Tag Archives: January 2016

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



December 21 – January 6

We just returned from New Years in London! It was an amazing trip.

I began the break by joining Gaurav and Lyn (plus Lyn’s family) for my first Christmas ever. Lyn’s brother and sister-in-law are impressive cooks and it was fun to partake in some British Christmas traditions (wait … are crackers an American thing too?). I (like a dork) especially enjoyed watching the Queen’s special Christmas message she delivers each year.


Lyn and Gaurav continued to be great hosts (letting me crash at Lyn’s / their place). We mostly just drank mulled wine, celebrated Boxing Day (what is this celebrating?) with friends, and walking around a little bit (South Bank, Baker Street).


Soon after, the rest of the gang arrived: Stefan, Joel, Andrew, Chris, Arif, and Ryan. We stayed in Shoreditch in a good (but a bit tight) AirBnB and spent some serious time museuming (or at least Ry and I did).


  1. The British Museum is actually huge (you will NOT be able to do it in one day)
  2. V&A Museum is a must-see / a little less well-known (great rec Arif!)
  3. Churchill’s Bunker was very cool if you are a history buff (did you know his party lost the election before WWII ended and he actually wasn’t prime minister as the war came to a close?)
  4. Do a street art tour — very interesting (in fact, worth probably finding some other walking tours — definitely a highlight)
  5. Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are a bit pricey, but I actually thought fairly worth it (make sure you do the free audio tour for the latter)






And of course we had a great New Years at Lyn’s — keeping the tradition alive that Briggs, Lyn, and I started a few years back (we always spend New Year’s together). I am excited that Chris, Arif, and Joel are now repeat participants (hoping they and the others stick with us indefinitely!)


Ryan and I also managed to spend one day in Iceland on our way to Orlando (he is meeting the family!).

While winter is not prime tourist season in Iceland (think total darkness from 4p to 10a every day), the country is BEAUTIFUL. I would love to go back and roadtrip across the country.


What a great couple weeks, but now back to reality. Dev Bootcamp is picking up the pace (significantly!), I still have my book to finish revising (ahhhh!!!) and I need to figure out where I’ll be going to b-school. More on all this soon!