Sunday, June 24, 2018

day of rest

And after a day of being out and about, doing things, seeing people, it's lovely to have a day of staying in bed in pajamas, reading and dozing.

summer lovin'

A roasting hot day in the suburbs means a sunny, gorgeous day in the city, timed just right to meet up with a childhood friend for boba, return and exchange some shoes, meet up with my sister, go over to her place for hand rolls, give my niece some funky sneakers, and get back home once it had cooled down. The perfect city Saturday.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

dog days

Yesterday was Henry's five year adoptaversary, and his sixth birthday (observed), so he got some extra sunbathing, an extremely foul-smelling salmon skin treat, and Vietnamese pork chopped up into his dinner. There is nothing easier than pleasing a dog.

Monday, June 18, 2018

catch and release

Having such a good time buying lots of things and returning most of them. Except for my new shoe obsession, which I'm mostly keeping..

tastes like summer

Safeway unexpectedly had saltwater taffy when I dropped by this weekend, which was a fun treat after an extremely efficient set of errands.

Friday, June 8, 2018

seeing the sun

After almost a year and a half of nonstop crazy hours at work, we're suddenly in a quiet spell, and I've seen the sun on weekdays more in the last month than I had in all the time before. The craziness can be fun, but so is seeing the sun.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


As a TiVo user for almost 17 years, I've always loved the UX, but it's gotten even better now that they've added a button to perfectly skip entire commercial breaks with one press (as opposed to the secret 30-second skip Easter egg). Somewhere out there is a team of commercial lawyers who negotiated this with the networks, and for that I am so grateful.


It was a three book weekend, which means that May is the first ten book month since December (which in turn was the first ten book month since November 2016).


Mini chocolate covered stroopwafels are so much better than the original, full sized variety. And when you walk in to find one on your desk... That's just perfection.

what to wear

A few of us at work who often accidentally dress the same have now mapped out simple criteria for each day (today is hoodie day, bonus points for featuring the color maroon), and it is so simple and dorky, but it makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier and faster.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

long weekend

Low key long weekends are the best: hanging out with friends at home and experimenting with baking sourdough bread, playing Super Nintendo, sleeping, reading...

Saturday, May 26, 2018


Remembering our dives in Fiji last fall... I've felt that my time underwater has been easy and effortless for some time, but it was only on this trip, some 300+ dives in, that the time above water, getting geared up or down, that the rest of it has felt just as easy and effortless.

the good fight

Current politics are so discouraging, but reading #HomeToVote tweets from Irish diaspora going back to Ireland to repeal the abortion ban reminded me that progress is worth the pain.

defy the odds

Went back to prison on Thursday to see some of my guys graduate. It blows my mind how easy it is to relate to each other, and touches my heart that they remembered me after seven months. It was like seeing old friends, one of whom even gave me a bottle of the sauce he made, that we'd talked about last time. I brought a law school friend, and he was really amazed by the experience. I thought it was a happy, lighthearted visit, comparatively speaking, but my dreams that night made me continue some of the mental and emotional exercises, and it ended up being both heavy and illuminating after the fact.

good boy

Fiver made an appearance in my dreams last night, for the first time in a long time. He was sweet and happy and it was good to see him again.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

reading again

After an embarrassingly slow start to the year, May is turning into a good reading month. It may even end up being a ten booker.


Had a 1.75 hour massage today, always a good thing on a Sunday evening after running some errands on a Sunday afternoon. And I realized that somehow, some time in the last year, this one part of my lower left back that could never seem to let go, despite all the efforts of my massage therapists and chiropractor, started cracking and releasing for no apparent reason.


Found an unexpectedly good place for xiaolongbao nearby, on my manager's recommendation. I see a lot of weekend soup dumplings in my future.

Friday, May 18, 2018


Mid-day legal team outing to watch RBG!!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

me time

Boyfriend is doing family stuff on the East Coast, which means I get the whole bed and complete latitude on the social calendar. Korean BBQ with coworkers last night, Eurovision/lunch/dinner/Super Nintendo with friends today, reading/shopping/dinner with family tomorrow... Lots of selfish fun.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

going out

With warmer weather and longer days comes a decreased urge to hibernate, resulting in a night out with coworkers in the city last night, dinner with old coworkers tonight, and plans for next weekend already in the works.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

best fried rice

I'm not usually a big fried rice fan, but they had the best fried rice at work yesterday: duck, shrimp, pork, and plenty of cilantro.

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Yuzu gummies from the store, and a yuzu tree from the nursery!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

pack it up

Volunteer day at work, and we sorted, labeled, and packed almost 5,000 pounds of canned goods. Plus, we got new hoodies and went out for ice cream.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

happy dog

Bought a replacement for boss dog's favorite toy, which was getting pretty ratty. It pretty much made his day, if the amount of slobber, tug, and fetch were any indication.

Monday, April 16, 2018

breaking it down

So in retrospect, it was a nearly perfect weekend, and it's because it had a bunch of different things: gorgeous weather, chill time with the dog and Boyfriend, books and TV, girl friends and gossip, double date cards and absurd musical instruments, returning things for refunds, overdue pedicure, incredible massage with unexpected foot crack, and steam room. Need to remember this secret formula for the future...

Sunday, April 15, 2018

world on fire

It's been a while since I've had this, the feeling of invincibility, that the world is burning with a secret fire that only I can see, that everything will work out because I want it to. I know it's a trick of the mind, but I love this trick so much.

oh yeah

I've gotten so accustomed to massage being a standalone indulgence that I forgot the additional perks of getting one in a spa: the steam room, the fluffy robe, the essential oils, the hot towels, the shower afterwards.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

good choice

When your friend's new boyfriend fits right in with the group.

fun fun fun

Sunny day, games and wine with girl friends, cards and dinner at home, binge watching a new show, returning things for a refund, pedicure and a book, and a massage -- it's looking like an awesome weekend.

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Smoked bacon udon, sashimi, and strawberry mochi for lunch? Yes, please.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

so fetching

When your dog, after almost five years of not caring, suddenly decides he really likes playing fetch, and runs himself ragged playing at work until he collapses into a long and cuddly nap.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

last minute dinner

A college friend was in town for meetings today, and we scored a good reservation on short notice and got to catch up for a couple hours.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

fourth time

I learn something new every time I go to prison. These guys get me right in the feels, telling me that they've talked about me and thought about me since the last time I was here, that they think I'm strong and that my strength inspires them, that they want me to meet their families...

Monday, April 2, 2018

just desserts

When you identified some shady behavior and flagged it to your former employer, and then find out the shady individual got fired. Stay Googley, Googlers.


The key to a great prank is to have enough detail and backstops that you can push it past the point of disbelief until the person is so bought into the alternate reality you've created that they might not believe anything ever again.


When you suggest to your manager that he request approval for a title bump for your teammate, and a few hours later, he tells you it was approved, and he got one for you, as well.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

jesus christ

Jesus Christ Superstar on TV, and Judas rocked it. Love that show, and loved seeing all my music and theatre geek friends nerding out about it on Facebook, too. A nice break from the usual politics and inspirational quotes and awful recipes.

chicken skin

Boyfriend has started saving chicken skin and broiling it into delicious chips for me.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


When you go guest lecture for your law school friend's seminar, and feel like you had no business doing so, but your friend tells you afterwards that one of the students met you last summer when he worked for your outside counsel, and both he and they thought you were a badass.

orange you lovely

My favorite flowers are back in season!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

easily impressed

Just blew Boyfriend's mind by using a Tide pen to erase blood stains that the dog tracked all over the couch.

friday night

Impromptu raid on a coworker's house, bringing six people, dinner, and drinks for an evening of cards and video games. That's my kind of Friday.

Monday, March 19, 2018

dumpling dog

Henry has a hard life at work.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

pranks a lot

After a few months hiatus, just couldn't resist a few little goofs at work, and it just gives me life.

Friday, March 9, 2018

like butter

When you hit all the lights right so that even during rush hour, you make it into work in record time.

Monday, March 5, 2018

first day back

Back at work, and the first thing I see is a new snuggly dog bed that the CEO bought Henry because he's such a dog guy. Second thing I see is a mocha on my desk from my work wife. Third thing I see is my new manager, who ten years ago first hired me into Google. It's good to be back.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


We've been home 26 hours and I've already had two naps and a full night of sleep. Getting home from vacation on a Friday is the best.


I don't think my dog has ever been as excited to see me as he was when I picked him up yesterday.