mission peak

mission peak

Recently I was at a housewarming party for a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. He and I met about 13 years ago while studying math at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and then went to grad schools thousands of miles apart. I believe we stayed in touch for a few […]

half my life ago

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Memoir
half my life ago

When I was seventeen, I was at a party where everyone (including myself) was drunk and I had no ride home to make my midnight curfew. These were the days before Uber and cellphones and I had to wait for someone to sober up and drive me. I stumbled in at something like 3am, visibly […]

growing up, one mountain at a time

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in 50 US States, California, Memoir, San Mateo
growing up, one mountain at a time

In a lot of ways I’ve been taking care of myself from an early age. Some of my oldest memories are of cleaning the house and cooking for myself and my brother, which is how I spent most of my summer vacations as a kid, rather than going to day camp like my friends. (Sometimes […]

waddell beach to berry creek falls

waddell beach to berry creek falls

This past weekend, I had Sunday to myself. My daughter KB was traveling to spend the first part of her summer vacation with her grandparents, and a good portion of the friends I generally spend time with on the weekends are out of the country at the moment. I remember that when I was in […]

riding solo on the carquinez straight loop

riding solo on the carquinez straight loop

This weekend I celebrated two months of being single. It’s a funny thing to celebrate given that it wasn’t particularly my choice to end the relationship, but it goes to show how much I appreciate milestones of all varieties, regardless of who designed them. Mostly, though, I just like how celebrations provide an excuse to […]

counts from my days off in maui

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in 50 US States, Adventure, Beaches, Hawaii, Places
counts from my days off in maui

The number of… comedy albums I listened to on the beach: 6 adventure books I read: 2 cream cheese macadamia frosted cinnamon rolls I ate: 1 hours I meditated: 2.5 friends who consistently texted with me so I didn’t feel too lonely: 13 (wow!) sunsets I watched: 4 sunrises I watched: 4 pages I filled […]

spontaneous trip to maui

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Adventure, Beaches, Places
spontaneous trip to maui

Since I started my job in San Francisco 8 months ago, I have taken quite a few days off. I used them for spending time with my daughter when she had no school, or traveling to visit friends and family in far away (often cold) places. In the last few weeks it became clear to […]

new years resolution update

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in Uncategorized
new years resolution update

A few years ago I made the New Years resolution to take a year off drinking. I liked it so much I ended up doing it two years in a row. The sobriety resolution was the first instance I recall where I decided on a resolution and stuck to it, and it gave me the […]

return to montreal

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Uncategorized
return to montreal

I was filled with anxiety about heading to Montreal just a week after my break up with Matt. I was headed to the annual Python conference, which, including tutorials, the main conference, and the sprints, spans more than a week. I had planned my trip for 7 days and 6 nights, which I expected would […]

my love story ends on the lost horse loop trail in joshua tree

my love story ends on the lost horse loop trail in joshua tree

On March 28, I headed out to Joshua Tree National Park. I wanted to see wildflowers and do a day-long hike. I realized after entering the park that the wildflowers are found in the lower elevations of the park, which was not where I was headed. I settled on the Lost Horse Loop trail, which […]