Monday, May 11, 2015

an amazing Mother's Day weekend

The weekend was totally awesome as my family went to Pacifica with the Tangs and had dinner with Jeff and Sheila. Mom and I also went to the movie club meeting at Henry's house!

Saturday began with a trip to the Gate of Heaven Cemetery to pay our respects to my late maternal grandmother Pi-Tan. Considering that I hadn't visited her resting place in well over a year, this was something we felt needed to be done. We then made a quick stop at Trader Joe's before going to the BART station in Millbrae to pick up George and Eileen.

As an early Mother's Day celebration, I treated my parents and the Tangs to lunch at a Mexican-Peruvian restaurant in Pacifica called El Toro Loco. The place wasn't open yet when we arrived, so the five of us took a short stroll around the area in the meantime. The nice thing about arriving early is that we were the first to be seated. The servings were huge, and there was more than enough food for everyone. It was truly a wonderful experience.

Sening that the meal had lots of calories, our party went for a walk at the nearby Sharp Park Beach afterwards. There was a dead whale that had beached a few days ago, and my mother figured it would be an interesting sight. I had never seen a whale so close before, although the carcass smelled absolutely fucking awful. Mom and I took a few pictures before getting the hell out of there.

Dad then took us to the nearby Frontierland Park for an afternoon picnic. The older folks mostly discussed philosophy and the arts - topics that were admittedly above my head. After everything was said and done, my family dropped George and Eileen off at the BART station before heading home. I've posted pictures from the day trip here.

Later in the evening, Mom and I went to Henry's movie club with Sheila and Jeff to discuss the 1978 film Days of Heaven. Before anyone asks, Dad was caught up with work and didn't come this time. It was great to see everyone again as we hadn't been to the film club in several months. This was a busy day for sure.

Mother's Day itself was also pretty fun as we invited Sheila and Jeff over for dinner. As usual, Mom made lots of good food. I offered to help out with the cooking - this was Mother's Day after all - but she wouldn't have any of it. On the other hand, I did spend a few hours helping her pick goji berries from our backyard. This was hard work as we have lots of goji bushes. However, the harvest was also quite rewarding as goji is expensive these days.

Despite the busy weekend, I got to play some RuneScape during breaks. I actually redeemed a bond for membership today because the RuneScape Road Trip was too good to pass up. :-)

Currently playing: RuneScape

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