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Happy 4th of July! This weekend was the perfect balance of outdoors time and stuffing my face with food.
Saturday started with a hike at Muir Woods, then lunch in Sausalito by the water. Nothing beats being outdoors and breathing in the crisp air. The next hiking spot is already planned and I couldn't be more excited. I have lived in the Bay Area for most of my life and I am slightly embarrassed to admit that, crazy enough, I have not explored or adventured a lot. Between school and work, I never had time to actually enjoy the beauty of Northern California. My goal is to now see and experience it all, little-by-little.
Sunday, I had to work a mid-day shift at Anthropologie. It was busy-- definitely due to the current Tag Sale and customers frantically shopping for a last-minute July 4th outfit. Because I work five days per week as a dental hygienist, I frequently get asked why I continue working at Anthropologie. Here's the best explanation I can give you. I have been employed at Anthropologie for over three years. Time really has flown by. I remember landing a job at my local Anthro right before getting into dental hygiene school. Back then, I was a little more preppy and only about 70% sparkly. I had zero experience working in fashion retail and hardly knew how to dress the part. Three years later, I am not positive if I truly represent the typical trendy Anthro girl, but I can say that I am more confident in my personal style. Leaving Anthro has crossed my mind because of my busy schedule. But, right now, I am not quite ready to let it go just yet. Yes, I have a large closet full of clothes to show for all my hard work. But more so, I have developed wonderful friendships inside and outside of work with past and present co-workers alike. I have an extended Anthro family forever and I sincerely love that part of my life.
And today, I was on a mission. Every 4th of July, I make some kind of festive treat for the occasion. This year, I went for something simple. By simple, I mean it doesn't even need to be baked. I woke up with a vision, and I like to make my dreams come true. Initially, I thought I could tackle this solo. However, I quickly realized I needed more hands. I enlisted my mom to help me make a whole mess of red, white, and blue chocolate covered patriotic pretzel sparklers. For the record, I compensated her with half the batch because that seemed fair. Although, she did complain the whole time. She kept insisting that she had the harder job of sprinkling the pretzels and balancing each stick in my DIY pretzel stand (probably best not to ask about this). Anyway, happy to report, they turned out just as I envisioned-- super cute, super sparkly, super patriotic. Check, check, and check. When my project was complete, I then proceeded to eat all the BBQ goodness at my parents' house.
I hiked, I worked, I ate. Closed it all out by reuniting with my roomie, who I haven't seen in forever. It's back to cleaning teeth in the morning and working the next seven days in a row. Ugh. Bye long weekend. You were fun. Let's do this again soon.
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