Progress on the Backyard

We’ve been working on the backyard, slowly making progress.

Backyard with moss on the ground, deck, and plenty of trees
The backyard, before we started.

Before we started, the backyard had a ton of leaves toward the back. and many small trees, bunched together. This made for a mess, and rendered much of the yard unusable. So we’ve cleared out the leaves and small trees, making way for a garden. We’re planning to have a few apple trees, strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, potatoes and more.

Backyard with mostly dirt, and garden area divided by red bricks
The left side of the backyard today.
Backyard with mostly dirt, and garden area divided by red bricks with a deck.
The right side of the backyard. The back corner had the most small trees and leaves.

The next big projects, beside slowly planting the garden, is to eradicate the English ivy along the fence line and replace the fence. We’ve taken out about half the ivy so far. What a job! Slow and steady, but it’s starting to look good.

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! 🙂