we got up quite early (for us, anyway) and drove out to mill run (90 minutes from pittsburgh) so we could take an in-depth tour of Fallingwater. i still remember, one summer, when i was younger, perhaps 12, when my mother took me and my sister to MoMA. at that time there was an exhibit with a series of Frank Lloyd Wright models — and i remember spotting Fallingwater. and i loved it. two years ago, lady friend and i visited the house the first time, and i was completely giddy. this time, we took an in-depth tour — two hours of strolling around, before the general public came in, and we had the ability to ask questions, take pictures, and just poke around. it was amazing. i also became a member and a donor today. that was actually the majority of our day! by the time we got back, it was 2pm. we had an indian buffet for lunch, napped because we had gotten up so early, and then were fortunate enough to facetime with @carverjay and @juniperx! i zoomed to the airport to catch my flight, and spent the entire flight online and working. now, i finally got back Oakland, and am completely, and utterly, exhausted. lots to do tomorrow.
today was a full day of birth training. i’m slightly concerned about keeping all this information in my head. it was a long day — 9am until 4pm, so, post that, lady friend and i had dinner at Mineo’s, then i tinkered with different builds of CHDK on my stereo camera rig (which seems to be more friendly than SDM) while she finished some work. finally, a trip to get some ice cream (keeping up with lady friend is going to wreak havoc on my weight), so we could snuggle up and watch the finale of Girls and the first episode of House of Cards.
i spent friday in Pittsburgh — i really wanted to see Cyert and lady friend and i had scheduled to take an intensive birthing class out here. of course, i landed feeling like a zombie (red-eyeing through ORD is not the best idea when going from SFO to PIT), so i drove straight to whole foods and starbucks to get my morning going. my WFH was spent sending email, spending time in IM, and on the phone a lot. it was, actually, really productive. lady friend and i met for lunch, then back to work. in the afternoon i participated in a meeting back in HQ where i was on skype and @twitterNYC was on VC. pretty hilarious. evening was spent, effectively, cramming.
the last two days have been a bit blurred together. wednesday started off fun — i got to have a meeting with @miradu. we, sadly, don’t get to work together closely that much, so, it was really great to be able to sit down in a professional situation. besides that, wednesdays are just generally a meeting heavy day — i have my project status meeting for platform engineering and we we have another slew of executive meetings. since i wasn’t feeling that well, i had won ton soup (aka chinese chicken soup) from Little Shin Shin in Oakland, and tried to get a really long and good sleep.
thursday, however, was a day of meetings + gluttony. i stopped by Subrosa to take the above picture and grabbed a mocha. i wandered in for Global Tea Time, then went for a walk to Blue Bottle with @rgbenson to grab another mocha. after a quick meeting with the Crashlytics folks, @rgbenson and i then wandered over to Chez Maman to have lunch with some of our counterparts from Square. @jjlauer recently joined my team, and he was in town in San Francisco, so he and i had our 1:1 at Smitten. mmm. mint chocolate chip. for dinner, i got to hang with @jkalucki and @9len, which was just really nice. then off to SFO to grab a seat over to PIT. i have to be there on friday this week.
i’m still trying to make sense of the meetings i’m supposed to be in vs the meetings i used to be in. i ran my first staff meeting, however, and that seemed to go well. it has been a really long time (almost a month), but, it was really great to see @nelson this evening! we ordered pizza, and just caught up on our nerd agenda. also, excitingly, the z-bar i ordered from germany showed up, so i can do some experiments taking stereo photographs. the workflow is pretty jank right now, as i’m just using photoshop to create anaglyph images (put the left and right in different layers, adjust the layers, flatten, etc.).
i spent the day at the Twitter exec offsite at Cavallo Point Lodge. unfortunately, i couldn’t join them last night, when they all got together, but i drove there first thing in the morning. we managed to end at 4pm, so i drove @mazenra back to the city and then met @miradu for dinner. i don’t think i’ll sleep very much tonight as i just have so much email to get through; i’ll be up pretty early.
we took the in-law units to the Inn at Negley for breakfast, followed by a stroll through Frick park. we bid them goodbye after that. i needed some alone time to recharge, and then went to CMU to swim. i learned the pool there is 25’ shorter than the pool at Temescal! sadly, i’m not stronger, and, instead, the workout is just easier. after a quick lunch at Smiling Banana Leaf, i had to get myself to the airport. a series of tightly packed planes back to the west coast, and then desperately tried to get three hours of sleep before i had to get up again in the morning.
lady friend’s parents are in Pittsburgh this weekend, so, the day was to be mostly spent with them. unfortunately, i really didn’t sleep well the night before: i, stupidly got an aisle on the red-eye (pro tip: for red-eyes, always get a window seat), and my connecting flight from PHL was delayed leaving me sitting, bleary eyed, in the lounge for an hour longer than i had hoped. when i landed, it was straight to the in-laws’ airbnb, and drove them over to E2 for brunch. post that, lady friend and i headed to the hospital for a baby class. interesting. for dinner, we all headed to Eleven. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
it was a pretty simple and quiet day. i met @rgbenson at Plow for an early breakfast (my morning exercise was to walk there from Civic Center BART station). from there i walked back to the office making a few phone calls along the way. most of engineering management was at an offsite, so, i had a quiet and peaceful day at the office to battle my writer’s block. post work, i raced home, grabbed stuff, then raced back to SFO. i’m in the shuttle bus now headed to the US Airways terminal. not looking forward to the flight, but looking forward to lady friend on the other side.
day #2 being on the job. i’m still listening and writing a lot. i did get to video conference into the @twitterNYC tea time — that tea time seems a lot more rowdy than the SF one. it was hilarious. after demo hour at the office, @_dth and i took off to have dinner at Kiss Seafood. their omakase was amazing. @_dth also (jokingly, i think, its hard to tell through the australian accent) informed me that i was a horrendous boss.