Friday, November 28, 2014

My Week in Sketches

Happy belated Thanksgiving! I was excited to celebrate with my family this week, as well as take a spontaneous drive up to Oregon last weekend! My friends and their kids were taking a road trip up to Idaho, and I tagged along until Portland!

We drove through a giant redwood tree and BARELY fit.

We got to explore a little along the Oregon coast, which was SO beautiful and I'd never been there before.

We spent the night in Portland at my friend's aunt's house, and she took very good care of us.

Back at work, I had my annual employee evaluation with my boss...

 I hadn't really made anything for a while, until this week I stained a piece of wood and painted something on it...It just felt good to be artsy and creative for an evening.

 The day before Thanksgiving, my coworkers and I played a friendly game of "horse" in our parking lot, except we played "cat" to make it shorter. We were all embarrassingly bad at basketball, and we "meowed" people out of the game when they spelled "cat." All of it was wonderful, but especially the meowing.
 

Friday, November 21, 2014

My Week in Sketches

Playing with my friends' kids and a helium balloon (indoors.) My job was to lower it back down from the ceiling whenever they let it go (about every six seconds.)

I tried making some more pancake art at my friend's house...

My friends and I had a nerdy game night, which was so fun because we haven't done it in a while.

My friend and I are secretly big fans of puzzles. We spent a lazy morning doing a puzzle together, and it was just the best.

I decided at the last minute to join my friends on a road trip up the California/Oregon coast! They'll continue on to Idaho, but I'll fly back.

Man, our staff workouts are still killing me. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to do some of the exercises correctly.

My mom got a chance to come by my office, and it was fun to have her meet all my coworkers she's heard so much about. She was quite the celebrity for a day.

Friday, November 14, 2014

My Week in Sketches

Last week included a day where some of my staff spent the whole day together talking and dreaming about what's yet to come...

The ladies hosting my church's most recent women's event are so funny. It was fun to be surrounded by hundreds of women from my church, with everyone chuckling together.

I managed to get tickets for Comic Con 2015 ALREADY, which is pretty much my life's greatest accomplishment. There's a lot of nerds out there fighting for the same tickets, so it requires multiple laptops and lots of patience. 

I visited some friends I haven't gotten to see enough of recently...

It's been 90 degrees in southern California until this week. FINALLY, it's down in the sixties! I'm so giddy about it. All my coworkers and I are so happy to have an excuse to bundle up. You'd think it was snowing outside.

My coworkers and I are doing a workout program together a few days a week, which is great, but it's also a little humbling.

I brought my coworker over to my house for lunch, where we were greeted by my sweet landlord, who immediately started talking about gifting me holiday meats. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

My Week in Sketches

This was SUCH a great week! I got to attend a conference in Chicago with some of my coworkers and we had such a wonderful time. The night we arrived, we met the author Donald Miller at the restaurant where we were getting dinner. It was a fun start to our trip!

 One of the speakers at the conference was Glennon Melton, who writes a blog called "Momastery." We were all pleasantly surprised that the "mom-blog-lady" was so captivating and insightful.

Our dear friend Andre, who recently moved to Chicago, was able to join us for dinner.

We got to see the infamous "Bean" statue in Millennium Park. 

The four of us squeezed into a bicycle pedicab and laughed so hard the whole time we were riding. We must have looked ridiculous, but it was so, so fun.

Aaaaaaaand we're back. I celebrated my return from Chicago with a root canal.

At work, we've been trying to upgrade our internet for a very long time and it's been a frustrating process. When someone finally came to install internet, I could barely believe it.

And this was just a nice conversation I had with a coworker. On her yoga ball.

Friday, October 31, 2014

My Week in Sketches

Happy Halloween! Here's what I've been up to:

Last week one of my coworkers brought her dog to work and kept him outside in a gated area. He somehow got free and started wandering through our office halls, much to my delight.

On Friday I found out that one of my teeth has been gradually imploding into a monster-cavity, which I was so sad to discover. But I am so happy to know the cause of this jaw pain!

I went to a children's book writing conference with a friend. We both thought it might be kind of lame, but then loved every minute of it! We've both wanted to write children's books since we were little, and this conference offered so much insight.

I got to spend some quality time with my parents (playing our favorite family board game, Rummikub...)

My friends and I carved pumpkins together. I felt like a scrooge as I gently tried to tell a five-year-old that no, she couldn't draw my jack-o-lantern for me because I wanted to do it myself.

And the night before I left on a trip to Chicago with some coworkers, we were texting each other non-stop with giddy packing questions.
And then I went to Chicago!! I'm looking forward to sketching that out.

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Week in Sketches

This was my week!

I'm not a drinker at all...so when I was the one claiming our evening's alcoholic beverage got stronger towards the end, it was assumed that I was just a wuss.

I attempted "pancake art" for the first time, making pancakes in lots of fun shapes.
My favorite was when the four-year-old asked if I could make her a "double-decker couch like in 'The Lego Movie'", which resulted in this:
(I like to think that perhaps I am the first person in human existence to create a double-decker couch pancake.)

At my soccer game this week, the other team's coach and substitute players kept "warning" their team about me, as if I was a threat that needed extra coverage. I was so flattered.

I went out to sushi with friends, and I tried not to make it obvious that I don't like sushi...which lasted about four minutes.

Playing and eating and chatting with my friends' kiddos...

This is me in shock as the fire marshall approved our building after weeks of not approving us. I just couldn't believe how nonchalantly we finally passed inspection! 

When I have a straw that sticks really far out of my cup, it's one of my biggest pet peeves. I cannot stand it. So my mind imploded a little when I discovered one of my friends chooses it on purpose.

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Week in Sketches

My friends and I discovered a dice game called “Tenzi”, which involves a lot of rolling dice and shouting nonsense.


You know how sometimes kids try to give you a present, but it’s really just a wooden skewer that they colored with marker? Yeah.


My friend and I had THE BEST DAY watching a Downton Abbey marathon.

I went to my friends’ wedding and it was like a magical reunion with all kinds of wonderful people. It was such a great time.


This week included a spur-of-the-moment trip to my parents’ house for an evening, which is always a delight.


My coworker and I discovered how tricky it can be to hang sticker-signs on glass.

I was trying to squeeze out of a table where there was no leg room, and it ended with me virtually somersaulting out of the booth.