Goodbye 2022, hello 2023

Golden Gate Bridge in the rain

I am wishing you a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2023!
On 12/31 the old year said goodbye to us with a serious downpour in the Bay Area. It always blows my mind that whenever ‘unexpected’ weather hits the area (and that seems to be true for other areas in the US as well) everything collapses. The drains were sorely clogged up in many areas and we felt like we had to drive through rivers on some roads going into San Francisco that day. We later learned that we actually were fairly lucky. I saw pictures online with people surfing the streets and a section of 101 south of the city was closed. There was an evacuation order in place for another town close by due to flooding. With 5.46″ of rain in San Francisco that day it was the 2nd wettest day on record. Considering all that we were extremely lucky with our small garage leak. There is another atmospheric river passing over us this week with the most expected for Wednesday – we will see.

Mask of a pharao plated in gold
Burial mask

On New Year’s Eve we had tickets for the “Ramses the Great‘ exhibit at the De Young museum in San Francisco (so that is why we drove into the city what we almost never do). I think it was pretty fantastic and we managed to walk through without major complains even from our strongest museum critic (our son). It’s still on through February 12th if you are interested and you have to get tickets in advance. I just wished we had eaten lunch before we went or at least taken something because there was a long line at the cafe and honestly it was a little too upscale a menu for some of us. I was glad we came a little early to walk a little through the rest of the museum before our timed tickets which was fun, too (at least I thought so). On the way back we decided to have a late lunch at In-N-Out Burger.

Statue with a face with
Another museum fin

The rest of New Year’s Eve was pretty quiet for us. We had raclette for dinner. It’s basically a mini table top grill where everyone has their own little pan that is filled with raclette cheese (or other cheese if you prefer) and other things like corn, onion, tomatoes, bacon, mini sausages, etc. We had boiled potatoes and a dip with it, too. It’s popular to do in Germany even though it originates in Switzerland. After dinner we watched ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home” as requested but took a break to be continued in the New Year since everyone was falling asleep (not the fault of the movie I assure you). We adults tried to stay awake a little longer but fell asleep on the couch only to wake up again after midnight. The champagne we had before dinner gave me a migraine so I was a little extra tired anyway.

I am always a little puzzled why this last day of the year is such a big deal. I enjoyed reading all the word of the year and goal posts (past, present and future) but for now this is just nothing I want for myself. Maybe when I have a little more breathing room in my life I will think about it more deeply.

Now the daily trot has us back – school, work and the likes. Since it is raining this week I picked up my daughter from school yesterday. That meant being home earlier than usual and I got the chance to take a walk outside before the rain started during daylight hours. Sunsets are always something to behold in the bay and I love the views peaking through the houses. If I would make a resolution I probably would say I want to go on a 30 minute walk every day. That is doable, right?

Deep orange sunset over the bay with a peak of the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tam
Sunset over the bay

13 thoughts on “Goodbye 2022, hello 2023”

    1. I think talking yourself into it can be a good thing. I have to talk myself into going to the gym on a regular basis. In the end I almost always feel better after than I did before (not going crazy, just enough to get the heart pumping and not feel exhausted the next day).

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  1. That was quite a storm on NY Eve. We drove by our local canal, and it was fuller than I have ever seen it before. Crazy. Glad you were able to see the exhibit at the De Young. We often spend NY Eve at either the De Young or the Legion of Honor, though we didn’t this year since we had people coming over.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Ha, we could have run into each other.
      So much water this year. I hope you stayed safe during last nights storm and the canal stayed a canal! We do need it but can’t it take some more time to come down?


    1. I had not heard about the 23 minutes yet but it definitely sounds more doable than 30. That’s sometimes how I feel when I am in the gym and try to reach the preset 30 minutes on the treadmill. I guess one just has to find a way to trick oneself.


  2. That Ramses exhibit looks so interesting! I giggled at “daily trot” — that is exactly what it feels like! And I am fully behind setting goals only if it feels good to you. Happy New Year!

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  3. Happy New Year! It’s so funny that you mention raclette, because I know so many (Germans LOL) who had raclette for New Year’s Eve 🙂 It truly is a German thing. We don’t own a raclette, so I haven’t had it in ages, but it always brings back fond memories.

    I am glad you guys were ok through the storms (despite a minor leak and a power outage). I hope the next round of rain and wind hit us all too bad. We’re ok in the city, but we had some terrible flooding in South Sacramento. Three people died!
    I saw some news coverage from the coast and that looked nasty too! Stay safe!

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  4. Raclette seems so yummy! What a great tradition.

    I love the idea of going for a daily 30-minute walk. I made a goal to get outside for a walk every day – even 10 minutes counts! That feels very doable for me.

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