Saturday, October 31, 2009 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Happy! Days!

First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADDISON! I cannot believe he is twenty two. Man.

When I go to WordCamp New York, I fully expect half the people there to be the ages of my oldest child. Sheesh.

In other news, I moved this domain to a new server, and rolled it in as a second Site on my wordpress mu installation. Doesn’t matter if you get that, mostly it means NEW BLOGS really easy.

Because we all know I need more blogs, amirite?

Seriously, if you’re family and want a blog to pay with in the form of atypicalife.net/yourname/ just let me know. I have a ton of ideas. We’re working on a family food blog called “Never trust a skinny cook”. Meaghan & I spent two hours this morning looking at themes and still haven’t found one we like.

There may be a few wonky things here and there, like my flick pics along the top are gone, and I still need to move a couple of mom’s latest posts over, do up a new landing page for the whole network, but I’ll get it sorted.

Lastly, we backend up my computer and installed a new OS. I was limping along on Fedora Core 6, 64 bit version, which gave me no Flash, no pngs, and the chopiest javascript you’ve ever seen. Now? Oh my. I think I’ll be up half the night zooming thru things.

Kinda lovin’ the husband right now. 😉

More to come – the girls are chomping at the bit to go trick or treating. It’s cold, wet and drizzling out, plus half my scattered neighbours aren’t even home.

Fun times, people. Fun times.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 in I'm a computer geek, working at home & loving it

In a word: awesome

So much to tell you , and I’m not even sure where to start.

In our daily work day, we use a branch of WordPress called WordPress MU. It has mainly one dev, a guy in Ireland called Donncha. He has a blog here, and a really nice photoblog here. Over the past couple of years both Ron and I have become friends with him, as well as a few other people who work for Automattic, the company that runs wordpress.com (the hosted version of wordpress). They were in Quebec for a semi-annual retreat/meeting and since it was within what we’re willing to drive, we dropped in. (Well, D asked us if we’d like to as well…. we don’t normally go around crashing parties. Though the cookies probably helped.)

Being able to do this?
This was fun
Awesome.

And this part?
Ron, me, and Matt
Awesome.

The guy sitting there on the right, if you don’t recognize him, is Matt Mullenweg.

We stood around and talked an awful lot about work. It was pretty epic. There’s something inspirational and motivating about the energy of being around people who truly love what they do. We met a lot of other fabulous people, some of whom said, “Oh I’ll see you in New York, too.”

That’s right – Ron & I are also going to New York in November to speak at WordCamp NYC.

And that’s awesome.

Meaghan and Emma went with us, and Emma handed out quite a few Free Hugs, which everyone thought was awesome. Me getting only one pic of a hug? Not so much on the awesome side. 😀

I know this is a brief post, and I am skimming over quite a few details. Some for privacy reasons, but mostly because I know if I start then I’ll head on over to the Freaking Out portion of my brain.

Like I did when I was telling my mom on the phone Sunday. 😀 I can freak out about things after we come back from New York.

Plus? When you meet people you look up to and admire and they say, “Oh, I know you! You’re famous!” well, that is all kinds of awesome.

And more than a little strange. 😀

(NEW YORK! I am going to New York City, in Manhattan, to speak at what is shaping up to be a large conference. WOW.)