Ten Years Ago Today…

… I walked into Intel Folsom on my first day with the company.

It’s not often I blog about work, but I am pretty proud of this accomplishment. And I’m so happy to be with a company that has treated me so well, for so long, while encouraging me to grow and change. I honestly can’t believe it’s been 10 years… it seems like just yesterday!

Over that time, I’ve bought a house, got a dog, fell in love, married the man of my dreams, went on an awesome honeymoon, went on an amazing sabbatical, and bought a horse. I’m extremely happy to have a company that has supported me through all of the life changes and that has offered perks like sabbatical!

I have also made some truly amazing friends in my time with the company… friends that have been there through hard times, good times, run marathons with me, completed triathlons with me, and shared a zillion other great memories!

Here’s to another fantastic 10 years with Intel!

My Day As A Zookeeper

There are many things I love about my company (helloooo sabbatical!), but today exemplified one of the major ones. Each year my entire organization (hundreds of people across North and South America) take the day to do community service. We do community service throughout the year, but this is one day that everyone does it all at once. There were several options – this year I chose the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. We had a couple different projects that we worked on while we were there – I chose to help out with cleaning some of the cages and enclosures.

Here are a few pictures from the day – all of these are animals that I was in the cages with! This is Gus, a horse whose mother was a horse in Canada that was bread for her urine – apparently the urine of a pregnant mare can be used in some menopause medication. She was constantly kept pregnant and the male foals were sent off to the glue factory. Gus was rescued. He’s a sweet guy who was very happy with his hay.

Gus The Horse
Gus The Horse

This is a Barbados Blackbelly Sheep… there were two in the pen and they were both a little shy, but eventually ate some hay I gave them.

Barbados Blackbelly Sheep
Barbados Blackbelly Sheep

We also helped clean out the wild pig enclosure, where we met Wilbur and Templeton. Seriously, how cute are those names? Great Charlotte’s Web reference, for those of you who didn’t pick up on it.¬†While in there, the pigs sort of kept to themselves, but we did get to see a bunch of peacocks!

Peacock
Peacock
Wilbur
Wilbur

Seriously, it was a really great day and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to go help!