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.

Highlighted Blog #29 – Mr. Adam’s Travels

When I can’t hit the road in real life, you’ll always find me arm-chair traveling, and Mr. Adam’s Travels is one of my favorite sites to follow. I think this is because he highlights interesting places, has great images, but also provides practical tips and thought-provoking insights such as in his travel summary post in which he states:

We’re here, worrying about our internet speeds… What colour to paint the house… Whether our online shopping will be delivered on time.
Who really cares?
There is a whole world out there of people struggling to survive.

https://www.mradamstravels.com/return-long-term-travel/

Sculpture by the Sea is an art & culture event in Sydney, Australia. It takes place for 3 weeks each year in October/November. Here is all you need to know! 15 more words

via Sculpture by the Sea – Sydney, Australia — Mr Adam’s Travels

Highlighted Blog #29 – Mr. Adam's Travels

When I can’t hit the road in real life, you’ll always find me arm-chair traveling, and Mr. Adam’s Travels is one of my favorite sites to follow. I think this is because he highlights interesting places, has great images, but also provides practical tips and thought-provoking insights such as in his travel summary post in which he states:

We’re here, worrying about our internet speeds… What colour to paint the house… Whether our online shopping will be delivered on time.
Who really cares?
There is a whole world out there of people struggling to survive.

https://www.mradamstravels.com/return-long-term-travel/

Sculpture by the Sea is an art & culture event in Sydney, Australia. It takes place for 3 weeks each year in October/November. Here is all you need to know! 15 more words

via Sculpture by the Sea – Sydney, Australia — Mr Adam’s Travels

Highlighted Blog #24 – Kat's Thoughts

Often I will curl up on a day off and read through blogs. I particularly love reading a nice long blog post that broadens my world. Kat’s blog is one of my favorites for this. Through her writing, I gain insight into novels and get to armchair travel and learn about the world.

Trois-Pistole is a small town a few hours away north from Montreal. It is located on the shore of the Saint-Laurence river close where it falls into the ocean. Almost everything about the area makes you feel like you are at the seaside – the fresh salty air, the water full of seaweed, the seals […]

via Kayaking In Trois-Pistole — Kat’s Thoughts

Highlighted Blog #24 – Kat’s Thoughts

Often I will curl up on a day off and read through blogs. I particularly love reading a nice long blog post that broadens my world. Kat’s blog is one of my favorites for this. Through her writing, I gain insight into novels and get to armchair travel and learn about the world.

Trois-Pistole is a small town a few hours away north from Montreal. It is located on the shore of the Saint-Laurence river close where it falls into the ocean. Almost everything about the area makes you feel like you are at the seaside – the fresh salty air, the water full of seaweed, the seals […]

via Kayaking In Trois-Pistole — Kat’s Thoughts

Motivational Messages

In late September I was browsing the racks for a pair of jeans. As I checked through the sizes, I came across some tags that simply said, “You are beautiful.” I smiled and continued browsing. In spite of the fact that I walked away without finding a pair I wanted to invest in, that message brightened my day. It reminded me that people in my life, the ones I care about, truly do find me beautiful. A few days later I was traveling to Orlando for a work trip, and in the bathroom stall, instead of the usual grafitti, this is what I saw:
This time I grabbed the pic so I could share it. Remember, it applies to you as well.

Highlighted Blog #6 – joblog

Job is a colleague of mine that I greatly admire. He really knows his WooCommerce stuff. I love his site because it has great geeky info on it interspersed with posts about travels and theology. The images he takes are beautiful!