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You know what heaven might be like? A bag full of books, a new pair of LONG Yoga pants that fit like a glove, a few good movies, Plans to grab a glass of  wine  (who am I kidding, glasses of wine), anticipation of great food, and a three day weekend.  The only thing that could improve is the weather (of course it’s raining).

I’m hoping the rain stops so I could get outside and get in some physical activity of some sort (walking to the mission to do some shopping could count), and I’d like to take my “big” camera out for some pictures.  Fingers crossed that the weather gods cooperate.

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My California Drivers License arrived in the mail over the weekend, officially ending my spree of decent looking drivers license photos.  For the next 4 years people will think I’m a linebacker.

Getting said license was a pretty big adventure. Nothing is quite as surreal as taking a written test with a bunch of 16 year-olds and actually having a moment of thinking that you just might not pass. Because really, who the hell knows the weight limit for a child in a car seat, or the proper etiquette for crosswalks for blind people? My theory is, you do your best not to run anyone over and stop at red lights. Problems solved.  But I passed.  I kept my fingers crossed the entire time the lady was grading it.

I’m now a registered California voter, and in addition I’ve signed up for Zip Car, meaning I have access to vehicles on those rare occasions I might need one.  Perhaps best of all….. NERD ALERT…I now have a library card.  That’s right, I can now check out unlimited numbers of books  C.D.’s and periodicals!

How does one celebrate such accomplishments? Why with cupcakes and a little light shopping of course! I finally bit the bullet and purchased the parchment paper. Behold, the answer to my cake sticking woes:

I'm not sure it gets more exciting than this!

I know that seems more fun than a barrel of monkeys, but I rounded it out with a electronic thermometer (gasp!) and a new dress from Nordstrom’s Rack (It’s dangerous DANGEROUS that this exists so close to my house).

The dress is more for the spring, so I had to immediately use my other new purchases (instant gratification and all that). So one of this weeks new recipes?

Peppermint Patties!

This is all you need to take one bite and feel like you are skiing in the Alps.

Blah blah blah, I know I’ve said I don’t like sweets, and it’s true, but peppermint patties are GOOD!

Creating the lucious filling went swimmingly:

Yum

I cut them into lovely patties:

So far so good!

And then everything went to hell. It could be because I made a recipe change from dark chocolate to milk chocolate, but they went downhill.  I’m attempting more tomorrow, without taking liberties.

Full disclosure: I ate some of the filling and it is delicious!!!!

The holidays have come and gone. I’ve managed to get into a grove at work. I’m comfortable, and frankly when I’m not I just wing it. So far they seem pleased! I’m still exploring, slowly getting comfortable around the city. I’ve been here 5 months today and I feel like I’ve made good progress. Still more bookstores to explore, more restaurants to try and more people to meet, but I feel like I’ve got the dressing in layers down, so I guess that’s a start!

I’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks wandering, trying to get acquainted with the city and various neighborhoods. I leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find my way home.  So far I’ve dealt with angry bus drivers who don’t want people to bring garbage on their bus (cue Chris Farley “Good, Great, Grand. NO YELLING ON THE BUS!!”),  a less than perfect sense of direction and a refusal to ask for directions or help, yet I have not gotten really truly lost.

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14 Boxes. That is how many I shipped out here. Essentially my life fit in 14 boxes, two suitcases and a dog kennel (If you don’t count the stuff I’m storing in Krikels basement).

A brief rundown of the first few days:

Day 1: Try and calm down a pug that isn’t really a fan of flying, attempt to adjust to time change

Day 2: Interview

Day 3:  Get offered the job, do a serious happy dance and realize that I won’t be burning through savings and spending 8 hours a day looking for work.  An hour later be disappointed to learn that I gave ups the wrong zip code and the majority of my worldly possessions are floating somewhere around California. Find some relief in the fact that they should arrive Monday (it’s Friday).  Try not to think about my poor lovely pots and pans feeling lonely and abandoned in card board boxes.

Day 4: Realize that I have packed up my life, moved across the country without a job, interviewed for a job, gotten a job…all in the span of a few weeks.  Sleep. Soundly.

all packed up, safe and sound.

all packed up, safe and sound.