Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hectic and Hills.

This has definitely been a hectic couple of weeks. Between starting my new job (which I LOVE) and getting acclimated to a completely new schedule again, I haven't had the time to stop and breathe. And blog.

First things first: zulily has been amazing. I have a great team surrounding me and my mentor and trainer has been a lifesaver. On top of his busy schedule he listens to my inane questions and answers them with patience, often stopping me when he can see frustration getting ahold.

I absolutely love this company. The office is a young, vibrant hub of activity and there are constantly new things happening as it continues to grow. If you guys aren't already shopping on zulily then you must be Loco Cocoa. Up until a few weeks ago I had no idea what kind of amazing deals they offered (although from first hand experience I can say: don't buy and expect it in the mail in a week, it's just not the business model). Probably the most difficult part of my job is not stopping to stare at the gorgeous clothes being pushed by on racks or spending hours in our studio, watching girls get dolled up and turned into models.

One of the not-so-fun changes in my schedule is having to deal with helmet hair. I really enjoy my morning bike ride into work but going home in the afternoon, completely uphill, is a total pain in my behind. By the time I get back to my apartment I am positively gross! Oh well, it's all a part of the deal... luckily for me, zulily offers money towards transportation so if I want to then I can take the bus during the rainy season.

Stay tuned over the next couple weeks! I'm going to try and get a few new blog postings up over the next few weeks and then I have my awesome guest coming to visit on the 11th so there's plenty to look forward to...

Until then, stay happy and healthy and in the sunshine my friends.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Margarita Mondays.

Do you want to know what is sorta awesome about not working for a week? Margarita Mondays. 

Kristen and I are both in this weird limbo week where we (barely) have to work and aren't 100% sure what to do with ourselves. So our somewhat brilliant idea was to have a Mexican Monday. Which turned into a Margarita Monday. Which turned out spectacular. 

There were just three of us (I finally got to meet Kristen's friend Susanne!) but that made for the perfect evening of girl talk, joking about old summer camp stories and reminiscing about European study abroad trips.  

I literally laughed until I cried and couldn't breathe during some of their stories and we had some fantastic enchiladas courtesy of Kristen's secret culinary abilities. (Yogurt, man... it's the key in everything.)

When I was in Germany, one of the things I missed most from home was nights just like these... meeting new people, everyone potlucking for dinner and staying up late with the girls. Truly a perfect Monday.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Adventures, Airplanes and Harbors.

So, I have to admit, when my dad first called me up and asked me to go with him to Friday Harbor my response was somewhere along the lines of "I'm sorry, where?" instead of the excitement that usually accompanies the chance to take his little airplane somewhere. 

Basic rundown:

Friday Harbor is an adorable little town in the San Juan islands that would take over 3 hours to reach by car but is an easy 30 minute plane hop away. After spending the day there I am still not entirely sure what the major economy is or how people can afford to live there but it's picturesque, they've (apparently) got good fishing and you can see seals playing in the water as you sit on the pier, dodge seagulls, and eat ice cream. 

All in all, I had a fun day with my dad and his... friend who's a girl? ... popping into old antique shops, wandering down alleys and taking breaks to temporarily escape from the unbelievably gorgeous PNW sunshine. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Amazon Amazon Amazon.

One of the greatest things about living in Seattle is that so many huge, important companies are either headquartered here or have major offices here. I've never seen anything like it! While the rest of the world is suffering from economic downturn or just barely making it out of the economic recession, this city is flourishing and expanding exponentially.

One of the random groups of friends I have are Amazon interns. They really did take me in like I'm one of their own, and they're always slightly surprised that someone who isn't a part of the Amazon scene is in their midst.

Case in point: the Amazon picnic. Invitation only and super fun, it's only for employees or immediately friends and family of employees (that's where I fit in). Basically they rent out the football stadium and you can spend hours and hours playing games, having free food and beer, and seeing some of the new high tech stuff that Amazon is coming out with (ohmygawd, the Amazon Prime Air drone!) and in the end you go home with some fun toys and a free t-shirt.

Not a bad day in Seattle.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The big one.

I know I have been keeping a major secret from you guys. It has been eating me up to not be able to tell everyone but the day has finally arrived...

In a few short weeks I will be starting my dream job in supply chain management with an amazing company, zulily. For those of you who don't know, zulily is a members-only online retailer that holds daily flash sales for both small and large brands.

I know this is super sudden and super unexpected but when life throws you a few crazy moves you just have to learn how to jive!

I haven't even gotten to the best parts...

1) They're only a mile away from my house so I can bike to work.
2) They made a huge effort to get me in for the interview and basically made it as easy as possible for me to transition from my old job to working for them.
3) Benefits galore! They really try and keep their employees happy and healthy.
4) THE BIG ONE: I get to work in the same office/company as Kristen!! AKA Seattle BFF Extraordinaire. (Can you say lunch buddies!?)

Basically, I've been screaming with happiness on the inside and only been able to tell a select few people because I had to wait to negotiate my offer, pass a background check and finally send in my two weeks notice to my boss.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Another teaser.

So I can't reveal my BIG news yet but I can reveal some fun news.

I have a guest arriving in 38 days. A very special, awesome, fun guest.

Try and guess who...

Have you guessed yet? 

That's right! My beautiful, smart, ridiculously awesome mother is coming to visit me in Seattle for a little over a week. Why? Because I miss her. That's why. 

I've travelled the world with this woman and practically the only place she ever vowed she'd never go back to was Seattle. (It's not her city.) But that was before her only daughter decided to up and move there with no warning and no plan. 

So it's Space Needles and hipsters in her horizons! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Wait for it.

Hi guys!

I have some super, awesome, amazing, exciting news coming up that I can't wait to share!

But shhhh it's a secret until later this week!

Stay tuned!!