17 yr old, Brittany Wegner: Google Science Fair Winner (2012)
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17 yr old, Brittany Wegner: Google Science Fair Winner (2012)
Last Friday I got some wonderful news.
I rolled into work a couple of hours early to get a jump start on another full day. My manager was in already and after a few minutes of catching up - she asked me to close the door to her office…and then she told me that I had been promoted! I got a promotion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I cried. Happy Tears. My manager smiled so big and said delivering this sort of news is one of the best parts of her job. A few minutes later, my director called me in and squeezed me right. She told me she was proud of me. I may have shed a few more happy tears.
I knew that I had been nominated for promotion this cycle, but since I have only been in my new gig a few months - I thought the odds of actually getting it were slim to none. This year I have had the opportunity to take on a dream role with the best team in the company (I am totally biased :) and manage big strategic clients….hoping for a promotion on top of the professional goodness I have been blessed with seemed almost greedy. But, MAN! I am so happy I got it!
In my organization, a promotion indicates a level change (not a role change) and with it, increased responsibility…among other things. I am ready for the challenge!
I called my dad first. Then my mom.
I wanted to share the news with Simon and the girls in person - so I kept it underwraps all day. That was a long 8 hours.
Telling my husband was the best. He is so immensely supportive of my career, it felt like a shared win. Z + Fee had no idea what I was talking about but when I explained that it was sort of like “getting picked to go from the 2’s classroom up to the 3’s,” Hazel understood it was a big deal. Felix just smiled along…because that is what she does.
To celebrate - Simon and the girls took me out: Charcuterie & Neopolitan Pizza at Spacca Napoli….then ice cream sundaes at Margie’s. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.
Last Friday was a really great day….
One that I have been working for and dreaming about for a long time.
Hi from our cruising altitude, 39K feet!
I am on my way to NY for a few days. Our team offsite.
Tonight, dinner in Little Italy and awards will be given out (Awards! I love awards!)
Tomorrow, a full day of content…and bonding… and talk of 2014 strategy. Our activity for tomorrow night remains a surprise but knowing our leadership team, my money is on Kareoke.
My job for the next 2 days is to learn and grow. I couldn’t be more excited!
I get so much out of these types of internal meetings - offsites like this make me a better employee.
I thought Hazel was going to be entranced by the mass of runners on marathon morning, but in all honesty - she wasn’t that impressed. After a few minutes Of half-interested clapping, she went looking for some alternate action.
That’s when she hit the city-street jackpot.
These two lovely strangers graciously let Hazel assist in poster making duties. Arts & Crafts, curbside edition!
While the rest of tumblr is busy posting about the NY marathon, I am just getting around to hitting publish on the photos from our morning cheering for the inspirational athletes who ran chicago. Such is life.
Marathon Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year!
It is hard-work-on-display.
A parade of dreams-coming-true.
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger personified.
I can’t think of a group more deserving of a 1M+ person cheer squad.
The first time I ran this race, I learned that energy can be transferred (this is one of those lessons learned while running that is v. applicable to life). The shouting and clapping and funny posters do help - and so, every year, we get out on the course bright and early to do our part!
Cheer Cones & Dear Friends.
Look who made #8!
Cenotes Studs by Cold Picnic.
Last weekend, Simon and I traded in our usual Sunday night routine of Homeland and laundry for something a touch fancier…the premier of Spinning Plates, followed by a party at The Aviary. (upgrade)
It was a really outstanding night.
The movie is remarkable. It tells the story of “three extraordinary restaurants and the people who bring them to life.” Chef Achatz and his team at Alinea as they reach for their Michelin stars. Breitbach’s Country Dining, a family restaurant that has been the heart of it’s small Iowa town for generations. And the struggling Mexican cafe in Tuscon that represents the promise of a better life for the owner’s and their young daughter.
The film was tender. I spent much of the screening wiping tears from my eyes. These were three dramatically different restaurants with a shared spirit coming out of each kitchen.
You hope you get to see it.
…well, she looks cool.
It was a wet one yesterday
But the drizzle didn’t dampen spirits…
The girls loved their costumes - handmade with love by grandma h. and the idea of ringing doorbells for candy.
Grandma A & Papa boom graciously took candy hand-out duty,while Simon and I made our way up and down the lane with our Madelines.
They were absolutely precious. So sweet.
It was a fun night to be a parent.
(Huge thanks to Mom H for the costumes and Mom A for the pictures. Halloween takes a village! Love you both!)
In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
In two straight lines they broke their bread
And brushed their teeth and went to bed.
They left the house at half past nine
In two straight lines in rain or shine… ― Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline
…The smallest one was Madeline.
Simon & I joined them for Friends & Family on Monday night. We had the best seats in the house - at the counter looking into the kitchen (Go to the Dawson. Sit at these seats!). Chef was a machine. We devoured the Fried Oyster Po’ Boy, Pozole, Pickled Onion Rings. Then Simon & I were taken upstairs - they had funnel cake (and two cups of milk) waiting for us in front of the fireplace. It was romantic and delicious and cool as hell….
But more than anything, it was really exciting seeing my friend’s dream come true. He deserves all of this goodness!
Last weekend we took a day trip down to the St. Louis area to join the H side of the family and shower Baby Leo with all sorts of love!
We spent the afternoon in Cousin Kristin’s (GORGEOUS) home catching up with the family. Great Grandma S, aunts and uncles and cousins all came over to meet baby Leo. It was wonderful seeing everyone…and watching Andrew and Kevin beam with new dad pride!
I love that they are now parents.
On Simon’s side of the family, there is a crew of cousins about my age who all have kiddos of their own. It’s great getting together with them and swapping kid/life stories.
It was so fun watching the girls interact with Leo - I kept seeing flashes of family vacations and Christmas mornings to come…
Andrew and I were childhood best friends…
and now our kiddos are cousins. We get to raise our kids together!
How cool is that?