I figured since I found that old post recapping 2010 I might as well post one for 2013. So here it goes.
I have to admit, living in California is pretty awesome as is working at Google. I’m a very blessed individual and I try to take time each day to remember those little moments that I’m thankful for. But I do have a poor memory these days. Trying to remember this past year, I’m bound to leave out a lot of things. It was a tough year, that I do remember…
2013 started out with my first trip to NY thanks to Google. It was a quick trip but looking back, it was the start of everything we’re launching this year. I didn’t get to explore too much but it was fun seeing another office and staying at the Ace Hotel (gorgeous NY hipster hotel).
I had a great Super Bowl party at my apartment and nearly watched my new pro football team almost pull off a great comeback only to choke like my hometown team (Vikings) in the last minute. ARG. Thankfully, great friends bring amazing food like cake pops shaped like footballs! My-Linh is one talented person!
Can’t forget my scooter! I took a weekend riding class and then a couple tests and officially received my motorcycle license and, of course, went out and grabbed a used, green, vintage-looking Vespa. I’ve put over 4k miles on it since April after a slight, costly spill on the first day I had it. Now it’s got a little beauty mark on the side to remind me to take it easy I guess. I was so in love with this thing I tried to sell my car to someone but after three months of her not paying the loan I had to fly down to LA and repo the car myself (thanks to the help of Ninja Maria!) Pretty scary endeavor actually. Wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Early in the year I went on my first business building trip to Victoria, BC. Gorgeous area and a great trip as I got to spend some time with a team of designers I’ve always admired.
The team went to Tahoe again and My-Linh talked me into snowboarding. I actually went out a couple days and had a ton of fun. Thanks to Tina and others, I got the hang of it pretty quickly and even rode on a chair lift! Who cares if it was really still the bunny hill, it was totally worth it and great to get away with the team. A lot of people left the team this year, so that trip was pretty special and I’ll always remember it.
The next trip I went on was to help with a quick Design Thinking training with the talented Beth in Taipei of all places! Couldn’t pass up the trip even if it was only for a few days. Beth is a planner, had a little book with places to hit and loved to take public transportation so we had a lot of fun exploring the city and culture. I’m sure most of you are wondering what I ate as there aren’t many meat and potato places out there but I actually ate very well, even took a cooking class with a bunch of Googlers!
I think I had a couple weeks between getting back from that trip (did the Electric Run with friends, scooted around) and then hit the big trip of the year… Sydney! It was meant to be a week long trip centered around Brynn and the teams +20 event (which went over very well) but something got to me and I was out for a day sick. Thankfully the mighty Matthew was there to make sure I was ok and then Antin and Little Jay showed us all the amazing things Sydney has to offer, most importantly, meat pies. So much fun and a place I will most definitely be going back to soon! So many fun picture opportunities.
I flew back to Minnesota in June for a sad family affair but it was good to see the family and spend some quality time (even if it was raining) with those I love the mostest.
I ended up hitting New York one more time, seeing a bit more of it and yearning to go back again. I mean, B&H was closed! So of course I’ll be going back!
One of the biggest highlights of my life happened in September when I took my team on our first offsite to Pixar! We had an amazing time getting a tour of their facilities, watching The Blue Umbrella with the director, Saschka Unseld, talking to Ed Catmull and seeing other directors just walking around. Amazing experience and a cool little company store, too!
The year might’ve ended in a flurry but it also introduced me to Marianne who I have shared many great adventures with and look forward to many more new ones in the year to come!
The rest of the year had a lot of smaller excursions, a wedding shoot in San Antonio, dates, and good friends visiting (come on back anytime Becky and Betsy!). Every weekend I try and explore a bit more of this great city and the surrounding parks.
The city is definitely feeling smaller these days but still so surprising.