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…

On Unit Testing

Until I started at Thismoment, I had never written unit tests.  Then I wrote a few that used a database.  The poor cleanup functions would litter our test sites with junk. Until I started at Bigcommerce, I had never written unit tests with mocks.  They hurt my brain for a while, until I figured out…

Go-to Gluten Free Granola

A few years back, I got pretty into eating granola with yogurt and fruit for breakfast.  I wasn’t so excited about paying $9 for a teeny bag of gluten free granola, and a lot of the ones that seemed gluten free were not. I decided to make my own, and came across this recipe from…

TechWomen Tunisia Delegation Trip

In mid-March, I was a member of the TechWomen delegation* to Tunisia.  Tunisia is a beautiful country on the Mediterranean nestled between Algeria and Libya; a small piece of the Sahara Desert is in the South and the Northern part is greener than I expected with a temperate climate and lovely beaches.  Nearly everyone I met speaks at…

Ireland with mom

In between jobs (I’ve moved from Thismoment to Bigcommerce), I visited Ireland with my mom.  It was a whirlwind tour that involved lots of wrong-side-of-the-road driving (with mom-screaming), some rain, and lots of beautiful scenery. Some highlights: Seeing how cute Galway is and going for a run along the water there.  Mom had her first…