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! ❤️ Team Hedwig!
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 WordPress.com 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! 😀
Peanut Butter Cup ice cream from Sugar Bowl in Scottsdale today. #yum #phoenixinphoenix A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jan 20, 2016 at 7:47pm PST My team is in Arizona for a meetup this week, which has involved lots of laughter & some ice cream too.
We drove from Williams back to Phoenix today, along the sometimes icy and sometimes winding paths of Interstates 40 and 17. The original reason I went to Arizona starts tomorrow… my work team’s meetup! 😀
Cold afternoon at the Grand Canyon. A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jan 15, 2016 at 6:07pm PST Hanging at the Grand Canyon. A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jan 15, 2016 at 6:02pm PST Winter at the Grand Canyon. A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jan 15, 2016 at 8:19pm PST It was beautiful & more than I expected. It was also very cold. I’ll share details & more photos soon.
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. 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!
We drove from Phoenix to Sedona today. It was in the 50s and sunny, without a cloud in the sky, this afternoon when we ate lunch outside. It’s a cute town and the surrounding area is beautiful, rough, and red. The place we’re staying tonight is off a winding, not quite paved country road and runs up against Red Rock State Park. We wandered around the property a bit during sunset, and now at bedtime, it’s pitch black outside of the window and I haven’t seen so many stars in the sky in a long time.