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The best way to ring in year 25 and the end of my year-long Quarter Till Project. A weekend with two of my best friends: Crystal and Christina. 

This weekend was a hazy parade of partying, hanging out, laughing, eating out and feeling loved :] Glad I got to spend it this way. 

Best way to start my birthday weekend!!! A long distance surprise from Xtina, 2000 miles away. Feeling the love. 

Best way to start my birthday weekend!!! A long distance surprise from Xtina, 2000 miles away. Feeling the love. 

The giant tree in union square being put together. Never have seen it in this stage before. Pretty cool.

The giant tree in union square being put together. Never have seen it in this stage before. Pretty cool.

Champagne lunch on a Wednesday with the ladies :D Do like working in an office with a decent girl:guy ratio. For Kjerstin’s wedding send-off! 

Champagne lunch on a Wednesday with the ladies :D Do like working in an office with a decent girl:guy ratio. For Kjerstin’s wedding send-off! 

Morning spent at the DMV, procuring my California license [after 7 years]. Bi-Rite ice cream for the DMV blues. And coming home to a dead mouse. Yay! So much rollercoastering emotions right now. 

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4am wake up calls aren’t so bad when they’re accompanied with coffee, a delicious breakfast sandwich and a good friend to send you off.
I would be awake for 22 hrs this day.

4am wake up calls aren’t so bad when they’re accompanied with coffee, a delicious breakfast sandwich and a good friend to send you off.

I would be awake for 22 hrs this day.

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A monster hike with CCK, “the Chute.” 2000 ft elevation gain over 1 mile. Mostly freeclimbing on the way up- with a lot of loose rocks along the way. No way I ever would’ve thought I could do this if I were by myself. Good friends help you achieve the impossible. 

3 hours turned into 5 as we took the wrong trail on the way back. 

The first day at Fallen Lake Leaf in Tahoe with CCK. So unbelievably pretty. 

Friday night spent at home, recovering from a tough week of work and apartment woes - fridge still broken, internet finally working [2 technicians and 2 appointments later], not being able to drive to Tahoe on Friday afternoon as planned [rental car hours]. 
Food poisoning from bad fish in the fridge —> staying in on a Fri with a slight fever —> open window —> mouse gets in —> spend Friday night terrified unable to sleep —> wake at 8am to pick up rental car and drive 3.5 hours to tahoe. My version of thug life. 

Friday night spent at home, recovering from a tough week of work and apartment woes - fridge still broken, internet finally working [2 technicians and 2 appointments later], not being able to drive to Tahoe on Friday afternoon as planned [rental car hours]. 

Food poisoning from bad fish in the fridge —> staying in on a Fri with a slight fever —> open window —> mouse gets in —> spend Friday night terrified unable to sleep —> wake at 8am to pick up rental car and drive 3.5 hours to tahoe. My version of thug life. 

So I didn’t dress up to work today but the rest of the Product team did. My CEO returns with a paper bag and gives it to me. “I hope you fit a children’s large.”

So I didn’t dress up to work today but the rest of the Product team did. My CEO returns with a paper bag and gives it to me. “I hope you fit a children’s large.”

Made a Munchery order today, egged on by a text from Reese yesterday telling me about the goodies that come with orders this week. In celebration of Munchery’s redesign for their website: oven mitt, coaster and… what I was excited to be an apron is actually a tote bag.

Made a Munchery order today, egged on by a text from Reese yesterday telling me about the goodies that come with orders this week. In celebration of Munchery’s redesign for their website: oven mitt, coaster and… what I was excited to be an apron is actually a tote bag.

Halal cart for lunch! Double the amount of food a Quynh-sized person can eat in one sitting. Leftovers ftw!

Halal cart for lunch! Double the amount of food a Quynh-sized person can eat in one sitting. Leftovers ftw!

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Second meal cooked in new kitchen! Catfish from a recipe provided via mom & steamed spinach. I went a little heavy on the nuoc mam, leading to a salty taste on fish but still pretty good :D

Second meal cooked in new kitchen! Catfish from a recipe provided via mom & steamed spinach. I went a little heavy on the nuoc mam, leading to a salty taste on fish but still pretty good :D

The Q is for Quynh!
Always brand your food. So no one else can have it!

The Q is for Quynh!

Always brand your food. So no one else can have it!

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First meal cooked in my new kitchen! Very simple but oh so good - fried egg with Taptio hot sauce and avocado. I love the tiny avocados you can buy in Chinatown - perfectly single-portioned. 

First meal cooked in my new kitchen! Very simple but oh so good - fried egg with Taptio hot sauce and avocado. I love the tiny avocados you can buy in Chinatown - perfectly single-portioned.