January 2019

Here’s the first of my Year in Review posts for 2019! Movies, food, and a trip to Amsterdam defined my month of January.

New Year’s

For many years now, we’ve spent the New Year’s holiday partaking in a movie marathon. The theme for this year was Ron Howard, so we watched Cocoon and Willow on New Year’s Eve. We toasted the stroke of midnight with glasses of Rosé Cava.

On New Year’s Day, we completed the marathon with Parenthood, Backdraft, and Apollo 13. I also cooked some Spice-Rubbed Picnic Chicken and Hoppin’ John.

Kitty Friends

I came down with a really nasty cold during the second week of January, but Ginger took good care of me while I watched soothing nature shows on Netflix.

After I got better, I hung out with a new co-worker (my teammate Andrea’s kitten, Trixie).

Magna Kusina

We went to the Magna Kusina preview (they were to open a brick and mortar location later in the year). Chef Carlo Lamagna provided his takes on Filipino food. We’re always happy to see more Filipino food in Portland!


In late January, I traveled to meet my team in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We are a global team spread across 4 countries, so we meet once a year to work synchronously.

For most of the week, we worked on a few projects at a co-working space. On our last full day, we went on a fantastic food tour all over Amsterdam, learning about the history of local cuisine, and tasting all sorts of specialties.

There are lots more photos of our Amsterdam trip to be seen in our team album.


Before my trip to Amsterdam, I got a neat set of monochrome + negative space nails from ChiChi of Best Nails Club!

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