Monday, September 30, 2013

Caruther's Fair

It has been a really long time since I've gone to the fair.

When I was a little kid, my school would take yearly field trips to the Fresno Fair, though we had to fill out a worksheet about rocks and gems and didn't get to ride any rides.  My parents took me, too, and together we...bought a set of 1989 Encyclopedia Brittanicas.  Aw yeah. 

I made a trek to the Central Valley to attend my friend's annual Caruther's Fair party, and to get a copy of my social security card.

There were kids everywhere.  I saw a bean mural and got free raisins (hoooray!).  We looked at all the art entries.  I seriously eyed the potato chips on a stick.  I also went on my very first fair ride!  (I HAVE been on carnival rides in Europe, but those don't count.  They also almost killed me and I ended up bruised for a month and bleeding.  No joke.  And carnies laughed at me.)  I sat in a swing and spun in a circle.  It was pretty relaxing, actually, though upon getting off the ride I couldn't walk straight.

I also ended up woozy afterward and had to forgo the fair food.  Bummer!

A great time was had by all, though!  

Next time, I don't think I'll go on any rides and will just gorge myself on fair food.  Funnel cake, here I come....

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Weekend Update

I've noticed that a lot of activities I enjoy seem to be activies old people like to do.  I'm going to be quite the bustling 70 year old, when that time comes.

In the meantime, I thought I'd go see a free concert on Friday.  I didn't realize it was at a senior's center, and that (once again) I'd be the youngest person there.  That's okay, though.  The music was pleasant and I explored Aquatic Park afterward. 

Being across the street from Ghiradelli Square, and not having yet visited, I decided exploring was in order.  I'm not sure what I was expecting.  Fountains of chocolate?  A chocolate version of Main Street from Disneyland?  There were little shops that were very adorable, and restaurants too, but nothing super awesome.  I'm glad I waited until I happened to be in the area instead of taking a separate trip.

I associate the Ghiradelli sign with Dharma and Greg, by the way.  Just thought you should know.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

1 Year Later...and mini-update

It has been exactly one year since I moved to San Francisco.

Woo hoo!  Happy Anniversary, San Francisco!  We are celebrating with sunshine (it was sunny the day I moved, too!).

This has been, by far, the fastest year of my life.  I think I think that every year, but this year went particularly fast since...I didn't do anything.  I'm glad I took the time to rest and recuperate.  After 30+ years of going full steam with no break, it was pleasantly out of character to exhale.  I've been breathless my whole life!  =)

I am job searching.  It's so different than anything I've done before.  As a musician, people just called me for gigs.  As an educator, everything went through one website where jobs were posted.  I submitted 3 resumes and got 3 interviews.  Of course, my last job (of 8 years) started with a phone call that woke me up in the morning, asking me to come interview that day, and an hour after my interview I was offered the job.

In the meantime...
- I have been enjoying Arsenio, kind of.  He's very 90s, and I'm not quite sure if I enjoy it, yet.
- I discovered the AMAZINGNESS of vanilla Greek yogurt.  Every day I have that + peanut butter + honey + cut up apples and that = cheesecake tasting deliciousness.  So good.  SO GOOD.
- I submitted a cello thing to Joseph Gordon Levitt's Hit Record project.  Woo!
- I finished reading THE FIVE PEOPLE WE MEET IN HEAVEN.  It's a quick and easy read.  I recommend it if you want to feel peaceful and happy with little effort.
- I have gone into "poverty mode".  This is the 2nd or 3rd time I've gone into this mode in my life, and fortunately I don't want for much.  I am no longer buying the good parmesan cheese, however.
- I ran out of contacts.  And my last exam was over a year ago.  So now I have to wear glasses until I get a job.  Boo.  They keep sliding down my face.
- I learned that you're supposed to clean your glasses with dish soap and warm water!  It really works!
- I made a Prezi that I'm fairly proud of!  I wish gold stars existed in adult life.  I'd buy my own gold stars and stick them to me if I weren't in poverty mode.  (I used to stick happy faces on my buttons when I was a teacher)
\- A student once told me I reminded her of Abby from NCIS.  I FINALLY watched the show and some late night interviews of Pauley Perrette and...she's right!  I am a strange mixture of Abby and Jess (from New Girl).  Figure that one out.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Little Help From My Friend(s)

A friend from Orange County came to visit me this past week!  Hooray!  I haven't seen H~ in almost a year, so I was excited to spend some time with him.

I discovered CHEESECAKE POCKY!  Very very exciting.  Unfortunately, it wasn't as amazingly delicious as I had hoped, but anything cheesecake flavored is at the very least yummy.