Category Archives: Work

wedding things and anniversaries

mr. parks and i are closing in on our three year anniversary!  i may have mentioned this before, but it’s weird how you just start over counting the years together once you get married.  there should be some other way of describing our time together, like if you’ve been married for four years and were together for three before that, you say you’ve been together for four dash three or something.  sorry, stupid thought…

anyway, the wedding planning is going ok (i think) – our wedding coordinator will tell us for sure on wednesday.  i’ve been so proyd of us for setting a date that i felt like we could take a couple of weeks off.  apparently you’re never “off.”  there is always a ton of stuff to do.  i’ve started writing in the bride’s diary that mr. parks’ family gave me.  it’s going to be so fun to look back on it one day!  just like our blog – it’s incredible to scroll through the posts and pictures, and to see all that we have done together since the time that we started it – about a year and a half ago.  this is better than any scrapbook (especially considering that we would never make a scrapbook, as much as we’d like to).

ok – i’m going to go.  i’m at work and just wanted to write a quick little update.  speaking of work, i love it and i love working with my dad!  my first time on a private jet wasn’t so bad, either!! 

oh yeah – we’re going to chicago this weekend to see the band travis!!!  it’s going to be amazing – we’ll do our review when we get back!! 

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Turning over a new leaf…

a lot has happened lately; a lot that has changed, or rather refined, my perspective of the world and of what a life can actually mean.  i will thankfully be finished with law school by tomorrow at 4:00.  i know that i must somehow create an additional eight or ten pages for the paper that i am currently writing, but whatever it is, it will exist within the next sixteen hours.

we  are nearly moved into our new condo, and we absolutely love it.  after a number of nights on the couch (so many that i am actually embarrassed to disclose that number), we finally have a bed!  i think i had my best night of sleep ever last night.  it reminded me of when becca and i lived in l.a. without a bed and then, after so long, we finally each got one – it is pretty incredible!!!  haha

aside from the being done with law school thing, a number of other events have inspired my new approach to life.  one of my very close friends from california, clare, lost her mother recently.  clare was a friend of becca’s in college, but someone who i felt very close to instantly.  she is an incredible woman, smart and funny and kind, and it breaks my heart that she lost her mother; her mother who was so young and had so much life to live.  my friend jim wrote to me that “when a door closes, another one truly opens,” and i hope that that premonition materializes for clare.  i believe that it will.

in other life news, i have recently “reconnected” with some dear friends from my childhood.  it’s not as if i lost total touch over time, but a few key events have really reminded me of how important that they are, and how lucky i am to have such
“troopers” to stand by me through the years!  one of them is sarah.  she has an incredible husband and a model-worthy son, and i think that she may be the absolute kindest person this world is privileged to know.  i also was fortunate enough to see anna last week, one of the smartest and most thoughtful women i have ever known.  her family is responsible for many of my fondest memories (even though i sucked as a spy…anna, you know!).  i have also recently been in touch with amy, sarah’s older sister.  she also has a wonderful husband, and is pregnant with her first child!  i have no doubt that she will be one of the most amazing mothers ever.  lucky kids!

most incredible, perhaps, is the fact that i received an email today from a very dear friend from the past.  i do believe that my friendship with him was one of a life-changing magnitude.  i am so sorry that we have missed out on the last six years of one anothers’ lives, but i know him and he knows me, and i know i will have a rewarding friendship with him from this day forward.  some people may think it’s weird to love someone whom you’ve ever only seen a couple of times.  but i love him, and he is a wonderful old soul.  his son has an incredible role model.

maybe i am a bit too sentimental right now (i don’t think so!), but i have had a few days of intense school-related stuff and it’s all finally culminating in an end.  an end in many ways, but also a beginning.  i believe that this beginning will be the most fortunate one ever – with these amazing reconnections, combined with the completion of something that i really didn’t think i would ever complete.  oh yeah, and that i get to work with my dad.  that’s pretty awesome.

anyway, back to finishing the rest of the paper.  hopefully it will be completed tonight at some point.  whatever it is, i’m sure that it is passing,  good night all, and see you on the other side!

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a much needed update…

a little update about the state of affairs homefront…so much has been going on i don’t quite know where to start! i guess i should start with the three most life-changing happenings. first of all, mr. parks and i closed on our fabulous new condo on wednesday, and we couldn’t be happier about it. it really is beautiful, and i can’t wait for gus to check out the new digs! i’m leaving the decorating and room arrangement entirely to mr. parks’ discretion, since i’ve come to realize that he is my eyes and i am his ears. together, we remember things fairly well, but apart it’s a hopeless cause!

the second exciting thing at the moment is the fact that i’m almost ALMOST done with law school. these last couple of weeks feel like a major stretch. i apparently have to turn in a thirty page paper on monday, then i have to promptly start a second thirty page paper which is due the first week of may. i just had a presentation last week, and i somehow have to learn enough about my other three classes to take those exams. god, i fantasize about the time when i will no longer have to do so much work without being compensated. after this, i think i’m going to be done with school forever. and i mean that for real this time! on the positive side, so long as i finish all of the aforementioned requirements, i get to graduate and be officially finished with the last three years of postgraduate education. I CAN’T WAIT!

the third exciting thing is that i have a job!!!! i am so incredibly thrilled about it, and i feel like i’ve found the perfect niche. officially, i’ll be an “investment analyst,” but i’m not entirely sure of what that means (yet). i am quite willing to figure it out, though! i am going to be working with some incredible people who i care about very much, and i’m going to learn more than i can conceive of right now. i am so grateful for this opportunity and i can’t wait to get started!

anyway, i promise to update this blog on a much more regular basis. school has been driving me nuts and i’ve been out of town quite a bit. but you know what i love about this blog above all else? i love how it documents both the mundane and momentous events that mr. parks and i traverse each day. we will have a multi-media time capsule of everything we’ve shared together, and it will be here for our kids and our families…and for us! good night, all, i’m tired and not writing all that well!!!

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The shrinking world…

There is so much happening in the global economy today. There is a quiet hum of money exchanging hands and commerce. The potential for no one to be someone is more prevalent and possible then ever before. Startups are getting off the ground with such speed and cost efficiency never before seen to date. The flattening of the world and the fulfillment of desires and whims is made possible by a fiber optically connected entity that has an almost mystical slowly developing sentience that is pulling the world closer together, and the end of nationalism and corporate giant domination is being replaced by growing middle class sitting behind a computer. There has never been a better time to make dreams become reality. Yes, you guessed it…the internet has given birth to this seemingly conscience breathing animal called globalization.

The world is indeed getting smaller, and barriers such as language, culture, oceans are no longer a factor. Logistics and supply chains move at the speed of a mouse click, industry hums along at the speed of sound it seems. Even Al Qaeda profits from this. What is Al Qaeda but a vigilante supply chain? India is developing into a strong player in the global economy because they understand this that the hierarchy is crumbling. So what can people like you and I gain from this? Well, with the infrastructure of the world changing so dramatically, it encourages entrepreneurship and growth because the thirst for information and potential to get it essentially pays dividends. This is the big commodity now – knowledge and information. Again, what does this mean for you and I? Well, I’m not sure, but I’m fascinated by it. I do know that it provides opportunity for EVERYONE. No one is excluded anymore. So anything you can dream you can do. The world is poised for a new era. The era that you conjured out of your imagination where nations and cultures collide and harmony ensues. Of course we are not there yet…as with anything it has to get a whole lot worse before it gets better…

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