Heaven in a Frying Pan

I’ve lived in the US so long that I’d completely forgotten about this wonderful green piece of heaven, the chayote. We found it at a local market in San Jose, Costa Rica, and my brain instantly recalled delicious soups and stews.  When sliced it looks a little like an apple and the kids looked a…

Sabbatical

Everyone at Automattic is eligible for a two to three-month sabbatical once they’ve been an employee of the company for five years. On February 6th, I reached this milestone and on the 7th I took off for three glorious months of travel and relaxation. Ever since this employee benefit was announced I’ve been planning what…

Vegas Bound

I went to Vegas for work. Yup. Vegas. That place where people go to gamble and party and all that? I even managed to sort of very vaguely learn how a person might play craps should they be inclined to do such things. Which I am not, but it was fun to watch the gambling skills…

Traveling: National Park Edition

This year has meant a lot of travel for my family. Without really meaning to, we made a theme out of visiting every National Park we found near our travel path.   At each visiters center we bought a sticker for me to put on my laptop. After the top got covered up I moved…

Lists a la Karen

I am a list maker. But I am also a list avoider, I think this is also sometimes called being a procrastinator. And I am inconsistent about my organizational strategies. But I have a job where it rather helps to be on top of things. So I recently made a resolution to be very very consistent…