Happy Wednesday from San Francisco!  This week’s Wednesday Hodgepodge is coming to you from Fisherman’s Wharf!  I am at an ITFMA conference and having a blast!  My boss and I are here and we have walked the piers, visited the SS Benjamin O’Brien and the USS Pampanito, and the Musée Mécanique.  If you don’t know what the Musée Mécanique is, it is a museum of 20th century coin-operated arcade machines – and most of them still work!  You might remember it from Princess Diaries – where Julie Andrews was arm wrestling the machine.  Super cool!  Stay tuned for a post about my trip to San Francisco, but for now let’s get going on the Wednesday Hodgepodge!

1. What happens to the mail at your house?

I am now living in an apartment, so I have to pick it up out of my mail box at the leasing office.  I usually throw away the junk mail and then file or shred the rest.  Most of my bills are on paperless, so I don’t get much of those.  I do get several magazines, so I usually enjoy those over the next few days.

2. Something you always splurge on? Any guilt associated with the splurge?

Great chocolate.  Yes, I will definitely be visiting Ghirardelli while I am here in San Fran!  I used to feel guilty when I bought expensive chocolate, but then I realized that life is WAY too short to not buy expensive chocolate.  I don’t do it all the time, but when I do I have no regrets.

3. There are many, but what are two important questions you think every bride and groom should ask/answer before they plan their walk down the aisle?

I think they should ask each other how they will handle money – creating a budget, spending plan, debt snowball, etc.  I also think they should discuss how they will raise their future children.  They need to agree on religion and discipline and other things.

4. What’s the best advice your father ever gave you?

“Take a deep breath.”  I would get really nervous drag racing – especially when I would get farther along in the rounds.  He would always tell me to take a deep breath before staging my car – which worked.  It centered me to be able to concentrate and do my best.  I use the same principle in other areas – take a deep breath before I act or speak.

5. Your favorite movie where a father features heavily in the storyline?

I would have to say Marlin from Finding Nemo.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

My feet hurt!  lol.  We have been in San Franscisco since Sunday night and I swear all we have done is walk everywhere.  I wish I would have brought my FitBit so I could see how many steps I am taking.

Julia

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