Saturday, August 12, 2017

home stretch

Last spring towards launch, and after a week of non-stop 14-16 hour days, it's good to see the amount of work I got done, to get emails and texts from the president and my boss saying they know how hard I'm working, and then to sleep in a bit today, get some sun, and go college shopping with my mentee. It's a good recharge before digging back in.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

perfect gift

My mentee brought us gifts from Cambodia, and one of them was the traditional scarf they wear there that we wanted to get and didn't have time. I've regretted not getting one for the last year and a half, but now I'm glad I didn't, since it's much more meaningful to have one from her.

she's here

Over a year after we started working together, our mentee arrived from Cambodia!! She's smart, sweet, kind, and worth all the time we put in together.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

make it rain

My birthday is coming up this weekend, and I'm long past the age where birthdays mean presents, but I'm moved to tears by the friends who are donating to my favorite non-profits. Love.

my jam

Went by myself to a community sing of the Brahms Requiem last night, as my other friends couldn't make it. It was me and 100 old people I don't know. We didn't sound great, but I loved singing it again, just the same.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Finally got to see it a couple weeks ago with my sister and brother in law, and it was fascinating and lingers in the mind. I'm not a history junkie, nor am I a big hip hop fan, but it was pretty brilliant and both of our time and of his time.

freedom and hope

Last weekend, I spent sixteen hours on buses to put in two long days at a supermax prison, meeting some of the most ordinary and extraordinary people, and realizing how extraordinary an experience it is to meet people who are so different from me but also so much the same. My heart and mind are still racing.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

bored boss

When the CEO drops by because he's bored and wants you to entertain him, asks your opinion on how different members of the team are doing (after asking you yesterday to help get the team gelled and on track), and then he tells you that you're underpaid and he's going to fix it, it's a pretty awesome five minute interlude in the middle of an otherwise lightspeed day.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

some weeks

Even though it was a three day week, it was crushingly productive, with some work on the weekends on either end. Oddly satisfying. Plus a little mental prank thrown in for good measure.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

happy puppy

My dog was so happy to see me when I got in to the office this morning! It's good to be missed.

back again

Long weekend in Portland with good friends, good food, good weather, lots of walking, and lots of cards. Less work than expected, and now it's back to the startup grind.

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Went to see Wonder Woman with some female co-workers yesterday, and I have to admit that it was surprisingly touching to see badass women fighting and saving men, instead of the other way around.

good girl

COO told me he knows I pull late hours and that I'm an indispensable member of the team who helps set the tone for everyone else. It's nice to get good feedback.

Monday, June 26, 2017


Two weekends in a row, blowing off steam with coworkers, definitely needed to release the pressure valve a bit. Then some climbing and sleeping in. Now a tough week ahead before heading to Portland for food, friends, and cards.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

happiness is

A dog yawning in the sun.

happiness is

A dog yawning in the sun.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

prison break

A day in prison reminded me of all the lucky breaks and blind choices that led me here. Being offline really made sure I was fully engaged and not distracted. That was some tough stuff, but I think if everyone did this, we'd be closer to figuring out how to make life better for everyone.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


College friend in town for a conference this weekend, and another one just moved to the area, so we're getting four of us together over the weekend! Old friends are the best.

jail time

Volunteering in prison next week, and even worked out a carpool, which is great, because it's far...


When a previous manager and a current manager give you compliments in the same week about being one of the most efficient people they've ever worked with, you start to wonder if you're more efficient than you thought.

old timers

Get together with some old time Google Legal folks, and it was so great to see people and reminisce about the olden days and find out what everyone is up to.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


Sometimes, bailing is more fun than going.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

word of mouth

A former coworker said her boyfriend works with the guy who lived downstairs from me first year of law school and that he said that we are the two most successful people in our class. An odd statement that I don't agree with, but interesting that he thinks that.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

on the books

Summer Camp 2018 is in the works!!!!

first for everything

Talking to one of my product guys today, and he asked me how I ended up as a lawyer, and I wasn't sure what he meant. He said he'd never had conversations with lawyers where they gave him an answer or a path to an answer until now, and that he'd always avoided talking to them unless he had to. Now he stays late with me for pranks. So... I'll take it as a compliment, back-handed or not.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

free stuff

Also, I've been dogfooding our new phone for weeks, and found out that I was picked to dogfood over some of the engineers who actually work on the thing. So that was fun. And today, we got our first company swag.

and we're live

Marketing launch went well today, and some intrepid reporters even figured out Henry's role in some secrets he was keeping until the announcement, generating his own adorable little press cycle.

Monday, May 29, 2017

exceeds expectations

When you've got a Marketing coworker who is organized, logical, calm, and finds ways to create order in the midst of chaos.

girl friends

Are the best. Making two new girl friends this year has been super fun. Two bottles of sparkling wine, a pint of sorbet, a bunch of cheese, crackers, and grapes, and Boggle are all you need for five hours of laughs.

two time champ

Two nights in a row falling asleep with nothing but melatonin!! I'm a superhero!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

that feeling when

Things at work are about to get a whole lot crazier, possibly in a good way. Hold on for dear life.

i did it

After months of ramping down Ambien and weeks of using gabapentin as a transition, I fell asleep last night without either one. It wasn't great, but I can't remember the last time I managed that.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

summer is here

Accidental hiatus! Life is intense, but lots of good things. Henry is back up and running, and has had a couple of weekend playdates. It's finally summer in earnest, with hot sun and long days every day. I've come to terms with reading only 50-60 books this year, instead of 100. I'm getting lots of work done, I still haven't gotten yelled at, and my new boss seems to like me. I'm testing out our product, and I can see it improving as the engineers push out changes. I've started climbing again, and am still fitting in time with friends and my sister, despite long hours at work.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

right back atcha

Pranked two co-workers on Monday with a cross wiring of desk controls. Got pranked back Tuesday morning with desk decorations. Immediately conspired with a co-worker (and eventually the COO and the CEO's admin) to turn it back on them. Pure psychological mayhem. This stuff gives me life.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

road to recovery

Henry is sleeping on his own again, and is only drugged when he's going to meet a new dog. He had his first bath yesterday, and seems mostly back to normal, other than intermittent yelps if he's touched or picked up in a way that he doesn't expect, a giant scar, and the shaved patches that are starting to grow back in. On the plus side, he has gotten in the habit of pooping and peeing really fast on command, rather than dithering around, so hope that one sticks. He also seems less offended when crated, also a good thing.

not late yet

Finally got around to filing my taxes, only two days before the deadline. Somehow, the deductions worked out so that I only owe an extra $7,700 this year, which is good news, since my paychecks now are a lot smaller than they were in previous years.

Saturday, April 8, 2017


And then random Indian street food to round out the evening. Whew.

good day

Morning outing with girls to learn how to ride bikes and eat lunch. Afternoon massage with my favorite massage therapist in the world. Evening shopping trip to help a co-worker update his wardrobe.

Sunday, April 2, 2017


Couldn't decide what to eat for lunch, then remembered I had a fresh pack of mint Oreo thins. Done.

change of plans

Friends who were going to come over for dinner last night couldn't make it, so we went to my sister's for fondue and games, instead, because why not stay up until 4:30 on a Saturday?

Friday, March 31, 2017

almost there

Stitches are out, I'm spending less time managing meds, and I'm spending more time with my team. A few more days and things should be almost normal again.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

excuses excuses

Not that I need one, but Henry's need for quiet and 24/7 supervision has given me an ironclad excuse for not leaving the house all weekend, and reading and napping on the couch with him in a safe nest to me.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Swiss friend came to visit for lunch this week, bringing many pounds of gummy candy from the best gummy store ever.

dog treats

Friends who came over last night were all Henry​ lovers. Two of them brought him treats and toys last week, one brought him a bag of mixed treats last night, and the other was the one who took him to the hospital last week. He has good friends.

cards night

Slowly identifying people who like card games. There is hope to get back one of my favorite things.

Friday, March 24, 2017

tis the season

First California poppies are out, and all the trees are in bloom! A bit late because of the long winter, but all that rain means we'll have crazy wildflowers this year, right?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

two steps forward

After an emergency return to the ICU, and a the night stay, Henry is back again. His pain is finally manageable with the meds, and I'm getting the hang of his complicated routines. Today was his first day back at work. Barring further complications, this crazy all night routine and special diet and extra laundry will go for another week. I can't wait until he's healthy enough to drive me crazy again.

Friday, March 17, 2017

figuring it out

Figured out the best way to move Henry, the best way to get him to take his meds, and the best way to get him to pee with the minimum amount of pain. He's a trooper, and is being such a good boy.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

got my back

When your dog gets attacked at work, and it's terrible and scary, but your co-workers mobilize to bring you back from an offsite meeting, bring your dog to meet you at the vet, then stay with you for almost seven hours through his surgery and recovery, you know you've got some good co-workers.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

sunday perfect sunday

Perfect weather, sunny and clear and warm but not hot. Pedicures, then wine and cheese on a patio with girlfriends.


10.5 hours of sleep, the longest I've slept in... I don't know how long.

daylight saving time

Finally!!! The dark days are over.

step one

Stayed late Friday to get a decent prank pulled together. It was much improved with the help of some engineers. Always have engineers help with pranks.