I spent my last day and night in the US with Nancy and her
family. I met her for the first time at EPIC, and although we
didn't get the chance to sit together much, we shared some open space
outside, and blogged the conference too.
It was lovely being with her .. Nancy just exudes energy ! And she
cooks so well. We had a fabulous spread - roast pork, rissotto
(yes I will remember Superfino Arborio rice Nancy), salad and the
yummiest pumpkin pie with pumpkin icecream, which I couldn't resist
dipping into right before I left the next day again. Needless to
say, although there was so much on the table, no leftovers !
And chocolates at my bedside, with a bottle of yummy dark chocolate sauce to take home, to top it all !
The next day, she took me on a drive around of her city - to the lake
and park, to Fremont which had a neat arty-boutiquey feel to it, the
troll, and a statue of Lenin.
I also was delighted to go with her
to an alternative school where there was a lunch meeting for the students, with two ladies from Microsoft and Nancy, giving them an insight into lives of women in technology. This was run by Cathi from Ignite. I
thoought it was particularly inspiring for the kids to learn from the
experiences of one of the guests there, who is an executive with
Microsoft and was a teen mom herself.
And most of all, like I told Nancy, though I wasn't really
communicative while at her place, I really felt at home with her and
her family. Thanks Nancy, Larry and Chris for welcoming me with your warmth.