Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

My husband the A’s fan and I talking about Mike Trout getting a huge contact with the Angels…

Me: Are the Angels like the Lakers, where they just pay tons of money to get whatever they want?

Galen: The Angels are like the Knicks. They spend a lot of money and still aren’t very good.

M: That’s stupid. They’re doing it wrong.

G: I think they’re doing just great!


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Warm Fuzzy

One of the best parts of my job is getting to hear all the hilarious things kids say at school, but it’s also awesome to interact with parents so often. There are so many really great families at our school and they never cease to impress me.

Today I got an email from a parent that made my day. The best line: “We have seen such an improvement in so many areas with this little man, and are seeing a path laying out in front of us that is exciting and full of adventure.”

How awesome is that?

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Dapper Dan


Dapper Dan, probably admiring our amazing gardening abilities.

The day we moved into our house, we walked up the steps to unlock the door before we started hauling boxes in, and a cat came up and rubbed against my leg. He didn’t even wait for me to stop walking, just started swirling around my ankles as I kept moving.

Cats and I have always had a mutual understanding. They can sense I don’t like them and they mostly steer clear of me. (There are a few cats in my life that I like.  I’m not a heartless monster.) I have never had a cat approach me like this one did, without any sense of stranger danger or indication that he was getting my “not a cat person” vibes.

He continued to hang out in the front yard as we unloaded the truck, stealing snuggles whenever possible. I noticed he had some black fur under his neck that reminded me of a bow tie, so I started calling him Dapper Dan (from one of Galen’s favorite movies).

Much to my bewilderment, Dan has sort of become our friend. We have no idea who he belongs to; he doesn’t wear a collar, but he seems to be fed and taken care of. He hangs out with us most of the time, but will occasionally disappear for a few days at a time. We don’t let him inside, even though he tries really hard to scoot in ahead of us every time we open the door. We don’t feed him, either, but we talk to him when he’s around and pet him as often as we can.

We had a fruit and vegetable box delivered last month and I left the empty box out the next week to be picked up. The company didn’t end up picking it up overnight, but this is what Galen found on our porch when he left for work in the morning:


We may not feed him or let him inside, but we did make him a bed.

He’ll often be waiting for us when we get home:


And whenever we come near him (which is hard to avoid, considering he puts himself right in the middle of the walkway), he flips over and begs to be petted:


We’ve almost stepped on him multiple times because his favorite thing to do is run one step ahead of you and stop so you’ll run into him and hopefully pet him.

After we’ve gone inside, he’ll sometimes stay outside the door and meow at us while we watch TV:


This is the only cat I’ve ever considered bringing into my house. If my family members weren’t allergic, I probably would have already brought him in to watch TV on the couch with me. We sort of have the perfect situation now, though; we get to enjoy his quirks and snuggle with him on the porch occasionally, but we don’t have to feed him, clean out his litter box, or pay for all the expensive things that come with owning a pet. The only problem is that he sort of claws you while he purrs when you’re petting him, and his nails are long enough to put holes in clothes. Would he officially be our cat if I cut his nails?

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Lucky Number 13

Well, it’s February, so it’s about time I do my end-of-the-year wrap up.

2013 was an absolutely incredible year.  On New Year’s Eve last year, someone made a joke about 2013 being unlucky, which Galen was quick to dispute, pointing out that he was born on a Friday the 13th and that the number 13 had always been a good one for him.

It was definitely a great year, and it was incredibly busy.  Here’s what happened:

  • Both Galen and I turned 30.  Galen would like me to note that I was 30 for 2 months before he was.
  • In June, Galen graduated from his MBA program and got to wear a big fancy silk hood.  He took a whole weekend off before starting a new job the following Monday at a company he really likes.
  • The same weekend, I had my graduation ceremony, even though my program technically went through August.  My classmates nominated me as our graduation speaker, which was an incredible honor.  After hearing me talk almost nonstop for 2 years straight, they somehow thought I needed a microphone and a stage.  I made some of them laugh, so I consider the speech a great success.
  • In August, I finished my degree and officially got a “MS” after my name, making my full title rather palindromic.
  • While doing my internship over the summer, I started the job hunt.  I was lucky enough to get a job at the place I really wanted to work.  It’s not quite full time, but I’m hoping they’ll have more hours for me next year.  Either way, playing with preschoolers is pretty awesome.
  • We got married!  After 4.5 years of dating, 1.5 years of being engaged, and lots of planning and organizing, we did it!  The whole day was perfect.  And now the adventure continues, which is really the best part.
  • Galen couldn’t take time off work for the honeymoon until about 6 weeks after the wedding, which ended up working out well since we both got sick immediately after the wedding.  But by October we were healthy and thrilled to go to the Greek islands for a week.  It was a quick trip when you take travel time into account, but it was so totally worth it to see Santorini and Naxos.   I can’t wait to go back again.
  • We had been looking for a new place since June, since we had outgrown our grad school apartment, but the rental market in Seattle is cutthroat, so we weren’t having much luck.  The day after we got back from the honeymoon, I went to an open house and loved the place.  We applied on the spot, schmoozed the landlord, and got accepted!  We signed a lease a few days later and made plans to move December 15.  We now live in a whole house!  All to ourselves!  The address is so easy to remember without apartment or unit numbers in it… It’s fabulous.  And the best part?  We have a guest bedroom!  Everyone make plans to come visit. We’ll be waiting for you.

So after a wonderful year that included big birthdays, master’s degrees, new jobs, a wedding, a honeymoon, and a move, I can confidently say the number 13 has been really lucky for us.  I’m incredibly grateful for everything we have.  Now I’m just hoping 2014 is really… chill.

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Happy holidays, from our family to yours.


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Off to work!

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November 13, 2013 · 9:44 pm

Veteran’s Day

Every year on Veteran’s Day I read my friends’ Facebook and Twitter posts honoring the veterans they know, or their own service, and I don’t feel like I could say the right things or mention all the right people if I tried to post something myself.  These people sign up for years of service, not knowing where they’ll be sent or what they’ll be asked to do.  In fact, they are committing to take orders they may not understand or agree with without questioning them, and to execute them with bravery, honor, and integrity. Just getting through basic training alone would be an amazing feat, and that’s only the fee for entry.  Some of them see and experience horrible things and all of them are forever changed.  How can you appropriately thank people for that kind of commitment?  

So I’m going to do Veteran’s Day the only way I know how: by posting a link to a great story.

Military service members are amazing.


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