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Laura Hunter Thomas
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"Why do you party?" answered as only Rick can, with a strong assist by Kendrick.  #YouTubePhilosophy

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Extra points for Mylo the Cat.
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#HellStripGardening #GardenGeek
Finding a replacement street tree is like being 15 at the mall again. I'm constantly swooning (secretly as to maintain my aura of cool indifference) over something gorgeous that I've never seen before. This week's victim a red flowered Horse Chestnut I spotted in downtown San Jose. Ultimately, I think it will be too wide for our space, but looks really really gorgeous. My girls helpfully pointed out that the trunk is perfect for climbing as well :)

One other interesting thing while I was trying to figure this out -- the California native Buckeye (which I thought this might be at first) is actually poisonous to honeybees (which are european) though the local bee-and-polinator crowd tolerate it just fine. An interesting time when planting the native over the imported might not be best for your ecosystem. http://ucanr.edu/blogs/bugsquad/index.cfm?tagname=California%20buckeye

treehttp://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/22/fort-mcnair-horse-chestnut/
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That is a beautiful tree!!
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#HellStripGardening   #GardenGeek

I'm on the lookout for a new street tree - one of the ones we planted didn't make it past this summers' drought on our hell strip, even with an automated watering schedule. I had never noticed this tree at work before, but the blooms this week had an AMAZING scent. The structure seemed good for the space I had...liked what I saw... but when I discovered that it was in fact a Sweet Pittosporum (Pittosporum undulatum) this was ultimately struck from the list. The fruit (though really pretty!) has sticky seeds that birds love. Since this isn't a native to the Bay Area and I hate looking at stained concrete sidewalks, this is a no go. Further info for anyone else who is interested: http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/080c0106-040c-4508-8300-0b0a06060e01/media/html/Pittosporum_undulatum.htm
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Reminds me of the church when I was a kid.  They had olive trees, which looked beautiful, but there was always a nasty coating of tar on the sidewalk under them.
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Cold temps got you down? Disappointed that to pimp a butterfly lost album of the year to 1989? Have a little something special to get you through: everything's gonna be all right.

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Always good to be at home when it's time to chop onions. Or translate Neruda. Or remember how a movie performance helped inform a dorky 16-year-old's view of what a 'real' relationship might be like. #AtLeastItWasnt16Candles   #TrulyMadlyDeeply   #AlanRickman   #RIP  
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I chuckled at that first hashtag.  I've never seen that one.
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Child: I had cold pizza and Skittles for breakfast, and then I got a 100 on my spelling test.

Me: You’ve stumbled into post hoc ergo propter hoc there, buddy, and that hasn’t worked since the second century.

Child: PERHAPS IF I EXPLAINED THAT I DON’T WANT IT.

Me: You can yell all you want, this is dinner.
1. Child: Can I have this? Me: No. Child: Ah, perhaps I’ve miscommunicated. I’m asking for it because I want it. Me: I understood that, actually. Child: I
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Hm, when it comes to dinner conversations, "past performance IS indicative of future returns"
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Last week was the take your kiddos to work day - and my colleague showed my girls how to set up a photo shoot. While we were adjusting lights and sound, they broke into this little ditty. So lucky we caught it (and that the amazing filmmaker Ian Colon packaged it up for me as a little present).
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yeah, my first day at X I couldn't find my desk either. #Twins #CompressOn
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Just stop it, Missouri. Stop embarrassing me. Just pull over at the corner so I can get out before my friends see me with you.
"WHEREAS, on occasion, members of the Missouri House of Representatives have used the word 'physical' instead of 'fiscal' ..." H.R. 1220 begins.
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Don't worry... There is always Texas and Florida
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All the feels. I am so glad that this honorable person is relieved of his burden and I'm glad for every person who did their best to lift it.
After NPR reported Bob Ebeling's story on the anniversary of the Challenger explosion, hundreds of people responded. Ebeling, now 89, says those letters "helped bring my worrisome mind to ease."
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#YouTubePhilosophy  What separates a diva from an expert?

One of the many things I love about #ArethaFranklin is how she refuses to stoop to stoopid questions when interviewed. Here's the most recent one in Vogue about that aaahhhhmazing Kennedy Center Honors performance http://www.vogue.com/13386861/aretha-franklin-interview-carole-king/

And here she is putting NPR's Juan Williams back in his place (at 8:10) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1472614

And this guy? Who asks Aretha about AutoTune? "Oh, please." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnz2d8kVFU0

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The Queen of Soul spoke to Vogue.com about bringing down the house at the Kennedy Center.
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Education
  • Northwestern University
    Master of Science, Communications, 2002 - 2004
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
    Psychology, 1993 - 1997
  • Lutheran High School South
    1989 - 1993
  • Hope Lutheran School
    1980 - 1989
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Working hard every day to kill my dreams by turning them into my reality.
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Speechwriter
Employment
  • Google
    Exec Comms Manager, 2011 - present
  • University of Chicago
    Speechwriter, 2009 - 2011
  • McDonald's Corporation
    Exec Comms Manager, 2005 - 2006
  • CDW
    1997 - 2005
  • Harris Private Bank
    Sr. Manager, Corp Comms, 2006 - 2009
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San Jose
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Chicago - St. Louis - Palo Alto
Delicious baked goods, very generously sized. Conchas had great flavor, Pan de Muerto was perfect. The empanada de calabeza was perfectly spiced and the crust was awesome: not too sweet, but not bland, very tender but still sturdy enough for a generous helping of filling - and even after a day in the pantry wasn't dry at all. Yum! I think they're cash only and no problems with language - speak Spanish or English and you'll get exactly what you want! Will definitely return to try the tamales as they're getting raves from other customers. Next time!
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We were looking for classes in hand building ceramic art for our young daughters. Clayground is great because there are small classes with personal attention from a great teacher. There were older students who got great instruction from her AND she was very patient with our young ones. Best of all: you can buy a series of classes and use them as you want - so instead of my kids getting bored with 6 weeks in a row of ceramics, we can do 2 or 3 weeks to complete a big project and then take a week off to do something else fun.
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In the course of repairing a different issue, we discovered that what little insulation we had between our garage and house was installed incorrectly. Andrei was the only one of the contractors who bid that went through the pros and cons of all different types of insulation. He assessed what would be the most effective - even telling us that insulating one wall would only provide soundproofing, no energy savings. His bid came in lower than almost everyone else, and he was really fast, even though the job was more complicated than we anticipated. They did a great job cleaning up, too. Final bonus: Andrei knew all about the People's gas energy credit and was able to give us $750 off the cost of the insulation as an instant rebate!
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