122809: sunrise silhouette
9 January 2010, 10:49 pm
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photo of the day

The sky was perpetually grey when I was in Pennsylvania with the exception of this morning, when the clouds lined themselves up and the sun thought it was worth spotlighting.


no sunglasses needed
3 June 2009, 11:48 am
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5/12 of 2009 is gone?

I’m dreaming about thunderstorms today, and stumbled upon this gorgeous photo from Lucas Janin on flickr. It has been threatening to rain on Los Angeles for the past week, with cool temps and no sunglasses needed. Seriously, I didn’t realize how often I wore my sunglasses until this past week! And I sortofalmostmaybe am starting to understand why Angelenos get excited about rain. Almost.

In fact, the weather forecast is better for PA this weekend than LA!  It has become an annual June tradition to head to PA for my mom’s birthday, opposite the holidays for convenient biannual visits.  I’m looking forward to little bit of time away, and oddly, time on the plane. It is somehow easier to gain perspective from the air.

20 December 2008, 9:25 am
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Ahh. Sheetz cappuccino. Excuse me. I meant Cupo’ccino. One of the best things about PA. Sheetz, you ask? What is this Sheetz?

Sheetz is a gas station/convenience store founded in Altoona, PA. But wait! It’s so much more.

Where eastern PA-ers are WaWa happy, and will endlessly argue their superiority, western PA-ers bond over their Sheetz-s. They consider MTO’s (made-to-order subs) a perfectly good dinner, and of course wouldn’t think of filling up at any other gas station. They get excited when they are driving through, say, North Carolina and a Sheetz pops up! In fact, most don’t realize they are insane until talking with a Sheetz virgin, and find themselves trying to excitedly explain exactly why these red-roofed havens are just so fantastic. Maybe it’s the level of nostalgia that comes with going into a Sheetz. Or maybe it’s just that adding an “sh” or “z” to all products (i.e. Bagelz, Schmuffins, Schmiscuits) somehow makes it more delicious.  And did I mention coffeez are free on Christmas/New Years Day?

This is what a small town will do to you. Crazy, I know.

pennsylvania bound
17 December 2008, 12:58 am
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Well, 2008 is drawing to a close.

I somehow feel like I’m going home to PA tomorrow in defeat.  I was really hoping something would come of my interview yesterday.  I tried not to psych myself up too much. But something felt different- big firm, work in a variety of market sectors, an excellent word put in for me- and I managed to get excited anyway.

So when I heard the oh-so-familiar “we aren’t actively hiring” prefacing the interview, I was crushed. Why can’t firms tell you this before you schlep yourself and your A-game in there?  I feel awful for the people that travel much longer distances to these places just to hear that Firm X is only scouting for some day in the distant future when another project comes along. Hopefully 2009 will bring better days.

In the meantime, I have been busy making things for friends and family, doing my best to challenge myself, and am generally enjoying life outside of the professional world.  It’s funny, this is the other half to my previously unbalanced life, but life as a whole is still unbalanced.

I can’t complain. I’m doing my best to take it all in stride, and look at the bigger picture. I mean, at what other point could I take a two week hiatus to snowy Pennsylvania, right? Ha.