It’s Almost Over

I can’t believe 2013 is almost over. Where did this year go? Last I knew, I was packing up a moving van to move up to the San Francisco Bay area … now I’m here, and have been for over a year.

We moved to Walnut Creek at the end of September. Couldn’t be happier, not only to get out of the crappy apartment complex we were in, in Concord, but to be in an area where things are a quick walk or trolly (fancy painted bus) ride to. Downtown Walnut Creek is awesome … lots to do. The bad news? We’re right down the street from the Apple Store now.

In other news, I spent my 33rd birthday in Cancun, and I couldn’t have been happier. It was an amazing trip filled with good memories, good eats, and great experiences. Being able to stand just feet away from Chichen Itza was phenomenal. Ever been somewhere, and just “felt” the history? Epic doesn’t even describe it fully.

Most recently I’ve been involved in a lot of happenings at work. Everything is making me stretch for skills I didn’t know I had, and look at things in a completely different perspective. The best part? I’ve got an awesome team of people who are supportive and work their butts off to help us meet our goals. Team Tapjoy FTW!

* Sorry for the total randomness and short bursts of subject … lots going on in my head *

The holidays are upon us. Spent Thanksgiving at home, not doing a lot – and it couldn’t have been better. This Christmas is going to be interesting – I’ll be spending it alone for the first time in I don’t know how many years, and I’m actually looking forward to it. Christmas has lost some of its glamour for me in the past 10 years, but it always helps me reflect on how much people have influenced me and my life. I couldn’t be more grateful.

With that, I wish you all (all 3 of you that may read this) very happy holidays, an amazing new year, and the most prosperous and fulfilling year to come.

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Balancing Act

I read an article earlier today and it reminded me so much about what’s important in life. The most important thing being balance. One of the biggest issues I’ve always had was finding a good work-life balance. I normally put more of myself into my work than I did my personal life. It usually didn’t Read More

What’s New Pussycat?

It’s been a little while since I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and focus on something other than Tapjoy or HostHaus. Tonight though, is the night. What’s going on in my head, however, is still related to work. As of today, I’m responsible for 3 direct reports at Tapjoy. I’m being tasked with the Read More

Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye to someone you love is never easy. Saying goodbye to two people you love is, in my experience, the most gut wrenching and emotionally draining experiences of my life – but liberating and fulfilling as well.

On July 15, some of the cousins, my aunts, uncles and dad got together at Lake Tahoe to say goodbye to my Grandma and Grandpa in a most fitting way. We rented a pontoon boat, took it out with 2 other boats, tied them up and just floated for a while. There was alcohol consumed, stories shared, and a calm relaxing that overcame the entire experience. It was the best way to help make sure that Grandma and Grandpa were together forever, at last.

My grandfather passed when I was about 7 years old. Grandma, this past Christmas Eve. After 25 years apart, they were finally back together.

We love you both, and miss you lots. Thanks for keeping watch over all of us, just like you did for so many years.

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I’m a geek

So it’s almost August … and my last post was in March. Total fail on my part … but let’s see what we can get down on paper while I wait for a 43G database dump to re-import into MySQL… I’ve been at Tapjoy for almost 10 months now, and I have no idea where Read More

It’s a Beautiful Life

If you would have asked me last July, what I’d be doing come winter time, the answer likely wouldn’t have included spending it in San Francisco. It’s amazing how quickly life can change – sometimes for the good, sometimes not. I get up every day and go to work, and enjoy it. I’m happy with Read More

Show me the Postcards!

I like postcards. Actually … I like postcards a lot. If you travel, or have some pretty awesome postcards from where you live, and feel like helping support the USPS, feel free to drop one in the mail to me! All these postcards will be added to a collage that’s going on my wall, in Read More

Uhuru AppCloud

A few days ago, I got this mysterious offer to sign up for the Uhuru AppCloud and test drive the services they offer. At first glance it seemed overly simplified, almost dumbed down … and then I start to use it. Here’s what I found: Signing up was easy. Just a few pieces of information, Read More

Life v2.0

At the end of September, Kris and I packed up and moved to Northern California. This move had several drivers, but the biggest being the opportunity to start a new job with Tapjoy. I was excited for the challenges, but I don’t think I really understood just how much I’d come to love the changes Read More

New Chapter, New Book

Today marked my last day with Citrix. I went into the office this afternoon to drop off my equipment and to say my farewells to those I know there. Working from home has some drawbacks – like face-to-face interaction, but in my case I think this made it a little easier to move on. There Read More

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