Theme Team in Barcelona, 2016

So I’m posting these photos late. 🙂 Last November the Theme Team, my team at Automattic, spent the week in Barcelona. We worked on Components and saw a few sites: La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell.

Themers in a Photo – Grand Meetup, 2016 Edition

Many themers posting in a photo both, holding signs, silly props and wearing funny masks and faces.Many themers posting in a photo both, holding signs, silly props and wearing funny masks and faces.Many themers posting in a photo both, holding signs, silly props and wearing funny masks and faces.

This past week, Automattic held its annual Grand Meetup, where the entire company gets together to talk about the past year, plan ahead for the next one and work on a few cool things…

Oh, and we throw a party at the end with a photo booth. As you can see, my team, the Theme Team, knows how to take a good photo. 🙂 I’m lucky to work with such a great group of people. They’re more than coworkers – they’re friends. People who inspire me, push me, teach me, make me laugh and probably overuse the 💩 emoji. Nobody’s perfect.

Skywalk Trail on Rainbow Mountain

This past week, while at Automattic’s annual Grand Meetup, I completed the most difficult hike I’ve ever done. Myself and a small group of Automattician’s hiked up Skywalk Trail on Rainbow Mountain – a challenging hike full of amazing views. It’s near Whistler, British Columbia in Canada.

A screenshot of Fitbit, showing 34,033 steps.

I say difficult because about an hour into the hike, I wasn’t sure I would make it. I huffed and puffed up a few steep hills and had to take a lot of short breaks. But I pushed through and enjoyed the best payoff – the views (see the photos!). I felt it the next few days with sore calves and quads.

A big thanks to Joe Boydston for organizing the hike, Stu West for hiking back down with me, and the rest of the group for being such great company.

New House

Ranch style, one-story house, white with blue shutters.
The new house.

We moved into our new house in Greensboro about two weeks ago, and are settling in! We’re loving it, and the yard finally looks presentable today after some work mowing, trimming, raking and pulling weeds. We’ve also put a new roof on the addition, installed a new sump pump for better drainage and done some light plumbing and electrical fixes. Home ownership can be exhausting! 🙂

Theme Team in Vancouver, 2016

Last week, the Theme Team, my team at Automattic, spent the week in Vancouver. We worked on a cool project, hung out and checked out some sights.

Snowzilla: January, 2016 Blizzard

As a Florida boy, I can now say that I dug out of a blizzard. Snowzilla, a historic snow storm has hit the Washington, D.C. area, and is still going strong. As I write this, we’ve seen about 20 inches fall in Reston, Va., a suburb west of Washington, D.C., with more on the way this afternoon. I’ll update this post as the storm progresses and reaches its end.

Update (January 24, 2016): I added more photos to the gallery showing the effects of Snowzilla. Official snowfall totals for our area, Reston, Va, are 28 inches.

Here are a few photos of the storm.