We've been taking advantage of the Discover & Go program of the Oakland Public Library (which the Berkeley library and the Contra Costa County library now offer as well).
It wouldn't have crossed my mind to go see art at Saint Mary's College, but their Museum of Art had a knock-out show this past year. It caught my eye in the D & G line-up, so we went and felt very lucky. Even ran into some friends.
We also took advantage of the free tickets at Cal Shakes' for Blithe Spirit (somewhat listless) and Hamlet(wonderful, but free-ee-zing). And just two weeks ago we ambled out to the California Academy of Sciences. (If you possibly can, play hooky and go on a weekday afternoon. The school tours have mostly left by then and the decibel levels have declined to below "painful acoustic trauma".) We caught the baby ostriches on their last day there. Simply adorable.
And what do you do with the money that you've saved? Duh, you blow it all on a wonderful meal at Chapeau! Ooh-la-la!
We believe that Princess was born in early December, 2009, one of seven kittens. She showed up here, along with her two brothers, as foster kittens from the Humane Society in January, 2010.
She arrived with the name "Doughnut", but because she was so sickly, she and her one unhealthy brother were both re-named the "Turdmuffins." You can just imagine.... Princess's name comes from her other nickname of that time - "Princess Dag." Most Americans do not know the meaning of dag, which is probably just fine.