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After work on Friday I went with four lovely friends to see the National Christmas Tree! It was a little underwhelming but still fun to see. We stopped at Chef Geoff’s to wait for a drink at happy hour. It’s pretty great.

On our way over to the mall, we stopped for a few photos near The Willard. Woohoo!

We stopped to have a couple take a group photo of us (which I don’t have), & then we returned the favor. For some reason, I love this photo:

Hooray National Christmas Tree!

Yes, this ornament was on Vermont’s state tree, but I couldn’t help myself! GO HOKIES!

Washington Monument & mini state trees.

& on the other side, the White House.

The big bonfire to warm ourselves up.

And then we stopped in Santa’s workshop to say hi and ask for lots of presents since we all have been very good this year:

Merry Christmas!

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Soooo I had planned to take a bunch of awesome cool beautiful west coast pictures last week in San Fran with my actual camera. However, between the 4 hour flight delay, which took away my one sightseeing day, and 12-hour work days on my feet, which took away all of my energy, I was limited to a few quick snapshots on my trusty iPhone.

I spent a lot of time at the lovely little airport charger ports making sure I had enough entertainment through laptop and cell phone on the 6 hour flight I had ahead of me. Yes, that is my charger I took a picture of. I was bored. So to get rid of that boredom, I got a Fat Tire at the airport bar!

Since we had such a long delay, not only do I get $100 off my next flight with United, we got complimentary booze and food! As horrible as delays can be, United really did a great job, so thanks, United! And I got to see this pretty sunset as we were flying into the west.

I stayed at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in a corner suite. It was sweet. Ha ha…ha. That picture on the left up there is the sunrise. I was up before it every day I was there. I was only in the exhibit hall for a total of 10 minutes, but I snapped this quick pic of the Google booth. I wish I had taken one of NASA. Theirs was awesome!

We had bacon donuts in the staff room one afternoon, courtesy of San Francisco Travel. I can’t remember what shop these were from, but San Francisco Travel tells me they were from Dynamo Donuts, and they were delicious. Thanks! And finally, my one “real” shot of San Francisco, some cable cars at Market and Powell. I snapped this while we were waiting to meet up with friends for our BART ride to the airport.

Besides food provided by the convention center for breakfast and lunch, dinners were the only real chance for some culinary exploring. I enjoyed a few meals with Lauren and a few others when we could be spared from work. We stopped by Super Duper Burgers, which was so yummy, as burgers usually are. We also went to Giordano Bros for some stuffed sandwiches at the request of another friend. The last night, I went with a big group to Salt House, which was a lot more upscale than anything else we had that week. It was such a pretty place with lots of exposed brick and nice, big windows. Also, very delicious!

Peace out, West Coast. Hope to see you again soon.

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