|Lake Merritt - my work neighbor|
I took a job in Oakland (again) in 2015. I've been commuting a lot. But I am no longer responsible for dealing with other people's baby-mama-drama, so I've definitely de-stressed a bit. I do have to travel to LA, SD, and Sac sometimes for the programs I manage, and I occasionally get to go somewhere more exciting.
I immediately got to go to the State Bar meeting in OC in 2015. That wasn't very fun or exciting, but I followed it with a bunch of small trips to LA, Paso Robles, Sacramento, and Tahoe/Truckee (because a freak snow storm closed I-80 and I got a "bonus" night in a crappy motel by the highway).
|The very fancy Allegretto in Paso|
|View from my Truckee crash pad waiting out the snowstorm in mid-May|
Mulligan had to have back surgery in February 2016 for a bulging disc, but recovered miraculously and is doing well at 11 years (will be 12 on June 22).
We managed to spend some time in LA in the spring of 2016, San Diego in the fall, Panama over Thanksgiving, and Portland March 2017. I got to go to Nashville in January 2017 for a conference, which made Steve jealous, but I barely managed to get out.
So a lot has happened! and yet, not very much. Here's hoping for a huge trip in 2018! In the meantime, I'm working on paying off those student loans. (It's only been 14 years since I graduated from law school. It's about time.)