Status Update: How Many Hours Until Happy Hour

Life’s been unbelievably crazy, as always. I’ve been going to sleep late and waking up early, I’ve got so much to do. This is my busiest time at work. Even though tomorrow is a holiday, I’ll be back in on Friday and working all weekend. When I say ‘all weekend,’ I mean all weekend. Full days Saturday and Sunday. Yippee!

Outside of work, I’ve mainly been focused on my blog which is going through another redesign. I wasn’t completely happy with the last one so it’s changing. It’ll be much cleaner, crisper, sleeker. And I’m finally making money through ad revenue and sponsorships. Dean and I have a new bet going: for every deal he closes (He works in sales.), I have to get 3 new sponsors for my blog. One new sponsor contacted me out of the blue yesterday. That counts, right?! No because this is all about developing my salesmanship (I have none), pounding the pavement, and generating revenue. It’s been busy for my bloggy.

I stayed up until 1am on Monday finishing our book club book The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. It was different and interesting. Had a good time with the crew last night discussing the book and dishing on celebrities while drinking wine and eating french fries at Nopa. Next up is my pick: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I have been dying to read it. Honestly, in-between all that I do, I don’t read much anymore. Very sad. Thank God for book club.


As background for those of you who are recent readers of my blog, I’m the volunteer coordinator for the ARTery at Burning Man and I’m currently spending way too much time working on the schedule for the event and responding to a ton of emails. In fact, I resigned my position recently, but have stayed on in a consultative role. It is causing me way too much stress.

Further, we’re at work trying to plan our 20 year high school reunion. For all you St. Joseph Notre Dame Pilots who graduated in 1993 who want to help out, let me know. We have a Facebook page here.

Wine that Rocks and First Ever Giveaway

Wouldn’t it be nice to taste really good wine locally without having to drive all the way to wine country? I’ve got the perfect solution.

A diamond in the rough, Rock Wall winery is located less than half an hour from San Francisco in the former Naval Air Station in my super cute hometown of Alameda. Housed in a converted 40,000 square foot airplane hangar, the winery is due north of a defensive rock wall, which made up the perimeter of the base. Taking their name from this protective wall, the Rock Wall winery building has been retrofitted with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment.

The tasting room includes plenty of outdoor space, a dome where you can lounge, and a food truck! Sip great wine and enjoy the view of the San Francisco skyline.

On Saturday June 15 from 1-5 pm, the company is hosting the Rock Wall Art and Wine Experience—an event featuring barrel samples, live music and performance art, and food trucks. The event will take place in their barrel room which is a 25,000 square foot hangar overlooking the Bay.

Rock Wall Art and Wine Experience

Saturday, June 15th, 2013


Buy Tickets Now!

To kick-off the summer, Rock Wall has generously offered to give readers tickets to the event. Keep in mind, their last event sold out!

To Enter

Leave a comment here on my blog with your name and email address. You can also follow Rock Wall Wines on Facebook and Twitter! Or visit their website here


Entries close at midnight on Tuesday June 4, and the winners will be contacted the following day.


Presidential Debate: Romney 1, Obama 0

Been super busy with work and haven’t had any time for extracurricular online activities like blogging, tweeting, or scouring my Facebook feed. But I did have a chance to watch the presidential debate. Wow. I was surprisingly impressed by Romney and sorely disappointed by Obama. Mr. President, how do you fail to look at your opponent during the whole friggin debate? Unbelievable how poor Obama’s performance was, both in action and in content. He failed! If his preparation for the debate is any indication of his fervor to maintain the presidency, then he deserves to lose. I was so horrified by his performance that I actually no longer care who wins the election. We are choosing between the better of the worst.

Given what happened, I was shocked at the dead silence concerning the topic among my online network. Why is that the case? Because the majority of my friends are uber-liberal Democrats. Obama could have stuttered his way through the debate and there would have been zero criticism. I guess that’s what I don’t understand. Have people become so close-minded that they blindly vote for whichever candidate regardless of capability? I prefer to assess both candidates objectively regardless of political affiliation and when there’s criticism to be had, well then I will dole it out. Silent acceptance does no one any favors. If the tables were turned and Romney had sucked, my Facebook feed would’ve blown up with scorn for the man.

I’ve heard the excuse that Obama has always been a weak debater. For crying out loud, he is a Harvard Law School graduate and the president of the United States. How do you not have effective debate skills?!?!


I have become a major podcast fiend. If you have any favorites, please comment so that I can subscribe. What a great way to multitask while commuting to work, especially when it’s overcast in San Francisco and you can’t read without an itty bitty light. Aside from educating my mind by listening, I’ve done a ton of reading lately because I can’t access Facebook at home. I don’t know what the problem is. I tried to troubleshoot it myself by reading a bunch of apple support pages and help feeds. I even brought my laptop to the Genius Bar and that didn’t work. So night time is all about reading my book club books which are both fab.

There are always people who don’t read the book which, in my mind, is flabbergasting because we always assign a substantial cushion of time for reading. I know people will throw out the baby excuse, but so what? I have a full-time job. I also work for Burning Man. I’m a blogger, a landlord, a vacationer, active on Airbnb for additional rental income. On top of all that, I’m trying to get pregnant. That means constant blood work, trips to the pharmacy, phone calls, appointments, ultrasounds, sonograms, a multitude of tests, and injections. And I read two books a month! People in the book club who don’t have kids and don’t read the book are essentially pathetic.

Back to podcasts. I listened to an economic podcast with Professor Raghu Rajan. Incidentally he happens to hail from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. I wasn’t listening to it for that reason. He was just so insightful (and from my alma mater, duh). I’m going to start stalking this guy and his research. He wrote a book called Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy which was the Financial Times 2010 Best Business Book of the Year.

One of the issues he discusses in detail is income inequality. Because of technical innovation, jobs such as manufacturing are disappearing. What remains are very low-end jobs and very high-end technical and professional jobs. As the wages of the upper middle class continue to grow, the middle class is starting to merge with the lower class. As a result, there’s a lot of anger towards the so-called “1%.” Anger at the Bush tax cuts, anger that the top is getting a free ride, anger that the rich are in their position because of corporate malfeasance, when in reality, the single biggest group in the top 1% are doctors. Not bankers! The solution is to fix longer-term problems such as education which is a lot more challenging than fixing tax codes! Raghu, you the man. Buy this guy’s book.

Fashion Friday: Madonna

Based on my Twitter and Facebook feeds, it looks like most people enjoyed Madonna’s half-time show at the Superbowl. Me? I agree!

I’m quite surprised with the negative comments, labeling her old, washed-up, or not entertaining.

Wuh? I’m sorry, but last year when the Black Eyed Peas performed, did you see Fergie do anything but sing, walk around, and look pretty? No one has the range that Madonna does. What half-time act have you seen where the performer did anything but sing, possibly play an instrument, and do limited dancing. Madonna did it all. I felt like she took a lot of risks too. She was going up and down stairs in high-heeled boots. She did cartwheels. She mastered all the synchronized choreography.

Damn, she nailed it. Plus, I’d like to look like that when I’m 53. 53! She looks better than people I know who are 33. Cmon people. She’s an icon.