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Amy, Miss Web Gal
I am a true California girl, born and raised in my fair city-by-the-bay. I left for a brief four-year stint in New York City but after putting up with three “real” winters, I realized I left my heart in San Francisco and knew I had to return once I graduated.

Though I can’t complain about the changing seasons that every East Coaster raves about, I did miss the ocean, the mountains, and the rolling hills. I just learned that I could fit my 9’2” Walden longboard in my VW Golf, which means that I can go directly to the beach after I finish my Saturday morning runs. Very exciting news!

Dried mango is my favorite food; with a Gordo’s burrito following in a close second. Third place has to go to almond butter and honey on whole-wheat bread, cut diagonally but not entirely so that when pulled apart, the insides slowly peel away. My favorite Clif product may just be our lemon, vanilla & cashew nectar bar—there’s something about biting into a concoction of 100% organic goodness that I just can’t pass up.

I wish there were more hours in the day so that I could travel the world, write a book, adopt a puggle, learn to play my ukulele, and read read read to my heart’s content. I am a firm believer in taking time to breathe fresh air, not littering (I’ve been known to stuff plastic bags into my wetsuit when bobbing around in the Pacific), laughing at LEAST five times a day, and challenging myself—you can only realize your full potential when you try new things—which is why I’m so happy to be working here in this fine establishment we call Clif Bar & Company.


Jan. 15, 2010
CLIF Goes Pop Art

Meet Eleanor (the one on the left; the one on the right is Emily, of CS fame) Eleanor's favorite CLIF Bar flavor is Chocolate Brownie which might explain why she delivered a jumbo-sized, pop-art inspired version of the flavor to our office last week. Well, turns out it's only part of the story. Read on for a little Q&A to get the full scoop... Q: Where are you a student & what program/course work are you doing? A: Currently, I am an Art History major at California State University Northridge. Last year, however, I was assigned the Pop Art…

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Jan. 4, 2010
Going Wild

We like films and we like the environment. Put ‘em together and you have a match made in heaven—the Wild and Scenic Film Festival—an event known for its blend of film, activism, truth and community. As a proud national partner, we hosted our very own festival here at Clif Bar a few months ago and now it’s time for the official kick-off of the 2010 season. From January 15-17th, South Yuba River Citizens League will host their 8th annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City. Good news is that you can help kick it off and…

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Dec. 14, 2009
That’s a Wrap

Take a hard look at this here tote. Notice anything unusual? Aside from the fact that it’s the perfect size to fit, say, munchies from your latest trip to the grocery store or goods from your holiday shopping spree, it’s made from repurposed CLIF wrappers. Our friends over at TerraCycle started an eco-revolution, taking a range of non-recyclable waste materials and turning them into eco-friendly products. And so, we joined forces to help reduce the number of energy bar wrappers ending up in the landfill. They’ve created a whole slew of products made from our wrappers. Stylie (and scrumptious) totes,…

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r@nd0m, Sustainability

Nov. 2, 2009
Gary’s Adventure in the Dolomites: Day 9

Gary has spent the last eight days cycling around the Dolomites with his good friend, Gregg; up and over mountains in snow, rain, wind and...even a bit of sun. It's been a white-road adventure from day one—just the way Gary likes it. Read on for the final leg of their journey. Enjoy. DAY NINE Clear, cool, windy… Did I say cool? I meant cold. Today, we started off in 4 degrees Celsius (that’s 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit). We meandered around Trento, working our way to the best road out of town. We weren’t used to any town this size thus far…

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From the Road, r@nd0m, Team Clif Bar

Oct. 15, 2009
Halloween Safety Tips

Leave the spookiness of Halloween to the costumes and make sure your kidlets are safe while they’re out there trick-or-treating. Our good friends at Fehr and Peers put together a handy neighborhood safety checklist to help. Are there cracks in the sidewalk? Are the walkways well lit? Are there trees or other objects blocking stop signs? Do drivers tend to roll through intersections? Work through the checklist and read up on any quick fixes to do before the arrival of All Hallows’ Eve... Consider it just a few steps that’ll help ensure that your little ghosts and goblins get to…

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Oct. 8, 2009
Cleaning Up Clackamas River

Sam’s one of our Clif Bar Ambassadors; he runs the Northwest River Guides out of Portland, OR. What’s a Clif Bar Ambassador? They’re adventure travel guides who are out there on mountains, waves, trails, or rivers—Sam’s home away from home—spreading the Clif love and helping us experience those adventures we’ve dreamed of, but have been too afraid (alright, inexperienced) to do on our own. He sent in this story on the Down the River Cleanup in Clackamas River, Oregon; read on to learn what happens when 300 people descend upon Clackamas River to deal with too much trash… Oh yes...…

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Sep. 22, 2009
LUNAFEST is Here

It’s just about time to roll out the red carpet (and your popcorn-making machine). The 2009-2010 LUNAFEST Film Festival season kicks off in San Francisco next Thursday, October 1st. We’re coming up on our 9th annual year of award-winning films by, for and about women. This year’s lineup includes 10 films that tell the different stories of women—from aging and motherhood to body image and love. Inspiring stories, quirky animation and touching documentaries, the program even includes a film directed by Courteney Cox. All proceeds from the premiere, and 15% of all other LUNAFEST screenings, support our good friends…

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Events

Sep. 16, 2009
Macca Talks Tri

World Champion Triathlete, Chris McCormack, is a pretty classy guy. Aside from being just plain cool, he's quite an amazing athlete who we're proud to have flying our CLIF colors when he's out an about swimming, biking, and running. Macca took some time to chat about pre-race superstitions (we all have 'em, right?), how to win Kona and what it is about the triathlete lifestyle that makes him keep coming back for more. Sit back, relax and enjoy the vid.

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Sep. 8, 2009
CLIF SHOT ROKS™ have arrived

What has a chewy center, crunchy shell and packs in 2 grams of protein in each bite? CLIF SHOT ROKS™—the latest addition to the CLIF SHOT family. CLIF SHOT ROKS make it easy to get your protein intake just right. With 2 grams of protein in each bite (that’s 20 grams of protein in each packet!), you're bound to get what you need, when you need it. Better yet, the crunchy outer shell keeps ROKS from melting while you're out and about. Recover post activity with all natural ingredients. ROKS comes in three flavors: chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate chip…

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From the Kitchen

Sep. 2, 2009
Swirl. Pause. Assess.

The simple art of wine tasting ain’t so simple. There are all sorts of nuisances to get familiar with; think cork taints and oxidation, olfactory characteristics and other esters. Don’t forget the tasting arena—yup; the different parts of the tongue that pick up on different tastes within each wine. There’s something for everyone. Floral, spicy, fruity. Whatever aroma suites you, you’ll get a chance to give it a swig at the newly opened tasting room at the Clif Family Winery & Farm. The tasting room is now open for seated, private tastings, by appointment. Gather up to ten of your…

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From the Kitchen, r@nd0m

Aug. 10, 2009
Come to the Farm!

The Clif Family Farm’s first Annual Harvest Party's coming up in September (September 19th; it’s closer than you think!). We’re inviting 100 of our friends to join owners Gary and Kit and our winemaker Sarah Gott for a night celebrating local food and the start of the Northern California harvest. We’ll have all sorts of foodie-ish goings on to help ring in the season. Olive oil tastings? Check. Tours of the farm? Why, of course. Wood-fired pizzas? Deliciousness. Food and wine pairings? Wouldn’t be the same without them. And in the spirit of local foods, fresh produce from the…

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Events

Jul. 21, 2009
RAGBRAI—Better than We Imagined

Aliy and her crew are off and pedaling in Iowa. They found a brief internet connection and managed to muster up a few words about their ride...And so, Days 1 and 2 recapped below. Enjoy! Day 1: Better than we imagined Picture this… Small town America meets 17,000 beer-loving, fried-food consuming, spandex-covered cyclists, all of whom are ready to wash down a CLIF Bar with a cold one…even for breakfast at 8am. Our best description of RAGBRAI so far? Bike ride meets multi-day music festival, meets small town hospitality, meets eating and drinking your heart out! Not so easy…

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Events, From the Road

Jul. 19, 2009
Garmin-Slipstream: For the Love of the Food

Here's another behind-the-scenes look at Team Garmin-Slipstream. They show us a bit more about their training and racing regime and how Girona, Spain is one of the perfect places to consume over 6,000 calories a day.

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Tour

Jul. 17, 2009
RAGBRAI—Let the Games Begin

Is this heaven? No—it's RAGBRAI… The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is a week-long venture where two-wheelers (of the pedaling-variety) embark on a 472-mile ride across the state of Iowa—hence, the name. As the ride turns 37-years old this year, the Midwestern-based Clif Bar team has decided to roll through. The ride begins Sunday July 18 on the Western border of Iowa and finishes Sunday July 25th at the edge of the Mississippi River. That’s a whole lot of riding, and handing out Clif Bars, too. Aliy (our Chicago Field Marketing Rep), Eric, Brian, and Adam…

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Events, From the Road

Jul. 16, 2009
Carpooling and CLIF BARS?

Actually, it’s more like carpooling and music, or, more specifically, carpooling to the concerts of CLIF BAR GreenNotes artists. GreenNotes musicians and bands are doing all sorts of things to reduce their environmental footprint this season. Now, you can do your own part to reduce your footprint when you’re listening to their tunes. One of the largest environmental impacts within the music industry comes from fan transportation to and from shows. Carpooling helps make a dent in that ginormous shock to our planet. Added bonus? It can save you some coin and you can make new friends. But how to…

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Jul. 13, 2009
What’s the haps across the pond?

A few weeks back, David, our one-man team located over in England, participated in a two-day, off-road charity bike ride on behalf of the Southdown Children’s Nursery and The Point Foundation. While we were busy singing Happy Birthday to our nation, 60 riders (including David, himself) were riding the 100-mile course, winding through South Downs Way—that’s from Winchester to Eastbourne, all along the South Coast of England. If you’ve never been to that part of the world, just know the route involves quite a few climbs and equally as many descents (what goes up, must come down, right?). Well, turns…

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Jul. 8, 2009
The Elements of Food: Episode 2

Back in April, we (re)introduced you to Seth, our pal that drives the ever-illustrious Baby—a Japanese fire truck powered by veggie-oil, the wind and the sun. Seth’s been on the road exploring the natural elements and capturing his adventures along the way…in a little series called The Elements of Food. Episode 1 was filmed in Baja and was about folks who celebrate food…Episode 2 heads north to the Rockies and is about folks who explore different types of food. Seth and his buddies were out skiing most of the winter and spring season; their adventures on the mountain landed them…

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Food Matters, r@nd0m

Jul. 8, 2009
A kilt, bike socks and a lot of good luck.

Here’s an entertaining adventure, straight from the horse's mouth. That horse, being the soon-to-be husband of Corey, our Colorado Field Marketing Rep. I’m not sure why he was in a kilt after just getting off of a bike ride, but I won’t worry about the finer details. Lesson learned: watch where you’re going. This is truly a tall tale, except that it actually happened. I’ll make it quick. I’m in a band and was on the way to an afternoon gig in Denver. I didn’t see a stop sign and T-boned a cop. You can imagine what was going on…

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From the Road

Jul. 7, 2009
Garmin-Slipstream Grubs

Team Garmin-Slipstream gives us a behind-the-scenes taste of their life in Girona, Spain. They train. They race. They eat. A lot.

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Tour

Jun. 17, 2009
Would You Rather…

We’ve been keeping a secret in our back pocket for a while now. We’re tired of keeping our lips sealed so we’re spilling the beans. But before we share our surprise, let’s play a little game of would you rather. Here goes: If you were stuck in the desert for five days, would you rather have a stash of some delightful vittles, like say a CLIF Bar or some delicious water? It’s a tough one. So maybe an extra detail would sway you. Instead of just ordinary water, you could have a supply of CLIF Quench™. Huh? Yup, you heard…

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From the Kitchen

Jun. 8, 2009
Make New Friends…

…but keep the old (and by old, we mean vintage). That's how the saying goes Sign up for friends of Clif Farm for quarterly shipments of wines and olive oil from the Clif Family Winery and Farm. When you become a friend of Clif Farm, you’ll also get special discounts, complimentary tastings at our new St. Helena tasting room, invites to special events and a few special surprises here and there (maybe even a CLIF Bar or two). Now, instead of taking a trip to the farm every quarter, the farm comes to you. Get the finer details and sign…

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Food Matters, From the Kitchen, r@nd0m

May. 14, 2009
Pedal Power

This morning I hopped on my bike and rode to work. Like Ryan, I’ll admit. It’s a whole lot easier jumping in my car and driving to work. But, riding my two-wheeler adds only about 15 minutes to my commute; plus, on a beautiful morning like today, I get some extra Vitamin D and a blast of adrenaline in the morning (sans my good friend, coffee). So, to provide a bit of inspiration for all the fun and exciting things that happen to a girl who rides her bike to work far less than she should, here’s a (brief) pictoral…

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Office Life, Sustainability

May. 13, 2009
Gym School Disaster

We have a “secret” cupboard above one of the trainer's desks; it's filled with workout clothes you can borrow if you forget to bring your own. As helpful as this is, it's highly suggested you don’t forget because this is what happens if you do… You get to wear mis-matched, awkwardly-sized, hand-me downs like mauve clam diggers and the old hemp LUNA tee. By the way, hemp is not good workout material...it's very hot. If you're Cassie, you spice it up with your own socks. She swears these socks are good for horseback riding; that’s the only reason she has…

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Apr. 22, 2009
You’re Invited…

We’re hosting a little fundraising shindig tomorrow night in our very own theater. If you’ll be in our neck of the woods, we’d love for you to come down. Here’s the lowdown… Wendy and Abby signed up to climb Mt. Shasta as part of the Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds. They’ve spent their weekends hiking up local mountains, running up stairs, lugging around their backpacks and fundraising to their heart’s content. To keep on with the fundraising love, they’ve decided to throw a dinner party/auction/raffle/concert for all to enjoy. Three bands, a photo op where you can…

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Apr. 22, 2009
It’s Earth Day!

It's Earth Day again (a year really does fly by) and while we're all about celebrating Mother Earth every day, today's a great excuse to get inspired by the good things people are doing to show our earth a little lovin'. Like this invention that re purposes plastic water bottles and turns them into lights. Before you get wondering how the heck a water bottle can turn into a light (poof!), keep in mind it only works when you have daylight. That aside, it cuts down on energy use and has the added bonus of a lower energy bill. Or,…

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Sustainability

Apr. 16, 2009
How to Use the New FastPak™

We took a few of our friends from the office and asked them to show off the finer details of our new SHOT BLOKS® Fastpak™. It bends. It folds. It fits in your back pocket. It uses less packaging materials. It dispenses your SHOT Bloks like never before AND, it might even make you go faster (no promises). Watch the video to see the Fastpak at work.

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Apr. 6, 2009
Some things in life are free

Fancy some free tunes? Yeah, we thought you might… We like music a whole lot here at Clif Bar. Heck, we even play music every Thursday morning to get us tapping our feet and snapping our fingers. So, we thought we’d share our love for the tunes and give you a chance to get some free music. The CLIF BAR GreenNotes Protect The Places We Play album features 11 GreenNotes artists including The John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, and Michael Franti. Hop on over to clifgreennotes.com, enter in your email, type in the special characters you see on your page…

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Apr. 1, 2009
The Elements of Food

Our friend Seth is, shall we say, an adventurer. For the past 3 years he’s been traveling around in Baby, his Japanese fire truck powered by veggie-oil, the wind and the sun. Seth’s latest adventure is all about the elements of nature and the cycle of the sun, wind and water. The Elements Tour uses nature-propelled sports (think surfing, kayaking, and skiing) to promote the use of renewable energy. For a little mid-day distraction, read up on his recent travels… Inspired by his time on the road, following around the natural elements and encountering all sorts of foreign foods…

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Mar. 27, 2009
Candlelight Dinner Saturday Night?

We’re all aware that our lovely Mother Earth is having a hard time these days. So, what better way to show her you care than to switch off your lights, just for an hour. It’s part of Earth Hour and it’s happening tomorrow night, March 28th, from 8:30-9:30. Think of it as a global election of sorts: switch off your lights to vote for Earth or leave ‘em on and vote for global warming. They've set a goal of 1 billion "votes" for Earth. Daunting, but totally possible. In an effort to influence future global government policy, WWF will present…

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r@nd0m, Sustainability

Mar. 19, 2009
And the winner is…

Last night, Mark, Cassie, Thao and I dug deep in our closets, pulled out a few business accessories and donned our best “business casual” attire to take a field trip to Cal Prep Academy. Don't we look just dapper? We had the illustrious honor of serving on a judging panel for BUILD’s second showcase of the academic year. BUILD is a four-year program that teaches students about real-world entrepreneurial skills. This means that they get to come up with a business plan and hone their idea with the potential to take it all the way to production. 6 teams presented…

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2080

Mar. 17, 2009
When Irish Eyes are Smiling

Jay always cooks up a delightful concoction of interesting flavor combos for our salad-bar lunch. Today, is especially exciting. With a self-proclaimed theme of "How Green Can You Be," Jay decided to make us green outside and in. Wonder why? For St. Patty's day, of course! And so, with that in mind, he snapped his fingers and pulled together a green-themed lunch with the following on the menu: Super Green wraps Green baked Falafels Geen Tea and cilantro rice with your choice of other fillings And dressings, too... Jalapeno/Kiwi/Pistacio/lime dressing Supergreen Avocado/garlic/basil dressing Green herb yogurt dressing And Claudia, never…

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Office Life

Mar. 12, 2009
How Does Brandon Play?

A few months ago, we had a contest and asked How Do YOU Play? Well, quite a few of you responded with stories of playing differently and how it’s not all about the win. But alas, we could only pick one grand-prize winner to join us on our annual Epiphany Ride in Napa. Drum roll please… Congrats to Brandon from Boulder City, Nevada who sent along a true tale of running a marathon in some sweltering conditions. Thanks to everyone for sharing. And now for Brandon’s running epiphany: The race started at high noon when the mercury hit 108…

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r@nd0m

Mar. 10, 2009
Save Our Snow with an App

There's a lot to love about playing in the snow. From throwing ourselves down the steepest peaks of Lake Tahoe to sledding with a 4-year old. I mean, come on! What better way to spend a weekend in winter? Which is why we decided to piggy back on the wonders of Apple to make the world snowier. The CLIF Bar Save Our Snow App is a smorgasbord of snow-inspired tools for the iPhone and the iTouch that let's you make the right choice about where you spend your winter weekends. It has weather and snow-condition reports for your favorite resorts…

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r@nd0m

Feb. 25, 2009
It’s Wednesday and you know what that means…

What better way to celebrate a rainy Wednesday than with another Waffle Wednesday. Matt and Pat are at it again, with the first Waffle Wednesday of 2009. This time around we were graced with a new addition to the Waffle Wednesday condiment line up—hot sauce. We also had the regular fixings like strawberries, chocolate, powdered sugar, blueberries, bananas and maple syrup. Ummm…delicious. What prompted this outpouring of Belgian goodness? To raise money for Abby and Wendy's Climb Against the Odds. What exactly are they climbing? They’ve gone and signed up to climb Mt. Shasta and are raising money for the…

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Office Life

Feb. 24, 2009
Tea Time

Swanner's beloved mug went missing this morning. And so, he had to resort to a mass email to the company, setting off a search party for the beloved Pantone 3025C. Sorry for the mass email; not usually my cup of tea. However, being that I’m currently unable to enjoy my tea—because my mug’s gone missing—I thought I’d go ahead and ask to see if anyone has seen it, used it, fallen in love with it...if only for an occupationally fleeting moment. I wouldn’t blame you. I can only blame myself. The mug was a gift, and the color was chosen…

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Feb. 13, 2009
Love is in the Air

One billion Valentine’s are exchanged every year worldwide. That’s a lot of love confessions (not to mention a lot of paper, too). Apparently, Valentine’s Day is kind of a big deal. In the spirit of all things cupid, hearts, reds and whites and pinks, we asked a few lovely people from around the office to tell us what makes their heart go pitter patter. To set the mood, Pat shared some homemade heart-shaped cookies (courtesy of his Mom's kitchen). Thanks; they were quite delicious. Spread the love.

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Feb. 11, 2009
It may be cold out…

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year so we're in for 6 more weeks of winter. We figured a peak toward spring couldn't hurt which is why we're sharing a few photos of the lovely little buds blossoming outside the front doors of our office (snapped during the brief break in rain we had this morning). We think they're pretty beautiful. Enjoy.

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r@nd0m

Jan. 15, 2009
Check out that Line

Yesterday kicked off our meat CSA. Oh, how exciting. If you’re at all familiar with the concept of a traditional Community Supported Agricultural program (CSA), you know that subscribers receive a weekly (or monthly!) bundle of produce—fruits, veggies, maybe some flowers. Though some of us around the office receive a produce-focused veggie box every week (courtesy of the lovely Riverdog Farms), we recently decided to venture into a new land. The land of meat boxes. Yup. Our friends up at Prather Ranch Meat Company put together a pretty cool deal for the meat eaters around the office that was too…

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Office Life

Dec. 25, 2008
Season’s Greetings

Well hello there, friends. We're away from the Mothership for the next few days. Yup, we get a whole week off to rejuvenate, spend time with our families, eat lots of deliciousness, and relish in the bounty of twinkling lights adorning all sorts of things. We’ll be back and at ‘em, ready to bring on the New Year in just a few weeks. In the meantime, we wanted to wish you a healthy and happy holiday season. Your friends at Clif Bar & Company

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r@nd0m

Dec. 16, 2008
It’s really very cold

The Bay Area usually has pretty mild weather, even when the winter months kick in. Right now, though, it's cold. Really cold. So cold, in fact, that San Francisco saw a bit of "snow" on the sidewalks yesterday morning and local mountain tops had a few heavier flurries. We've also had to bundle up around here, resorting to unusual measures to stay warm. Like Wendy...who snagged one of the coats meant to keep our field team nice and cozy when they're standing in a blizzard at 9,000 feet handing out bars. Here's to the first snow of the season.

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Office Life

Nov. 26, 2008
It’s already Thanksgiving at Clif Bar

Mark ordered three pies for his Thanksgiving festivities. They arrived at the office this afternoon. One whiff of the pecan-brown sugar delightfulness and he just couldn't resist. A little heating in the toaster oven and voila, an early Thanksgiving treat. Here's to a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving from your friends at Clif Bar & Company.

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Office Life

Nov. 5, 2008
A Report from the Bayou

Last week, Caron gave us a sneak peak at her “upcoming” trip to New Orleans as part of In Good Company. Well, the group's been in the Big Easy for just about four days now and work is well underway. The 28 worker bees have been putting their best foot forward with some restoration efforts and amid all their hard work they’ve still managed to document it all. Here’s a snippet from an entry that appeared on their blog yesterday: Some of us are here because we want to give back of ourselves after receiving so much. Others are here…

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Office Life, 2080

Nov. 4, 2008
Fresh from the Farm

We make a lot of bars but we’ve also got a hustling and bustling little farm in the Napa Valley, just about 40 minutes North of Berkeley, where grapes and olives are smooshed into Clif Bar Family Winery & Farm wines and olive oil—yes, a little side project of ours. Perhaps you're familiar. It's been busy up at there these last few weeks, as everyone's been hard at work harvesting all those grapes and olives and pumping out some very exciting news... Like the fact that the latest batch of our extra virgin olive oil is fresh off the press!…

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From the Kitchen

Oct. 24, 2008
Fill in the blank

Tara (our dietitian) and Ricardo (sports marketing guy) have sat within oh, ten feet of each other for about four years and eight months, or so... This photo was snapped a few days ago from their shared office space. It screamed caption contest to us and so here we are, asking you to provide a telling little story for this here photo. You know, just like they do in the New Yorker. Short, sweet and maybe a bit punny, too. Winner gets an imaginary gold medal. You know you want it!

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Oct. 22, 2008
Don’t forget…

Remember. If you happen to be in our neck of the woods (Berkeley, CA, that is), and you happen to be free tomorrow night (October 23rd), we'd love for you to stop by. Why? The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is coming to the Clif Bar headquarters. The films start at 6:30pm but the doors open at 5 and tickets are selling fast; get yours before they're gone! If you want to make a game-time decision and take your chances, you can also purchase tickets at the door between 5 and 6:30; just know they might be gone by…

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Events

Oct. 16, 2008
What’s this?

Take a good look and a wild guess... Still stumped? It's a stapler inside strawberry jello. You see, Cait decided to play a practical joke on Matt (inspired by The Office). Only the jello didn't gel and the mold did not hold. It went a bit awry. But it was still funny.

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Office Life

Oct. 9, 2008
In the limelight of Grist

A few weeks ago, our very own Gary and Kit got a nice little shout out in Grist—a greenie-blog/online magazine that’s got quite a loyal following. We’re pretty proud of them and think they look lovely in the featured photo. It’d be a shame to spoil the article by summarizing the interview right here so go ahead and peruse the article yourself—it's a nice little story.

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Office Life, r@nd0m

Oct. 9, 2008
Just a little garden restoration

Every year we get the whole Berkeley crew out of the office to do some 2080 work. This year, we went back to our friends at Alameda Point Collaborative to help expand their Growing Youth Farm (which we helped renovate last year)—a one-acre urban farm that grows produce for consumption to the residents of the local community. Pretty cool. So what exactly did we do from 9-4? We built some trellises. We built a giant compost bin. We cleared a few hefty tree stumps. We did quite a bit of weeding, soil amending and planting. And, we constructed a giant…

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Office Life, 2080

Sep. 25, 2008
The epiphany

It’s that time of year again...time for us to get on our bikes and do a bit (er, a lot) of riding to commemorate the moment Gary realized he could make a better-tasting bar. Yup, the epiphany that started it all. We named a ride after it and the annual par-tay was last Saturday. A few brave souls rode a full 150 miles that day; others went with 100 miles, 50 or 30 along a course of rolling hills, scenic vistas and a jaunt through a few miles of hunting territory (bullet shells included). There was also an ad-hoc 58-miler…

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Events, Office Life, Team Clif Bar

Sep. 22, 2008
A film festival that Saves the Waves

If you happen to be in our neighborhood (Berkeley, CA) on October 23rd, swing on by the Clif Bar HQ at 5pm. Why? We're showing The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival—a series of films that'll get you out and about to take care of our planet. All proceeds from this particular showing will go towards Save the Waves, an environmental coalition dedicated to taking care of our ocean and educating the masses about what it has to offer (heck, it does make up over 70% of the earth's surface)... Most of the films are still under wraps but one…

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Sep. 17, 2008
Waffle Wednesday Strikes Back

This morning, we were graced with the smell of waffles wafting through our offices. It had been a while since the last installment of Waffle Wednesday but with the Breast Cancer Fund's Peak Hike happening this weekend, we figured it was a good excuse to raise a few dollars for our friends over at the BCF in exchange for some scruptious waffles. Here's a look at what was included in this morning's spread:

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Office Life, r@nd0m, 2080

Sep. 17, 2008
Clean up and get down

We’re big fans of music. We’re also big fans of looking after the places where we play, which is why we’re stoked to announce a few ways we can all do a bit of good while listening to some tunes (GreenNotes artists, included). This Saturday, September 27th, is National Public Lands Day and we're gonna celebrate, GreenNotes style. If you know you're going to be near the central-eastern portion of California this weekend, stop by Yosemite and do a bit of cleaning with Josh Ritter. Or, if you happen to spend most of your time in the eastern region of…

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Events

Sep. 15, 2008
What a little logo can do

There's this little logo on the back of some of our wrappers. 1% for the Planet. Perhaps you've noticed it. Ever wonder what it means? Take a look at this here vid from the folks over at 1%FTP. Still looking for more info? Take a read through their website. Still have questions, go ahead and ask us and we'll do our darndest to answer.

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r@nd0m, Sustainability

Aug. 26, 2008
Photos from our Bike Party

Last week, we emerged from our office to party in our parking lot and hobnob with our friends and family at the 2 Mile Challenge Bike Party. What were we celebrating? Our beloved 2 Mile Challenge crew was back home and we wanted to share some 2MC love with all of our friends. The crew shared stories from their 10-week road trip and biking experts were on hand to give us the low down on commuting to work, fitting a bike and fixing a spare. Here are a few photos from the festivities: Weren't able to make it? Take a…

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Events, Office Life

Aug. 25, 2008
Tell us your story

Winning isn't everything—it's about how you play the game. We play by dreaming big, working hard, and giving back (with some cycling on the side). How do YOU play? Was there a moment you decided to play differently? Tell us about it and get entered to win a trip for two to ride with the whole Clif Bar & Company gang in Napa, California and get a year's supply of Clif Bars. We'll also throw your name in the hat for a chance to win a $1000 shopping spree at your favorite sports retailer. Read up on the nit…

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r@nd0m

Aug. 20, 2008
Why don’t ‘ya whip up some Clif Tacos

It’s amazing what a little ingenuity can do when paired with a hungry, post-surf-sesh belly. Deven's neighbor's son (got it?) sent us this lovely vid of a tip-to-tip adventure he and his buddies took back in 2006. Better fishing skills could have made this guy have a more typical fish taco but then again, we would've never been introduced to the amazingness of a Clif taco, now would we? We’ll give these guys an A+ for innovation. Heck, if you feel so inclined, whip up a little concoction of your own and let us know how it tastes. Olive oil…

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r@nd0m

Aug. 18, 2008
You’re Invited: Bike Party in Berkeley

We're having a party and you're invited. It's a bit short notice, however, if you're in the neighborhood (Berkeley, CA, that is), roll on by. What are we celebrating? After 10 weeks on the road, the 2 Mile Challenge crew returns home to Clif headquarters and we're ready to welcome them back with open arms. Not ones to miss an opportunity for a par-tay, we're inviting all of our friends (that's you!) to join us for a visit to the 2 Mile Challenge Bus; while we’re at it, we’ve invited a slew of alternative transportation organizations to round out…

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Events

Aug. 11, 2008
Road Trippin’

August means the end of summer, almost time to head back to school and lots of last-minute travel. Just in the last two weeks, I spent more time in the airport than I did all of last year which naturally led to some observations, namely the number of small children on my air-born traveling vessel. Last night’s flight from Boston in particular got me thinking about the current state of...traveling with kids. It must be challenging. So here’s a little something for all of you child-in-tow-travelers out there, a nice bunch of articles from Clif Kid friend Eileen Ogintz. She…

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r@nd0m

Jul. 2, 2008
Ever want to swim near a castle?

This here castle is considered pretty modern, by UK standards (think, 19th century). If you ever fancy swimming near a castle, you may want to consider racing in the Eastnore Castle Triathlon, over in Herefordshire, England—just a hop, skip and jump from Berkeley, CA. You do a quick 1.5km swim around the castle (a nice view when you come up for air) and then ride and run through the surrounding grounds. Pretty darn scenic if I shall say so myself.

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Jun. 24, 2008
Tri it out in Essex

Our friend David was out and about this past weekend at a local triathlon—local to him, at least. The Harwich Runners Club Triathlon was in Harwich, Essex (yup, another UK event). With about 312 athletes, competing in the Sprint and Olympic Distance Triathlon, David was out there sharing the Clif Bar love with some curious Euro athletes. It was a blustery, sunny day—a bit challenging to ride a bike, and fending the chop in the water probably not that much fun either. Nonetheless, an event is an event and a perfect opportunity to help an athlete out who may need…

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Jun. 23, 2008
Care to do a bit of weeding?

Last week we braved an hour and a half of very unusual traffic to catch a ferry out to Angel Island. Why were 70 Clifsters headed out to an island in the middle of our bay? We joined forces with local friends REI and Mountain Hardwear to do a bit of foliage house-cleaning, of course. There were a total of 150 of us slicing and dicing the local weeds to make a bit of space on the ground of this delightful state park. After working under some record temps for about five hours, (we had a heat wave here in…

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2080

Jun. 13, 2008
Climb every mountain

For the past few months, Jenny and Molly have been training—a lot. They've been hiking up a storm, lifting in the gym, testing out their hiking boots, learning how to use an ice axe. Why? Well, they're getting psyched to climb Mt. Shasta—a 14,162 foot mountain that looms in the northern part of our lovely state of California. It's all part of the Breast Cancer Fund’s annual Climb Against the Odds. Together, Molly and Jenny have raised a combined total of 10,000 buckaroos that will go towards BCF and their goal of eliminating the environmental—and preventable—causes of breast cancer. A…

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Jun. 12, 2008
Snowboarding in June?!?

It's June and it's really hot here in Berkeley, CA. But apparently, a few weeks ago, the mountains in the high country got their fair share of summer snow—surprise! Jeremy Jones, TCB athlete hooked up with Mike and Marty McFry (yup, the Save Our Snow crew) to take advantage of the fresh powder and do a little sledding down the Moon Collier, up near South Lake Tahoe... Looks like if we really put our minds to it, the final, final leg of the SOS tour really can happen in Summer. Take a peek at Jeremy's website and read about…

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Natural Energy Tour, Team Clif Bar

Jun. 9, 2008
Crunchy Peanut Butter travels abroad

A friend of a friend sent this in from a trip he took to...Egypt. I bet you may have been able to guess that from the photo. Maybe.

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r@nd0m

May. 21, 2008
Meanwhile, across the pond…

David Smith is our somewhat new friend. He lives across the pond, over in London—our first on-the-ground Euro Clifster. We're so proud of him that we decided to send him off in a flurry to spread the Clif love to some unsuspecting runners. Actually, it was his idea to head out to Marlborough and hand out some of our bars and BLOKS at the Marlborough Downs Challenge, one of twelve races that are part of the Ultra Running Championship Series. The race was either a 20-mile or a 33-mile course for runners and walkers. Regardless of speed, I have a…

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Events

May. 15, 2008
Bike to Work Day

Today is Bike to Work Day and we thought we’d take advantage of it. We set a slightly lofty goal—get 75 folks from the office commuting in on a bike (or carpooling, or walking). If you didn’t get a chance to bike to work today, here’s a virtual bike to work day series from my trip in this morning with Tara… We met up in the city. On our way to BART, we ran into Melissa and her crew. We weaved through downtown San Francisco. We ran into Lisa on the train. We popped out at the North Berkeley station…

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Office Life, Sustainability

May. 13, 2008
Garden versus Gopher

Last week, a few of us got some fresh air and did a little digging at the June Jordan Elementary School garden in San Francisco. Esperanza from Urban Sprouts showed us around the garden and gave a little schpeal about the program to get us stoked for our afternoon duties. And we were stoked. So stoked, in fact, that we each picked up a shovel and dug for two hours. June Jordan Elementary is located on a little hill way on the outskirts of SF, smack dab in a wind tunnel. We blew around for the afternoon (just check out…

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Office Life, 2080

Apr. 29, 2008
Ultra For A Cure

Running's a good time. Especially when the weather turns a bit more favorable. But when you're an ultra runner, you've got to really like running, regardless of weather the sun's out. I mean, you must really really like running. Just take a look at Michael Kanning, who, at 16 years old, does a lot of running. Even when the weather isn't so hot...Here's the latest and greatest of what he's got up his sleeve—just a little 100-mile race and a bit of fundraising while he's at it. Not too shabby if I shall say so myself. In September 2007 I…

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Team Clif Bar

Apr. 24, 2008
They’ve been slingshot-ted

Over the last few months, the Project Slingshot inbox has been filling with applications. Young folks determined to make more than just a dent in the fight against global warming sent us their words of wisdom. Artists, innovators and outdoor fanatics spilled the beans on how they planned to make an impact. After much toiling and discussion amongst our illustrious judging panel (Eric Larsen, Denis Hayes, Rocky Anderson, Judith Helfand, Jeremy Jones, Adam Gardner and Billy Parish), we're proud to announce the three lucky and talented winners (and a brief description of their grant-winning projects): Maya Donelson—Graze the Roof, San…

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Sustainability

Apr. 17, 2008
Save Our Snow 2008—Mt. Hood Meadows

The last official stop on the SOS tour and a follow up to The Drive. Meadows has been my home mountain for the past six years, so ending up here on the last day of the tour felt like a homecoming finale for me. It was great to be back at a mountain where i actually knew where i was going and how to get to some of the secret spots. With a posse of friends, we made our way up Mt Hood express, over to Hood River express and off into the private reserve. This is a chunk of…

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Apr. 7, 2008
Save Our Snow 2008—Mt Hood, Oregon: The Drive

Mike, Marty McFry and Ben start their final journey on the 2008 road trip. At five thirty in the morning, myself and Marty McFry rolled up to Ben's house, ready to embark on the final weekend of the SOS tour. Surprisingly, Ben was not only awake, but also standing in his driveway, in the rain. Neither myself nor Ben are really much of morning people, so i was impressed to see he was off to an early start. Soon i found out, it wasn't that Ben was up early, but that he hadn't slept yet and was technically up late.…

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Apr. 1, 2008
Boston-bound runners

Ahh, spring! Birds chirping. Trees blooming. The sun, a wee bit warmer. Makes running all the easier. Right? Well, okay, maybe all those things just make it easier to get out the door. Whatever floats your boat, whatever gets you out of bed to get your run on, what a better time than now to celebrate one of our favorite sports. While we're at it (celebrating running, that is), why not celebrate those who qualified for one of the most beloved (and brutal) races—the Boston Marathon? We’re inviting all you Boston-bound runners to a little pre-race get-together. Join members of…

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Events

Mar. 28, 2008
Flip the switch

Earth Day isn’t for a few more weeks (April 22nd, to be exact) but, why not join the likes of the rest of the WORLD (yup, that’s right, you read that correctly) and turn off your lights for one hour tomorrow night, 8pm (your local time)? Well if you do decide to flip the switch, then poof, you'll be participating in Earth Hour—a world-wide movement to get people to reduce their use of electricity. It’s all about taking one small step to show you care about Mother Earth. All you've got to do is turn off your lights for an…

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Sustainability

Mar. 17, 2008
Just in the nick of time…

Happy St. Patty's Day! From your friends at Clif Bar & Company (+Le Sensation American)

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Mar. 11, 2008
Save Our Snow 2008—GREASE!

Mike snapped this photo of Ben when they happened upon their latest grease gold mine. Take a look at that jump. No photoshopping, either. Score for Marty McFry and the Save Our Snow Road Trip.

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Natural Energy Tour

Mar. 6, 2008
Peter gets a lift

Kevin has these really nifty shoes left over from our Disco Night. He proudly displays them in his office, in an easily accessible manner for anyone to use just in case they need a little…boost. Apparently, they’ve been collecting a bit of dust lately. Such a shame. This morning, Kevin decided to get those shoes strolling our hallways once again and offered up their helpful services at our Thursday Breakfast Meeting. Peter B. ended up as the lucky recipient (nominated by his cohort, Mel). It’s only been a few hours since he ditched his sneaks for these towering silver monsters…

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Mar. 6, 2008
Clif Bar heads to Tahoe

The Clif Bar Ski trip was last weekend. 160 of us descended upon Lake Tahoe, CA, skiing, boarding, snow shoeing, ice skating, basically taking over Northstar in full force . In fact, at one point there were sixteen of us heading down the mountain together, at the same time, sharing the slopes with all sorts of folks, including a few boarders competing in the Vans Triple Crown. While the majority of Clifs-ters are skiers (as deduced from a chair lift ride this very day and up for debate), those boarders managed to wow some of our wool socks off. In…

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Mar. 5, 2008
(Wacky) Waffle Wednesday…again

It’s been a while since SR decided to throw a Waffle Wednesday. It's never easy to know when it might happen next. I guess since it’s applicably called Waffle Wednesday, one has a pretty good chance of figuring out which day of the week it could be. But the month? Completely up in the air. It all started when Pat got back from Europe and became stoked with all things related to nutella. Naturally, this obsession lead to the first ever Waffle Wednesday, which, despite the fact that the breakfast was declared as a long-standing event to occur the third…

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Office Life

Feb. 29, 2008
Happy Leap Day

It's not all that often that we get an entirely *free* day; in fact, every four years. How do we get a whole free day? Every year, we accumulate a few hours of time over the 365 days we spend on this fine earth (or is it 365 1/4 days every year); so each 1/4 day, over four years essentially adds up to one whole lovely *free* day. *Free* in the sense that we don't even really know its accruing and then poof, there it is! Or, at least that’s how it works in Cristen’s mind (as discussed this morning…

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Feb. 28, 2008
March of the hybrids

This is my new friend, "Doug." He’s a cameraman for the local ABC 7 News. He drove all the way out to our offices yesterday evening to film our hybrid and biodiesel fleet for a piece on commuter incentives. I guess folks in their office were inspired by the recent article in the Wall Street Journal and decided to come out and catch our green(er) vehicles in action. If you're local, you may want to keep an eye out on this evening's news; it's always a good time seeing friends on the tellie. He was only here for oh, maybe…

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Office Life, Sustainability

Feb. 25, 2008
Save Our Snow 2008—Powder Mountain

Check out this video that Ben just sent in from the SOS Road Trip. Tons of snow at Powder Mountain. Lots of it. I mean insane amounts of snow. In fact, you may get major bouts of jealousy from watching this video, wishing that you were there. But rest assured, they took full advantage of that mountain (as exhibited in the film, thank you very much) and not an ounce of fun went to waste. Enjoy!

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Natural Energy Tour, Sustainability, Team Clif Bar

Feb. 19, 2008
Save Our Snow 2008—Day 3: Brighton, Utah

Words from the wise, from Mike and the SOS Road Trip—take a day off every now and then. Now after a few hard working days at Powder Mountain and Park City, naturally you’d assume we need a day off. And what better way to spend it then at Brighton. This may be the best week all winter, we’re not going to waste it sleeping in, or going to the movie. Instead we called up Scott Stevens and his crew to go film some backcountry action here at one of Utah’s greatest ski areas. If you’ve never been to Brighton, you’ve…

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Feb. 15, 2008
Save Our Snow 2008—Day 2: Park City Utah

Mike's back...with another update from the snow-covered mountain tops of Park City! I always look forward to stopping at Park City. Such a fun resort with sick terrain and so many areas to ride. During our stop last year it was sunny and warm, with a major lack of snow. Lucky for us, this was not the case today. Ben, Kevin and myself were the first people on the scene this snowy and blustery morning. With a giant parking lot covered in a few inches of fresh, our inner teenagers took over as we slid Marty all over the place.…

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Feb. 14, 2008
Save Our Snow 2008—Day 1: Powder Mountain

Mike's on the road again with the Save Our Snow Road Trip—part deux. Read on for the nitty gritty, the fine details, the adventures of how their first day panned out... For our first official stop of the 2008, Save Our Snow Tour, we set our sights on the reclusive and often overlooked Powder Mountain Ski Area, just a few hours north of Salt Lake City. We arrived early, well before the sun was up and made our way up the snow-covered access road. After fourteen miles of steep hills and sharp curves I was starting to get nervous, this…

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Natural Energy Tour, Sustainability

Feb. 13, 2008
Put in your $.02

We're not psyched about the fact that our wrappers end up in the garbage. We've been working hard to come up with a more sustainable solution; since we haven't found the answer just yet, we've partnered with TerraCycle to launch the Energy Bar Wrapper Brigade. Get this: TerraCycle will convert all of the energy bar wrappers they receive into handy accessories and will donate two cents for every wrapper to the charity of your choice. Sign up for free and become a shepherd for the program.

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Office Life, Sustainability

Feb. 12, 2008
The Real Deal with CMG

Mountain Town Ambassador, Marie, gives us a litle taste of what she gets to do on the "weekends." One of the joys of being a Mountain Town Ambassador for Clif Bar is that the lines between work and play are pretty darned blurry. One of the local groups I support with Clif Bars is the Whistler Coast Mountain Guides—a guide service that offers a variety of backcountry adventures ranging from day tours outside of the ski resort to multiple day ski trips in the backcountry. They also teach avalanche courses to help anyone travel and play safely in the mountains…

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Events, Team Clif Bar

Feb. 7, 2008
Go ahead—Slingshot it into reality

CLIF Mojo and Focus the Nation present Project Slingshot, a chance for all you outdoor fanatics, artists and innovators to put your best foot forward and tell us how, in all your distinctive glory, you can help solve our global warming woes. The three winners will get rewarded with up to a $10,000 grant to slingshot their global warming solutions into action. Check out the video and find out how you can apply.

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Sustainability

Jan. 29, 2008
Who would have thunk it?

Yes indeed. Who would have thunk that on a Tuesday morning, at 9:54am, the Consumer Service pod would be able to fit a whopping 11 people. Mind you that this is no small feat. The CS pod houses Bobby and Emily (two of the folks you get to talk to if you've got a question, comment or just want to say hello) in an approximately 15x15 foot area. At one time, this cozy spot had four people buzzily working about. Though Bobby and Emily have a bit more room than year's past, this morning we decided to push the limits…

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Office Life

Jan. 28, 2008
Heat ‘em and Eat ‘em

Inspired by the colder weather, some of us around the office are winter-izing a few of our favorites. Sleighing Salesman Pat brews up a "Mountain Mocha"—CLIF Hot SHOT Hot Chocolate mixed with one CLIF SHOT Double Expresso gel. Dietitian Tara, and yes, this is from the dietitian, microwaves a Chocolate Brownie CLIF Bar and adds a dollop of vanilla ice cream. And Captain Computer Ed, rips apart CLIF Nectar Lemon, Vanilla & Cashew and mixes it into his oatmeal for a cozy morning meal. Yumbo.

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Food Matters, Office Life

Jan. 25, 2008
Big waves…really big waves…

We’re in the midst of a big storm here in Berkeley. The weather men and women are saying we can expect yet another bucket of rain throughout the rest of today and into the evening. Between howling winds and snow flurries on our local hills (exciting for all those snow lovers), all this winter weather gets me thinking about sunnier skies, warm water and the beach. But since that can’t happen, these photos from last week’s Mavericks Contest will have to do. I was off hanging out at the Eiffel Tower when they gave the green light to hold the…

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Events, Team Clif Bar

Dec. 20, 2007
Save Our Snow goes Hollywood

I love the smell of veggie oil in the morning. Reminds me of....the Save Our Snow Winter Road Trip. That's right it's almost that time of year again. The time when Mike and his trusted sidekick hit the road in a veggie fueled RV to share the global cooling love. Soon enough we'll be sharing pics and vids from the next road trip. But until then, we’d thought we’d share the trailer to the Save Our Snow Winter Road Trip DVD—an entire 45-minute documentary showcasing the crazy adventures of the 2007 tour. If you live in Northeren California and want…

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Events, Team Clif Bar

Dec. 18, 2007
A good excuse to post some pictures

A few weeks back, I posted a little something about Brett Dennen and The John Butler Trio joining the GreenNotes family and how they were giving you a "Good Excuse to Get Involved" as they made their way along the West Coast. Well, time got away from me and I completely forgot to post photos from the day they visited San Francisco. How could I? So without further ado, here are a few pics from the cold and windy day when a few fine folks showed up to do a lot of clean up and listen to some tunes from…

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Dec. 17, 2007
Leftovers, Sprinklerman, and a little bit of Hip-Hop

Last week was 2007's second installment of the bi-annual visit from "the field." There's a good lot of us who work here in Berkeley, but there's a pretty good chunk of the company that doesn't live right here with us. Kind of mobile Clif-sters who are located all over North America (Canada, too!). But last week, we were all one big happy family under the same roof. For the most part, the week was filled with lots of meetings, '07 recaps, '08 planning, delicious eats and out-of-office folks scrambling for vacant desks where they could send off a few emails between…

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Office Life

Nov. 29, 2007
A good excuse to…

We like doing good things, like spotting a friend when they're short change for a cup of Peet's, telling our coworker they've got something in their teeth oh and taking care of our environment. We like doing that, too.   We also like music. The good news is that two of the newest musicians to join CLIF GreenNotes like doing good too and so have decided to take a little break from their West Coast tours to give you a good excuse to get involved in your community. The John Butler Trio and Brett Dennen are making their way up…

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Nov. 26, 2007
A speedy commute

You're looking at a photo of a record-breaking commuting bike…faster than a speeding bullet, well, maybe not quite that fast. but pretty darn fast...  Jessica lives up on the hill above our office and rides this speedy two-wheeler the 4.5 miles to (downhill) and from (uphill) work everyday. In those early morning hours, it usually takes her oh say about twelve minutes door to door. But this morning she beat her time by a minute and a half, making it safe and sound to pod #1 in a mere 10 minutes and 25 seconds. That's 4.5 miles of windy roads, steep slopes,…

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Nov. 21, 2007
Pie.

Lots and lots of pie. Happy Thanksgiving from Clif Bar & Company.

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Office Life

Nov. 20, 2007
Perks

Allison's the SWAG queen. She has lots of friends who send her lots of samples—coffee mugs, hats, arm warmers, chapstick. She assesses and then tastefully plasters whatever sample she fancies the most with our logo and voila...we have CLIF SWAG. Every now and then she spreads the wealth and yesterday we got lucky. With the pod only 3/4 of the way full, Tara, Jessica, and I scored on some delightful matching beanies. Let's just say it pays to share office space with the knower of all promo items. And you better believe that Allison got in on the deal too.…

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Office Life

Nov. 13, 2007
Look-e here

Eric, just one of the many Clifsters responsible for getting our bars in stores, lives over in Virginia. Although we miss having him in the office, his cross-country living worked out perfectly for Ricardo, who couldn't make it back to Philadelphia to receive the Green Power Pilot Award from the EPA Green Power Partnership. Eric spared Ricardo the pain (and the giant carbon footprint) of flying all the way out East to the awards ceremony. Take a look at Eric, looking dapper in his suit (and Clif-Bar red button down) and filled pride as he receives the hand forged, 100%…

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Office Life, Sustainability

Nov. 12, 2007
Team Building 101

I think it's safe to say that Pod One pulled through this weekend in the team camaraderie department. While some of our athletes were off competing in the Treasure Island Triathlon, Pod One was in full force at the 2007 ANA Ekiden Corporate Relay. Here's some proof of our happy go-lucky Pod One family (plus our honorary mascot) post run—see photo. Tara, Ricardo, Jessica and I ran our heart's out in hopes of snagging four round-trip business class seats to Tokyo. We didn't win the tickets but we did get seventh place out of the 20 co-ed teams who participated…

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Events, Office Life

Oct. 23, 2007
Bid for Prevention

It's that time of year again…time to bid for prevention and get a chance to be a member of the LUNA Pro MTB Team at the 2008 Sea Otter Classic in lovely Monterey, CA. The highest bidder will not only get outfitted in LUNA gear and receive an entry to the 2008 Sea Otter Classic but she'll also get (among other things!) an "official" LUNA Pro Team Orbea bike all her own (custom built!) and a year's supply of CLIF BAR products. Bidding ends on the 26th of October so don't wait too long (unless you've mastered the art of eBay).…

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Office Life

Oct. 22, 2007
One Step at a Time

I wish I a had a photo of the stairs I constructed today. Why, you ask? Liz and I have been working on the darn things for two days and apparently they were supposed to be 70 inches instead of 64. But that's how it goes when you have no background constructing homes; but we're learning! Lesson learned: measure twice, cut once. And the glory of it all came when we drilled the final screw into the last stair today. I have to admit, they were quite possibly the prettiest stairs I'd ever seen. Thirteen of us jumped on a…

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2080

Oct. 12, 2007
Test your wilderness skills

Summer's over but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the great outdoors. Okay, well maybe what I'm about to tell you isn't directly related to enjoying the great outdoors during these colder months, but it's a way to test your wilderness skills so you can get out of a bind if you end up getting in one. Take CLIF MOJO's Worst-Case Scenario trivia quiz  and get entered for a chance to win three CLIF MOJO sweet & salty trail mix bars (yumbo!) and a copy of The Worst-Case Scenario Almanac-Great Outdoors (quite the handy handbook!)—two items that may be useful on your…

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Office Life

Sep. 11, 2007
Costa Rica

Dylan's back in the office but I feel slightly obligated to post this one for The Team since I was the original recipient. Here's the latest from TCB athlete Brent Allen and his "surf trip" down in Costa Rica.  I have just returned from a 9-day surf trip in Costa Rica and lets just say it was interesting. On short notice, I made a decision to take a surf trip to central America with a friend that is a teacher and was going to be back in class. After race announcing at the Alcatraz Challenge Sunday morning in San Francisco, we flew out…

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Team Clif Bar

Aug. 27, 2007
Brent Allent takes on the "officially unofficial" Pier2Pier

Dylan's out of the office on vacay, so I've taken it upon myself to update with what's happening out in the wide world of Team Clif Bar. This race report comes from Brent Allen, who took a dip in the Pacific Ocean to race in the "officially unoffical Pier2Pier paddle board event" a few weeks ago. I tried to find more about the race, but couldn't—figures, given that it's technically unofficial. Here's what Brent had to say: For the past 14 years there has been an "officially unofficial Pier2Pier paddle board event" that falls on Saturday the weekend of the huge Wharf2Wharf running race…

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Events, Team Clif Bar

Aug. 21, 2007
Chow time

A few weeks back, we had our summertime Clif Bar gathering in the middle of a field a few miles from our office. The lovely festivities just happened to fall on quite possibly one of the hottest days this summer and so we lounged under the shade of the trees when we could and chowed down on some yummy eats. When we weren't in the shade, we were off tie-dying shirts, playing softball or making bubbles with clowns. Oh, and we had a pie-eating contest. Not just any pie-eating contest but a full-fledged battle of carefully thought-out pie-eating schemes. And…

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Office Life

Aug. 14, 2007
Let the sun shine in

I'm somewhat amazed at my ability to seemingly forget to go outside during the day. By 5 o'clock I'm well aware of the deprivation and rush to get out to enjoy the sun (or fog, depending on the time of year). Interestingly we're not the only ones who need sunlight (duh)...indoor plants do too. Yes, indoor plants whose name seems to suggest that they don't need too much of anything. Case in point: I found two plants sitting at the front desk oh, about 4 months ago. They were up for grabs so Georgia and I each decided to take one…

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Office Life

Aug. 1, 2007
13.1 miles of bliss

I'm not really a runner. I used to be but when my knees started to fall apart and my ankles took too many rolls, I decided to throw in the towel. Then I decided to do triathlons; I still had to run but managed to avoid pounding too much pavement and still cross the finish (barely). Then Ricardo, my illustrious pod mate, asked me to do the San Francisco Half Marathon with him. The hitch? He asked me last Tuesday—four days before the race. I couldn't say no so off I went to do the Half at 4 am Sunday morning with…

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Events, Office Life

Jun. 27, 2007
Yoga-ing it up with Robin

Earlier this week, Melissa, our NorCal Field Rep, was in Marin handing out elixir and doing yoga as part of the LUNA and lululemon live free, eat well mobile tour. While out and about, she happened upon a very special Bay Area celeb... Can you look beyond those glasses and that silver chain and guess who it is? Yup, that's right; our very own resident comedian, Mr. Robin Williams. You better bet your bottom dollar that Melissa wasn't about to let him go without first snagging a photo. When it came time to document the momentous occasion, her partner in…

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Events, Office Life

Jun. 20, 2007
Making it a Better World

Our good friend Geoff is up to some pretty neato things. Geoff left the world of Clif about a year ago to work for Peace Players in South Africa; he's since moved back to the states and is now working for Better World Books—a social enterprise that gives used books a new home while also supporting literacy around the world. Dinero generated from online sales goes toward non-profit literacy initiatives and organizations. You make a difference just by buying books from their online shop or, if you've got some books just hanging around on your shelf, send them to the…

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Office Life

Jun. 14, 2007
It’s about time.

Fame is tough, especially when you can't escape it. Just ask Ricardo. This past week, he's been in magazines, newspapers and most importantly, was just crowned "Customer of the Week" at the Peet's coffee shop just down the street from our office. We're big fans of Peet's and apparently they're big fans of Ricardo, too. Every Saturday they announce a Customer of the Week. Just about every CLIF employee pays Peet's a visit at least once a day, but never have any of us received the coveted spot on the plaque by the espresso machine. But it was Ricardo's lucky…

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Office Life

May. 21, 2007
Our little peach tree

A few months back, we adopted our very own Elberta peach tree from Masumoto Family Farm—a modest 80-acre orangic plot just south of Fresno, CA. I've been meaning to post some photos because I'm just so proud of our little tree and how much it's grown. We haven't done too much on it just yet; in fact, the farm uses all-natural practices to care for our little munchkin during the early months—pruning, irrigation, pest control. Our hard work comes when it's time to hand harvest the goods—around late July/early August. Until then, we wait in wonder for news that the peaches are…

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Office Life

May. 17, 2007
Guess who?

Last Sunday, Andra (far right), our Northwest field rep, was off at Girls Night Out, a Mom's Day concert in Seattle. While she was out and about sampling LUNA Elixir, she met someone famous... Can you guess who? I'll give you  a little hint—think Howard Stern. Yup. Sanjaya from American Idol! After befriending one of the deejays and pulling a little "LUNA Girl" status, Andra and her reps were able to sneak backstage to eventually happen upon THE Sanjaya. Whether or not you're a fan, you can appreciate the complete randomness of the encounter. Fun Fact: apparently his teeth are…

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Events, Office Life

May. 15, 2007
A fractal food

A group of us are illustrious members of the Clif Bar Organique Veggie Club—not as hoity toity as the name suggests but still pretty special. Every Wednesday afternoon, us non-exclusive club members get a delightful box of seasonal veggies straight from Riverdog Farm, a 200-acre certified-organic farm located up in Guinda, CA. It's always delicious to have fresh veggies delivered to your door but I have to admit that it can get a little monotonous eating the same things week to week, which is why spring brings such a welcome variety from the winter veggies. During those winter months, however,…

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Food Matters, Office Life

May. 8, 2007
Photo shoot

Back in April, Bea left a comment asking for photos of the 2007 Team CLIF Bar cycling squad. Well, Bea, it's your lucky day because I was finally able to track down a whole slew of photos to share. A few weeks ago, the team got together up in the Berkeley hills and booked some time in front of the camera; our in-house photo guru Paul snapped these snazzy pics for Bea and all of you other TCB Cycling fans. Here they are posing nice for the camera; to see action shots, check out flickr.com.    

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Team Clif Bar

May. 1, 2007
Follow the white road (for free!)

Let's try this again... By now, you may have figured out that every now and then we like to share things…for free. A while ago we gave away CLIF ZBaRs; in the spirit of the changing seasons, we're trying something new. It's still free, but it's not a bar…it's a book—Gary's book: Raising the Bar—the story of CLIF Bar & Co, and it's now available in paperback. Gary tells about his journey to create the first CLIF Bar and to keep CB&Co. chugging along. And you don't have to be an entrepreneur or cyclist to enjoy the reads; heck,…

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Office Life

Apr. 10, 2007
We goofed…

If you're on our mailing list, then you've probably received the pre-Earth Day newsletter we sent out this morning. But we made a small mistake. We were just so excited to tell you about Earth Day, that we wrote the date down a whole day early. Yup. Earth Day 2007 isn't until the 22nd of April. That's a Sunday, not a Saturday as incorrectly noted in the newsletter. So change those calendar notes you may have made... I wonder how much more of a difference we could make if it wasn't just Earth Day but instead Earth Weekend, or maybe…

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Office Life, Sustainability

Apr. 4, 2007
World’s largest vending machine

Here's what happens when you combine unseasonably warm weather with spending too much time in a high altitude...Ah, if only this were true. How much would you pay to use this machine?

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Office Life

Mar. 27, 2007
Follow the White Road…

Sorry to cause any confusion regarding the recently posted blog offer for Gary's book: Raising the Bar, The Story of Clif Bar & Co. After we posted the offer, we found that we were having some trouble with the forms—if you wanted the book, there was no way for us to get your information to be able to send it to you! Not very helpful for you avid readers. The forms are getting fixed and should be ready to take your information soon (keep your fingers crossed). I'll repost the offer once it's good to go. In the meantime, exercise your…

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Office Life

Mar. 16, 2007
The award that ate all awards

As a food company that makes energy bars, we get requests to sponsor events—runs, tris, walks, and sometimes those folks we supply send us SWAG as a thank you. T-shirts, hats, and the occasional plaque are the usual but when this showed up at our door a few months ago, we knew we'd hit it big—a silver dog-collar chain with a slick medallion proudly displaying the Fall 50 logo (maple leaf included). We were ecstatic. Here's what happens near the end of the day, four months after we've had the dynamite award adorning our walls. We just couldn't resist. Good times.

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Office Life

Feb. 16, 2007
A green greenhouse

Last week a few of us went back to Double Rock community garden in San Francisco to install a greenhouse we promised Ms. Jackie we'd put together. The thing was like a giant Ikea project. If you've ever put together something from Ikea, you can imagine; the directions appeared clear, the parts all seemed to be there but the shear enormity was just overwhelming. I can't tell you how many nuts and bolts were strewn around the grass as we struggled to piece together different metal parts. And it was a bit dangerous too—heads proved their strength withstanding the brut…

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Amy, Miss Web Gal
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Office Life, 2080

Jan. 2, 2007
Time flies when you’re having fun

It's 2007 already and time to come up with some resolutions. But I'm not really a fan. As a matter of fact, I've never really liked to devise New Year’s resolutions. I’m forced to come up with something that I’m then forced to follow along with the rest of the world. So, I take it upon my own free will to come up with a few things throughout the year, small goals that aren’t too overwhelming. One of which is baking new and interesting things—in part inspired by the pink Kitchen Aid Santa left under the tree. I find that I…

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Office Life

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