• We Are WARRIORS: Eagle Ridge

    We Are WARRIORS: Eagle Ridge

    For a single night, I was part of an eighties rockband in 2013; we performed at ERA’s Battle of the Bands. I will never be this cool again. “Beverly Hills” and “Call Me Maybe” and rehearsals at seven a.m… ERA is where I learned to be a battle-hardened warrior. There is no tired like first-year-teacher […]

  • Want v. Need: Staring Mortality in the Face

    Want v. Need: Staring Mortality in the Face

    At some point, I need to admit to myself that what I like to do and what I need to do to take care of myself are on polar ends of the health spectrum. Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his […]

  • Running.


    If a girl goes for a run in the forest, but there’s no fitbit attached to her to count her steps, did it really happen? Featured image from The Awkward Yeti

  • So you want to be an Automattician…

    So you want to be an Automattician…

    The road to becoming an Automattician is long and winding at the best of time. It is filled with the perils of self-doubt and mountain-sized learning curves. This was mine. Here’s a chronological guide that might help you through your application process. Note: If you decide to apply, your journey will look different than mine. So much has […]

  • Three Wise Women – Who am I?

    Three Wise Women – Who am I?

    “Oh, they can be book characters? To the unending horror of Ray Bradbury’s immortal soul, I didn’t even think of Clarisse McClellan as a character from a novel.”  My characters: Elliot Reed, Clarisse McClellan, and the Crazy Bird Lady (replace cats with birds.)

  • Thoughts on Taking Care of Me

    Thoughts on Taking Care of Me

    Lessons learned from Automattic/working from home: If you didn’t take care of yourself before, you’re probably not going to start when you find yourself with more time. Remember to practice.