Today marks the eighth day of my husband, our high school sophomore son, our eighth grade daughter, and myself all being inside the house together. It is the fifth day of my husband working from home (he usually goes to an office) and the third day of our kids doing their schoolwork online. What’s odd … Continue reading We all four work from home now
When I first got to claim a room of my own, I couldn’t wait to make it bright after working in a dark basement living room in our old townhouse. I painted the walls lime soufflé, and my coworkers called my office the Key Lime Studio. When I moved to a different job, I thought … Continue reading I needed an office update
I’ve had a black Happiness Engineer T-shirt hanging in my closet the past two years. The Editorial team at Automattic sent it to me in a thank you package for working on a project with them in early 2014, when I was a blogger using WordPress.com, before I even knew Automattic existed (Automattic is the … Continue reading I’m a Happiness Engineer again!
How do you say goodbye to your coworkers of 3.5 years when you’re scattered all over the globe and none of you is in the same physical location? Last week, I sent a text to my husband, “My co-leads are going to have going away happy hour (via video) in the evening on Wednesday March … Continue reading Saying goodbye at a distributed company: my final week at Automattic
Last month, when my poor family suffered snow and wind chills in the negative digits, I was in Mexico for work. We worked hard, I swear. And we also played hard. After a full week of training, testing, troubleshooting, and writing, we took one day to go exploring. My teammate booked a private van for … Continue reading Mayan Ruins in Mexico
I lead a WordPress.com live chat team at Automattic, and as we expand our live chat offering into the weekends, I work a couple of weekend days each month. Today is one of those weekend workdays for me. On weekends I do more customer-facing-support and less team-lead stuff than I do during the week, and I’m … Continue reading A day in the life of a live chat Happiness Engineer