Hey, I made a pillow!

I mentioned yesterday that I’d be taking a sewing class today and… I made a pillow cover! I mean, look at those stitches! And don’t say “well the machine did that!” because EXCUSE ME but the machine didn’t make them so straight! And it didn’t measure & iron that hem! I took the Intro to Sewing…

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This Week: RBG, Noodles, and New Hobbies

This week I wrote about working at Automattic for the past six months and also: I’m trying out this DIY Instant Noodle Cups recipe from The Kitchn this week for lunch. They’re pretty good, but I’ll need to tweak the recipe a bit before I can say I’m totally satisfied with it. It’s definitely a nice change…

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Notes From An Event Apart Austin: Lara Hogan

And now more notes from An Event Apart Austin… Lara Hogan, Senior Engineering Manager of Performance at Etsy (my fav!), presented “Designing for Performance,” and she’s just plain great. (I mean, she celebrates career achievements with donuts.) She got big laughs for her “four and horse stars” story of the time Etsy accidentally replaced their half-star with little horse…

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Six Amazing Months: An Automattic Love Story

My first official day at Automattic was six months ago today! My Happiness Engineer trial was late February to mid-April and it was a difficult/amazing time (as reflected in this emotional rollercoaster of a story I told in gifs). By the end of it I was exhausted but sure I was in the right place, so…

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Notes From An Event Apart Austin: Ethan Marcotte

More notes from An Event Apart Austin… Ethan Marcotte (@beep) presented “Laziness in the Time of Responsive Design” and full disclosure: It wasn’t about being lazy overall, but was all about getting things setup now up front to let you be lazy later. Definitely good sense! On laziness: “Embrace laziness in responsive design” through layout, navigation, & animation.  Frameworks…

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Notes From An Event Apart Austin: Karen McGrane

I’m home and (sort of) recovered from Automattic‘s Grand Meetup (#a8cgm), so back to my notes from An Event Apart Austin… Karen McGrane presented “Content in a Zombie Apocalypse” and dropped some knowledge on us about WYSIWYG and the ridiculousness of web-paper (PDFs). On WYSIWYG: “I’m kind of like the President of the WYSIWYG Haters Club.”…

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