- Visited Mexico City on a family holiday. Great coffee, amazing food, incredible arts and culture. Wish the air quality were better.
- Visited Lanzarote on a friend holiday. Finally got back under the sea post-pregnancy on some nice shore dives. Saw a cuttlefish!
- Somehow against all possible odds agreed to give a conference talk for StaffPlus London. Honestly, who could say no to the LeadDev folks when they come calling? I could not, so I did it, and people seemed to like it.
- Since I was putting together a conference talk anyway… went and gave it at Brighton Ruby. I keep going back there every year for good reason. Good eggs down in Brighton.
- Took the Bernina mountain railway over the Alps, on a 10-day, 5-stop tour through Italy and Switzerland. Dipped my baby’s toes in Lake Como.
- Got made redundant, as my employer decided that platform engineering teams, and staff engineers, were not necessary to their business.
- Started at Intercom as a Senior Product Engineer
- Staff Engineer on the Platform Engineering team at Farewill
- Visited the Basque country. Adorable tiny horses, fabulous food, beautiful ocean views.
- Bought a house. My god, that was a lot of paperwork.
- Had a baby, took a few months off work.
- Mostly divested myself of Twitter. RIP. It was good while it lasted. This leaves LinkedIn as my only remaining social media presence which is frankly shocking and nauseating but there you have it.
- Started working at Farewill as a software engineer. The midst of a global pandemic seemed like a good time to pivot from the travel industry to the death industry.
- Went back to the US to visit family for a couple of weeks in the summer.
- Got way too into pottery, signing up for a membership at my local studio and taking some classes
- Took driving lessons. Passed my driving test on the first go with flying colours. Officially a licensed driver, again.
- Received British citizenship 🇬🇧 and subsequently, a UK passport
- Mostly divested myself of Instagram. I still miss it, and haven’t really figured out how to keep in touch with my far-flung friends otherwise, but at least I’m not feeding my life directly into Meta’s malevolent servers.
- Reached the staff engineer level for the first time, which is a nice career milestone for me.
- Took the completely ridiculous Life in the UK exam; successfully obtained Indefinite Leave to Remain.
- Learned/re-learned how to throw pottery at Skandihus. Despite covid-interruptus, it was wonderful to have that creative outlet periodically.
- All the dev conferences went online. I attended Women of React and Brighton Ruby, both of which were great.
- I did a Practical Cartooning for Technical Folks course and proceeded to spend a lot of happy time drawing. Thank you, Rachel!
- Took two writing courses with Write Like A Girl (on Zoom). When we were under lockdown and I couldn’t go to the pottery studio, at least I always had writing to do!
- Baked, and ate, a lot of sourdough bread
- Tried to find the most pandemic-compatible holiday options in lieu of a family vacation (we took a sleeper train to Scotland, I spent a week on a boat in the Red Sea)
- Left Rail Europe (along with the majority of their staff worldwide); took some time off work to recover from burnout
- Learning conversational Italian thanks to the magic of Duolingo
- Senior Developer at Happy Bear Software (RIP)
- Went on a pretty amazing boat tour of the Scottish Highlands and Islands
- Participating in far too many book clubs, reading all the books
- Went on a family vacation to southern Italy
- Took a solo trip to Granada to see La Alhambra
- Senior Software Engineer at Loco2 (RIP)
- Blew all my savings on [*REDACTED*]
- I moved to London.
- Started calling myself a writer once I started getting paid for blogging: Jezebel
- Worked for BrewDog at their bar in Shoreditch and bottle shop in King’s Cross. Handled social media, events, and revived their email newsletter.
- Passed the Certified Cicerone examination. I’m literally certified to be a beer snob.
- Ate a lot of pizza in Rome
- Learned to scuba dive in Thailand, learned to
cook in Bali
- Visited Belgium, Amsterdam,
Copenhagen, Munich, and Berlin
- Took a train from San Diego out to Chicago
- Hugged some redwoods in California
- I turned 30. I visited the seventh
continen; made friends with a
- Backpacked around Patagonia, just for kicks
- I did copywriting and editing for an advertising agency, working primarily for
clients in the healthcare sector: Indiana University Health, Roche Diagnostics, Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Mentored teens in web development at the Adler Planetarium’s Web-Making Workshop for Civic Action
- Lost my best pal (this was devastating)
- I edited Distance, a quarterly publication of long-form writing about design and technology.
- Finally made it to the very top of Half Dome in Yosemite, after making my first attempt 15 years earlier.
- I edited the second edition of Cadence and Slang, a book about interaction design by Nick Disabato.
- Took an epic 4-week trip through the South Pacific, with stops in Australia,
New Zealand, and French Polynesia
- Died of happiness a little bit whilst hugging a
koala, and probably smelled
very bad by the time I finished backpacking along the Milford
- Finished a Certificate in Medical Writing and Editing at the University of Chicago’s Graham School
- Went to Bogotá for a bit
- From 2010 to 2015, I worked for the University of Chicago’s Center for
Health and Social Sciences. I replaced their old fixed-width framed site with a
responsive layout, and created updated templates for their Adobe Contribute CMS.
I updated the visual design of all marketing materials and created a series of
Annual Reports which were distributed widely to funding agencies and collaborators.
- I moved from San Diego to Chicago. Learned the meaning of
- From 2007 to 2010, I was the Assistant Librarian for the San Diego Zoo. In 2010 we published our research on zoo libraries.
- I hiked the Inca Trail in Peru. It was pretty great.
- Finished a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University
- Taught SAT prep courses for Kaplan in the evenings and on weekends
- Worked as a Library Assistant at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego from 2006 to 2007
- Volunteered for the San Diego Public Library and the San Diego Zoo library
- Graduated with a BA in Literatures of the World from the University of California, San Diego
- Studied Fine Art and Photography at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
- Spent six months or so studying in London and traveling around Europe
- Graduated high school at age 16
- Started at University of California, San Diego