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November 2018 — Issue No. 59

Sophia and I drove 2,256 miles this month. San Francisco to Palm Springs, San Diego, and Monterrey. I don’t want to drive anywhere for a while. I started a new freelance project, designing an app for a swimming company. I joined a co-ed soccer league. And I ate all the turkeys. 

It was also my Mom’s birthday this month, happy birthday Mom! 

I also started drafting some 2019 resolutions and one of them is to read more books n things. Send me all your recommendations!

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I carved my first ever pumpkin this month! Here is a (not so but pretty staged) photo of me and a pumpkin I did not carve from a 🎃 patch place in Half Moon Bay. 

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🏡 House of Prime Rib

—–Things I Ate

If you were to make a mood-board of Darren there would be a few things on there: Drake, pop culture references, design stuff, and The House of Prime Rib. I love that place so much as evidence by me going there all the time. But this time was special… it was Sophia’s first time visiting the establishment! I was there to help her choose her sides (creamed spinach and mashed potatoes are the only sides worth getting, don't @ me) and watched her pick up both chilled salad forks before promptly putting one back down. We shared a bottle of wine and ate all the prime rib ily HOPR.

🙏 Thanksgiving

—–Things I Ate

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love turkey. I love cranberry sauce. I love stuffing. I love mashed potatoes. I love gravy. I love it all.

Usually Michael and I have a dinner planned and his parents come down for the holiday, but not this year. This year the Kuykendall family decided to go to the Caribbean… without me. I’m not bitter or anything but I did field a lot of questions from concerned parties when I told them I was not doing a dinner with Michael. I digress.

I had 3 thanksgiving dinners this year. One taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain—s/o to the youths that read this newsletter. UserTesting had a thanksgiving celebration (that unfortunately happened on the same night as House of Prime Rib so I didn’t eat that much). One happened in Monterrey for Alexx’s bday, and I cooked a Thanksgiving meal for the SJ’s and my sister in San Diego. My second favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the sandwiches the next day which I had copious amounts of. Also if you work at a retail store don’t put Christmas decorations up until after Thanksgiving. Thank u, next.

🌴 In-N-Out

—–Things I Ate

We drove a lot this month. A road trip is not a road trip unless you stop at an In-N-Out at least once. We went there four times this month. Nothing much else to say except its the best fast food burger.

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☺️ Uncle Bill & Aunt Karen

—–Things I Saw

I was in Palm Springs this month—more on that below. And I got to see my Great Aunt and Uncle. They graciously let me and Sophia stay with them for weekend. We caught up on all the things, had breakfast by the pool, and just lounged about. It was a great visit but it was too short we need to plan a trip with everyone soon!

👶 Sarah

—–Things I Saw

I got to see my little sister a few times this month. We stopped at her school in Santa Clarita to and from Palm Springs and she spent the week with us over Thanksgiving. That first year away from home is definitely challenging and I think she has been dealing with it well, even when things are tough. I’ve really seen her grow especially in her decision making. Over Thanksgiving she set up a meeting with a coach from Portland to play soccer there. It seems like an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

🍹 Broken Shaker

—–Things I Saw

We extended our stay in Southern California to spend the night in Los Angeles for Lisa’s birthday. We went to a rooftop bar called the Broken Shaker. It was a gorgeous warm night in November. The dim lights of the bar helped accentuate the amazing view of the city. We sipped on expertly crafted cocktails and helped Lisa ring in another trip around the sun in the city of angels. 

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👬 Palm Springs, California

—–Places I Went

In 2012, had an internship while still in school at a company called Inkling. I stayed for four years and made a lot of great work and a lot of great friends. Towards the end of my time there I was on an amazing team of designers, developers and writers. Russell was a part of this amazing team along with Danny, Chloe, and Anne. Russell got married in Palm Springs just as the sun was setting. It was perfect. The ceremony was beautiful, the dinner was gorgeously lit, and the band… the live band was amazing. They played all the hits and came out to the dance floor with the entire horns section.  Sophia and I had such an amazing time. Congrats Russell and Bradley!

🏄‍♂️ Monterrey, California

—–Places I Went

Sophia’s friend, Alexx, celebrated her birthday by getting all her friends together for a weekend in Monterrey. It was the weekend before Thanksgiving so her boyfriend and I made a Friendsgiving feast for the house. We surfed during the day and drank by the fire at night. 

👯‍♀️ San Diego, California

—–Places I Went

For Thanksgiving, Sophia and I drove down to San Diego to spend the holiday with all the sisters (we picked up my sister on the way). For the week we did what the Suzuki-Jones’ love most: practiced hot yoga, ate vegan food, and watched bad television. Yoga and food were great but I could of done without all the Grey’s Anatomy. We took Sarah to her first core power yoga class that lil Emma taught! Then we visited Maya at her job where they had a ice rink out front, practically on the beach. Thankfully no one fell. 

We made a classic Thanksgiving spread and had enough leftovers for the part I love most: Thanksgiving sandwiches. Sophia and I had an amazing week with our sisters. Special shoutout to Maya and Emma for letting us stay the week!

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✍️ Hand-typed in San Francisco by Darren Wong.

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