An Australian critter and its humans

When I visited Australia for work, I asked some colleagues to recommend Australian books and authors for toddlers. Diary of a Wombat (or Mmmbat as my kid calls it) came highly recommended. It’s beautifully illustrated and tells the rather amusing story of a wombat who comes into contact with a family of humans and decides…

Software Engineer’s Time Management Matrix

A takeoff on Steven Covey’s time management matrix, for software engineers. This week was a mix of a production fire, project planning, and fighting my development environment. Note to self: the next time XDebug stops working, try to fix it for half an hour. Then rebuild your environment from scratch. How did you spend your…

Strawberries and Coffee Cake

Yesterday we took the Baby Bird strawberry picking down near Año Nuevo at the Swanton Berry Farm U-Pick.  I was the chief picker, and picked over 5 pounds of berries! I was planning to make a strawberry rhubarb cobbler, but there was no rhubarb at the store.  I settled on a strawberry coffee cake with…

My prenatal fitness experience

The back story: I used to work at 1st and Folsom streets.  I used to cut down an alley to get from Market Street to Mission and would walk by The Lotus Method every day.  Being a curious person, I Googled it to find out what The Lotus Method was.  I discovered that it was…

This Week (and Last Week)

Fun Went to the South Bay for lunch with a friend.  I also stopped in at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park (where I bought a book and a notebook for writing in, since mine is almost done) and had a nice mint hot chocolate (with real whipped cream) at Cafe Borrone next door.  Those are two…

This week

Fun Had a nice 5 mile walk along Ocean Beach from Sloat to the Beach Chalet and back.  The snowy plovers were out in force and were fascinating to watch as they ventured into the water and ran away from the waves. Went to a friend’s house for dinner; she made roasted veggies and a…

This week

Reading Finished Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky.  Well done and enjoyable, though I’ve been falling asleep while reading more often and it took me a few weeks to get through it. Read The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith.  Perhaps a bit of a guilty pleasure, but I find his books…

Frankfurt Layover Fun

On my way to and from Jordan last month, I had two ~6 hour layovers in Frankfurt, Germany.  The idea of hanging out in the airport for all that time wasn’t super appealing, so I went into the city to explore a bit. I went through Passport control, joking with the officer there that “I have…

New year, new webhosting!

After a large price increase and mediocre service from BlueHost, I’ve decided to move on… to Amazon Web Services.  I’ve been thinking it would be good for me to get at least a little bit of AWS experience, and this is one path to doing just that.  I spun up an ec2 instance (on the…

Thoughts of a former(?) scientist

My name is Meg, and I used to be a scientist, a chemist to be specific. Today, I got an email from ResearchGate (think Facebook or LinkedIn for researchers) telling me that 20 people have said they read the paper my Ph.D. thesis was based on.  It’s been about 6 years since that paper was…