NJ in the (az) House!

Blessed by a few visits from friends back home. Had Alan out for a few days as he was in town for work & the WMO, and Jackie was out in the desert also for a work visit. Albeit only a drink, always great to catch up with great friends!Sandy and his wonderful GF came out to PHX for golf, the Cubs, and the rain? Always good to catch up with the Sandman, a great friend, teammate, and long time Chicago roommate. 

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Sheet Boi’s 40th!

Hunter made some time in his newly busy adult schedule to come out to PHX to pay homage to his brother and I. Got a bit rained out on Saturday, keeping us from our extensive hike up Superstition Mountains, but we still got some great time in.

Got in late Thursday, WFH Friday (with a WOD worked in), #dtphx Friday night, and out to Apache Junction Saturday.

Romped around on Saturday, rode some bikes, ate some bbq, and watched some NFL playoffs on Sunday with a side of ping pong. Old Town Scottsdale just to show off – love that kid!

Best Team Around!

Sounds cheesy, but I truly feel like I’m surrounded with the best team possible at work. It’s not often that this many people of different backgrounds get together so well, but when everyone is rowing the boat in the same direction toward the same place at the same time, great things are possible.

Tempe visit by Ian Siegal, our CEO. Fantastic face time for a management group that truly deserves the credit 🙂

Little sales contest at the Waste Management Open. Like being celebrated for being a top performer? Check out open roles here. Manager outing after a team scavenger hunt. We won!

Christmas Back East

Haven’t posted in some time; could make the excuse that I’m too busy – but that’s relative. Here’s to making a better commitment to tracking the ins and outs of my life.

Always great to be home. This year’s Christmas was complete with the expected beauty; family, friends, The Mooser, cold weather, good food, gifts, etc. I got the added bonus this year of food poisoning, which I won’t go into detail on. However, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to lose 8 pounds in 2 days, I can recommend a restaurant.

Flew redeye home, snoozed a few hours, had lunch in Princeton, then off to Lauren and John’s beautiful engagement party. My love for them – and their love for each other – is truly unmatched. Big shout to Lauren’s family for hosting. I lasted about 35 minutes before I unfortunately puked myself out of there. Photo below of JRII&III, Tank, and my pale self.

Went home that Friday night, slept for roughly 14 hours, then woke up to attend/host our 14th(?) annual Mooser on Saturday. Met some of the staff beforehand at Steakhouse 85 before going to the Old Bay for one final night. Best friends around, #MC4L


Still not feeling great, but woke up early to head to the J-E-T-S game with Samantha, Nate, and Tank. Was a warm Sunday for them, I was freezing.

Dinner Sunday night after Mass for Christmas Eve with my mom, Bridget, and Martin. Hosted Christmas on Monday with the Hunters and some great friends.

Ended the week with some additional family time. Got some lunch with my dad in south jersey before hitting the Devils game with my cousin Mark. Yaking aside, great trip home for the holidays!

Highs and Lows

Shout to the Amar for coming back out to Phoenix – spending a great weekend with the bois. Took a lengthy scenic drive early Saturday afternoon into the Four Peaks Wilderness, and set up camp just upon the saddle overlooking all of the valley and Roosevelt Lake. Everything was wonderful.

Then a wild storm came in around midnight – first rain, then sleet, then…lightning. We were forced to pack up at 3am and hustle back down the 18 mile dirt road – tucked slightly into the mountain ridden with hairpin turns. Shout to mother nature.