Hello, May! {Good-bye, April!}

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April was a great month! From celebrating Passover, to some of my favorite things, to participating in a wonderful bake sale, it has been packed with lots of great events with fantastic friends! May is already getting packed with wonderful things, and I am taking on another month challenge. In the past I have made desserts with the Daring Bakers, and participated in NaBloPoMo. This May, I am taking on a new feat, the Photo A Day May. It includes taking a picture everyday and posting about it. I am excited about this challenge, since I have not only been looking for a way to take more photos, but it will give me a chance to try more photo editing as I will be putting the photos across the Interwebs. I also love this challenge because it allows me to think about photographs in a more creative way and, like the month challenges I participated in before, it makes me have to blog more often. In case you want to participate, too, and to make it easier to follow along, here’s what I will be taking photos of:

Who would you love to meet for lunch?

I could answer this in a few ways. One way would be with celebrities. I would like to bring some people back to life such as Audrey Hepburn and Lucille Ball. I could see eating lunch with some famous chefs including Tom Colicchio and other people from Top Chef. Maybe cook lunch with them? Eat in one of their restaurants? I could also go with the real people who I have only “met” through the blog-osphere. People such as Joy The Baker or the Pioneer Woman. I did go to the Foodbuzz weekend in November last year, and I met some really great bloggers there. That was fun, even though I had to work through most of it. I could also say that I would love to meet up with my friends from college that I have not seen since graduating. I could even say that I would want to meet up with the people I was friends with in high school. That would be interesting. Any of these situations would be interesting. Where would we eat? What would we eat? Would it just be lunch or a whole day? I guess with the celebrities and the chefs, it would be in a fancier restaurant than with my friends, assuming that we are paying for the lunch. If we didn’t have to pay, I guess the place would be similar across the board.  Eating lunch with these people at once would not be allowed. The food bloggers and the chefs can get together, because that’s cool. It can also be people and celebrities together, like one “regular” person and one celebrity each. But I think those are the only combos allowed. No need to have bloggers with friends that I haven’t seen in years. So I guess I have a variety of people who I would want to meet for lunch. Have to have multiple lunches and a way to bring people back from the dead (only the good ones). Maybe someday….

Do you like to dive into things or take your time getting acclimated?

It depends on the situation, but for most things, I like taking my time getting acclimated. I took my time getting used to living in San Francisco and then I dove into my first apartment and first job. I then took my time finding the next apartment, where I live now, and I am trying to find the right job for me and trying to learn what is right for me at this time. I dove right into college and knew that I wanted to go to school for baking and pastry and get a career in the hospitality industry. I sometimes think what my life would be like if I went to a less specialized school and took more classes other than the culinary/pastry related classes. I am taking classes online and some of the classes are general knowledge such as Biology and Economics. I like that I will also have to take electives that are not related to the hotel and restaurant management courses. I think I might take some art history classes or something like that. I wish I had the opportunity to study abroad like most other college students do so I would not feel left out when I talk to people my age about their experiences overseas that they had and the countries they’ve been to.

This is all about my professional life and my career…about my social life…I definitely dove into that because I did not know anyone in San Francisco before moving here. Now I have been to events and have made friends and connections and know people through these things. Relationships were something I dove into, but now I take them more seriously, and I take my time getting to know someone before getting too serious. It is all interesting to think about in the “age of the Internet” since there’s online dating and blogs and everything else that is out there about me that people can see before even meeting me in person. I can also do a search on the person I might meet online or in the “real world” to see who they are.

So, in different situations, I dive right in, in other situations, I just move one step at a time. I think I generally choose the right path and while I think about how my life would be different if I chose differently, I have no regrets and I also believe that everything happens for a reason. If I did not dive into something, life would be boring and not adventurous.

So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.

I am sorry I have not kept up with the NaBloPoMo challenge as well as I did last month, but I have been busy in the past few days and have not had time to post anything. My mom moved to SF on the 8th so I have spent time with her and showing her all the city has to offer. I enjoy having someone to share the city with (besides my friends) where I can be the tour guide. I like being the one that knows how to get from place to place and where the best places in each neighborhood. It also gives me a chance to figure out more of the city than I have discovered in the past 3 years. I feel like I have learned a lot about it, but could always learn more. I am an explorer and I like getting lost and then found again, especially discovering new restaurants or fun shops or parks to hang out at, and especially with another person. So I want to know, what are your favorite places in San Francisco? Best restaurants/cafes in each neighborhood?

I will try to update daily as I should be, but at least every other day. Again, I am sorry for not keeping up with the posts (and thank you for understanding. :))

“Yesterday came suddenly…”

I realize that I forgot to post something yesterday, so I am planning on posting twice today to make up for it (doesn’t mean that’s going to happen, but I’ll try)

Yesterday’s post was supposed to be “Do you consider yourself a strong swimmer?” I definitely do not consider myself a strong swimmer, though I wish I was and I try to be. I took swimming lessons when I was younger and still fail to do the backstroke without going on a diagonal. I am afraid of going in too deep when swimming in the ocean. I think I just got jinxed with my name being associated with a mermaid. Everyone thinks I should be a good swimmer because of that. Well, they would be wrong. I like swimming, and even go the pool for exercise and not going on the elliptical for 30 minutes, and I have fun swimming, but I am simply not good at. Also, I never really learned how to dive. I learned once, but not formally, only on a family vacation. But that’s okay, it’s not really a skill you need in life. Why do you need to be able to swim? To help save a life? Maybe, but seems so highly unlikely. Why are there lifeguards? These are the people who are strong swimmers. That’s all you need. Just one person in the group that is a strong swimmer. Because you never swim alone. Everyone knows that. Anyway, that should be enough to make up for yesterday and to hold you over until my next post, which may, or may not be, later today.