• A Spring Week in NYC

    A Spring Week in NYC

    In September 2021, I became a Happiness Engineer Lead at Automattic for WordPress.com after spending a little over 5 years as a Happiness Engineer. Throughout my progression from HE to HE Lead, I had so many fellow leads guiding me and also consulted many resources. Still, Reboot training is offered to all new or aspiring…

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  • Coach Broccoli & Banana

    Coach Broccoli & Banana

    Our last foster felines left our home before New Year’s (our trip to visit my mom over that holiday) and have since all been adopted into loving homes! Given that it’s winter here, kittens aren’t pretty common this time of year so we didn’t expect to have more fosters very soon. But in early February…

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  • Our 2022 Fosters

    Our 2022 Fosters

    After Snuffy passed away in September, we took a brief period to grieve but ultimately decided that our house was too boring without some feline energy in it. I reached back out to Richmond Animal League to register my interest in fostering cats and kittens again – immediately there were kittens in need of our…

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  • Happiness Division Meetup in Denver

    Happiness Division Meetup in Denver

    Last week, I spent time in Denver with around 400 other Automatticians, mostly from our Happiness division – support for WordPress.com, Jetpack, WooCommerce, Tumblr, and many more awesome services.

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  • Our First Family Trip – Texas

    Our First Family Trip – Texas

    Never would I imagine that Willa would turn 3 before taking her first flights, but due to the pandemic that’s the reality! We always said once Willa was vaccinated for COVID, that we would take a trip down to Texas and finally we made that happen. We had such a blast and wanted to share…

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  • Memories of Snuffy

    Memories of Snuffy

    I wrote this post through a stream of tears. Happy tears for the many years Snuffy was with us, and sad tears that we’ve had to part ways. Snuffy passed away peacefully in my arms very early this morning. She was active and playful until her very last day, and for that we are very…

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  • Madrid + Nashville

    Madrid + Nashville

    It was really never my intention to avoid travel after Willa was born, but as you all know the pandemic hit in late March 2020 when she was just 7 months old. We hadn’t gone anywhere as a family or separately at that point because we didn’t want to expose an infant to unnecessary germs,…

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  • How I Spent My Sabbatical

    How I Spent My Sabbatical

    My sabbatical ends today, boo hoo. (If you don’t know what I’m referring to, check out this post.) I had a nice 3 months off, but to be honest I spent my sabbatical different than I had ever planned to. I had always dreamed of traveling a ton during my sabbatical, but the pandemic really…

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  • ABC (Always Be Childproofing)

    ABC (Always Be Childproofing)

    It’s been almost 2 weeks and I’m ready to share this unpleasant experience that our family, more specifically Willa, went through. I shared our story in a few parenting groups as a bit of a PSA, but wanted to post a longer version here as well in case it will help anyone. Don’t worry, I…

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