(I just like saying that. I would not actually like LIVING in a prison. I'm pretty clear on that.)
We headed down to catch the ferry to Alcatraz, where we miraculously found parking in a lot and ended up with time to grab a little coffee at a cafe. This is noteworthy because of the pigeons.
|Any one else think of Ernie from Sesame Street when she sees pigeons?|
I digress. (Shocker.)
Anyway, we boarded the ferry and headed to the Rock.
I'd like to go on record as saying that THIS is as close as I would ever like to be to visiting my children in jail.
We took a great and kind of creepy audio tour of the prison and we walked all OVER that island, including down into the recreation area where I took some pictures of the girls with this idea in the back of my mind that the photos would make funny holiday cards.
|Yeah, I don't know either. "This holiday season, we hope you're not a felon! And if you ARE, hope the recreation yard is awesome! MWAH!"|
Which, for the record, did NOT sell bacon. Go figure.
We headed home, rested a little, and then took a cab to Chinatown for dinner. I forgot to take pictures but basically, the restaurant looked like any other Chinese restaurant. And the fortunes were GREAT. Mine said, "You will soon have something you have always desired." See? That's a strong fortune. Promises me something. Makes me think about what that might be. (A clean house? A book deal? A dog who doesn't sleep on the sofa?)
Then we came home and rented "Escape from Alcatraz."
On Wednesday, we had a slow morning due to having stayed up too late watching Clint Eastwood. I took a yoga class at a local place, which went surprisingly well. The we drove to Stanford University, which is currently Ana's first choice in colleges.
And it occurred to me that she'll be leaving for college in four-and-a-half years, after which I had to put my head between my knees and breathe into a paper bag and stuff. Lordy, if it goes as fast as the past 13 years, she'll be leaving tomorrow.
|It was actually a beautiful day, but I edited this picture so you could see their faces. That's the campus behind them.|
|(She looks pretty good in that hoodie, huh?) (Sob.)|