Today, after seeing Santa Claus sing with the San Francisco Symphony, we went to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate park. There’s this amazing little exhibit called the Golden Gate Express Garden Railway. It’s a train table with replicas of San Francisco’s favorite buildings + landmarks constructed out of recycled materials (and, of course, surrounded by gorgeous plants). I’ve always been a nut about recycled/reclaimed stuff, so I was drawn to the little red monkeys from a “Barrel of Monkeys” game hanging from the GG Bridge, the computer keys that made up the Transamerica building, the pencils used as trees outside AT&T Park, and the walls of Ghirardelli Square made from switchplates. Here you can see my favorite part, the Painted Ladies fashioned from old cereal boxes.