Hey there! It seems sort of pointless now to keep apologizing for not writing on a more regular basis like I have been for so long. I really can’t explain much else aside from simply saying that I feel like the last 3 months of 2017 really knocked the wind out of my sails.
Even in the last week, I recovered from the flu, and then had to take my kitty to the vet, and we’ve both been in bed watching season one of “The OC” (for the first time). But things are coming together, and I even got to work on my list of 2018 resolutions today! Look for those on the blog by Jan 1!
Anyway, let’s just get to the book! I lied and totally haven’t read the book I promised you, but I’ve got something else instead: it’s “Sourdough” by Robin Sloan. Here’s the description from Amazon:
In his much-anticipated new novel, Robin Sloan does for the world of food what he did for the world of books in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her―feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.
Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she’s providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer’s market, and a whole new world opens up.
When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?
Leavened by the same infectious intelligence that made Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, while taking on even more satisfying challenges, Sourdough marks the triumphant return of a unique and beloved young writer.
I’m all about a book that combines technology with food – and this book made me HUNGRY when I read it! I particularly just wanted to get a giant loaf of sourdough – and coincidentally some arrived in my Blue Apron box that week (a recipe for grilled cheese on sourdough) – so that’s when you know the stars have aligned.
This was truly a fun read, and I’m recommending it to my techies, my start-up lovers (and the haters, too), and foodies alike.
Next week, I promise, we’ll be reading “Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances” by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle.
I hope you all have a FUN and safe New Year’s Eve – and I’d love to hear what you’ve got planned for 2018! Cheers!
Almost 100 days ago, many of you sent your well wishes my way when I announced I was starting a new job (again, thank you). And last Wednesday, I completed my “Capstone presentation” at said job — meaning I’ve completed all of my SEO training and am in this gig for good (or at least for many, many years)!
I cannot tell you just how crazy these 100 days have been — I’ve moved, I’ve traveled, I’ve gotten to know a little about Austin, I’ve joined a dance studio, and I’ve honestly worked my ass off like never before.
There were many times in my old job where I worked long hours or took work home with me. But the work I did wasn’t challenging. I know I haven’t said much about my new job — I’m trying not to mix business and pleasure — but I’ve been learning so, so much over these last three months. I’ve had at least a dozen trainings, and done weeks of research. And it took me a month to pull all of the data I needed for my hour-long capstone presentation (not to mention all the hours I spent practicing).
But after all that work, I can tell you that when my boss said “great job!” at the end of it, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so relieved and happy. I was really stacking the pressure on myself to nail the presentation — I did have to give it to our CEO, after all.
And now that I’ve passed bootcamp, I am finally starting to feel like I’m part of the team. And you know what? My SEO team is pretty fucking cool. For the longest time, our agency’s SEO practice was completed by a single person, who is my boss. In just a few years, it’s now grown to have three analysts (including me) and our boss. And the coolest part? All of us analysts are women.
And, we kick some butt.
I feel really dated when I say how refreshing it feel to show up to work every day and sit between two really smart women as we help our clients climb the ranks in Google, step-by-step. But, there’s still a lot of talk out there regarding “women in tech” — as if it’s still new, rare, and more disturbingly, as if we don’t belong there.
Fortune Magazine published an article earlier this year, “Women in Tech: don’t even try to fit in a man’s world,” stating women face alienation in tech jobs, including suffering through lunch conversations of last night’s football game. Huh?
It’s insulting. Yo, Fortune, we can carry ourselves without your “conversation guide.” Thanks but no thanks.
What’s really happening? Austin, Texas is giving Silicon Valley a run for its money — because of women AND men here kicking some digi-ass.
According to Innovate Austin, there are more than 4,700 hi-tech companies operating in this area, and 162 new tech deals have been completed to date in 2015. More than $1 billion was invested in Austin by tech companies in 2014, including the gigabit-speed service by Google Fiber, and this number is expected to continue climbing. The area is also home to 46 maker and co-working spaces, accelerators and incubators.
It’s really exciting to be a part of something so new and exciting. I’ve survived bootcamp, and I’m anxious to see what’s around the corner — and I’ve got the confidence (and the smarts) to face it head on.