Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Checking out the neighborhood

I went on a little walk yesterday to check out more of our new neighborhood. We're very close to the library, which I would like to go to today once my parents arrive. We are also about a 15 minute walk to the historical downtown area on Park Street and there are all sorts of cute shops and restaurants. I can see Golf and I taking the baby for a walk and stopping off for a coffee or a burrito or something. I think there may be a natural foods store near there too, which would be great! I don't want to have to drive all the way to Berkeley to get to a natural foods store. I also need to find out about the farmer's market. There's supposed to be one here in Alameda. If worse comes to worse we can go to the one in Jack London Square in Oakland, which isn't far.

I'm still getting the hang of meal planning. Cooking is easy -- it's the planning of what to fix that's difficult! I'm finding I have to go to the store every day and that can't be good. Well, I've never cooked for a family before and neither Golf nor I have cooked in over a year, since we didn't have a real kitchen in Thailand. Like all new adjustments, it will just take time.

And adjusting is what I'm going through right now. It sometimes feels overwhelming because I am living a completely new life. This is the first time I'm not working outside the home and I'm also living in a new apartment in a new city. It's all positive, but sometimes I need to take a few deep breaths and know that it will start to become familiar soon, just give it a little time. Believe me, I am happy!


Running2Ks said...

It all sounds so exciting! I (for different reasons) am learning to cook again, and it will take time. I hope you can find your natural food stores (there is always online if you are really stuck).

Mel said...

Aima, on SFGate.com, under the food section, there is a link towards the bottom called "Resources". There is a link to all of the Bay Area farmer's market, there's loads and it's searchable. Here's what I found for Alameda:

"Farmers' Market on The Alameda"
Farmers Markets
Seasonal: June 11-November.
Through 11/26/2005 Hester Elementary School parking lot
San Jose

"West Alameda Farmers’ Market"
Farmers Markets
Fresh produce, baked goods, barbeque, more. Also takes place 4-8 p.m. on Thurs. (through Sept. 8). (more...)
Ongoing Webster St. and Taylor Ave.

Amy said...

Thanks Mellie! I'm gonna go check that out and hopefully it's close enough to walk!