Lady Ghostbusters

Thankfully, still true:

And this reminded me… Is it Ghostbusters time yet?! This 80s kid wants action figures! Or at least a trailer already!

I’m sort of over reboots & remakes & reusing the same ideas, but I’ll 100% make an exception for this one because I bet it’s going to be fantastic.

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Reading Reminder

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde

Need tips on how to read more this year? I’ve got three crossed off the list! (And they were accidental, because so far I forgot to plan my reading around the challenge. Goals!)

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Team Nails & Cookies

Mani/pedi team bonding

For our last full day together at our team meetup, we had time blocked for pausing on the work stuff & doing something fun, so we went for manicures and pedicures. We basically took over the salon and it was a great chance to chat & relax. Once we got back to the house, we baked cookies!

chocolate chip cookie pile

❤️ Team Hedwig!

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The Shared House Comfort Zone


When sharing a house with your work team for a week, things tend to get really casual very quickly. Our time together has basically been the live-action version of our team’s Slack channel, with #underweargate thrown in for good measure. If you usually work remotely, I highly recommend finding a way to hang out with your team like this (especially if your only other chance is at a much larger company-wide meetup).

(In response to the tip about removing EXIF data from a photo before sexting it to anyone.)

Tomorrow we’re learning about Google Apps integration at to just about finish up the learning/working portion of our week, hitting up the nail salon for mani/pedi bonding time, then baking cookies! 😀


Back to Phoenix

Driving to Phoenix
We drove from Williams back to Phoenix today, along the sometimes icy and sometimes winding paths of Interstates 40 and 17.

Driving to Phoenix from Williams

The original reason I went to Arizona starts tomorrow… my work team’s meetup! 😀


Grand Canyon Today

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Cold afternoon at the Grand Canyon.

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Hanging at the Grand Canyon.

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Winter at the Grand Canyon.

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It was beautiful & more than I expected. It was also very cold. I’ll share details & more photos soon.


Sedona to Flagstaff

Hiking in Red Rock State Park near Sedona

We spent the late morning in Sedona hiking around Red Rock State Park (after a leisurely wake up, then toast & jam for breakfast). I walk places sometimes, but I hadn’t officially hiked in years (or sort of ever?) so it was a nice change. I think I prefer hiking in this sort of spot over walking around the neighborhood just to walk. The weather was warm and the surroundings were beautiful. We wandered for a few miles, and went up to Eagle’s Nest Overlook.

On the road between Sedona and Flagstaff

After our hike, we wound our way up the mountains to head to Flagstaff. We stopped shortly before arriving at a lookout point and I took the above photo. It was suddenly much colder when we got out of the car there, so it felt like we’d driven so much further. It’s sort of amazing how going up a mountain changes things so much. I can’t recall ever seeing a view quite like this one.

Tomorrow: the Grand Canyon!