June 28, 2009

Battle of the Bay

I have been an Oakland A's fan since I knew what baseball was. I'll never forget my first Little League team's tight green and yellow jerseys and that everyone was upset that we weren't the White Sox or some other 'cool' team. Well, I thought it was cool and have followed the A's ever since. I even caught a home-run at Oakland's stadium a few years back.

So moving to the Bay area gave me the chance to get in some awesome baseball, and Kim and I jumped at the first chance we had. The MLB is in inter-league play right now, so we went to one of the "Battle of the Bay" series, the Oakland A's vs. the San Francisco Giants. I won't comment on the outcome of the game or the series, but we took a few pictures.

June 21, 2009

Evening picnic by the Bay..

Not to make everyone else jealous, but Kim and I walked about a half-mile from our front door to have a little Sunday evening picnic. The weather has been beautiful, albeit a little chilly here lately and we wanted to enjoy being so close to some amazing views.

We stopped along the trail for some photo-ops
More pictures at Kim's request (more like command ;)

So we hiked down the hill to the edge of a cliff (smart, I know)

But we got a great view and enjoyed a nice Sunday dinner
Yep, contented. Like the Rizzuto

June 12, 2009

Our Place in SF

After we got back from Panama, we packed up most of our apartment in Glendale and drove our car north to San Francisco to look for an apartment. Lucky for us, rents are lower (but still ridiculous) than they have been in years, so we looked at a lot of places all over the city. We need to live in the city for my job, but wanted to be close to the freeways for Kim's commute.

We ended up finding a great little flat a few blocks between two great parks and only 4 blocks from the beach! It is a 2 bedroom, 1180 sq. ft. with a fireplace on the second floor and great city views. The best part is a single car garage all to ourselves! Parking in the city is impossible! We love it and are excited to have people come visit!

View from the kitchen of the Golden Gate

Living room and boxes
Park down the block
Messy bedroom since Kim's in Utah

Good News While In Panama..

The week before I left for Panama, I flew to San Francisco to interview for a job with Hilti (http://www.us.hilti.com/). I had a really good interview, but couldn't worry too much about it since I would be out of the country. Fortunate for us, soon after I arrived in Panama, Hilti contacted me and I had a final phone interview with the Division Manager, a great guy who is also a T-bird AND Utah State grad. Shortly after that, I was emailed a job offer to start in their Management Development Program in the San Francisco Bay area.

So here we are! I started last week and have really enjoyed the job so far. We are very blessed for me to have a job nearby where Kim can go to PA school, especially in such difficult times.

June 11, 2009

PANAMANIUM 2009!!!!!!!!!!!

So I know it is a long time coming, but I graduated May 1st and left the country for Panama on the morning of May 2nd. After Kim came down on May 16th, we traveled around and came home on May 27th. I haven't had a lot of time to post between now and then, but here's an update.....

I'm sure a lot of people have already seen these amazing pictures on my Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=107955&id=613502802&l=fd76ab08ed and http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=112000&id=613502802&l=7be9c1c058 if you haven't).

On the way to the island with the Matsons
With Kim at the Canal

Oh and I got some bug bites

Our cabin on the island in San Blas
Some Panamanin ruins
That's how we got around

Chiquita Banana Plant
Our hotel in Bo
Fort ran by Christopher Columbus

Rural Panama

Looking out on the Panama city scape; this is where part of the last 007 movie was filmed
Lots of crocs in the Panama Canal


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