holy jim falls in orange county

holy jim falls in orange county

One year ago in December of 2013, I found myself in the southern part of Orange County, California. Until recently, my impression of Orange County was informed purely by my random adventures there in my teenage years. I had always had this image in my head of Orange County as being very flat and densely […]

2014: highs and lows

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Uncategorized
2014: highs and lows

2014 was the first year in quite awhile that I didn’t go abroad. I stayed local to California almost the entire year with a few side trips to other states, mainly for work. Despite being geographically centered, the year was full of stressful changes as I switched apartments yet again, embarked on a new career, […]

philly’s magic gardens

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in 50 US States, Art, Museums, The east coast
philly’s magic gardens

When I asked my boss in September if I could attend a computer science conference in Philadelphia on the company’s dime, his first reaction after “sure” was “Philly is awesome”. The only time I had visited Philadelphia previously was for just a few hours, in-between catching up with family in New Jersey and hopping on […]

the dream

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in 50 US States, Art, Museums, The east coast
the dream

I spent the first weekend in October in New York City, primarily to attend a wedding. The ceremony, which took place at a mosque in Brooklyn, joined together a California boy and an east coast girl whose family had immigrated from Nigeria. After the bride and groom left town for their honeymoon, I roamed Manhattan […]

The fish

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Philosophy
The fish

This year I chose to spend the majority of my time working on my analytical interests and skills, in the pursuit of both a kick-ass job and my own personal intellectual gratification. But, despite my love of math and science and coding, there’s a part of me that is preoccupied with how rational thinking falls […]

next stop: san francisco

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Beaches, San Francisco
next stop: san francisco

When I returned to California last July, I spent a few weeks in San Francisco before heading inland to Davis, where I would live for my last academic year of teaching. Although I’ve been hanging around the Bay Area my entire adult life, before last summer I hadn’t spent much time in SF proper. I […]

Lassen Peak

Lassen Peak

In mid-June, after finishing teaching my spring classes, and cognizant of a big interview I had coming up, I decided to take three full days off the internet, including using my phone or computer in any way. As I have discovered, pretty much the only way I can accomplish this cold-turkey goal is by camping. […]

Kauai mini-trip

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in 50 US States, Adventure, Beaches
Kauai mini-trip

Many of my friends find the answer to the question “where have you traveled?” incredibly important on a first date. I haven’t typically thought of a lack of travel as a deal-breaker, but when I met my boyfriend Matt and he told me he had lived six months in India (Delhi no less), it certainly […]

different decisions for different summers

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Adventure
different decisions for different summers

A few days ago I celebrated my one year anniversary of leaving Canada to make my way back home to California and start a new-ish life (or, pick up the one I had left before my exodus four years ago… or, more accurately, a little bit of both). Reflecting on this milestone was interesting for […]