Social media roundup

Some random pics from social media recently:

Thanks Timehop for this comparison.

Friday night, we celebrated my friend Terry’s birthday with a Frida Kahlo themed party.

Oliver accidentally put on my socks and they’re not too big. Well, I mean, they’re a little too big, but not ridiculously so, like they should be.

If anyone could answer this for me, I’d really appreciate it:

On Facebook, a teacher friend whose daughter is in Linus’s class posted this on my wall:

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Linus is featured in his very own chant, complete with hand clapping and counting! Could I be any prouder?

Miles had fun chatting with my coworkers on Slack. I had to stop him from live chatting with customers, though.

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Soccer, week 2

Before the game. All three finally healthy! I think Oliver was trying to look tough here.
And then this happened…Linus got sold to the other team.

There wasn’t a complete rout of the other team like there was last week (because they switched things up halfway through, we weren’t sure what the score was anyway) which I was happy about because I think the boys learned a bit of humility this week. And also they saw that some of the other players weren’t displaying good sportsmanship, so I think they kind of are getting the point now. But they had fun, and played well, and that’s the key.

I’m much happier with my photos this week. Last week was so sunny and I had a lot of issues with focus and color. I got tips from some of my coworkers who are fantastically talented and it helped a lot. Of course, it also helped that it was overcast. I hope next weekend is sunny again so I can keep working on my skillz.

Another one bites the dust

Why do I ignore my instincts?

sickmilesMiles fell asleep on the sofa at 7:30 Sunday night. I should have known right then and there that he was sick. Sure enough, yesterday afternoon I got a call from the school nurse that he had a fever. So I took him to the pediatrician and he has tonsillitis. So not even the same thing Oliver had.

But then this morning, Linus woke up with a croupy cough and a sore throat. Oliver’s sickness started with a croupy cough. So I decided just to keep him home from school. May as well. Guess I’ll take him to the doctor this afternoon. Why not?!?

But there was something really sweet to come out of all this. Last night, Miles was sleeping on the sofa, just burning up (one thermometer was saying 104 but the other said 101, so WHO KNOWS) and Oliver was stroking his head, worried about his sick brother. So sweet. Later on, when I was able to get Miles into bed, Oliver helped tuck him in and brought him his favorite stuffed animals. Gah.

In other news, my latest post on the New Orleans Moms Blog is up. Check it out!


First soccer game of the season!

Miles and Oliver had their first soccer game of the season.

Each team is divided into two teams of four or five and they play the other team on two fields that are side by side. At one point, Miles and Oliver’s team included the two of them and a set of identical twins. It was pretty funny to see.

Their team won by a lot. Like, a lot a lot. I was trying to explain that yelling out the number every time their team got a goal wasn’t exactly sportsmanlike. George wasn’t helping, as he cackled every time their team scored. Sigh.

Linus enjoyed watching the game, but of course, as I could have predicted, said he wanted to play now. OF COURSE. After asking him a million times. So next week, expect to see him in similar photos.

Pokémon enabler

The boys sweet-talked Grandee into buying them Pokémon books and cards. At least they’re reading something.


A wedding.

A while back, I was asked to take photos of our friends’ wedding that took place last month. I was nervous – I had never photographed a wedding before, and quite frankly, I never wanted to. So nerve-wracking! What if I totally screwed it up and they ended up with zero pictures? Well, I got over myself and agreed to do it. And here are some of the results. I really just wanted to capture the spirit, not have a ton of posed stuff.

Getting ready


The Ceremony

After the Ceremony

The toasts


In Dallas

I’m in Dallas now for work, helping out as Volunteer Coordinator of the DFW WordCamp. It’s really great to get to see how these events come together, since we’re working on organizing a WordCamp NOLA sometime next summer. This has been a great learning experience.

This is my second WordCamp ever – I attended the WordCamp in Dayton, Ohio earlier this year and gave a talk on Making Blogging a Habit. I…have not been habitually blogging lately. But I am going to take my own advice and just put something down and publish it.


Two years!

One year ago, I wrote this post.

A year ago, I had my first day at Automattic. Mind you, it wasn’t my first day as a full-time employee, but it was the first day of my Happiness Engineer trial. A few weeks before, I’d sent in my resume at the urging of a friend, and the intervening days had been filled with checking my email obsessively, hours-long Skype interviews, and hopes that I’d move on to the next step. And here we were, the first day of my trial.

Now, two years after that life-changing first day, I’m actually running trials. Earlier this year, I started working on the Happiness Hiring team, and now I do that half of my time, and spend the other half of my days helping users. I really love it. I interview prospective Happiness Engineers, and guide them on the path to hopefully getting hired, but I also still get to interact with our users. I really love all of it.

This was a great “second year” with Automattic. I traveled to Utah, Spain, uh, Dayton, and New York City. Next month, I’ll be back in Park City, and who knows after that?

On to year three!*

*I mean, technically, no, I’m still a couple of months away from my official Automattic anniversary, when I started full-time, but let me have this, okay?

Various things

I forgot to mention in last week’s post that we also got a new security system. So many improvements!

Also, we were looking at putting the boys in Cub Scouts, so we went to a meeting the other night to check it out. One of the activities they do is sleep on a warship, which sounds really cool, but Oliver told us later that he’d rather just sleep in his own bed. So we decided that Cub Scouts maybe isn’t for them, and instead, Oliver and Miles will be playing soccer and Linus will cheer them on. I hope.

The other night I made waffle pizzas for dinner. It was actually George’s idea. I guess he’s been perusing Pinterest in his free time. I toasted some waffles, let the boys put cheese and pepperoni on them (no sauce for them) and then stuck them under the broiler. Yum! They all gobbled them up.

Speaking of gobbling things up, I relented and bought those cotton candy grapes at the store. I’ve always been a bit weirded out by them for no rational reason, but Linus and I are huge fans. At $4 a pound, this could get expensive.

My ankle is doing a bit better, thank you very much. I got a brace that has these little gel pockets right around my achilles tendon, and I’ve stopped going barefoot. I hate wearing shoes all the time, but it’s working, so I’ll just have to suck it up.

Saturday, we went to my cousin’s house to have a big ol’ cousin hangout. We’re going to try to start doing that more. It was really great. Got the kids together for a pic:


A friend from work got a photo made into a cartoon of herself, and I loved hers so much that I went on and found an artist whose style I liked and got my own.

I had them use this picture:
Which resulted in this:
but a “friend” said I looked like THIS:
so I did a little photoshopping and ended up with this, which I hope looks more like me. Hmmph.

If not, who cares, it was $5.

(But everyone who agreed with Betsy is on my shit list.)

The end. Happy Labor Day.

7 years + 9 months

So that’s…let’s see…seven times twelve is…uh…84…plus nine is…


Sheesh. The math is getting harder.


I am extremely bummed that it was so foggy this morning, because Oliver voluntarily put his arms around his brothers for the picture. The smiles weren’t even forced! They were excited to wear their new school spirit shirts (don’t ask what a Loup-Garoux is, I’m still trying to figure it out) and I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast. (My new monthly photo bribe.)

See them all here.