Archive for the ‘Friendship’ Category


Friday, September 13th, 2013

My best friend at work is 23. He’s like a younger brother if I had a younger brother who was a blonde former football bro with conservative leanings and a love of sports sedans. I have girlfriends at work. In fact I have three. And sometimes we stand in the bathroom and talk about our lipsticks. This is true and happened just this week (because omg new Clinique black honey lip gloss). But most of the time my bro friend and I are online chatting between deadlines and have lolz about things we find on the internet. I’m not sure how this relationship evolved. We have few things in common. He’s 23 and may have voted for Romney whereas I spend my free-time online shopping for houses I can’t afford. But we were hired at the same time and do share a love of Icona Pop, memes, and breaking news headlines. He does most of the technical work in the office and I do not. So even though we are at the same employee ranking we are not competitive, which is good because he likes numbers and I also like numbers but only when they are rounded to the nearest ten and color coded and assembled neatly in excel. Sometimes I wonder if the other women judge me in the office. Because often I will sit and talk to the new working moms and we discuss the struggle of maintaining a work-life balance with a toddler at home and I take mental notes before I go play a rousing game of foosball with my bffbro while they go back to being adults. Maybe that is my work-life balance. Or my grown-up life balance. Maintaining a sense of professionally decorum while occasionally regressing into a time long before my quarter life crisis. I don’t know. The good news is Dr. Adam is supportive and whenever he and my bffbro see each other at company events, they talk sports or memes or decimal numbers and I go find my lipstick ladies in the bathroom and all is right with the world.

Oh look, here we are now:

The Fine Print

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Did you hear the San Francisco sports team is going to the big bowl event? It is very exciting for people here. I was going to watch the game yesterday but then I got a text from Lydia asking if I wanted to go to the Fine Print Fair instead which is the obvious choice. I imagined it would be a warehouse of screen printed t-shirts and pillows and tea towels, but when we showed up it was not in a warehouse but in a small room and everyone in the small room was over 60 and wearing ties, which is not a bad thing, except that it suggested we were in the wrong financial bracket. This was confirmed when the first print we saw was listed for $57,000. omg. We are in the wrong place. Maybe they have a discount bin? Turns out they did, but everything in the discount bin pile was $375. I was scared someone would ask us questions and then they would know that we did not have $57k to spend on prints because Lydia just bought a new dining room table and I bought a website. So instead, Lydia and I picked out our favorites and decided we would buy them when we were also riche and over 60.  Then we ate ham and cheese sandwiches. This would have been a perfect place to bring the FreetZ because she knows all about art and prints and shmoozing with 60 yr old print buyers. Next time.

On Saturday, Dr. Adam and I hiked up to the top of Mt Tam which is a mountain. I took a photo with my internet phone and then I put it on the internet to show everyone that I am sporty. Here it is:

View from the Top of Mt Tam. It's like being in an airplane except without the flying/anxiety attacks.

Doesn’t it look like a Bob Ross painting? Thank you.

Lamb shank monarch planes

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Here’s a recap. Dr. Adam and I have been dating for 12 months I know this blog is not a dating blog and talking about dating is kind of against the rules but the point is it was on Friday and we spent the evening half way between San Jose and San Francisco eating lamb shanks and giving each other presents. He gave me a watch and 6 packs of peanut-butter and jelly m&m’s guess which part was my favorite. I gave him the monarch butterfly chairs which is a plural gift which means it was also a gift for me which is kind of selfish but once we were at the REI and we sat in the monarch chairs for 20 minutes and Dr. Adam said can we get these? and I was like, no way too impractical when are we going to need squatting chairs with only two legs for all the times we haven’t been camping? Turns out  we need them all the time because now Dr. Adam follows me around the apartment when I get home and whenever I stop to do something for a few minutes he pops a squat in the monarch chair next to me and everybody wins.

Then after the lamb shanks I went to the airplane station to take a flight to the New York State for Lauren and Reid’s big day wedding. I didn’t feel like having any airplane station marteenees so instead I had an airplane station advil PM. Have you tried this? It worked. Not only did I not get scared but I did not wake up until the man next to me hit my arm after we landed. The wedding was the best. I drank just a several dozen glasses of wine and marathon danced for 5 hours. It was really happy. Here is a photo of the chuppah and then the hoisting of the big day couple. My favorite part was doing the hora (because I’m Jew-ish).

Lauren and Reid's big day

Lauren and Reid's big day dance.

Then on Sunday I went to the JFK airplane station and the airline said Ok Alice listen we overbooked the flight we’re real sorry, do you want to volunteer your seat and take the next plane in two hours? I want to say that I said yes because I am altruistic but I said yes because then I would have two hours to eat some shame at the airport which does not make me feel like a good person. Then she said, Ok here’s your ticket for the next plane, I’ve upgraded you to Bizzy Class (that’s inside speak for Business Class) and given you $400 worth of travel vouchers. Then I gave her a wink and ate a double cheese burger. In retrospect this was a mistake, but I did not know it was a mistake at the time, because who in their right mind would know that flying from New York to San Francisco counts as an international flight? Know what you get on international flights? A flying hotel room. I had a huge seat with a toiletry kit, cashmere socks, a pillow, a blanket, head phones, an eye mask, 3 courses of meals, and 15 bottles of wine because apparently nobody else in bizzy class was drinking that night. The woman next to me was a pro at bizzy class and after my 3rd glass of wine I confessed it was my first time then she showed me how to recline my chair and order all the movies for free. Which I did. Here’s the lesson: flying is not scary when you’re eating sorbet and drinking wine in a lounge chair. The bad news is that apparently it costs a million dollars a ticket so I have started a piggy bank and it will be my bizzy class fund but I might only be able to get one seat in ten years so if I fly with Dr. Adam we will have to do switchsies half way through the flight.

I will conclude this post with a list of all my meals in photos.

Delta Business Class Course #1

Delta Business Class Course #2

Delta Business Class Course #3

The end.

Bachelorette Tomato Tattoos

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Guess what Lydia is getting married. We hosted a bachelorette party type situation for her in San Francisco on Friday night. I have no idea what happens at a bachelorette party type situation but Dana and I were hosting so we made things up. I ordered a box of plastic “loose diamonds” from the internet and threw them around the apartment then made everyone put on temporary tattoos, including 8 vegetable tattoos, 12 diamond tattoos, and 2 smoking rabbit tattoos. This was a good move. Then we went to AsiaSF which is an Asian drag queen restaurant in San Francisco where the food portions are small, the drinks are overpriced, and all the men are prettier than you. It was a blast. I cannot post many photos from the party because they are maybe not safe for work, but I do have one photo of Lydia and one photo of my tomato tattoo.

Here they are. See the loose diamonds in the lower right hand corner? They really add a sparkle.
Lydia's Bachelorette Party Before

You say Tomato I say Tattoo

PS. Today was GC Berna’s birthday! Oh man, I am so proud. Happy Birthday Berna! Next time I will make the tomato in the shape of a heart and have GCBD written in script inside. #Friendshiplove.

This happened in Portland

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Here we are. Eating half a dozen voodoo donuts on a Saturday.

That pink box is filled with half a dozen donuts. THE SHAME.

More here.

A Wedding

Monday, June 13th, 2011

I went to a Wedding. Craig & Carrie got married. I took my fancy camera and I took the photos. Here are some samples. See the rest here.

The night before the wedding we listend to some music.
Some wedding eve music.

Then we went to Rogers Estate and Peter slammed three beers at once. Dartmouth Community College: worth it.
Rogers Estate Peter don't make a mess

Then we had wrestling matches.
Wrestling Match: Reid v. Neal

Then we played a guessing game where all the friendships lined up and Craig identified all of us with his eyes closed. Med school: worth it.
The Guessing Game

Then the next morning we got dressed for the wedding. Here’s matthew putting on his not-quite-dry-but-ironed(!) shirt.
Wedding Prep

Then the Fritchwitts showed up! Look at ma Petite FreetZ. What a gem.
The Fritchwitts

Then Craig & Carrie were married. I cried snotty tears.

Then we danced.
dance beats

Peter had a great time dancing.
MBA profile photo

I also had a great time.
Kaitlin. dramatic

Then the next morning we had day-after-the-wedding-friendship-brunch.
Morning Brunch

Except one of the guests kept exploding the coffee creamers. Poor form. Good photos.
The case of the exploding creamers

Then we said goodbye!
Goodbye hugs a lot of them

Guess who’s next down the aisle of tax breaks? The Hesse-Bears.
Next in Line

The end!

Friendship in the Pocononos

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

This place was freezing. See more photos here.
K line up


Friday, February 18th, 2011

Great news. Grandpa Lou is producing things like movies and web series and such. Here is his latest project, Reception. I was a receptionist once at Optimus and I had to announce phone calls over the building loud speaker. I was really good at tranferring calls. Graham skipped this step. Instead of being a receptionist he was a librarian for the video library. He didn’t have to make announcements on the loud speaker. But I had better views. We both win?

See his new series, Reception, here.

Reception Ep. 1: “Alison” from Will Slocombe on Vimeo.

Valentine’s Day Gchat of the Day

Monday, February 14th, 2011

acsweet: what are you going to do?

anonymous: i’m going to DATE EVERYONE and DRINK EVERYTHING. no. it’s gonna be fine. i’m gonna do laundry and graduate. and get a job.

So good so far

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

The Switchwitts

Then we went skiing in Connecticut. More photos here.