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I’ve been wanting for a while to volunteer for an organization, but have had a difficult time finding something I was truly passionate about. (I’m not sure what that says about me). Well, that changed lickity-splickity a few weeks ago when my niece was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. I immediately knew that I wanted to help raise awareness and do whatever little ole me could do. Today I met with the Special Events Director and Manager of the San Francisco chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to learn how I could help. Both Jennifer and Danielle were so welcoming and offered TONS of information on CF. They say that I can help as little or as much as I want…they really appreciate any help they can get. I wanted to get started right away so my first “assignment” is to send letters to businesses in the hopes that they’ll donate auction items for the Uncork the Cure event in mid-September. I have a lot of places in mind and I am SO excited to get started!

We’re having a brunch at work tomorrow so I finally had an excuse to try the Banana Caramel quick bread mix I bought at Williams-Sonoma. I bought it in part to justify buying the Emile Henry loaf pan I didn’t need. I’ve never made a loaf of anything in my life, but it matches the 2 casserole dishes I also bought (because I make casseroles all the time). Anyhow, quick bread is right! It took me about 7 minutes to get this from the bag into the oven. You only need eggs, butter, water, and about 2 minutes of stirring. It couldn’t have been easier. It’s in the oven now…I’ll post a pic of the finished product a little later.

Update: It’s worth the $10.95 just for the aroma! The bread is tasty, but I almost wish it had frosting…or vanilla ice cream…hm…

To the lovely tourists visiting from Deliverance I’d like you to know a few things. First, the bus is not the appropriate location to read the accuracy details of a pregnancy kit (post test). Second, I don’t care if you call the father (Holden), Tracy (“who’d really want to know”) or your dad first. And as far as comforting advice, I’m not sure “you better get used to the idea” and “I had Tommy when I was 19” is going to win any awards. Oh, and a really big thanks for sharing that the baby was conceived in June…because we didn’t have too much information already.

Btw, for those of you wondering, TMI stands for Too Much Information.

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I don’t know what got into me today. First, I decided to take the bus to Trader Joe’s. That requires taking the 19 to North Point, the 30 to Columbus, and walking the remaining few blocks to TJ’s. Pretty adventurous for me…and uncharacteristically well-planned. Second, I’ve always eyed TJ’s pizza dough, but have never tried it…until tonight! The dough is cheap ($1.29) and I didn’t even need a rolling pin. A few flips in the air and a couple twirls around my fist and voila. Ok, that actually made it rectangular, but once I put it on the pizza pan it was pretty easy to make round. I cooked up some chicken and then marinated it with Original BarBeQue Sauce made by the folks who own BarBer’s Q in Napa. I found it at Williams-Sonoma about a month ago ($10 – not cheap), but I’m not sure they still carry it. And I can’t find it online anywhere. It is REALLY good, but at $10 a jar I’m sure there’s a cheaper way to go. Anyhow, then I added mozzarella, red onions, and sprinkled a little feta on top. A masterpiece, if I do say so myself!

P.S. While I was out today I accidentally mis-directed a lovely Irish couple who were looking for Chinatown. As it turns out Bay doesn’t cross Grant. Oops.

Here’s the latest YouTube sensation. I’m on the fence…I either give this couple a year or, as their theme song states, forever. Enjoy and happy Friday!

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I spent the majority of my day in bed reading. I finished Remember Me which is a lovely romance-esque novel written by Sophie Kinsella (who also wrote Confessions of a Shopaholic). One of my sister’s must have passed this on to me which I greatly appreciated. I also started 7th Heaven by James Patterson. This is the 7th book in the Women’s Murder Club series. My sister, #1, got me hooked on these books which are set in SF and typically involve the violent demise of multiple characters. Ack! This has a lot to do with why I don’t sleep well while in the midst of reading one. The intelligent thing would be to stop reading them, but I can’t. If Mr. Patterson would stop writing them I’d be eternally grateful. (Note: so far he’s up to #8)

I inserted the link to Amazon.com for the books I mentioned, but I encourage you to borrow them from a friend or check them out at your local public library. Save your pennies!

Dennis Washington is apparently in the area. Who’s that you ask? Well, he’s 88th on the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans and happens to have his yacht, Attessa, docked in Richardson’s Bay. It’s the 14th largest yacht in America and it has some cool features (if you go for this kind of thing): Helicopter, movie theater, gym, massage room, and Jacuzzis. I won’t lie, that floats my boat!

I finally broke down and bought the Bungalow 360 crab print purse I’ve been eyeing. I got it at Cat Seto on the corner of Polk @ Union (that kooky stationery/clothing boutique). Side note: The shop girl was wearing a fedora and I didn’t see her eyeballs throughout the entire transaction. They carry a few other Bungalow 360 prints and styles too.

Ok, the crabs don’t belt out gospel songs purse-ay (get it?), but they do make me whistle a happy tune.

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…don’t you dare close your eyes…

I had a great 4th of July weekend due to the fact that I could swim AND see. A whole new world indeed! My mom suggested it and was so nice to pick me up a pair of Speedo swim goggles which worked great! I was able to spend ample time in the pool and not worry about losing my contacts…or running into walls without them.

The pair I have run about $12…which reminds me…I owe my mom $12. Maybe she won’t read this and forget…

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I’m addicted to Chapstick. It’s true.

I had such a nice surprise tonight in that Chapstick was on sale at Walgreens for $1.29 as apposed to $1.99. Big savings! Stock up!

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