Family

The time Nicole graduated and we partied.

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Posted by Lauren

My little sugar cookie finished USC a semester early (which I wrote about 180+ days ago) but the whole fam had to wait until May to officially celebrate with her. During her months off, Nicole finished dancing with the Trojan Dance Force, [remotely] interned tirelessly for one of the hottest Bay Area SaaS startups, and soaked up every second with her BFF’s. Oh, and she also wrote her last blog post ever (she claims to be done with blogging, WTF??).

Anyways, my company’s conference ended May 14th and the next day I flew to LA to join my mom, David, and Nicole. Our first order of business was walking around campus to take photos at USC landmarks. Definitely smart to do this before grad day to avoid the crowds :)

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All I can remember is that we were all HUNGRY (okay maybe it was just me?) and when we went to Sugarfish downtown, they didn’t seat us for a loooong time. It’s all good because their sushi blows my socks off and is “worth the wait.” I felt bad for Nicole because they had NOTHING for vegetarians… she didn’t complain (because she’s awesome and knows I was really looking forward to it). What a sweetheart.

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After dinner we went to Syrup, a hip little cafe/dessert spot a few blocks away. Nicole and I shared a banana split, but the photo only made it to my disappearing snapchat story. :( They specialize in waffles so definitely check that out the next time your sweet tooth screams at you.

Friday – Graduation Day

Nicole kept me to a strict morning alarm – 4:50 am – so I could wake up and be at her apartment with enough time to get ready and pre-party. Yes, 4:50 AM!! Nicole and I walked over to a neighbors house for mimosas around 6 am. Time flew by and soon we were walking towards campus for the ceremony kickoff….

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I found a seat next to my dad and Lauretta and eagerly waited for Marc Benioff to give his speech (it was AWEsome!)

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We moved over to the Galen Center for the Biz School’s breakout ceremony and got to see Nicole accept her well deserved diploma :)

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Then it was all over! Time to get the party started!

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Lunch in Long Beach (Yard House) with dad, Lauretta, and step-bro Steve! We battled insane traffic to get there, but it was worth it to get everyone together and catch up, especially since Steve recently moved to Portland.

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A few hours later we sat down for dinner in Santa Monica with my mom, David, and Chase….

Rustic Canyon

1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
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First order of business, order wine.

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Second order of business: make silly faces

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The food was delicious, intriguing, and totally unique. Rustic Canyon was distinguished in Los Angeles Magazine’s issue of “L.A.’s 75 Best Restaurants” (and that mag was conveniently in our hotel room the night before when I was researching where to go!). Their head chef Jeremy Fox hails from Napa’s veg-friendly Ubuntu and focuses on California-French style. AKA the style you can’t go wrong with..

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beets and berries – avocado, rancho gordo red quinoa, pistachio “soil”

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ansonmills stone ground grits – ramps & morels, egg yolk, coleman’s pea shoots (PHENOMENAL)

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grilled zucerman’s asparagus – whipped goat cheese with nettles, mushroom streusel (WHIPPED GOAT CHEESE MY LAWD)

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clam & mussel pozole verde – ranch gordo hominy, scallion, radish, tortilla

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grilled marin sun farms lamb heart – windrose farms puntarelle, bagna cauda, crispy ‘kokuho rose’ rice, parmesean (LAMB HEART!)

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seared scallops – carrot puree, nasturtium, vadouvan, pine nut raisin relish (PERFECT SCALLOPS)

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king troll salmon piccata – bianco di maggio onions, fiddlehead ferns, capers, meyer lemon

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mom, david, me… (BTW – super tired at this point + wishing I could have changed/showered because the graduation ceremony was HOT HOT HOT and I was sweaty)

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chocolate hazelnut tart with candided hazelnuts

Each dish was phenomenal – I couldn’t recommend Rustic Canyon enough. GO!

After dinner, I was dropped off at my friend Andrew’s house, where Clay and Johnny were already posted up. They were matching :) We drank some wine, went to downtown Santa Monica, ate late night pizza, and then fell asleep (finally! sleeep!)

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The following day, I was in Pasadena at Lucky Baldwin’s eating tasty pasties with my mom and David. MMM MMM…. Nicole and I drove those two love birds to the airport (after a pit stop at Sugar Fix cupcakery for cupcakes and ice cream to-go!) Then we went back to Pasadena for another night out with the guys. All that survived from that entire day was this photo below. It shall remain captionless so you can capture the true essence :)

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The amazing weekend capped off with a roadtrip home with my bestie (Nicole, duh!) and all of her belongings. She’s baaaaaack and here to stay! Now, who’s going to get her to start blogging with me??

-Lauren

8 weeks ago….

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Posted by Lauren

8 weeks ago…. I just stopped blogging for no good reason at all.

It was just before the Stagecoach country music festival in Palm Springs. I had a great time with a few of my favorite college girlfriends and fell in love with cowboy boots…
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The following week, Kyle’s parents came to town (more on that later!) and I pretended to be a news anchor for a spoof video my company put together….

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Then I saw this really good deal on peanut butter (this is something blogger Lauren circa 2010 would care about so I’m including it)….

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Meanwhile, Kyle and I kept up our weekly date nights with stuff like spicy Indian food at Darbar and a night at the theatre (watching a play put on by two of my high school friends (so talented!!))

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Speaking of high school friends, the next chronological thing in my iPhone Camera App is this lovely photo of two high school besties (Nat and Sarah) after we had dinner at Nat’s house (thank you Cin!)

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And then…. IT HAPPENED.

Don’t freak out. Nicole and I didn’t decide to move to Canada or anything….

I’m talking about Pulse 2014, one of the defining moments for the Customer Success Industry.

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Sorry, I’ll stop being dramatic.

Our company’s annual conference was a big success this year, and I couldn’t be more proud of the team I’m a part of, the company, and everyone else who helped make it so amazing….

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1 day later I was on a plane to LAX for Nicole’s graduation weekend (more on that later). Spoiler alert: it was awesome and Nicole is my hero.

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The following weekend (Memorial Day) I went to Austin for Katie’s bachelorette party. (Also, more on that later!!!)

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Next up? Hair color, random San Jose reunion with college buddies, and a trip with my mom and David to San Diego for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon (totally want to do a full recap on that trip – eep! Lots to catch up on!)

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That brings us to the beginning of June, aka my favorite month of the year :)

We exhibited at Zuora’s conference and then enjoyed a small team dinner in the Mission….

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Subsequently, Kyle and I had two nearly back-to-back dates in SF. One at the fancy-ish Sutro’s (Cliff House) during Dine About Town and the other at Mission Bowling for “Booze, Brunch, and Bowling” a la howaboutwe….

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Between those two fabulous dates, I enjoyed a long hike with Nicole after work AND celebrated summer with all of Gainsight at our first Field Day event!

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(We are almost up to date, folks!)

BBQ oysters (those suckers are hard to open, even with a screwdriver) at Kit/Adrienne’s BBQ two weeks ago….

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Sister lunch date (soooo happy she’s back home, for good!)

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Happy hour on Friday with Serra, Nicole, and my mom….

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A kickass wedding in Hollister this past Saturday (congrats Darren and Kitra!)

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And then a lovely Sunday BBQ to celebrate Father’s Day….

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If you can’t tell by now, one of my most favorite extracurricular activities is enjoying every last second of my weekends. Want to know what’s next for my birthday weekend in 5 days?

NEW YORK CITY!!!

It’s been a while but if you made it this far, thank you for reading :) I’ll be back soon! I think I found my mojo….

-Lauren

Waiting in line for my newest obsession

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Posted by Lauren

Don’t tell my Stabucks gold card, but I’m waiting in line right now for a cop of joe from Philz Coffee… They do single drip and it’s a splurge and the line is always sooo long. Why am I here?

Well….

On Wednesday our Marketing team went on a little road trip from Mountain View to San Francisco to check out the venue for our upcoming conference.

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I got a little snapchat happy as you can see. :) On our way back to the office, Anthony had the wise idea to get coffee so we stopped at Philz. Unlike Starbs where you have 3 generic brew options, Philz is like the 31 Flavors Baskin Robbins of coffee. I got the Philtered Soul (I love anything hazelnut) and it really hit the spot. We were all wired after!!

Other weekly highlights:

Saturday – long hike with mom and Nicole!

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Sunday – Kyle bought us a grill! Now we need a little table and chairs to complete the patio. Summer BBQs are on the way!

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Monday – Nicole came to work at Gainsight. She makes my work days extra happy.

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Monday/Tuesday – our dad turned one year older on Monday so we celebrated his birthday Tuesday night at the fish market. :)

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Tuesday – Nicole and I went to lunch at Chipotle. As a part owner of Chipotle, it makes me smile that Nicole loves Chipotle so much (in fact she JUST sent me a screenshot of a burrito bowl lol).

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Wednesday – we filmed the cutest video to promote our upcoming conference. You should watch it :) And, if you work with any Customer Success, Account Managers, renewals, client services, relationship managers, strategic account peeps you should tell them to go!! /end-plug

Thursday – beautiful evening run through Palo Alto. People are killin’ it with the blossoming flowers. I felt like I was running through a yummy garden the whole time.

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Friday – Bar class after work, ran around the Stanford track, and then caught up on Scandal on Hulu. Hot Damn! What a finale….

Saturday – enjoying my coffee… gotta get ready for a day in the city!

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What was the highlight of your week???

-Lauren

I went to the Capital!!

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Posted by Lauren

Last Wednesday I flew to Washington DC with my mom and stepdad.

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My tropical bag with dolphins and toucans certainly was ironic considering the 9* weather we were greeted with.

I want to write a detailed post about everything we did, but I’ll get all “veni vidi vici” on you with a little preview…

We saw the necessary sights

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We ate at the hottest spots

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We ran the streets with 20,00+ people

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And we indulged our sweet tooth…. every meal basically :)

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Recaps to come once I’m caught up with work a bit!

Question: Have you ever been to DC? What was your favorite thing to see? What would you like to see if you’ve never been before?

-Lauren