Monday, April 27, 2009


This last weekend was spent at the ball park and I forgot how happy that time makes me. The weather was great, my friend Dayna was down from Sacramento and we started out in seats that were great (as you can see in the picture to the right). I always joke with my mom about becoming a seat snob because when I first moved to California I was just excited to be at the game. As time went by that changed first I started dating Geremi and and since he was at the ball park every day when we were together that usually ment I was also....the good part about that was he always got me great seats. When we broke up going back to sitting in the cheap seats was kind of painful so I started paying the extra money to sit in the better seats at baseball games. Then Dayna started working for the Kings and it went from bad to worse because now NBA games were not the same when you sit in the the upper deck. Thank goodness for those connections (LOL)...One of Dayna's bosses text messaged her minutes before opening pitch and told her there were tickets at will call for her.
As you can see in the picture with Giambi's back in it the seats were right on the field on the first base line....HOW AM I GOING TO GO BACK TO SITTING IN THE STANDS?
Just kidding I just enjoy being at the game. I did learn my lesson when my mom came to watch the Cubs play against the SF Giants....don't sit in the good seats the first night then take her out to the bleachers the second night because when it gets cold we will want to go home since the seats aren't as good as the ones we were sitting in the night before. Yes I am turning my Mother into a seat snob too!!!

April Showers Bring May Flowers!!!

I think my Grandma Helen used to say that to me a lot then on May Day (May 1st) I remember picking the wild flowers that the rain had made and taking them to one of our neighbors in Judgetown. I think the excitement of going home in 2 weeks coupled with the fact that this month has been tough has brought back a lot of reflection of childhood! It makes me smile that when I was in High school I couldn't wait to get the out of Pierce I was going anywhere but there. Now I cherish every moment that I had there. I remember thinking about graduating from High School a year early and Nick Ausman sat me down in the High School Gym and told me that I didn't realize it now, but I would look back and wish I hadn't missed out on that last year of high school. He was right (Like most adults usually are)! It is hard to explain to someone who has never been where I grew up, but it was an almost magical place and time. What do I mean by that? Well I don't think I would ever want to make Pierce my permanent residence ever again, but it is always going to be home. It was a very different way to grow up and even though I didn't always like it then I really appreciate it now. Getting in touch with some of my old friends has made me remember you can't take away any of those moments of swimming in the creek, playing in the woods until dark, or golfing all summer long with my Aunt and Grandpa for $75. I would be lucky to get 2 rounds of 18 for that price now :-). I guess what my short story made long was trying to say I am looking forward to going home....only 2 weeks to go. I am sure 24 hours into the trip I will be ready to "go back to where things are normal" but I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends. Who cares that they don't have an ATM machine there isn't anything to buy in the first place :-)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Well a lot has gone on since my last post but the most important thing is that yesterday was opening day of Baseball season (ok that isn't the most important thing, but it makes me smile)!

On March 25th the company I work for Genentech was bought out by a privately owned Swiss company Roche. Everyone wants to know what that the moment I don't know! Prior to the buyout Roche actually already owned 56% of our publicly traded stock, so technically they already owned us. So now DNA is no longer traded on Wall Street and we will continue to operate under the name of Genentech in the US. From what I have heard so far it seems highly likely I will still have a job at the end of the year, but nothing is set in stone. I will keep you up to date.

I keep telling Mom that if I do get laid off I am going to move to Idaho with her and Dad until I figure things out. Of course Dad is thrilled and I think Mom is secretly praying that I am joking!! (Good thing that Aunt Terri said I always had a room at her house) I keep saying that I have been thinking about a career change and this would be my perfect opportunity to become a Baseball Scout :-)

Another reason for the delay in blog postings is Mr. Sly Man has once again fallen ill. I am hoping we have found the cause of it...Colitis but I am not holding my breath until he comes off of both antibiotics and is eating without problems again. The funny thing is (or not so funny thing) when I take him to the vet the first thing out of their mouth is "He doesn't act sick" that of course is before they look in the bag I brought with me. The crazy dog loves going to the Vet and if I didn't know better I would think that he "pretends" to be sick just so he can go in.

Looking forward to Easter Weekend...