Happy Halloween

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I can’t believe it’s Halloween already.  The past month has flown by in a flurry of job search activity.  There was one week where I had 11 interviews in 4 days.  It was exhausting but all so worth it.

I’m beyond excited to report that I formally accepted a fantastic job offer with an amazing startup here in San Francisco.  And the best news?  The people I’ll be working with are even more amazing…incredibly kind, smart and fun.  I think I finally found “my people” on the career front.

I’m looking forward to a lazy day trotting Orelia around the neighborhood in her costume.  There’s one lovely neighbor in her 70s who always points me out to her friends as Orelia and I pass by through out the year saying….”Yeah, that’s the lady who dresses her dog up for Halloween.”  I could be known for much worse things right?!  😉

(p.s. Just realized it’s my one year blogging anniversary.  Thanks so much to everyone who has read along and supported me along the way.  I’m truly shocked that anyone other than my parents follow my blog, but I’m very grateful.  It’s been awesome getting to know some of you online over the year. You rock!!)

Boo!

GraveThe entryway to my apartment has always been rather depressing.  So I was super excited when my neighbor suggested we capitalize on it’s darkness and transform it with spooky Halloween decorations.  It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

Orelia even got in on the action and supervised our work.  She’s pretty pleased with it.  Now if I can just make sure she doesn’t use the bathroom on the leaves in the graveyard, we’ll be golden.

Orelia

RIP

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Witch

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Mice

Hologram{This hologram goes from girly….}

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{…to ghoulish with just a slight movement. Boo!}

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Cotton Candy

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Those were the words on my mind and echoed back to me in the sweet voices of my friend B’s little boys on Saturday evening.  It was Memorial Day weekend.  The Mill Valley Carnival was in town; and there were fun rides and cotton candy with our names on ’em.  And corn dogs, nachos, churros, etc.  (And TUMS for me the next morning, but it was so worth it!!)

I can’t think of a better way to spend my holiday weekend than surrounded by the two people I love most and their adorable kids.  Thanks B and K for always loving and supporting me.  I promise to always do the same for you.

Cotton-Candy

Carnival

Carnival

Yay{Woohoo…We’re on a ferris wheel!!}

Nachos{So honored to be the godmother of this little beauty..Baby K}

Happy New Year

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The sun may be setting on 2012, but I’m still reveling in all the wonderful things that have come into my life this year.  I’m grateful for new friends, a deeper connection with old ones, a new career, greater independence and more clarity about what’s important to me.  Plus, more joy in the present moment than ever before.

I’m excited to see what 2013 holds and entering it with a heart filled with gratitude is a great place to start.  Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Gumbo

The past couple of days in Louisiana have been super relaxing.  Lots of delicious and comforting meals, Christmas tunes, gift wrapping, holiday flicks and lounging around the house.  My mom has made all of my favorite dishes: meat pies, mac n’ cheese, 2 kinds of gumbo and a new favorite…boudin (sausage filled with rice and dressing).

It’s a really good thing I don’t live here.  I’m sure I’d be a good 40 pounds heavier.  But alas, it’s the holidays…

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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