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Lately, I keep losing the plot. I’ll swing by this space intending to make a blog post. But I’ve had trouble pulling my ramblings together. My mind wanders instead. So much has happened. It has been an eventful year. Highlights:

  • At the very start of 2019, I began teaching Front-End Web Development courses in Minneapolis College’s Continuing Education program, part-time. It has been an interesting learning experience. For me and, hopefully, for my students. I just signed my contract to continue teaching through Spring 2020. Though the days I teach feel very long. A three-hour evening class after working my FT day job.
  • For my son’s Spring Break, we enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Netherlands. It was his first European adventure since he was six years old.
  • The time was right for me to become a homeowner again. This go around it’s a lovely, manageable condo in the perfect location. Halfway between my son’s two Dads’ houses (about a mile and a half either way), right off the bus line and walking distance to so many wonderful places including the chain of lakes.
  • Right after the purchase of our new home, a new car didn’t seem quite so overwhelming. Scarier was the thought of trying to make it through another winter with that cursed Volvo. For the first time, I have a car with AWD (very practical in MN) and bonus backup cam and heated seats. I’ve already had it out in freezing rain, on black ice, and in blizzardy conditions and it handles like a dream.
  • For the past five years I’ve been working in tech support for the same SaaS company and burnout was imminent. Thankfully, I was able to make a change without having to leave the company. And it’s a change I’m very excited about! I am now an Accessibility Analyst on the manual testing team.
    The power of the Web is in its universality.
    Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
    - Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web

  • Random To-Do list item, tackled. After 22 years, I finally went down to the Social Security Administration office and had my SS card updated to reflect my name change from my 1997 divorce. That’s when I legally changed my first name from Sharon to Sharyn. It feels like a lifetime ago. And it was (for one thing, my son was born two years later).
  • Just last week I checked to see if a certain domain name was available and, lo and behold, I was able to snap up Hoping to hold myself accountable and actually finish writing this novel that I started years ago.

There were lowlights in 2019 too, to be sure (beyond the existential dread of late-stage capitalism in this gun-happy country). But I’ll leave those in the shadows instead of rehashing them.

Moose with tiny human, for scale

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