Zen, and the Art of Life/Body Maintenance.

Since I’ve never really tried to pigeonhole this blog, I’m not going to qualify this post at all – I’m just gonna jump in.

2012 so far has provided a lot of challenges for me in almost every area of my life – my family and relationship thankfully being somewhat exempt from that trend.  However, I spent the first few months of this year going up against some pretty major challenges with both my job and my health.  Since my health keeps me on my feet and my job keeps me in cute shoes for those feet (etc), both of these obstacles have required a ton of energy, more than a little stress and a boatload of determination to navigate. Deep stuff, man…read more


People I hate at the gym.

This is a life update, so don’t expect anything epiphanous.  Epiphanary.  Ephiph…never mind.  There are NO EPIPHANIES in this blog post.  Okay?

I know that I haven’t really deigned to post about anything other than my vacation that was now five months ago since that happened, and that’s significant mostly because it’s one of the more interesting things that’s happened to me since last October.  That’s the truth.  I wouldn’t lie.

However, this post isn’t here for me to apologize, otherwise I would probably just keep on living my life.  Instead, I have chosen to write about the place I have been spending the 2nd most amount of time since January – okay, third, after my house and work.  I’ve kind of been on what you might call a “health kick.”  And by that, I mean that I “still eat Chinese food.”  I just “eat less.”  And “run afterwards.”  You know?

Anyway, spending a lot of time on cardio machines has given me a really valuable chance to reflect on the kinds of people I don’t like at the gym.  After a recent conversation with some co-workers, I realized that the list has grown rather long.  And that’s okay.  Because I have a blog – otherwise known in this particular scenario as the place for me to record these gripes for other people to read or not read at their leisure.  Work it out, I love reading

Business, Life

The Best Customer Service Experience, Ever (or one of them)

I don’t usually do posts like these, because this isn’t a business blog and I’m no expert.  But I had an experience today that I feel deserves a blog post, and as I have reminded you so very many times before, this is MY blog and I do what I want.  Okay?  Great.

Today, one of my co-workers asked me if I was interested in grabbing lunch at Larkburger, a local burger joint that is SO much more than a burger joint.  Since I moved to Boulder a few years ago, I have long admired Larkburger for their incredibly high-quality food, great service, and attractive interior (what can I say, I’m a sucker for a nice appearance – but as a rule they go much deeper).

My co-worker, Christina, had an experience a week or two ago where her order wasn’t perfectly executed – she took some of her employees out for lunch and a few things came out wrong.  After her experience there, she emailed the restaurant to let them know.  The manager, Ceasar, sent her an email apologizing, and encouraged her to come in for a meal on Larkburger whenever the urge might strike.  I want to jump in here and say how much I love this tactic – giving someone a free item that encourages them to return to your place of service is a great way to get their foot back in the door if they’ve had a bad experience.  Christina was in no way threatening to leave them as a customer forever, but simply had a worse-than-usual experience – but they treated her with all the glory of someone who puts up a legitimate stink AND got her back in the door.  It’s a great way of doing business. I want to know about the burgerz

Life, Travel, Vacation


Barcelona is the love of my life.

Like, literally.  I have not been as captivated by a city as I was by magical, sunny, crowded Barcelona since I was in Estonia four years ago.  To me, Barcelona captured every piece of my favorite parts of my favorite cities – a bustling downtown, beautiful plazas, a fantastic beach, beautiful people, great food, and amazing architecture.  In case you can’t tell, I’m kind of obsessed.

Have you guys been there?  If I loved Barcelona, where else should I go?  I kind of don’t want any suggestions because I kind of just want to move there.  But I’ll also hear suggestions.  Please leave me suggestions.

Okay, enough about that.  Wanna see some pictures?

Mas, for I love Barcelona too!

Life, Travel, Vacation

Madrid is Magic

We arrived in Madrid travel-smelly, sleep-deprived and cranky.  We took the metro from the airport to a station in downtown Madrid with no phone, essentially no money, and only a vague idea of where our rental place was actually located (read: a vague Euro-style address, and the name of the nearest metro station.  Not the stuff of Tom-Tom dreams).

Doesn’t that sound like a promising start?  We also couldn’t look at the public map once we got to the metro station because a homeless person was sleeping in front of it.  It was a pretty overwhelming welcome, let me tell you. Mas, mas, por favor!

Life, Travel, Vacation

España: A Retrospective

Hey you!  I’m back!

And actually, I’ve decided that instead of doing one big post on my trip to Spain (I got back Sunday), I’m going to do little mini-posts on each place I went – since they’re all so different.  There will be pictures.  There will be stories.  I will most likely mention food.*

*Points to you if you can find the understatement in the paragraph above.

In the meantime, my current main contributions to life are passionately complaining about how jet lag doesn’t work with my busy office-and-television schedule, and about how I just don’t FEEL like making dinner tonight.  Bo-ring.  Let’s skip it, shall we?

The point is, I like you guys.  So, look out for more pictures and fun stuff over the next few days!  Yahoo!

Sneak preview of the food below.  Mmmmmmmmm churros.

Birthdays, Family, Friends, Life

Birthday Week Recap, Slash Instagram Remix

(Cough.) A visual representation of Birthday Week, through some iPhone Instagram pictures (verbal recap at the end, if you’re so inclined):

[Giant birthday cupcake, made from scratch by my boss and our CEO – just one of the many reasons why I love my job]

[….and approximately 24 more reasons to go along with it.  I was instructed to hand these out to everyone at work, because I never got to do it in school!!  Love.] Mas pictures, por favor!