Hollinger-Langmuir Family News

Travel was great!

After the storm in Exton it was clear sailing to NY. I spent a lovely afternoon with Bill & Marlene Wertheim, and the weekend with my cousins Lori & Mark. I had two dinners at Aunt Joanie’s, visiting lots of relatives, and a lovely brunch with my cousin Tina. Got home basically on time on Sunday the 16th.

March 24, 2014 Posted by | Family, Marilyn, Travel, Work | Leave a Comment

East Coast travel for Work

I left on Sunday, February 9 for an east coast business trip. I spent 2 days in Toronto, and am now in Pennsylvania. I was supposed to spent 2 days in the office in Exton, but here it is the second day and I’m stuck in the hotel because of a bad storm. Not so bad, though… I’m getting caught up on my blogging! Hoping the weather clears up so I can drive to NY tomorrow.

February 14, 2014 Posted by | Marilyn, Travel, Work | Leave a Comment


I spent all day on Friday, February 7 at Stanford interviewing candidates for summer intern positions for Guidewire. It was great fun!

February 14, 2014 Posted by | Marilyn, Travel, Work | Leave a Comment

Business trip to Wisconsin

I made a quick trip to Madison, WI to visit a customer, November 13-15.

February 14, 2014 Posted by | Marilyn, Travel, Work | Leave a Comment

What happened to Marilyn?

Here it is, October, almost November, and no posts since May!! Life just got away from me, so I guess I’ll just have to give a big recap of what’s happened since, roughly in chronological order.

  • We had a lovely Mother’s Day brunch at Max’s.
  • Val went to visit Erika and Charles in Italy May 14-27.
  • I attended the Northwest Leather Celebration in San Jose May 15-17.
  • Haley performed in the Taylor Spring Concert on 5/22.
  • I attended the Professional Business Women of California conference on 5/23.
  • Katelyn passed all of her classes (some just barely), which is great considering what a difficult semester it was for her.
  • Val & Katelyn went hat shopping together on 6/1.
  • I had lunch with Freda on 6/2, and went to the gym and had lunch on 6/23 and 8/18. we tried again in early October but Freda got a flat tire on her bike so after having it towed we just had lunch.
  • I went to the Desire event in Palm Springs 6/7 – 6/9.
  • I had dinner with my Menttium group on 6/12 and again on 10/17.
  • Val represented the Exiles at the Queer Women of Color Media Access Project (QWOCMAP) film festival on 6/14.
  • I took the girls to the 1st ever San Mateo County LGBT Pride Festival on 6/15 (pictures here), while Val went to shul to see her friend Karen read Torah for the first time.
  • Haley participated in a swim meeting on 6/23.
  • Haley attended a class on “3D Art, Modeling & Animation for Game Design” 6/24-6/28 at Stanford, through the Digital Media Academy.
  • Val & I visited with Jennifer & Selena regularly, on 6/16, 8/17, 9/2, and 10/13.
  • Katelyn graduated from the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) on 6/19.
  • Katelyn spent a week in New York with relatives 6/20-6/26. Pictures here.
  • Katelyn attended a hat-making class on 6/27 & 6/28. She loved it!
  • Val & I attended the SF Pride celebration 6/30. It was particularly crowded an exuberant because the courts had just OK’d gay marriage. SF City Hall was open and performing weddings, even though it was a Sunday.
  • Val & I didn’t see much of each other in July. She traveled the first few weeks, came back, and a day later I left for 2 weeks. I went to Ireland and England.
  • July 4th was a busy day. I started playing with the Half Moon Bay Site-Down Marching Band, then I took the girls to George & Linda’s for a picnic, and then to Glynis & Susan’s for fireworks.
  • Katelyn got her braces off on July 8th.
  • Haley went to Camp Newman July 17-31.
  • I played with the West Bay Community Band at a concert in Redwood City on 7/21.
  • Val & I attended Leather Levi Weekend 8/7-8/11.
  • Val traveled again, this time to Tokyo and Seoul, 8/18-8/20. She’s hoping to make 100K this year!
  • I did a quick trip to the central valley with my friend Rio, first teaching a class and attending a formal dance in Fresno on 8/24, then attending an off-season Passover with my friend Marcus and his lovely family on August 25th in Bakersfield.
  • Val & I lent our house as the host location for our friend Rio’s 60th birthday party on 9/1.
  • Val completed her formal conversion to Judaism on Monday, 9/30 at the Mikvah in San Francisc0. This was followed by a conversion service on 9/27 which was attended by friends and lots of family, and was really moving and beautiful. Just on time, so Val could read Torah the next day at Haley’s Bat Mitzvah service.
  • Haley’s 13th birthday on 9/25 was a bit overshadowed by Bat Mitzvah events and the Simchat Torah holiday, but we were able to do a little celebrating.
  • Haley and I continued participating in the Legacy Girls Study, which involves surveys and visits every 6 months, and blood and urine samples periodically.
  • Haley, with me usually accompanying, attended a number of her friends’ B’nai Mitzvot.
  • Haley worked all summer on the Mitzvah Garden at Peninsula Temple Sholom, weeding, watering, and harvesting so we could deliver fresh veggies to the food pantry at Call Primrose in Burlingame.
  • Val continued to attend most of the Saturday morning services at B’nei Emunah.
  • My company released InsuranceSuite 8 after over 2 years of working on it. and we celebrated with a day of reflection and fun, and a trip to the Exploratorium in the evening on 10/15.
  • Katelyn took the PSAT on 10/19.
  • Jann & Trev came for a visit on 10/19. We decided they need to come earlier next time so we can get a game in.
  • Kathie’s 63rd birthday was on 10/22. Joanie invited us over for a fish fry, cake, and fun.
  • Val, Haley & I attended the Synaplex Shabbat service on 10/25, whose theme was social action and social justice.
  • My friend Lynne Angeloro visited on 10/16. It was nice to see her after many years!
  • We carved pumpkins on 10/26.

And of course, the major event of the last month was Haley’s Bat Mitzvah on 9/28.

I will try my best to keep up with our events, so as not to cram everything in one message again. Thanks for understanding!

October 28, 2013 Posted by | Family, Haley, Jason, Jewish, Marilyn, School, Travel, Val, Work | Leave a Comment

Triton Holiday Party

Val and I once again attended the Triton Holiday Party, which was once again at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. We were the best-dressed couple there, with Val in a tux and me in a fancy party dress. One of the more memorable moments was us dancing “Gangnam Style”, captured by Deanna and posted on Facebook within minutes. Val did karaoke, and we danced and had a great time. Other pictures here.

December 29, 2012 Posted by | Marilyn, Val, Work | Leave a Comment

Travel to Wisconsin

I went to visit two of our customers, Sentry Insurance and Jeweler’s Mutual Insurance, in Wisconsin November 6-8. I went to Steven’s Point and Appleton, respectively.  I traveled with my colleagues Arjun and Ken, who were excellent travel companions, and good colleagues to have a long due to their knowledge of the insurance industry and these particular customers. It was a tiring trip, with short connections in Chicago both ways, but a nice time. And decent weather!

November 24, 2012 Posted by | general, Marilyn, Travel, Work | Leave a Comment

Guidewire User Conference

Monday and Tuesday of this week I’ll be spending my work days at Connections, Guidewire’s annual user conference, at the Westin St. Francis at Union Square in San Francisco. I went last year and spent most of my time trying to stay away from customers, afraid they would ask me quesitons that I didn’t know the answer to. This year I’m seeking out customers, learning a lot, and helping them out too. A very different and enjoyable experience.

October 23, 2012 Posted by | general, Marilyn, Work | Leave a Comment

Haley at work

After accompanying me on an early morning trip to the dentist, Haley went to work with me on 8/24. We stayed until just after lunch, and I worked the resst of the day at home. Haley really liked my workplace. I told her she could work in a place like that if she got her degree in 3-D animation, which she wants to do. It’s been great, telling her that the best school for that is MIT’s Media Lab, and she needs all A’s to get in. Good brainwashing! 🙂

September 9, 2012 Posted by | general, Haley, Marilyn, Work | Leave a Comment

Company Picnic

I picked Haley up from the camp bus and we headed over to Menlo College for the Guidewire Company Picnic. It was great fun with good food, a petting zoo complete with fuzzy chickens, goats, deer, and bunnies, face painting (although the girls got their arms painted), carnival games, a bouncy house (the girls were too old, though), and lots of nice people. It was quite a contrast to last year when I knew almost nobody because I’d just started at the company. This year I knew lots of people and had a great time introducing Val and the kids to everyone.

Pictures here.

August 2, 2012 Posted by | Family, general, Work | Leave a Comment