Archives for December 2012

Company Christmas Party Part 2

Oh. My. Goodness. I am going to try my hardest describe how amazing the food and company of our Christmas Party was, but I will not do it justice. MIGHTYminnow’s first annual company Christmas party was hosted by the wonderful Jenny Schwartz and Kyle Itani at Hopscotch. We planned the party just in time too, as they just received an outstanding review in the San Francisco Chronicle by Michael Bauer.

groupWhen we arrived, we were greeted by the friendly staff and our very own MIGHTYminnow menu that outlined the evening’s courses. The first round was potato chips and sauce served with a citrusy cocktail named after our very own company!

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After the chips, we had grilled eggplant with miso dressing, then Agedashi Dofu with a paired sake. There is no picture of the eggplant because it was eaten too quickly, and the picture of the tofu is half eaten because it was so appetizing, I forgot to capture it until it was mostly gone. The salad, which was raved about in Mr. Bauer’s review, was everything it was made out to be.

saladThe food and drinks kept coming, and the party continued to become merrier and merrier as we all got to know each other and become closer. Not everyone that works for MIGHTYminnow works in our office in Oakland. It was the first time many of us had met face-to-face, and we had a lot of catching up to do!

Finally, the main course came out, which was either Fried Chicken or Striped Bass. Both were devoured by everyone at the


Dessert was just as delicious as the rest of the meal and was served family style with bite sized macaroons, brownies, pumpkin mouse, and chocolate mouse. This relaxed and cozy evening could not have ended on a better note. It was the perfect way to end the year and gave the company the spirit it needs to start 2013 off right.


Company Christmas Party Part 1

Party at MIGHTYminnowMIGHTYminnow is host to a Meetup Group called Bay Area Web Freelancers. As many freelancers know, being a freelancer has a lot of perks like setting your own schedule and working in your pajamas at home. Unfortunately, being a freelancer makes it pretty hard to have a company Holiday party, so we decided to hold one for everyone who didn’t have their own party to attend.

The party was full of great food, drink, company, and entertainment. More than just web freelancers attended and many were able to get advise about their finances from a bookkeeper, health from a chiropractor, and caffeine from some coffee and chocolate experts.

ugly sweater contest winnerThe guys from Bittersweet stopped by and brought us some delicious treats from their cafe in our building. We had an ugly Christmas sweater contest, won by our very own Mickey; although Patch the dog came in a very close second. The prize was a classic Christmas Fruitcake make by some monks in Belgium.

We hosted a small White Elephant Gift Exchange with prizes like a glitter computer mouse, a coffee mug hotplate, and piggy bank that counts its change. Santa even stopped by at the end of the evening.

We all had a wonderful evening getting to know new people, and enjoying the company of other web experts that you just do not get very often as a freelancer.

Mm Reduced Hours Over the Holidays

12 - 1Like many businesses, Mm will be operating at reduced capacity between 12/20/12 and 1/2. If you need work done during that time, please reach out to us as soon as possible so that we can accomodate you. Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from MIGHTYminnow

About fifteen years ago, Kristin found a 1955 Pom Pom Aluminum Christmas tree at a Church sale. It was only a dollar and hidden under a table or else it would have been gone much sooner.

Tree BoxThis Christmas tree has added so much to the MIGHTYminnow office this season. As we have gone through such a life changing few months, it is a nostalgic reminder of the happiness and cheer the Holiday season brings.

paradeI have been hearing about this tree for a while now and was delighted to see Kristin come into work one morning with Christmas tree and decorations in hand. It could not have been a more pleasant day, as we watched Oakland’s America’s Children’s Holiday Parade, then spent the afternoon listening to Bing Crosby and rediscovering our Holiday Spirit.

decorating the treeThe tree, although not the classic green with multi-colored lights, is the perfect addition to our office. The turquoise tinsel matches the walls and the ornaments from the Museum of Modern Art adds the perfect burst of color to the tree. The next morning, as everyone on our floor walked past our office, we received constant smiles and compliments on the tree. Even our normally cross-seeming mail lady stopped to remember her similar Christmas tree from her childhood.

ornamentI am the lucky one in the office as I get to watch the tree bring a little cheer to these passersby and it reminds me to count my blessings that I get to work for such a great company and wonderful boss.