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Dreaming and Rocking and Rolling

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Posted by Lauren

What do you do when you’re bored on Caltrain headed to day 2 of Dreamforce? (the biggest cloud/tech conference ever… Nicole’s here too!!)

You remember this tiny corner of the internet where you and your sister used to blog and decide to post a quick update!

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Side note: you used to be able to resize photos on the WordPress mobile app, where did that feature go!?

Dreamforce is always an interesting time. Even more interesting though is how today is Game 3 of the NLCS showdown between the Giants and Cardinals and the whole city is buzzing with Orange and Black. I love this time of year :)

This is basically a St. Louis week all around. Why? Well we’re playing the Cardinals, the 49ers beat the Rams last night, and on Thursday I’ll be flying to STL with my mom and stepdad for this…

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You wouldn’t know it (because I’m not blogging hardly ever) but I’ve done zero running this year (or that’s how it feels).

For the past 10 days or so I forced myself to run a little so that my body remembers what to do on Sunday. A lot of family members are running the race and it will be super embarrassing if I can’t finish! Humiliation is a good motivator :) Not to mention that I have 3 half’s in the span of 5 weeks (St. Louis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, oh my!) So I better get my act together!

What else is new??? Well, we are moving offices for work (hello Redwood Shores and a new northbound 101 commute), last weekend my BFF Katie got married in Portland (ahh it was the most perfect wedding!!), and the two weeks before that Kyle and I were roaming around Europe — Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Oktoberfest.

So pretty typical. Jk.

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I’d really like to make some detailed posts on my recent trips… But until then… GO GIANTS!!!!!

-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 want to post, MKTO, Mindy Project

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Posted by Lauren

I just caught up on one of my favorite blogs while waiting in a super long line. Now I’m motivated to throw something up on the interwebs.

I went to the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit this Monday – Wednesday in San Francisco to 1/2 promote our company and 1/2 to learn new tricks of the trade.

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I’ve been staying with my friend Krish at night (instead of taking the hour train ride home) and it’s been really nice to catch up with her / watch Mindy Project / sleep a little extra. Thanks Krish!!

Monday night we co-hosted a party downtown with a few other Marketo sponsors and it was AWESOME. It transformed into an intense dance party from 9-midnight.

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One more highlight: Hillary Clinton gave the keynote! Marketo brought some celebrity power for sure.

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I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend to catch up on work, go to Bar classes, run a bit, and spend time with Kyle. Nicole’s coming home in a few days!!!

That’s all for now.

Unless you want to talk about the Mindy Project and how the Danny/Mindy arc took me on an emotional roller coaster.

-Lauren