Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The One with the Wedding Dresses

Do you ever make a comment, "We should totally do that!" and you never do? I know. It happens to all of us. It happens so often that you rarely even regret that you didn't do that thing because you've long forgotten about it.  But, no no no. Not with this girl.

One of Stori and I's bestie's is getting married in just a few short weeks. She's doing a small wedding ceremony, then a reception like a month later. Not uncommon, but the first thing Stori and I think is, "You get to wear your dress twice!" How genius! Then I said, "WE should wear our wedding dresses, Friends' style!".  And that's when this happened...
In case you forgot the episode, here are the Friends' girls sitting like normal people in their wedding dresses...drinkng.

And that's just what we did!

Keeping it real in our wedding dresses. 


They still mostly fit (when we lean back on the couch).

Best friends are the ones the execute on silly ideas together.
While this was LOADS of fun, I was on the verge of getting super sick.  I powered through it, but did not feel nearly as nostalgic as I expected. I think my 29 year old self was in better shape and frankly, it was a pain in the ass to walk around in this thing.  Still, I'm thankful for this super fun memory!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Last Day at Zimbra

Today was a hugely bittersweet day for me. I had to leave my co-workers, employees, and friends to start a new opportunity.  I couldn't help but get attached to this group. It was a large population of former colleagues of whom I worked with very soon after college.  This time, however, I got to work with some new faces and meet some great people.

Let me back up -- for the past several months, I've been entertaining an opportunity with a company called Guidewire Software. They design software for the property and casualty insurance industry. It's an industry I know a lot about. I spent eight years from Skywire Software through Oracle supporting the P&C insurance industry (from a technology perspective). I know it doesn't sound sexy, but despite the insurance revolution, it's not an industry that's going anywhere anytime soon (read; stability). I will be helping with Product Marketing Programs. It's a step away from corporate marketing (which I love. I love campaigns, lead gen and branding), but it's a step back toward my product marketing experience. The other thing worth mentioning is I'll be working from home save for a monthly(ish) trip out to San Francisco. Not a bad deal, huh?

As recruiting goes, the process was in depth, and I wasn't convinced at first. I loved the work we were doing at Zimbra and I especially loved my team. I have a tendency to get emotionally attached to work. I can't help it! As the interviews went on, it became clearer and clearer that this was the right opportunity for me at this point in my life.

So, alas, I said goodbye to Zimbra today.  But, this is how well this group knows me. They sent me off with a barrage of Justin Timberlake's biding me adieu (actually, some of the JT's were asking me to stay which is a VERY convincing way to get me to stick around!)

In the past two years at Zimbra I had the opportunity to coach and mentor a group of people, launch a redesigned website, learn a little bit about inbound marketing and e-campaigns, and to make some lifelong friends. I'll miss them!

Even Ramen Noodle Hair JT said goodbye!

Donuts and lots of Justin's to say farewell

A cut out! If that wasn't actually a cut-out of our CIO, I might have taken that home

Even in his suit and tie... sorry, JT.

Two little helpers helped me wrap up the last of my work and take stuff to my car. Walt is answering my emails.

To celebrate, my sweet husband took me to our very favorite: Fearings!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Snow Day!

I mentioned in my last post that winter has decided to show up here in North Texas. Which is all fine and good, but it's MARCH. I've already got my heart set on spring sun and patio dining!

In any event, we've had our fair share of snow days over the last two week's but today was really fun. We got a great snow cover followed by some sunshine, so the kids could really enjoy it. Not to mention this storm came with just snow. None of that pesky ice to worry about.

Walt was ready to build (Go Broncos)

It's not a real snow day until you SLED!

Austin and Walt going down the "hill'

They loved it! Glad we have neighbors who had snow equipment :)

Making a snow man complete with olive eyes and a fedora...

Even Oscar got to enjoy the action!

At the end of the day, I stole a recipe for snow ice cream. It was good!
As much fun as we had today, I'm so ready for a normal work week. All this juggling work with two kids at home is exhausting. Not to mention the natives are restless... Spring?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Visiting Family in Spicewood

This past weekend we had a great time meeting up with Chris's Aunt Bernadette and Uncle Frankie at their home in Spicewood, TX. What  was even better, is their daughter, Allison, and her husband, Turner, and daughter, Avery, joined us from Brooklyn, NY!  Avery and Oscar are 2nd cousins less than two weeks apart in age, so it was a great opportunity to see them. As an additional bonus, Chris's parents met us from Gilmer, so it was a Bruns' Family Affair!

Our trip started off a little sketch since winter has decided to show up in North Texas at the very last minute.

Right as we left around 9 a.m. it started to snow and ice. Took us til nearly Waco to get out of it. 
Once we got to Spicewood, we were happy to not be on the road and very happy to have a warm beverage :)  We spent the weekend chasing Avery and Oscar around, and I got to catch up with Allison who is expected their second daughter in May.  I can't wait for her to be the mom of two.  All that corralling of little ones led to few pics...

Oscar and Avery having a little couch picnic with Uncle Frankie

Walt sharing his phone with sweet Avery

Walt has such a soft heart for kiddos younger than him. Just look at his face!
The next time we'll see Allison and Turner, they will have two little girls keeping them busy. We can't wait (and maybe it will be in NY!)