Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New Home, Day 1

If you read my last post, you know that Mark and I have a long and inglorious history with household appliances. For some reason, we were under the impression that our run of incredibly bad luck had to do with our house.

As is always the case when it comes to us and appliances, we were so wrong. So wrong.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A few words on home ownership

Fair warning: most of them are curses and appliances.

Also fair warning: these are all totally #firstworldproblems. I know it. I feel an appropriate amount of guilt over it. It doesn't mean I haven't suffered through them.

But before I get to that, a little history (husband rolls eyes). Before there was the Black Plate Special, there were the beginnings of another blog, one whose stated purpose was to educate the blithe, giddy, and unsuspecting new homeowner about the woe, misery, and cynicism that was about the befall them. As dogged resignation took the place of rage and indignation, the need to write about this topic in particular fell by the wayside, and the blog was lost to the memory of the Internets.

But now... a small return to this origin is warranted. Why, you ask? Because tomorrow morning we will officially become the owners of a new home -- a home that is lovely and well-built and most of all, practical. It is for this reason, on the eve of leaving our first home, that it feels fitting to recount the first four and a half years of Mark's and my journey as homeowners.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Women in STEM kick ass

Today is International Women's Day. Lots of women doing lots of things worth celebrating, but as a woman who works in tech, I really wanted to call out two things. First, the absolutely badass women who refused to take "no" for an answer and relentlessly beat down every door slammed in their face on the way to greatness in STEM fields. Second, my own personal experience in STEM.

I know, I know, it's been forever since I've posted here. I owe you a longer and funnier one and believe me, I'm working on it. For for now, go check out my posts over on the ExtraHop blog and on LinkedIn. I hope you'll find it worthwhile reading.

Also, go out and show your support for women all over the world on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter -- whatever your social drug of choice -- with the hashtag #PledgeForParity. Don't argue. Just do it.