5 Christmases

On our 9-hour drive home from Sparks, Nevada we counted up all of the people and cities we saw over the last 10 days. We are so lucky that each of our parents and hometowns are just 4 hours apart. Or are we? Just kidding moms. Don’t worry; we’ll be home again next year to do it all over again. We just request that you nobody asks Mel to make Forgotten Cookies!

The families have grown and will continue to. Some homes are starting to reach capacity and it’s so fun to see how the hosts get creative in packing all of their wonderful family and friends into their homes each year. For example, Papa Smith’s home rose 12 degrees as each little new face ran through the front door on Christmas Eve.

So without further ado, here’s a recap of what our Christmas looks like and has for the past 8 years.

5 Cities

  1. Walnut Creek
  2. San Jose
  3. Redwood City
  4. Santa Clara
  5. Sparks

5 Christmases

  1. Gordon Christmas – 17 adults, 1 toddler, 1 bun in the oven
  2. Progressive – 18 adults 3 kids, 1 bun in the oven, 3 dogs, 1 cat
  3. Christmas Eve -  24 adults, 7 kids, 1 bun in the oven
  4. Christmas Day – 9 adults, 3 dogs
  5. Broman Christmas – 12 adults, 1 toddler, 1 dog, 1 cat

So as you can see we are very blessed to be surrounded by many loved ones. This time of year is difficult for a lot of people, regardless if they’re surrounded by a lot of loved ones or not. Reach out to someone in your family or a long lost friend. Give them a call the ol’ fashion way and wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

His Wardrobe Is Better Than Mine

I am fed up. I have had just about enough. Every morning I reach into my closet and utter the words that most girls do every morning, “I have nothing to wear.” But what most of us don’t say to ourselves, or in my case out loud to my husband, “you have a better wardrobe than me.” So I set out on a mission to fix this. And did I mention, I hate shopping.

First we answer the question of how he got a better wardrobe than me. Last summer my husband found a service called Bombfell, a man’s personal stylist clothing subscription. Yes, a complete genius entrepreneur thought up this concept. Now months later I can’t tell who’s more excited about the amazing new articles of clothing that show up. They appear in an adorable package, a modern day cracker jack toy and a stunning, fitted, designer shirt or pants. My husband looks hot 99% of the time, 7 days a week. His clothes fit, he wears them proud, and did I say he looks hot.

One late night I Googled “bombfell for girls” and found this article on Brit+Co.  I read on in disbelief, there were 2 women’s personal stylist clothing subscription services. I clicked around like a mad women and chose Tog+Porter mainly due in part to being able to schedule a personal 1-to-1 Skype with a professional fashion stylist. At this point, I was thinking it was too good to be true. So you’re telling me I get to talk to a live person, explain my lifestyle to her, tell her what I like and don’t like and a few weeks later a box will show up on my door step with a cute outfit inside. Right, there’s no way. I HATE SHOPPING.

So it went like this:

  • Feb 28th Skype fashion consult with Emily, at which point she communicated what happens next and how long it would take.
  • By this point I was so excited, and this type A personality wants everything now, so I emailed Emily asking for an update a week later. She quickly responded, “your box is being put together now and will ship soon! :)
  • My impatiences grew (sorry Emily), then I started doubting that I’d actually like anything in the box, that it would be a miracle if any pants that were sent would be long enough, would it get here in time for my DC trip etc…..
  • 2 days ago I received an email from Ashley the founder of Tog+Porter. Ah, the power of listening to your customers and taking action. The email went something like this, “……Emily then mentioned your company and I put two and two together. Anyway, from one entrepreneur to another, congratulations on what I hope has been a wildly successful venture!” We geeked out a bit further. More on that later
  • Ta-da – 15 business days later the box arrived.

I couldn’t get the box open quick enough. I realize the cute blazer has an elbow patch. Wait, I just pinned something like that days again. Coincidence, I think not.

A lovely silk blouse w/ adorable sleeve buttons, a shimmery tan cotton blazer w/ elbow patches and jeans that were made for me.

Ten minutes later I hopped on Skype with Emily in complete disbelief. Everything fits, it’s an entire outfit I would have never picked out in a million years, and best of all I LOVE THE ENTIRE OUTFIT. I’m sure that doesn’t happen every time, but come on… you do nothing, the box shows up, you keep what you like and send the rest back.

Do it ladies, I give you permission, you deserve a cute new spring outfit. Sign up and use promo code MGORDON13 for a $25 credit for both of us!!

2012 Highlights

Belgium trip – 10+ breweries, 2 castles, 2 beer festivals, chocolate galore and too many bars to count.

Jan – Made San Diego Magazines 50 People to Watch in 2012, they also threw a great party!

Feb – Move into EvoNexus incubator and go for the ride of our lives and meet the coolest entrepreneurs to walk the planet.

March – Complete Improv level 3 and perform in a show.

April – Baby Mila Broman is born, first niece and baby on our side of the family. Sweet little angel. Take part in the Great Belgium Beer Tour with 17 others.

May – Meet Baby Mila for the first time, celebrate our 6 year anniversary.

June – Continue Breaking Bad marathons. Best TV series ever.

July – Summer Olympics, glued to iPad for online viewing. Hosted Beer Olympics party.

August – Head to Tahoe for my brothers Wedding.

Sept – Family member gifted us a travel trailer. WHAT? We still can’t believe it.

Oct – RIP Uncle Larry Broman. You’ll always be in our hearts.

Nov – Celebrate key milestone in company history.

Dec – Buy our first “real” Christmas tree in 7 years.

Who has the best sister-in-law? I do.

 

I love you Julie Gordon. The first postcard said, “Turning older doesn’t have to be stressful. Over the next couple of weeks, expect some “words of wisdom” from people that love you and want to help you celebrate getting another year wiser!”

The first postcard came one week ago. There have been 6 since then, one postcard everyday. Yes, you guessed it, I have a birthday coming up. I’m an over achiever who’s always judging herself and age is one of those data points. Oh geez, I’m turning X and I’ve only accomplished X. Sound familiar?

But the words of humor and wisdom kept showing up in the form of an adorable post card. It’s really stopped me in my tracks and helped me to appreciate the things I love most in life. Family, friends and humor.  I’d love to share this heart felt series with you while simultaneously giving a huge high five to my amazing sister-in-law who is actually collecting these quotes from people, printing and mailing each individual post card by hand (mmmm, new business idea).

With love on your birthday – Amy (my cousin)

 

With love on your birthday – Cathy Gordon (mother-in-law and funniest inside joke)

 

With love on your birthday – Uncle Larry H.

 

With love on your birthday – Your brother (and a top fave as this was my dad’s quote to us as kids)

With love on your birthday – Heather (cousin)

Oh wait, it just found two more. I’ll post this later with the rest from this week.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

That’s me on the right. High school best friend on the left.

Most people know me as the fun loving entrepreneur who loves craft beer and the out doors. Here’s a list that I plan to continuously add to, but hopefully you learn something new about me.
  1. I really enjoy dancing my ass off to hard core dance and techno music.
  2. I worked at UPS loading semi trucks. Great pay and lost a ton of weight.
  3. I’ve lived in Sparks, Reno, South Lake Tahoe, Tempe, San Diego.
  4. I’m known amongst close friends as having the best Axel Rose impersonation. It worked better when I had long hair.
  5. When I was 5 years old I fell off my banana seat bike riding with no hands. I caved my face in and had reconstructive surgery on my nose. I broke my nose 3 more times after that.
  6. I took improv classes and loved it. I secretly wish I were a pro improv person.
  7. I never read fiction. I dislike Harry Potter and similar books.
  8. I don’t follow politics. I do know who the current president is.
  9. I think my husband is a genius. So do others.
  10. My husband and I met when he was 20 and I was 22. I bought him booze!

 

What’s happened since Jan 09!!!

The beginning of February prooved to be the most exciting, especially for Jeff (Flash) Gordon who had is 10 year anniversary of working at Z57. We are happy to announce his promotion to Director of Technology and feel so blessed for his accomplishments. These economic times are tough and thank god everyday that our hard work is paying off.

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Flash's Vegas Strip Helicopter Ride

Even more exciting was the announcment from the CEO of Z57, that once an employee hits 10 years at the company you get an all expense paid trip for 2 to Hawaii. Flash says to Mel, “PACK YOU

R BAGS BABY, WE ARE GOING TO MAUI!!!”

We leave April 30th.

March is proving to be a fun filled month of boys and girls weekends. Flash headed off to Arizona for MLB’s spring training with the boys. Mel enjoyed Glen Ivy Spa with her best friend in mud baths and much needed massages.

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Mel Loving Austin, TX with her SD Gals!!!

Flash was also treated to a 24 hour trip to Vegas by Z57, for the 3 employees who started in the first year the company was founded.  Trip included rooms at Hard Rock Hotel and a surprise helicopter ride up the strip.

Mel attended SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin, TX this past week. She was able to connect with family friends – the Morrows, who showed her what the ‘real’ Austin is. Then headed off for an intense 5 days of industry panels, networking and partying with the who’s who of the industry. Facebook, Google & Dell parties – oh my.

To see our latest pictures go here http://www.flickr.com/photos/flash716/sets/

Jan 2009: A great start to the year

Wow, it’s already 2009. Highlights this month:

0.1 WE ARE GOING TO THE WINTER OLYMPICS 2010 (Vancouver next Feb). Won 1 event of the original 4 we requested. Found a friend to house swap with and keeping an eye on men/women’s snowboarding halfpipe tickets.

1. Flash went to NYC on business. I was jealous, but back home ringing in some new clients and trying not to stress about the crazy ones. (I’m the VP for InternetMarketingInc.com and working on some amazing projects.)

2. My UCSD classes started this month. I’m getting a Sustainability Business Certificate. Very excited to see where this takes me.

3. I’m headed to Las Vegas on business for the International Builders Show. Can you say VIP and bottle service at Tao night club. Here I come clients.

4. Another outing with my 13 year lil Sis. We had beach day. I’m learning so much (about hip-hop and 13 year old likes and dislikes).

5. Volunteered through Women’s Global Network to mentor a budding 20 something female entrepreneur. So excited to assist her, as her new venture is geared toward green products.

6. Our company is a member of CleanTechSanDiego.org and I’m on the education and outreach committe. Major excitement in this space.

2009 – LET IT SHINE!

Holidays 2008: an epic year

Wow, my last blog post was Dec 10th. So much fun sIMG_2576tuff going on. Well, we did our favorite holiday trek once again, but this time it was a full 2 weeks. Mel was able to coerce Flash in taking more time off this year.

We were in San Jose Dec 19 – 24. What a great time. I love the fact that the kids outnumber the adults. And all the cousins are in the same age range. Young, fun, loud and crazy. Grandma Gordon hosted one amazing evening for the Gordon family.

This year’s ‘fun club’ friend progressive was epic to say the least. There was a 12 person line up of Irish Car Bombers. Full photo alblum here >>>

And of course we can’t forget Papa Smith and the other side of the family. We had an amazing feast at Bucca di Peppo.

We left San Jose Christmas Eve morning to head over Donner Summit. WE CHAINED UP!!! Yes, I’m a dork and actually loved chaining up. Plus I considered it a great ‘team building experience.’

See the Broman Holiday pics here >>>

WE WOKE UP CHRISTMAS MORNING TO SNOW. 5 inches in the valley. This brought tears to my eyes as I fled out the back door with Kaya at 8am. What a site. Kaya in the snow.

The Broman’s threw an amazing holiday for us. The highlight, Mom/Dad Broman’s gift to everyone – the mini marshmallow PVC pipe guns. Yes, you heard correctly. Laughing, laughing, ducking, more laughing and semi wet pants…

Flash and I went snowshoeing in Tahoe and hung with the family. We headed out to Mammoth Dec 29th.IMG_2513 by thegordons.

Well as many of you heard bits and pieces of the ‘Gordon Summit’ planning meeting. Fun stuff, tears, and let’s just say we love each other very much. (no we are not having kids ANYTIME soon.)

Tuesday was followed by a quick day of snowboarding for Flash, when he bailed. Dislocated his shoulder on the 3rd run. IT SUCKED, but in his defense it was pretty ‘radical tumble’. He was a trooper and decided to stay till Jan 2ns. Flash is THE most amazing husband. He looked at me after picking him up from the ER, “babe, it’s only 1pm, you should go back up to the mountain.” And that’s exactly what I did. I went snowboarding the next day too!

We managed to have an amazing week in Mammoth, but we’ll be back as Flash didn’t get to enjoy my Christmas gift to him – snowmobiling.You can see our Mammoth pics here >>>

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Love you all and can’t wait till next holiday season.

San Diego Brewers Guild Beer Festival

I love beer. There, I’ve said it. It’s out in the open now. You know it and I know it. I can now write this post without restraint.

I like all kinds of beers. I like ales and lagers; stouts, porters and pales; import and micro; light and dark; imperial, dubbel and tripel; lambic, gueuze and fruit. I was able to taste many of these different kinds recently.

On Saturday night Mel and I attended the San Diego Brewers Guild Beer Festival at the Balboa Park World Beat Center. The festival is a non-profit event benefiting the Brewers Guild and the Beat Center music program. Thanks to a friend’s recommendation we purchased the VIP tickets, and boy were we glad we did. The VIP tasting was from 5-7 and was significantly less crowded and had some special beers available.

San Diego has a world renowned group of local breweries. While San Diego and the West Coast in general are known for our strong IPA style ales (my personal favorites) most breweries are branching out into many different styles and experimenting with lots of different ingredients. We sampled many of those different beers. Below is a list of beers we tasted during the 3 hours we were there. I certainly wasn’t taking tasting notes, but I can say that each beer was excellently made.

  • Green Flash Le Freak Belgian Style IPA
  • Pizza Port Solana Beach Barrel Aged Stunna Shades Stout
  • Coronado Brewing Saison by the Sea
  • Alpine Beer Company Boris Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Stout
  • AleSmith/Mikkeller/Stone Belgian Style Triple Ale
  • Rock Bottom Belgian Abbey Ale
  • Rock Bottom Espresso Oatmeal Stout on Cask
  • Karl Strauss Sour Red Blend
  • Firehouse Autumn Ale
  • Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi Golden Ale
  • Green Flash Palate Wrecker Imperial IPA
  • Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA
  • San Diego Brewing Company Hopnotic
  • Alpine Beer Company Icabod Bavarian Spiced Dunkel Weizen
  • La Jolla Brew House Nut Brown Ale

I highly recommend the Brewers Guild Festival and specifically the VIP session next year to any San Diego beer fans.