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.

Friday, March 10, 2017

lined up

Next prank already forming up in my head.


Talked a younger male coworker through the best way to impress his date with minimal cooking skills. A good cheese plate, a cold cider, and a bread pudding recipe from her blog. That should do the trick. I'm a good friend.

caught up

Saw old work friends Wednesday, had some drinks, caught up, remembered what it's like to be with lawyers and know the same people. Good times.

back to normal

Finally put the time and effort into an elaborate prank after a couple of rough weeks. There are layers of the prank, which will hopefully leave the target always wondering if it's done.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

accidental saturday

Unintentionally watched two movies instead of reading, then spontaneously got two people to come over and play board games and cards on short notice. They seemed into cards, so I am harboring hope that I can resume a long-paused addiction.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

out of dodge

Dodged another bullet today. Outside counsel is having a rough week.

meet the parents

My parents came to work today. I gave them the tour, took them to lunch, and introduced them to some coworkers, all of whom said nice things about me. I think they want to work there now.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

kindness of strangers

Henry's shelter received a huge donation this week from a generous family, enough to buy a new X-ray machine and transport van, while still setting aside a big chunk for future projects!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

stick with it

When you manage to get through a particularly rough day and then the boss apologizes to you for coming down hard on you for one thing, deflects criticism from you for another, and tells you that you do good work, it's a hard won victory pried from the jaws of defeat.

Monday, February 27, 2017

the good stuff

Original Sudafed works so much better than the stuff they came up with after meth heads showed up.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

all about balance

A week of hard work, a Saturday of errands with a massage and dinner thrown in, and a Sunday of eating junk food, reading two books, napping on the couch, and working through some TiVo backlog.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

two for two

For Henry, today was just as good as yesterday: visit from human friends, and a crazy chase with dog friend. What a life.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


The rest of the weekend in Vegas was food, food, food, friends, karaoke, and card games.

happy day

Henry got a bully stick from a co-worker, played chase with the boss dog, then got a visit from two of his favorite people (frequent dogsitters), so it was pretty much the best day ever in Henry land.