2016 February

February 11 – March 9

The last month has been very recovery focused.

BUT first, Ryan’s parents came up for the weekend and we spent Valentines Day / our one year anniversary (O_O) with them. Maybe this is embarrassing to admit given my age, but I actually have never ‘met the parents’ before. Luckily, Ry’s parents were pretty chill even if they seemed slightly underwhelmed by our ‘big V-day plans’ (aka staying in to avoid crowds …).

Soon after Ry’s parents left, I had my knee surgery. The doctor was supposed to repair the tear in my meniscus. The chance of a full recovery was about 60%. After surgery, she told me she instead removed all the torn parts of my meniscus. This would offer the chance of a full recovery. A bit confusing, but I’ll take it! My doctor was Dr. Deborah Faryniarz. I definitely recommend (although hopefully unnecessarily so — surgery sucks!)

After surgery I felt GREAT. Man, surgical pain medication is effective. Right after my surgery, I was walking around, wolfing down Chipotle, kicking my mom’s butt in scrabble …. then the heavy duty stuff wore off and I was essentially bed-ridden for a week. And, in crazy pain. Slowly I have weaned myself off of oxycodone, but recovery is moving at a glacier-like pace (although everyone says I am on-track).

I suppose there have been many silver-linings to this unexpected surgical hiccup:

  1. I really really appreciate the use of my legs. My days of extreme exercise are over
  2. I have great friends. Special shout out to Arif who is letting me stay with him while I do Dev Bootcamp
  3. I have had more time to write (short stories and maybe a new novel!) as well as query agents with Sandwatcher
  4. Ryan and I have had more time to iron out our single point of tension in the relationship. I think we are moving in a direction I am more comfortable with, but I suppose time will tell.

One more exciting bit of news to report: Beginning Sunday, I will be in Boston for Startup Lockdown — a 5 day / 5 person / 5 startup hackathon at HBS. The opportunity landed really unexpectedly in my lap (thanks Andrea!), but I jumped at the chance to participate. It is going to be intense (and right before DBC too), but I know I’ll learn a lot. My team has our kickoff tonight, so will definitely have more to report next time I check-in.


January 7 – February 10

Well January was a surprising month — in some ways good and in other ways not so good.

Let’s start with the “not-so-good.” I fucked up my knee again at crossfit. Okay, so that’s not exactly right. When I first tore my meniscus last November, my doctor said the tear would heal on its own. Turns out he was wrong. So on my third day of returning to crossfit, after 2 full months off, I tore it again. And now I need surgery — *yay* >_<

This is the third surgery I’ll be having on this leg (ACL/MCL in 2006, pinched nerve in my calf in 2012, and now torn meniscus). Sometimes I really don’t feel like a 26 year old.

Because of my surgery schedule, I’ve also had to push back my DevBootcamp phase 1 start date to March. At first this really bummed me out, but now I think it is a blessing in disguise. I’ll have more time now to edit and submit Sandwatcher AND I’ve taken up a Coursera Data Science course to learn R 😀

Other good news:

I saw Patrick Rothfuss (!!!) in San Francisco. I asked him who he’d kill, marry, screw of Kvothe, Elodin, and Bast. While I received no answer (he said it would be a spoiler), he did laugh at the question (win!)


I also visited the various business programs that have accepted me for the fall. I have to say, choosing among business schools is tough. They are all just so great! I really really liked Booth and Wharton (quant quant quant), but ultimately chose Kellogg (hey — it was a bit of a surprise to me too). I just can’t get over how much I fit in there AND how excited I am about their MMM program (dual degree MBA and Masters in Design). Technically, I will now have an engineering degree (engineering-envy solved?). But seriously check out how cool the design space is in Segal (Northwestern’s design school):


So finally Chicago-bound! I’ll start at Northwestern this June and after years of playing with a Chicago move, I’ll officially be there. Yay for hanging with Kristin and Briggs and all the others! Now I just need to work on Ryan moving with me …

Upon returning to CA, Ryan and I also decided we want to be “healthy” and “cook at home more” — to all the haters out there I say, “baby steps!” Our first attempt at “healthy” shopping:


Seriously though is there a word for the opposite of a vegetarian? Meatatarian?

Other than that, I’m just plugging away at R and Sandwatcher queries. My next post will probably be a surgery update (only a few days now ah!).

Also please vote for 5th grade me for class president (or should I say choose me?). Thanks mom for finding this gem #likenooneeverwas