1. I came to work this morning to find a bottle of good German Riesling on my desk: My boss had, during her travels, encountered a German vintner ("with the bluest eyes you can ever imagine"), been wined and dined by her hosts, and decided to take a bottle along for oenophile me. There may be, um, pictorial evidence of this
2. WARM NIGHTS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. You only understand the all-caps if you've lived in this place or a similar one, climate-wise: The sun is bright and the days are hot...but mornings and nights are freezing. Sometimes literally. My home, the Lower Rhine Valley in Germany, is miserable for the majority of the year when it comes to weather, true. Our summer nights are real, though: Every year we can count on being able to sit outside on our balconies, porches, terraces, and even in our gardens in the late evening: in the dark, but enveloped by warmth, with only a soft breeze to counter the heat of the day. This, this is what this feels like. (More pictorial evidence of me taking advantage of this weather
: I leave the house early and come back late, so I can't wear dresses here in the Bay Area, especially in summer.)
3. Last week, I met up with a fellow Berkeley alumnus first encountered at a reception in the City. It was one of the best nights in recent weeks (and not a single piece of clothing came off). To have this extremely good-looking, smart, sharply-dressed professional so genuinely interested in me was lovely. Nothing will happen, because reasons
. But I appreciate the universe reminding me that the Venn diagram for "people I am attracted to" and "people who are attracted to me" is not *always* two separate circles.
4. While I harbor no illusions about work becoming anything less of a challenge any time soon, I have been wrapping up a lot of smaller workstreams lately, and the other departments relying on my input have been openly appreciative of that. Since this is California, their mails and chats involved quite a few emoticons and exclamation marks. That was, frankly, awesome.
5. I am still the Worst Networker In The World, but because that doesn't keep me from trying, I am confident I will work out some way to connect with people. If I have to, mirroring my personal life, go deeper with the ones I have a good time with, instead of developing the vast range of connections kids these days seem to favor, so be it. One size never fits all. (Like that's news.)