Sunday, February 11, 2018

one year in

Hung out with two girl friends that I met a year ago and had a hilarious four hours of wine, cheese, and immaturity.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

best week

Two amazing things happened at work this week. One is a blast from the past, and one is a reward for the future. I'm so damn lucky.

Sunday, February 4, 2018


Just slept fourteen hours for the first time in I don't know how long, and it was amazing.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

aww shucks

Creative director stopped me in the hallway and said that when he was interviewing, he looked at or team photos in the website and said that he had never seen a lawyer wearing a leather jacket in an official photo before, and that he thought it must be a different kind of company with the coolest legal team.


Trees are starting to bloom, and the ten day forecast breaks 70° every day, so winter is definitely on its way out.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

friends in town

Friends in town for the next few days, lots of old jokes and catching up to do on recent developments. Good times.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

got my back

When your CEO trusts your judgment on some pretty big stuff, then offhandedly mentions a bunch of things he's doing to make your life better because he wants you to stick around.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

young people

Cambodian mentee stayed with us for a few days, and two girls who currently sing in my college choir stayed for the long weekend. Went to a concert with another choir friend, and got pulled up on stage to sing the signature song of the a cappella group and the Radcliffe alma mater and fight song. The nostalgia for college days was strong this month.

there is nothing

There is nothing quite like really liking the people you work with, especially when you like them enough to stay late to get some work and a lot of talking done.


Finally got the first wave of invitations sent out for our crazy summer camp, and it's fun to see the RSVPs coming in. Can't wait!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


All of the feathers in our down comforter shifted to Boyfriend's side, and last night, we flipped it to my side, and it was so warm and amazing.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

it's people

When your coworker in Ops brings you boba one day, your HR BFF brings you a morning hot chocolate another day, and you can have a whole range of serious and silly conversations with your other work friends, you know you're working with good people.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

second to last

Almost the last day of the year, and I managed to return library books, sort through a bunch of clothes and books and donate them, redo my purple hair dye, and firm up plans for tomorrow to pick up my mentee, go to brunch and a sing along Sound of Music with my sister and a former work friend, and go to a New Year's Eve party. I think my reading total for the year will be 65; nowhere near where it's been for the past seven years, but still quite respectable, given the hours I've been working.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Tell a dog he's a good boy, put his bed in a sunny spot, and he will teach you the meaning of contentment.

Friday, December 22, 2017

it gets better

Every day for the next six months will be brighter than the last.

Saturday, December 16, 2017


A fresh pedicure never fails to please.

good friday

Lunch at Google with a friend, Star Wars with coworkers, a gorgeous sunset (I never see sunsets anymore), a drink with my two work BFFs, a prank gift for one of them, a few rounds of our favorite video game, and a quick dinner out. A pretty good Friday.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Reinforcements have arrived, and my new teammate is great. She knows all kinds of things I don't, and is fresh and ready to work. It's nice to have a peer, and I'm so glad she's joined.

scent hound

Last week, I suddenly had the illusion of a scent that I hadn't smelled in years. It smelled exactly like Fiver after he'd had a bath. I breathed it deeply and felt all the memories come back just like that. I haven't smelled him since he died, and I don't know why I thought I smelled it last week, but it was wonderful.

do gooders

Team volunteer event today, and fourteen of us sorted and packed over 5,000 pounds of food!

roll tide

Huge sigh of relief as Alabama elects a Democratic senator instead of the pedophile the Republicans ran. After a couple Dem governors were voted in last month, I'm starting to feel a little bit of hope after the debacle of last year.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

a good book

Finally, after months of book drought, I've hit a streak of a few good books, including the great one I'm reading right now. Quiet house, sunny afternoon, couch, dog, blanket, book. I could do this every day.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

star wars marathon

Surprised a coworker with a Star Wars marathon today, and we had a great time eating, drinking, watching movies, and hanging out.

Friday, November 24, 2017


I haven't had coffee in four days, and I'm still alive.

feast finished

Forty hours of family, friends, and food complete. This year, we scaled it back, so we "only" had veggies, hummus, cheese, bread, smoked salmon, pork belly buns, prime rib, asparagus with eggs, Brussels sprouts with bacon, mashed potatoes, bourbon sweet potato souffle, and pumpkin pie with ice cream. Plus our traditional fondue the night before and crepes the morning after. Mischief managed.


Sleep barking never fails to be adorable.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

at least

When I'm sick and working from home, at least Henry gets to sunbathe.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

preparations underway

Pork belly is in the sous vide bath for the night, so Thanksgiving must be coming soon.

Monday, November 13, 2017

surprisingly okay

Going back on meds and not actually that upset about it this time around. It's been a rough few months, so it makes sense.

at least

At least the uncontrolled communications within a nosy family mean I was able to avoid an awkward conversation with my parents and find out their thoughts without taking to them...

coup de grace

When you're the black sheep of the family, but everyone believes you when you tell them about a terrible thing that happened in the past, and they band together to try to do the right thing, and you almost start to understand why other people trust their families.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


When you finally go through the papers on your desk for the first time in months, get rid of most of them, and you can see your desk again.


When you open up those little two packs of Starburst, and three out of four are pink.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

good talk

Got off the phone after catching up with friends for the first time in a while, and realized we were on the phone for over four hours! Time flies with old friends.

Friday, November 3, 2017


Well, that's the third time in 1.5 years that I've had to call AAA, this time for a flat tire. I guess it makes the membership fees for the previous seven uneventful years worthwhile? Also, no idea how they got to me in fifteen minutes and changed the tire in five.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

single weekend

Sleeping in while taking up the whole bed. Pho and games with friends. Re-dyeing my hair. Pedicure. Dog cuddles. Massage. Books. Those are my crazy plans for my anniversary weekend while Boyfriend is out of town.

me too

When your friends and family start telling you the things they have been most ashamed of, and you feel honored to receive such trust and faith.

all mine

When your boyfriend goes to visit his family and you get the whole bed to yourself, and sleep for nine hours for the first time in god knows how long.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

wanna cookie?

When your coworker brings in three bags of dog treats for your dog, because her dog changed diets.


When you come into work and a coworker left this for you.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

prison break

Had my third prison volunteering event today, and realized that a lot of the things that we've been teaching the guys in the program and vulnerability, shame, and trust are things I've been working on because of the program. I posted my #metoo posts partly because I found myself telling things to strangers in prison that I was afraid to tell my own friends and family. I owe a lot to these men, who happen to be in prison, and who have taught me so much.

Also, I won a t-shirt in a raffle there! I've never won a raffle in my whole life. So I get to keep my family AND I get a shirt. It was a good day.

bombs away

Drew a line in the sand with cousins. Waited. And watched as a large number stepped over to my side.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

been a minute

Surprising and emotional week after a YOLO post about sexual assault and harassment. Support and love from unexpected quarters. Then, fondue.

More generally, feeling pretty valued at work, which helps get me through the roughness of a bumpy launch.

Completely unrelated, quickly tracked down a friend's "the one that got away," and they've gotten back in touch, picked up where they left off, and I hope to be a flower girl, at last.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

end of the week

Finally got another massage from my favorite massage therapist last night, and I'm still happily sore. Slept in this morning, and puttering around at home for the day.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

eight years in

After over eight years of allergy shots, probably over 150 shots, my allergist told me she thinks we can try going off the shots and see if I can be done for good!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

slow loris

Surprise visitors at work yesterday included a lemur, a kinkajou, an alligator, a great horned owl, an eagle, and this slow loris. Also had lots of human visitors, including three former officemates and one other coworker from my Google days (one was Boyfriend), one bearing a haul of gummies from Switzerland. Stayed until 9:30 for social reasons rather than work reasons for the first time in months. Much needed after a roller coaster week.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

accidental investment

When you realize that the house you bought on a whim has increased $1M in value in four years.

just in time

Biggest thunderstorm I've ever seen in California (and during the dry season!) broke the heat just as the air conditioner repair guy said we can't use the air conditioning until he gets a replacement part in.

Dat lightning, tho'.