Share Your Mac Screen — June 10, 2015
Developer Question — June 7, 2015

Developer Question

I’ve decided to expand my developer skills and learn more javascript. I really need to step up my game and sharpen my front-end skills. So I’ve spent the past week on studying up on AngularJS.

I am loving its capabilities and what you can do with it, especially when combined with bootstrap. I’m a .NET developer so I am deeply entrenched in ASP.NET, so of course, I want to combine the two. I found a great talk that Miguel Castro did on how to merge Angular with ASP.NET MVC. It’s exactly what I want to accomplish.

But I’ve seen so many tutorials on Angular and it’s gotten me curious. What is the most common backend for sites built with Angular. If any developers out there happen to see this post, please comment. I want to know. PHP, Java, .NET Web API, or something else?

Coloring is Fun, Even as an Adult —
He’s late — May 4, 2015

He’s late

My nephew was supposed to be here by today. But he’s being extremely stubborn, as babies tend to be, and is taking his sweet time to get out of his mommy’s belly. 

I’m writing to tell Beckett to get out! We all want to meet you finally and it’s time for the next phase of your life. 

Life on the outside. 

List Love — April 30, 2015
Clothes Shopping —

Clothes Shopping

I really dislike clothes shopping. I always have. I guess that doesn’t make me a normal woman. But it’s true. I’ve always struggled trying to find clothes that fit, so I get frustrated.

I can go into a store dressing room with 15 pairs of pants and come back out with 2 that actually fit right. Usually they are too long, because it’s hard to find pants for short people. Or they are too tight in the waist, if the hips fit. If I get some that fit my waist, then my hips are swimming in them.

I never know what size shirt to get either. Small, medium or large, I have a little of all sizes in my closet.

Today, one of the few decent pants I have for work ripped at the hem. I’ve already jimmied the zipper with a twist tie. I guess now they really do need to be replaced. So this weekend, I will have to endure the frustrating world of clothes shopping to find at least one pair of pants that I can wear for work.

As you can imagine, I don’t shop for clothes often. So my wardrobe isn’t huge and it’s getting stagnant. I need a fresh, new wardrobe for this summer, yet, I do not look forward to the part where I actually have to go shopping. Ugh!

Expressive Eyes — September 27, 2013

Expressive Eyes

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately courtesy of the new kindle I was gifted for Mothers Day. One thing I’ve really noticed in all the stories I’ve read is how much focus is given to the eyes. The eyes of the characters express so much of their feelings and emotions but in real life I just don’t see that.

Maybe I’m not observant enough or just never look people in the eyes but I don’t think I’ve ever really seen someone’s expressions in their eyes.

Alone in a Crowd — September 20, 2012

Alone in a Crowd

There must be something inherently wrong with me. There has to be something that keeps people away. In both my social life and my work life. I float through life with acquaintances but no real friendships. I always feel like I’m on the outside looking in, present but not really a participant. I don’t really fit in anywhere.

I hang out with friends, but sometimes I feel I’m there by default, because of my husband. They are his friends and I’m just a tag along. If it wasn’t for his friendship, I wouldn’t be there.

At work, it’s the same. Rarely do I socialize with anyone. I could sit in my office all day and not have a conversation with anyone at all. In a building that employees 300+ people. Just a wave or hello, as I pass them in the hallway. It can get very lonely. I don’t even talk to my fellow programmers and they are right outside my door.

So there has to be something wrong with me, that keeps people away. Maybe I just need to be a nosy bitch and start sticking my nose in other people’s business. Maybe they’d notice me then.

I live and work with others. I’m surrounded. But most of the time I feel I have no one to talk to about stuff. I can’t talk about work at home. I can’t talk about home and family with anyone at work. Hell, I can barely talk about work at work. I’m even isolated there because even though I’m one of 10 developers, we do not work in teams, or even pairs. We each work on our own thing.

I feel like I’m alone in a crowd.

Ever feel like that?

In the Age of eBanking…I’m Still Writing Checks?! — September 19, 2012

In the Age of eBanking…I’m Still Writing Checks?!

Who writes checks anymore? All my bills can be paid online. Every store and fast food chain accepts credit and debit cards. It’s rare to see someone write a check.

With all the options for electronic and online banking, checks are becoming a thing of the past. Right?

Not so much. At least not for me.

Since Amelia started school, I’ve never written so many checks in my life. I can easily write 3-5 checks a week now! They are constantly asking for money for something. Even before school started, I was writing more checks than my pen could handle.

I think I wrote 4 checks in one night at registration. This week, I’ve written 3 checks already and I’ve still got a few more to write for various things. Field trips, school lunch orders, book fair order, classroom donations, fundraisers, school pictures…it’s endless.

And we’re only one month into the school year! At this rate, I’ll burn through my book of checks before spring!

Are you still writing checks?

Blueberry Goodness — September 12, 2012

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