closing out the week…

so it’s the end of work week 2, and san fran week 3 and im happy to report that the cold is nearly gone – and all else is as it should be.

work is taking shape and i feel a “lightbulb” moment coming. (translation: things are starting to connect, the full picture is filling in, the moment when i feel like i “get it” will be my lightbulb moment)

we are working on securing all the appts needed to set up our new home – the movers delivering our stuff from storage, do we go with cable or direct tv, and getting pg&e started.  all of this takes $$$ and this relocation process has been a learning experience.

although apple is taking care of almost everything (and i am so appreciative of that!) – there are quite a few things we’ve had to cover ourselves, with the promise of reimbursement for some of the expenses.  being reimbursed is great, but it still means there need to be thousands of dollars readily on hand to just live and get things done.  for my friends and family if you ever find yourself in this ‘lucky’ yet challenging place, take that as a tip!

while i am living in the moment and trying to just enjoy each and everyday as it comes – i am looking forward to being in our new home, with all the things that are familiar and beloved surrounding me.  i am looking forward to a sharing san francisco with the kids for the first time in a few weeks, and i am most looking forward to making the trip to capetown, sa to visit with my amazing auntie!  42 days – the countdown has begun!

sniff, cough, blow – sign here…

we’ve done it!  a new home in san francisco has been secured!! a spring or post winter cold has also landed squarely in my face. sinus colds are the worst, but our new zen like apartment is the best!  we’ve lost about 500 sq ft, but gained access to one of the best cities in world, and we’re excited to be living in her heartbeat.

at the base of nob hill and pacific heights we will find ourselves in an eclectic land between two of  the most expensive neighborhoods filled with amazing mansions and beautiful views.  oh yes, the view from our rooftop is INSANE!  we were so lucky to find the owners looking for “real” people (i guess we’re real) who were down to earth and they actually contacted us after we viewed it and left unsure.  they felt like we were perfect for their place and wanted to make sure we had the option to take it before their open house.  too cool, huh.

so through my stuffy face, and purelling my hands to protect the innocent – we’ve signed a one year lease and are set to move in early february.

amenities – bike room, bosch dishwasher, in unit w/d, california closets, fischer and paykel refrig (not sure how cool that is but it’s listed), ceasarstone surfaces, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, 2 bedrooms/2 full bathrooms, a block from WHOLE FOODS (woooohoooo!), and a block from my Apple bus stop – so sweet!

hoping all of this makes sense as i type through a nyquil haze….yeah baby! lol

today was such a good day!!

commuting…

day 3 of work, and day 2 on the bus. not the public transit city bus, but the private apple coaches that supply us with leather seats, a bathroom, tv’s and free wireless. the drive up and down highway 280 is beautiful. rolling hills, green pastures, it’s really like out of a movie. for my friends up north – it’s a bit like driving through the Skagit farmland on your way to Vancouver, but hilly and curvy. What you’ll see around the next turn is always a surprise. the way the clouds/fog hangs in the hillside pockets in the mornings and the sunsets in the evenings are outstanding. let’s just say that so far the commute is not so bad.

hello.

it’s official. i am an apple employee.  confidentiality is number 1, so i won’t be blogging about my work, but the experience of being an apple employee will show up in my posts.

today was the absolute best first day experience i’ve ever had. orientation was short and to the point, welcoming by every apple employee i met was warm, genuine and felt like family.  its hard to put into words what the culture is like – its unlike anywhere i’ve ever worked. i am so honored to have be chosen to join the ranks of apple, inc. and i think today it hit me how big of a deal it is. how exclusive this group of people are, and how much fun i’m about to have. the ability to be creative, to be supported, to collaborate with the best and the brightest in the world, and the opportunity to travel – (london, tokyo, china, etc are on coming).  to be a part of a company that creates innovation that changes the way the world works is beyond my comprehension on day one, but so exciting to think about.

my team is amazing, my work space is amazing, my equipment is amazing, now to just find a house….

thank you apple for greatest, most organized, fastest to be up and running, and most exciting first day ever – i look forward to many years to come!