Snapchats From my Kids

Especially when they show adorable videos of my granddaughter or grand-animals.

I particularly love this one from Zeb showing Dino checking out her rabbit-friends 🙂

Dino the bearded dragon visiting rabbit siblings

After I asked Zeb if I could use this photo for my blog, he kindly offered to send images of the other grands. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Mammals

Ophelia the dog
Moon the house bun

Spiny Mammal

Ollie the hedgehog hanging out
Ollie eating then tucking in for a nap

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great are things I should do more often. Last year I found that writing every day during the holiday time got a bit stressful. So this year I’m writing throughout the year and scheduling the posts to go out in November.

Job Perks

MacBook Pro with WordPress logo and only one sticker.

Aka. The stories a computer tells.

There are many things I love about my job, and two of them are:

  1. Getting to work with different types of technology, including new computers.
  2. Travel
My work computers

The average Happiness Engineer at Automattic works a machine hard. Long and hard. And to provide good support, we have to work as fast as possible while researching as much as possible. Soooo many tabs and browsers. This means it’s important to have workhorses (I mean computers) that hold up to our relentless boundary-pushing standards.

Fortunately the company realizes this, and we are eligible for new computers every 18 months. At that point, we can trade in our old computers or purchase them for the trade-in value. After four years of work, we get a treat. Instead of the Apple logo, we get to choose a Jetpack logo, an Automattic logo, Woo logo or a WordPress logo. I was actually happy with my computer and its performance so I pushed off getting my four-year special until after year five. I’m thankful for them all.

As I travel (mostly for company conferences, meetups, WordCamps, etc), I love to collect stickers. They bring back happy memories.

Macbook Air with stickers

This was my first computer (now my husband’s), and it’s a happy one since it included trips to Barcelona (my first meetup ever), Perugia and Portugal (a place where my heart lies). Also featured are the Buffalo from the Buffalo, NY Wordcamp, as well as Toronto, Saratoga Springs and New York City Wordcamps. Good times, indeed.

MacBook Pro with stickers

This second compute of mine is not so sticker-populated, but it holds some of my favorites. That Ben Dunkle signature on the support sticker from the Buffalo WordCamp? Priceless. And the WordPress is my super power! sticker designed by Michelle Ames for the Rochester, NY WordCamp is one of my all-time favorites. Two GMs in Orlando are reflected as well as one at Whistler. If you don’t know what a GM is, check out this super fun podcast on the topic.

See the coke bottle? That represents the Atlanta meetup. You can see our Montreal meetup represented as well. And Hogwarts represents my time on the mobile support teams. You probably all know that Deer Valley is special to me since a bunch of our kids work there, and Jiminy Peak is my snowboarding heaven.

The Jupiter stickers represent my team. I especially love the glow-in-the-dark planet my former teammate, Raul, gave as a gift. Now he’s on another team, but we keep in touch, and I love his thoughtfulness represented there. I also love that card-holder. That comes in super-handy at conferences for those of us who never remember to carry our cards around with us :). Chris got that idea from an attendee at WordCamp Buffalo a few years ago, and I copied it.

MacBook Pro with WordPress logo and only one sticker.

And now a new era begins with my new pretty. As you can see, it’s been christened with a Jiminy Peak sticker. I need to add a backup of my superpower sticker I have, and at least one Jupiter sticker. And a card holder. If all goes as planned, there will be another Utah sticker and a Panama one within a couple of months as well. So exciting.

I know I have worked with some of you readers. Those interactions, and times spent enjoying time reading the work of all of you I follow are also treasures tied into this technology. Everyday gifts that make the world a better place. I thank you for that.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great are things I should do more often. Last year I found that writing every day during the holiday time got a bit stressful. So this year I’m writing throughout the year and scheduling the posts to go out in November.

Trinkets From the Past

Butterfly Necklace

My favorite necklace. When I was a kid, I used to collect items with butterflies on them. I believe this necklace was from that era, but I don’t remember how I got it. It’s something I wear all the time, and I’m thankful for it 🙂

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great are things I should do more often. Last year I found that writing every day during the holiday time got a bit stressful. So this year I’m writing throughout the year and scheduling the posts to go out in November.

Visual Treats from Nature

This is one of my all-time favorite pics I have taken so far at Jiminy Peak. It was taken last season, and each time I have viewed it over the year, I feel peace seep through my soul. And my lungs feel clearer.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great are things I should do more often. Last year I found that writing every day during the holiday time got a bit stressful. So this year I’m writing throughout the year and scheduling the posts to go out in November.

Online Church Services

I took this screenshot many months ago (you can tell because Lauren is still pregnant here). And it’s low resolution since it’s a screenshot but I’m still thankful enough to share it.

We are frequently traveling so calling a particular church “home” is a bit tricky. I also, until recently, worked on Sundays (my choice, actually) so grabbing a service Sunday morning was not ideal. It didn’t bother me too much since I could still listen to podcasts to further my spiritual journey. And I also participated in an online Bible study.

Then we discovered a church we really connected with while visiting our kids in Utah. I wish I could go there weekly, and we discovered that we can — by attending online. They offer several services, and one is on Sunday evenings throughout the winter. It’s become a treat for me since Lauren often sings during the service, and CJ works the technology. I tend to watch it from Facebook.

There is a messaging option so we can greet each other and make comments during the service.

Chatting during church (and catching archived services).

It’s okay if we miss a service. I can always go to Facebook and catch one from a time in the past. The one I just took a screenshot of was two weeks ago. You don’t even need a Facebook account. The archives can be accessed on the church’s website at:

https://www.mvfchurch.com/messages

This is not the only church with these offerings. When I first moved from western to northern NY, I stayed in touch with my former church for quite a while, and I enjoyed seeing my friends in the congregation (communion Sundays were a treat since everyone walks up to the altar so I could even see my friends who we used to sit with in the balcony). I see I wrote about being thankful for that a couple of years ago.

One of my favorite friends from my former town also joins, so we cross the miles between MA, NY and Utah as we worship together — friends and family. Shared times of worship are definitely something to be thankful for.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great are things I should do more often. Last year I found that writing every day during the holiday time got a bit stressful. So this year I’m writing throughout the year and scheduling the posts to go out in November.

Museum Gatherings

Last year I wrote about being thankful for Community as we attended a fundraiser at a local museum. They do this every year — local businesses each decorate a Christmas tree according to the theme of the year. Then they are all put on display at the museum.

I love the Berkshire Museum. It’s small and family-focused. There was a neat exhibit there about women in history. I also enjoyed exploring the human DNA exhibits. The patchwork of humanity.

The Berkshire Museum with Christmas lights.
The local high school kids decorated the museum.

The theme last year was music, and this year was heroes. We were supposed to wear something that depicted our personal hero. I wore earrings made by Chris, since I am very inspired by him.

It was a bit crowded, and a lot of the trees this year were decorated with images of people who were part of the community. I didn’t know them, and it didn’t seem as creative as last year, but it was still super enjoyable.

Christmas music at the museum

The music was particularly enjoyable. As was watching the little ones enjoying the music 🙂

I loved how dressed up some people got (yet I also felt comfortable in my jeans and nice shirt). There was one adorable little boy dressed as a police officer. I didn’t get a pic, though. And there was a tiny girl who made me want my granddaughter with me. Ah well, another time.

Yummy cocktail called Spidey Senses.
The cocktail looked pretty with its rosemary garnish and cranberries.

The time out with Chris was really enjoyable. We sampled yummy food (my favorite was the spinach pastry) and enjoyed a fun holiday drink.

Tree with origami ornaments

The origami ornament tree reminded me of CJ and his paper-folding endeavors in the past.

And I had a lot of fun watching Chris being goofy and enjoying the evening. There was even a Lorax tree (one of his favorite stories).

It was a fun kick-off to the winter season as the slopes opened two days later. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Goofing Around With Colleagues/Friends

We see each other live a couple times a year. We work really hard during those times, but we also goof around a bit. I really love it all.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great are things I should do more often. Last year I found that writing every day during the holiday time got a bit stressful. So this year I’m writing throughout the year and scheduling the posts to go out in November.