Last two weeks (ish)

Scenes from Allegany State Park - We spent 5 days (ish) at Allegany State Park in a cabin at the beginning of August; I didn’t take many pictures (most are of moss, as it turns out). Here’s what I do have.
11 years! - In the midst of a pandemic, today we celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. We are celebrating by going camping at Allegany State Park (obviously with the kids). We don’t usually celebrate our anniversary with the kids, so this is a change from the norm (as is everything in 2020). The kids surprised us this morning… … Continue reading 11 years!
Selfishpression - Here’s a new COVID era term: selfishpression. When someone uses the excuse of self-expression to be selfish. Example: “I didn’t wear a mask because I’m just so ready for COVID to be over, and I want my summer back.” You know it when you see it.
Plantain weed reprise - I’m very happy with how the finished piece turned out. Spending time on the bigger study made the smaller final piece flow quick and loose.
Plantain weed - Botanical prints are amazing, and I love them. I did a study based on a piece I found online, plus some looking at the many, many specimens in my very own yard. Next I’m going to do a more delicate, better centered smaller version to refine the exercise. Favorite parts so far: all the greens … Continue reading Plantain weed
The joys of childhood - Eleanor is so uniquely Eleanor.
Remote Career Summit 2020 - I’m going to speaking at the Remote Career Summit 2020 on Thursday June 25! Alongside other people at companies who focus on remote hiring, I’ll be participating in a roundtable discussion. Here’s the event description: Millions of people are now unemployed due to the global pandemic. At the same time, many tech companies have announced … Continue reading Remote Career Summit 2020
Recreational thinking - Something that I’ve found enormously helpful lately is having a sort of release valve and a way to for ramping up thinking and then diffusing the tension from work-time thinking. That kind of recreational thinking gives me a chance to puzzle over something that has low stakes, and high pay off in terms of satisfaction. … Continue reading Recreational thinking
FD2020 - The past 4 months have been hard on everyone. The enforced time together, the unrelenting juggling of work and children, and the constant worry. I couldn’t have a better partner at my side through it all. Bob and I are perfectly balanced. I could sit home all day, and he needs to travel. I get … Continue reading FD2020
Henry - Sometimes I see someone older than 8. My first born! He’s my little stomper ❤️
Anti-racism - I’ve been reading How To Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi, and it seemed the day I downloaded it, I started seeing the phrase “anti-racist” everywhere. To be anti-racist is to actively be against racism; not only the individual acts as committed by individuals, but also the policies and systems that have shaped our … Continue reading Anti-racism
Adjustments - This week has been killer. I just started a new role (which I am incredibly excited about, and will describe a bit more later) and in this transition period ended up working very, very long days (I had 22 calls this week, many spread across a 10 hour day, and then additional work after all … Continue reading Adjustments
MD2020 - I’ve got a pretty good crew. Today they let me sleep in, and while I slept, they cleaned the whole house and made me breakfast. And coffee! I played the Game of Life with Eleanor and played with all the kids outside. Everyone hugged me a lot and I got a hanging basket and home … Continue reading MD2020
Tot Mess - It took seven years and a global pandemic, but I’m finally meeting my co-workers’ kids. After everything shutdown, one of my friends (and co-worker) and I arranged for our little boys to meet over Zoom. They’re just shy of a year apart in age, and very much interested in the same things: potty training fails, … Continue reading Tot Mess
Seventy-Seven - My mom is 77! My mom is 38 years older than me. Last year I turned 38 and then a week later we were 38 years apart again, which is pretty cool (but we didn’t dig into it last year because mom was in the hospital having lung cancer surgery). And now we have another … Continue reading Seventy-Seven
Thirty-Fine - This is fine. Today I’m 39. I’ve been looking forward to being 39 – since three times itself is nine, and also, it just seemed like it’d be a pretty killer year. It has yet to live up to hype. I’ve been feeling very fragile lately — extra anxious, losing patience really quickly with the … Continue reading Thirty-Fine
WFH - We don’t have to sit on top of each other while we screentime. But we sure do.
Unregulated art - Every wall in our house has some drawing on it, either a marker dragged in a chubby fist as a certain small boy has walked up and down corridors and stair cases, or crayon more deliberately applied, or some combination of the two. This is something that doesn’t bother me. We have gorgeous wallpaper in … Continue reading Unregulated art