. Rochelle

    Hi Jeanne – it looks like you three had a marvelous time. I love San Francisco – got my wedding dress there at the Gunne Sax factory – for $75.00! I love revisiting my roots there and your post has allowed me to reminisce – thank you!
    We’ll see you soon at affaire at tiffany’s!
    cheers
    Rochelle

  6. lissa

    I’ve been waiting all day to read this! Your email came in while I was driving the girls north for the day. You really were able to write how fun the weekend was. I just really wish you could’ve mentioned me a bit. It’s like I wasn’t even there. 😉 I keep laughing about us trying to make that poor man laugh at the rental car place and we took it so far that we ended up doing the motions to father abraham. You know he misses us! And today I was telling Neal how kim was like our mama and telling us, “girls! get your shoes and go potty, it’s time to go.” So much FUN!!! Glad you love your perfume!

    1. jeanne Author

      There were so many funny stories I wanted to include but I didn’t think I could tell them well enough. We are the biggest dorks! That is why I love being with you though…you are so much fun. I am dying laughing now just thinking about “ice ice baby” and the guy at the rental place! Awesome memories! She was TOTALLY our mom! So obvious she has teenagers and how mature she thought we were…hahaha. Miss you!

  7. Christa

    It’s sounds like the BEST time, as fun with our best girls always is. It doesn’t take long for grown women to revert back to their thirteen year old selves, does it? Thank you for loving our beautiful San Francisco. I drive across the Golden Gate Bridge into the City every morning for work. It really is a magical place (well, except for the work part- lol).

  8. Kim L.

    You made me so “homesick” for SF. I should have given you my old address, it was just 2 blocks up from Ghiradelli square. I have never been to the Alameda flea market! We used to go to the Marin Flea market and some of the most amazing things I own were from there. We literally furnished our whole apartment from there. Thanks for the memories!

    1. jeanne Author

      Another thing about you I didn’t know. What did we all talk about while our first babies were little????

  9. teresa sheeley

    This made me miss my two besties. Threesomes are the best!! {in a non-nasty way}, lol. I am so glad you girls had a wonderful adventurous time!! So yeah, the Jo Malone thing…I was sniffing my sister like that, and had to get some of my own. I ended up with blue agava. 😉

  10. Sheila Atchley

    Love your blog and shop, Jeanne! I so hope to win your online class giveaway – a true answer to prayer that would be! 🙂 Thanks for sharing about your wonderful trip. What a GREAT group of women!

    grace and peace…

  11. Anne

    Jeanne,
    What an amazing trip.I signed up for your online class.But would still love to win.I am just starting an online business.I am looking forward to learning much.
    Blessings,
    Anne

  12. Leah C

    Wow…when you do a girls’ getaway…you really know how to do it right! San Francisco is such a beautiful city. Good choice. 😉

  13. Kerry

    Oh maaaaan, Reflexology HURTS like Heck!! looks like you had a fab weekend with the gals though 🙂

    Would LOVE to win a spot on your course all the way from the muddy UK – have seen Meg speak wonderfully about it on her blog (Whatever) so would be amazeballs to attend xx

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