As a Seattle native it’s rare to have such a long streak of crisp cold weather. But it gives the opportunity for some amazing photos! These views are of the majestic Mt. Si from a delightfully frigid walk around the frozen waters of the Old Mill Pond in Snoqualmie. An ancient Native American prometheus legend explains that Mt. Si is the dead body of Snoqualm, the moon. In one form of the legend, Snoqualm orders a rope of cedar bark be stretched between the earth and the sky. Fox and Blue Jay travel up the rope and steal the sun from a sleeping Snoqualm. Snoqualm, awakened by the cold absence of the sun, chases Fox and Blue Jay down the cedar rope. However, during this chase, the rope breaks and [...]
The full V2Works team celebrated the joy of the holiday season with a lovely catered dinner at the home of Troy and Kathleen! Spouses joined in for the bounty of food and drinks, capped off by an epic battle of pool and ping pong. It was a good time for all as we celebrated the closing of the year in a very festive environment!
The V2Works team closed out the spooky yet great month of October with one of the most fun experiences in MEHH (month-end happy hour) history. We trekked over to the Hollywood Tavern in beautiful Woodinville, where we discovered that they have one of the greatest menus of delectables! We chomped on chile tots, cajun wings, Korean tacos, some tasty fries with dipping sauces, plus sliders and even fried pickles. It was October-feast! The highlight may have been their trio of "adult" milkshakes: Stumbling Cow, Holy Cow and the Nutty Cow - each made with a healthy dose of whiskey. Yumm! Being that we're a group that thrives on creativity, we have a knack for coming up with the most bizarre set of things to talk about. This month was no [...]
The only rule for our pumpkin decorating contest is that it must include one of the company-supplied mini-pumpkins or gourds. Other than that simple rule, creativity can run amuck! The Brandgineers at V2Works continued to push the boundaries in our 3rd Annual Halloween contest – running the gamut from the spooky to the music-oriented to a set of wheels and to the political (which actually brought us full-circle back to spooky!) No doubt some of us are already pondering how to top ourselves next year!
It’s always hard to tell how the weather might turn out on a September 30th in the Northwest. It can be rainy and 50, or we can get lucky with warm and sunny conditions. V2Work’s MEHH (Month End Happy Hour) delivered the latter this time! We took full advantage, enjoying our drinks and multiple appetizers outside at the Beardslee Public House, closing out a very exciting month. We chatted about topics that included the architectural design decisions of adjacent buildings, why Sia chooses to perform without a band onstage, and whether liver pâté is tasty or nasty. (Notice how one little letter can make a big difference?) The vote leaned toward nasty, with just two notable dissents. All in all, it was a great way to close out the month. [...]
The IDEX Health & Science global marketing group traveled from all over the world to Seattle this past August, to collaborate with the V2Works Brandgineers. The entire team spent two full days enclosed in "Andy's Room," a comfy meeting space at McMenamins Anderson School, to plot and create the next big thing. Our joint organizations always have fun working together remotely on the day-to-day, but getting everyone together in the same room is always fruitful for their brand and rewarding for everyone. This meet-up was no exception. After we finished our items of business, the group headed to downtown Seattle for a fun-filled evening of sight-seeing aboard an Argosy Harbor Cruise (complete with sea lions), then enjoyed a seafood feast (with bibs, shellfish mallets and all!) at the Crab Pot along the [...]
With Labor Day just a week away, the V2Works team closed out the final Friday of August with our Month End Happy Hour at the home of Troy and Kathleen. We basked in the warm glow of a sunny afternoon, as we enjoyed drinks on their beautiful custom-built deck, coupled with some tasty appetizers to nosh on. The conversation turned to good songs for road trips, laughing-inducing face-swapping photo apps, and sharing ideas/plans for the not-too-distant holiday weekend. Nothing “meh” about this happy hour - it was pure MEHH!
The V2 Works team closed out July in a very hot way on a very hot day! On this MEHH, we enjoyed some drinks and snacks outdoors on the McMenamins patio. (Three of us opted for their raspberry-infused ale and found it quite refreshing!) The weather was gorgeous and the group conversation was well-spirited as we went from discussing the summer’s blockbuster movies to adventures in camping and hiking, as well as reminiscing about our day just two weeks earlier visiting Bullwinkle. Unfortunately Troy had to miss this MEHH as he was on his way to Philadelphia for the AACC tradeshow, but a good time was had by those who were in town and could make it! Yikes – July is over. The next one will be just a week [...]
In effort to recognize the dedication of our team members, we celebrate with a fun adventure every summer. For our 23rd Annual Summer Outing, the V2Works Brandgineers made merry at Bullwinkles's & Family Fun Center in Tukwila, WA. Before the games, we fueled up with tropical island fare and cocktails at Bahama Breeze, then headed over to the park to hang out with Bullwinkle, Rocky and the gang. The sun was out, the weather was perfect, the mood was carefree, and we had absolutely no trouble at all amusing ourselves with fun activities such as Mini-Golf, Go-Carts, Laser Tag, the Screamin' Swing, Sling Shot, Air Hockey, Skee Ball and more — with a few rounds of Bumper Boats in between to soak each other and cool off. All-in-all the day was [...]
Today was "Beard" Day at the office. We've all been planing and growing — for what seems like ages — to have perfectly groomed (and matching) beards for this very special day. Or, maybe this is just what happens when you have too much fun with your co-workers during Friday Lunch outings that include creative Apps to play with. Either way, long live the beard. #V2WackyDay #V2WorksPerks