Stories of My Life

Who wants to be a Happiness Engineer?

Who would want to be a millionaire when you could be a Happiness Engineer? If you know me at all, you know I love my job. A lot of you have asked how you can work here, too, or whether there’s a college class you can take. Here’s my answer: Happiness Engineers need intuition, critical […]

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WordCamp SLC

You might not realize this, but WordCamp changed my life. I went in 2008, only curious about WordPress at the time. I knew some hosting customers used it and loved it. And it seemed nice. It wasn’t the easiest thing to convince my then-husband that I needed a Saturday off. But my friend Joseph who […]

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Don’t call me fat ;)

Backing up my claims that I feel much healthier at 185 (BMI 29) than I did trying desperately to get to 130 (BMI 22) in 2010-2011… The study, by Katherine M. Flegal and her associates at the C.D.C. and the National Institutes of Health, found that all adults categorized as overweight and most of those […]

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Fixing a Paneled Door

As much as the kids and I love the new place, the door has been absolutely dismal with peeling paint, tape marks, and dozens of inexplicable dents. When the property management company asked if I had any questions, the first one out of my mouth was, “May I fix the door?” Well, I finally got […]

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More Women, Please!

This is a test post more than anything, but when looking for something to upload, I found this photo I took at the Utah Open Source Conference. The conference was great! It’s getting bigger each year! But we still don’t see very many women there. Women in tech: I know you’re out there, even in […]

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Oh, Friday…

Bet you’ve always wondered what a cute Single Mormon Mommy does on a kidless Friday night. Let me count the adventures! – Went out at 6 to my friend’s graduation open house, mainly so I could meet her dad who just flew in from Vietnam. – Noticed that party ended at 7. Asked my brother […]

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New Contract + Summer – MAT1010 = ?

I’ve got a bit of a problem. And a story. You know what that means. I’ll write it all in one big hairy paragraph and mix in some irrelevant details, just like they do in my text book: MAT1010 (UVU uses the “MATH” prefix for remedial courses) is four credit class that costs roughly $800. […]

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Adding it all up.

Math is my worst subject, and always has been since I was a kid. It’s not that I’m horrible at it. It’s that every other subject out there is pretty easy in comparison. As a kid and a teen, I thought that if it took a lot of work, it just meant I should give […]

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What is FOSS?

I’m speaking at Utah Open Source conference next weekend. Yes, it will be a geekfest, but to say FOSS is only for geeks is like saying cupcakes are only for bakers. This is a cupcake I made recently. I found a frosting recipe online, tweaked it to my liking, and then shared my changes with […]

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Oh, snap.

There’s a Russian superstition saying it’s terrible luck to step outside without looking in a mirror first. I’m thinking they might be right. This morning, I deliberately put on jeans before rushing the kids to school. I wanted to pick up a few items at the grocery store, but figured with my feral hair, painted […]

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Ashley Judd on looksim

I have newfound respect for Ashely Judd. Ladies, we are so much more than how we look — but how can we, let alone the men in our lives, ever come to believe it when we’re constantly picking apart how other women look, too? Ashely Judd writesthat she tries very hard to not let her […]

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