Look out world…

It’s SuperGrrl.

Tonight I took on my arch nemesis, the undrying dryer…and won.

It took the purchase of a shop vac, a lot of coaching and encouragement from my dad, a drill with a screwdriver bit and a whole lot of frustrating moments! But I fixed my dryer myself.

It might seem like a little thing to some out there but to me this is a major deal. I really hate asking for help (but have gotten somewhat better about it in recent years) and like to try to deal with things on my own whenever possible. I decided tonight that this was going to be one of those things. And it was! So at least tonight I am going to sleep with a great sense of accomplishing something I thought was a task that was well beyond my ability. Yahoo!

It’s really sad when the highlight of your birthday week is repairing your dryer…but more on the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad birthday later. I’m still processing and decompressing and…well, just trying to get over it all.

I will say, though, that my birthday eve was quite nice. Nancy brought a cake to home group for Doris and I and there was some REALLY horrible singing, which I always love. It just always makes me laugh! We all had a nice night together. I’m really enjoying our group. I just started leading in November and with the holidays and such, we got off to an on and off kind of start. But the last three weeks or so we’ve met regularly and I feel like our relationships are growing stronger with each week. : )

Four!

Four jobs i’ve had:
1. continuing ed
2. public relations
3. direct mail
4. making cotton candy & candy apples at Dorney Park (best job EVER!)

four of my favorite movies (or should I just say, “Anything with John Cusack in it”):
1. Say Anything
2. Grosse Pointe Blanke
3. Better Off Dead
4. High Fidelity

four of my favorite tv shows:
1. 7th Heaven
2. Grey’s Anatomy
3. Without a Trace
4. Dog the Bounty Hunter (A&E, check him out!)

four of my favorite foods:
1. bleu cheese chopped salad from outback
2. any kind of potato (except au gratin)
3. chocolate!!
4. hummus

four places i’d rather be right now:
1. sleeping
2. reading
3. someplace sunny & warm (not hot)
4. on vacation so I wouldn’t have to go to work tomorrow!

San Francisco

Well, I’ve been home a week but I feel like I have been running around like a maniac! What else is new, I guess! But I have been meaning to post about my trip to San Francisco.

I’ve never been to California so I was excited when an annual meeting I go to was moved there from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I flew out Tuesday evening and had Wednesday morning off so I decided to try to squeeze in some touristy things! My first mission was to take a cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf. I’ll admit I was a little scared of all the steep hills so I chose to ride inside the closed part of the car…

Anyway, once I got down to the wharf, my first order of business was to get a cup of California clam chowder in a bread bowl. Yum! It’s not too much different than new england clam (my fav!) – more veggies and a little cheesy.

After that, I made my way down the wharf and saw the Golden Gate Bridge from afar. How cool!

And then onto the next spot on my mission…Ghiaradelli Square. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I had been advised to get the hot chocolate but I took a more decadent approach…a hot fudge sundae!!

I headed back for my afternoon sessions and didn’t see much outside the hotel except for dinner one night with friends until Friday afternoon. We had the afternoon off and some friends invited me to join them on a tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito.

Ever the tourist, I was thrilled when the bus driver stopped after crossing the Golden Gate and let us take some pictures.

I was totally shocked driving up to Muir Woods to see the giant redwoods – the roads are SO winding, it’s crazy! And there are no guardrails. I couldn’t get over it. I was thankful when we got to the woods.
Unfortunately, none of my pictures truly do it justice…it was totally amazing. I’ve never experienced anything like it. It was completely quiet in the woods. Not a bird or a bug or any animals. The tour guide had said that the tannin in the redwood trees is unattractive to bugs and birds and that most of the animals were noctural or hibernating, as it was “winter” there.

We headed to Sausalito after that. We didn’t have a lot of time there but it was just a cute town with shops and such down the main drag. Kind of like New Hope, for any southeastern Pennsylvanians out there!

I was totally exhausted after that and was glad to get back to the hotel. The next day was our last day of sessions and I dashed back to the cable car to go down to the wharf again for something I had wanted to pick up for Michelle but thought I’d see elsewhere. The cable car was MUCH more crowded since it was a Saturday and I decided to be brave this time and sit on the outside seats right in the front. You really get a feel for how very steep the hills are in San Francisco from that vantage point! Especially when you are headed down one and a car is double parked on the cable car tracks…and the driver is ringing the bell and trying to slow the car and the driver of the parked car is not coming. Luckily, the guy came out and drove off when we were probably about two yards from ramming right into him! Yikes!

So, that’s about it, in a nutshell. I survived my first trip to the west coast and really enjoyed it. I’d love to go back there on a vacation and see Napa and maybe find my way to San Diego. LA doesn’t hold a lot of interest for me but I know there are a lot of beautiful areas in California I’d enjoy.

Another meme

I just got back from a whirlwind business trip to San Francisco. It was a great trip and I have lots to blog about but little time tonight…so instead, for your reading pleasure, a meme courtesy of Cheryl (courtesy of Anisa courtesy of…you get the picture!)

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what did you think? I need to get my hair done
2. How much cash do you have on you? $19, the only cash until payday!
3. What is a word that rhymes with “TEST”? best
4. Favorite planet? Saturn, because it’s cool looking
5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone? I just deleted my call lists while sitting in traffic today, so I don’t know
6. What is your favorite song right now? “God Will Lift Up Your Head” by Jars of Clay
7. What shirt are you wearing? Tan pj top
8. Do you “label” yourself? Sure. I’m the tall girl. The single girl. The random girl.
9. Name the brand of shoes you’re currently wearing now: None, bare feet!
10. Bright or Dark Room? More toward the dark side
11. What were you doing at midnight last night? Sleeping
12. What is a saying that you say a lot? For the love of Pete!
13. Who told you they loved you last? My mom
14. How many days of work did you miss this week? None
15. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed? I don’t do film anymore…I have 95 prints coming from Snapfish soon though
16. Favorite age you’ve been so far? I’d say 32 was a good year
17. What is your current desktop picture? At home, it’s an eMachines logo because I haven’t changed it yet and at work, it’s an island with a palm tree
18. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly, which would you choose? A million bucks
19. Carmen Electra or Pam Anderson? Neither.
20.Who would you love to reunite with? A guy I used to date named Jason. I wish we had remained friends because he was really a sweetheart
21. When was the last time you said, “I am sorry?” While waiting to pick up pizza at lunch time
22. Who has the cutest blog in your click? I love ’em all
23. What did you eat last? Chips & dip
24. What kind of car do you drive? Subaru
25. What do you plan to accomplish this year? To have more fun and do more things outside of those things I “have” to do