Three Thankful Things

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Eighty Seven]

In the interest of brevity and going to bed within the next seven minutes, three things that I’m oh so totally thankful for in the past year.

Plus the negative is, well, SO much.

So fuck that shit.

But first the news:

The New Job

I knew that I wanted to work within open source and within #DevRel and I knew how much I wanted to be paid, but, if I’m honest, I didn’t think I’d actually get there this year. Especially in light of COVID.

But I did.

I found my forever home at Equinix Metal – I love the team, I love the products, I love the projects, I love the company, I love the culture, and, yes, I love the pay.

Finally.

I’m doing what I love and I’m not stressing about money.

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Now Where Is My Turkey?

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Fifty Two]

Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia, and the sub-national entities LeidenNorfolk Island, and the inhabited territories of the United States. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

This year it’s celebrated today in the United States and Brazil and as a nod to it, I’m giving thanks for a few things today.

But first the news:

I do humbly give thanks for my patient, beautiful, supportive partner who listens to my troubles and encourages my experiments. And I’m so thankful for our three amazing minions who show us the beauty in patience and bring new definition to both literal and figurative support.

I am thankful for chocolate. Especially fancy bon bons from local chocolate / coffee / wine stores. In little boxes. With little bows. And tiny calories. If you eat them with your eyes shut.

I am so very thankful for effective hormone therapy, finally stabilising riotous and horrid perimenopause, bringing serenity and peace to my poor addled brain.

I am thankful for Dr. Kristin Neff who wrote Self Compassion, an extraordinary book that offers exercises and action plans for dealing with every emotionally debilitating struggle, be it parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday living.  

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“All Mouth No Trousers”

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Sixty Five]

I heard a new phrase yesterday – $TITLE – and it made me laugh so hard that I wrote it down.

#WithPenAndPaper

I know. I’m totally shocked, too.

It means engaging in emptyboastful talk, but not of real substance.

Thx, A!

But first the news:

Really, I should write a script to pull those in, but I do it by hand, because #YOLO

Thx, M!

Apparently, today’s post is sponsored by all the wonderful interactions with my colleagues yesterday.

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Tomorrow! Morning! OpenStack! On! Packet!

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Fifty Five]

Two weeks ago I was on vacation and not really doing the technical stream thing except then I had a look over the OpenStack on Packet repository, ended up auditing the entire README.md, making a series of pull request, became an official collaborator on the project and said I’d be running it the following week.

And then it was hot.

But first the news:

So hot, in fact, that I did not one single stream, vlog, or recording for the entire eight day heatwave.

But!

Tomorrow!

Morning!

At 0900 GMT!

On Twitch and YouTube and Twitter!! !

And I set up a couple of new visuals for this one. Can you tell I’m excited? Wanna see?

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Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Thirty Eight

[And Then I Jumped Out Of The Airplane]

Not literally.

But OMG OMG OMG figuratively.

But first the news:

Last night I was having trouble falling asleep, stressed about today. My plan was to do my normal morning routine at work and do the live streaming today from one to three.

But.

As I was keeping my partner awake with mutterings, he suggested I do it as soon as I arrive at work. Immediately. No procrastination.

So I did.

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