Time to head to SXSW (at SFO Terminal 3 - Behind Ted McCann’s Garage)
The Geology professors must be playing quite the epic rock/paper/scissors match! (at Braun Corner)
Name that vehicle (at Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination Exhibit)
In. Heaven. But I really wish they had a speeder bike. (at Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination Exhibit)
at Hobee’s Restaurant
I figured since I found that old post recapping 2010 I might as well post one for 2013. So here it goes.
I have to admit, living in California is pretty awesome as is working at Google. I’m a very blessed individual and I try to take time each day to remember those little moments that I’m thankful for. But I do have a poor memory these days. Trying to remember this past year, I’m bound to leave out a lot of things. It was a tough year, that I do remember…
2013 started out with my first trip to NY thanks to Google. It was a quick trip but looking back, it was the start of everything we’re launching this year. I didn’t get to explore too much but it was fun seeing another office and staying at the Ace Hotel (gorgeous NY hipster hotel).
I had a great Super Bowl party at my apartment and nearly watched my new pro football team almost pull off a great comeback only to choke like my hometown team (Vikings) in the last minute. ARG. Thankfully, great friends bring amazing food like cake pops shaped like footballs! My-Linh is one talented person!
Can’t forget my scooter! I took a weekend riding class and then a couple tests and officially received my motorcycle license and, of course, went out and grabbed a used, green, vintage-looking Vespa. I’ve put over 4k miles on it since April after a slight, costly spill on the first day I had it. Now it’s got a little beauty mark on the side to remind me to take it easy I guess. I was so in love with this thing I tried to sell my car to someone but after three months of her not paying the loan I had to fly down to LA and repo the car myself (thanks to the help of Ninja Maria!) Pretty scary endeavor actually. Wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Early in the year I went on my first business building trip to Victoria, BC. Gorgeous area and a great trip as I got to spend some time with a team of designers I’ve always admired.
The team went to Tahoe again and My-Linh talked me into snowboarding. I actually went out a couple days and had a ton of fun. Thanks to Tina and others, I got the hang of it pretty quickly and even rode on a chair lift! Who cares if it was really still the bunny hill, it was totally worth it and great to get away with the team. A lot of people left the team this year, so that trip was pretty special and I’ll always remember it.
The next trip I went on was to help with a quick Design Thinking training with the talented Beth in Taipei of all places! Couldn’t pass up the trip even if it was only for a few days. Beth is a planner, had a little book with places to hit and loved to take public transportation so we had a lot of fun exploring the city and culture. I’m sure most of you are wondering what I ate as there aren’t many meat and potato places out there but I actually ate very well, even took a cooking class with a bunch of Googlers!
I think I had a couple weeks between getting back from that trip (did the Electric Run with friends, scooted around) and then hit the big trip of the year… Sydney! It was meant to be a week long trip centered around Brynn and the teams +20 event (which went over very well) but something got to me and I was out for a day sick. Thankfully the mighty Matthew was there to make sure I was ok and then Antin and Little Jay showed us all the amazing things Sydney has to offer, most importantly, meat pies. So much fun and a place I will most definitely be going back to soon! So many fun picture opportunities.
I flew back to Minnesota in June for a sad family affair but it was good to see the family and spend some quality time (even if it was raining) with those I love the mostest.
I ended up hitting New York one more time, seeing a bit more of it and yearning to go back again. I mean, B&H was closed! So of course I’ll be going back!
One of the biggest highlights of my life happened in September when I took my team on our first offsite to Pixar! We had an amazing time getting a tour of their facilities, watching The Blue Umbrella with the director, Saschka Unseld, talking to Ed Catmull and seeing other directors just walking around. Amazing experience and a cool little company store, too!
The year might’ve ended in a flurry but it also introduced me to Marianne who I have shared many great adventures with and look forward to many more new ones in the year to come!
The rest of the year had a lot of smaller excursions, a wedding shoot in San Antonio, dates, and good friends visiting (come on back anytime Becky and Betsy!). Every weekend I try and explore a bit more of this great city and the surrounding parks.
The city is definitely feeling smaller these days but still so surprising.
First shot from my new #hasselblad #501cm
Anis Mojgani, The Seattle Grand Slam 2006
2010 was a year of firsts… My first full year of living in California was an amazing experience filled with many firsts, many friends and many memories that have shaped who I am. Since I’m not a writer, I’m making a random list of things that have stuck out in my mind over this past year.
I went on my first missions trip to Huehuetenago, Guatemala. I raised over $1800 to go from friends and family with hopes to make the donation process easier come next year.
I went skydiving for the first time. Endured it more than enjoyed it so I’d love to go again! I’ve realized that I just want to jump from high places. So, I’m not really scared of heights, just suicidal. And that’s scary. :-p
I spent my first Christmas away from my family. It was tough but thanks to Tracy and her friends, I had a wonderful time. Went bowling and to Buca on Christmas Eve, woke up Christmas morning and played volleyball on the beach while listening to Christmas music. Was pretty surreal but amazingly fun, a true Californian Christmas. Not as scared to be apart from my family anymore thanks to good friends. Also realized I’m slow to invest in other people for some reason.
I joined a bible, small group study on Tuesday nights in December of 2009 and, thanks to them, I’ve gone on the missions trip, enjoyed a great Thanksgiving, met some amazing people, learned a TON about myself and my faith and can count them as my San Diego family.
I played golf. At night. With glow-in-the-dark balls. Played the whole time with a driver. I’m surprisingly good! Anxious to see how I do in the daytime.
I got more serious about my company NewEnding Studios. I’ve been helping Jessica create her own photography company… along with Mary, Vegas Mary and others. Still can’t find time to create themes or set up a true theme shop but it’s been fun learning and watching the early years of the web slowly mature.
Surprise show of the year: Parks & Recreation. Very funny show.
Surprise movie of the year: The Social Network. Not too surprised that Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher could create brillance but everyone else seems to enjoy the well written flick as well.
Album of the year: Surprised to find that I like the new Kanye West album. Addicting beats, ridiculous lyrics. Reminds me a bit of eminem but it’s not meant to be funny. Still pretty good. Also seem to like more pop these days.
Exploring the Clifftop Ruins of Scotland’s Dunnottar Castle
For more photos and videos from the ruins, explore the Dunnottar Castle location page.
On Scotland’s northeast coast, the ruins of Dunnottar Castle keep silent watch over the North Sea. Thought to have been built around the sixth century as Dùn Fhoithear, the fortress occupies 1.4 hectares (3.5 acres) on a clifftop 50 meters (160 feet) above the rocky coast below. A national landmark since 1970, the castle draws local and visiting Instagrammers alike to its scenic views and rich history.
From the 13th through the 18th century, Dunnottar was the home of the Keith family, Earls Marischal of Scotland—custodians of the Honours of Scotland (the crown jewels, sword and scepter). When Charles II was crowned King in the Scottish Parliament during the height of the English Civil Wars, the crown jewels used during the coronation could not be returned to Edinburgh as Oliver Cromwell’s English forces advanced in the region. For safekeeping, they were carried to Dunnottar in sacks of wool, where they remained during Cromwell’s eight-month blockade of the castle. Though Cromwell was ultimately victorious in defeating the last remaining Scottish stronghold, the jewels were smuggled out and hidden under an old church in Kinneff where they remained until Charles II regained the throne in 1660.