Tag Archives: relaxation

The Land of Smiles

Feel like smiling yet?

I was really excited to come back from Thailand and post about “the land of smiles” and how relaxing and awesome my trip there was, but then my grandpa died and it just felt, well…

Wrong. To revel in my two-week luxury tropical Christmas vacation. When my family was reeling from the death of our father figure?

Kinda.

Womp womp. 😦

But, what’s more useful for getting through sad times than memories of good ones? For that reason, I think it’s time to get back to the land of smiles…

Because I need some, dammit. Continue reading

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Mungacation 2016

I just dropped my mom off at the airport, and I am sad.

It was the longest trip she’s ever made to see us, and coincidentally at probably the worst time of year for us since Trent and I are both packing up to head to San Diego – I leave tomorrow for Adobe MAX and Trent joins me there in two days (he’s going to the conference this year, so I at least get hubby company!).

But I wanted to see my mom; after the year she’s had, I wanted to get her out of Michigan and get her to relax. I wanted to push myself extra hard and get ready for my MAX responsibilities a week early, so I could have this time to relax with her before diving into the most stressful week of my year.

I just wanted my mom.

I didn’t quite succeed at the stress-free part. I was never able to completely “turn off” during her visit; I was still feeling the crunch, and I’m a little disappointed about that.

But I do think Munga got to relax. I got to take her stress away for a week, I hope. And we got to be together. We got to take a lot of naps together.

And we did actually manage to do quite a lot of fun stuff, too…

My personal take your mom to work day at Adobe.

My personal take your mom to work day at Adobe.

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5/10/20

Winter wonderland...

Winter wonderland…

Sigh. Shutdown is over.

It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but I’m personally ready to get on with the new year. It was great having two weeks off and all, but to be honest it finished off a tad more eventful than I think either Trent or I were anticipating. Continue reading

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Mountain Munga

We baptized Munga “of the Mountains” this past weekend.

Munga and her traveling bud, Char, at the Mighty Stanislaus River.

Munga and her traveling bud, Char, at the Mighty Stanislaus River.

It makes me very happy to share my special new home with my mother. I want, and plan, to share it with all my family (and my sister will be there soon enough), but I know my mother really needs a retreat, and now she has one: an even more special one than my house here in Oakland (even though it’s also a retreat, in the sense that it’s far away from her own).  Continue reading

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ART OF RENEWAL

An easy recipe for de-stressing!

An easy recipe for de-stressing!

So it’s no secret at this point that 2014 was kind of a stressball of a year. It didn’t really start out that way, but by Q4 it was almost unsafe to approach me unless you were bringing beer or puppies.

Really – lots of beer and puppies.

I can say, though, with certainty, that I now have a battle-tested strategy for regeneration after such a year. OPERATION: SECOND HONEYMOON did the trick. So well, actually, that it might have to become an annual year-end practice (especially if I continue working in eCommerce).

Here are a few words on how it works… Continue reading

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