Posts Tagged ‘Seattle’

June 25, 2011

Reunited!

I picked up Domingo from the airport at 9am this morning (we will be returning for a 10 am flight tomorrow!) And we spent the day packing. I am unsure how I acquired so much stuff in just 12 weeks. I flew up with two suitcases (one checked, one carry-on) and my laptop. Domingo and I will have two carry-ons each, not including the checked bag! Where did the extra stuff come from?!

We took a leisurely approach to packing, visiting the Cross Roads food court for lunch, and a quick trip to good will. (Yes, I used up the last of the food in the apartment, except for one bag of peas and one tiny chicken breast). We finished packing around 8ish, and went out for dinner to celebrate the end of the internship and being reunited.

I could have planned for a 10pm flight out, rather than waiting for the morning, but I think we would have felt a little too rushed. In about 14 more hours I will get to cuddle with my kitty! It will be good to sleep in my own bed tomorrow. Memory foam, how I missed you!

June 17, 2011

Winding Up to Wind Down

I haven’t been posting a lot lately. We’re in the final stretch of my internship, which means cramming as much work into a few days as possible, before I had back to California. They say the most important moments in a speech are the first line, to hook the audience, and the last line, to give a good lasting impression. The same could be said for most any activity where you have a limited amount of time to make an impression – start strong, end strong.

This was a very good summer. I accomplished a lot, and having the opportunity to work at Bing shows me what life would be like as an applied researcher. As someone who thrives on having impact, it was great to see ideas having a shorter time to impact than they would if I remained purely academic. If I wasn’t itching to graduate before, I sure am now!

It was also easier this time around to be apart from Domingo for so long. (Easier not easy). I knew more what to expect. I was able to plan better. I made sure I had activities to keep me busy during the weekends Domingo didn’t visit. I also did better on stocking the fridge. I have enough frozen meats and vegetables to last for the final week, but not much beyond that. Last time it felt like I simultaneously didn’t have much, and wasted a lot. I had unopened package food I was trying to cram into my suitcase and take home in order to not waste it.

I am going to be sad to be gone, but happy to be home. Seven days left, Seven days to make a lasting impression. Wish me luck!

June 12, 2011

Visiting Seattle

Domingo came up to visit me this weekend!

While he brought work, and I needed to make it in to the office as well, we did carve out some time yesterday to sight see in down town Seattle. I made reservations at the space needle for lunch. Yum! We had wanted to go during my internship in 2009, but I never got around to making reservations in time. Actually, when I made reservations yesterday was the only time they had free all month!

We picked a good day and the sun peeked through the the clouds which made for some awesome photography. It was a great way to remember my summer in seattle! I have two more weeks to go before the internship ends and I move back to California. I have to hand it to my fellow interns, some of which are not only married, but have kids! Domingo is only a two hour plane flight away and visits me frequently on the weekends. Just going the five days between weekends is tough. I don’t know how I could handle months away from my family.