An Exercise in Frustration Online

When I'm not writing this blog, I spend a lot of my time at work. For a living, I manage digital products, specifically web applications, for a well-known and respected brand. And, if I'm being honest, I've been using and making for the web for the better part of half of my existence on this earth! All of this is to say, I know a thing or two when it comes to what works, and what doesn't.

I'd like to share a story about an experience that didn't work so well for me and how I'd recommend fixing it.

Ever since I moved, I've been thinking about switching up my gym routine. The other day, I was scrolling through Instagram (as one does) and saw something about Rise By We. Based on the post, it looked like they had a boxing or kickboxing program which I'd be really into since I've been doing Muay Thai for years now. Intrigued and because they mentioned something about a free intro class, I clicked on the link from my phone to arrive at RiseByWe.com.

The homepage set an odd tone. The "Refer a Friend" button is more prominent than I'd expect — it blocks the marketing copy that someone went to great efforts to write. Meanwhile, that copy is changing at an interval (in the screenshot below, the blue words are constantly changing so as I'm trying to make sense of what's behind that button, it goes away.

Refer a Friend? But I don't even know if I actually like you yet!
Refer a Friend? But I don't even know if I actually like you yet!

I can get around this, it's just some marketing, but I'm curious — where is this place? In essence, realistically, does this gym work with my getting to work/home routines? I decide to check out the navigation menu (the delectably named "hamburger" menu for all you insiders) to see where it's located. Continue reading "An Exercise in Frustration Online"

Reflections on a Crazy Year

It’s been a crazy year!

While it may seem trivial to some, moving is a big deal (especially for folks like me who enjoy nesting).

And, I need to take a second to write it all out to reflect on how much we’ve accomplished because too often I’m in “go” mode that I forget to look back on what I did right. In fact, looking back at my “anti-resolutions” for 2018, I made a specific point to mention reflection so, without further ado, here’s a very quick reflection on the past year.

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3 Tips to a Better (Interim) Closet

One of the great parts of our old apartment was that it had 2 fairly large closets for clothes, situated right next to each other in the hallway. Both were about the same size so we had a his and hers — done and done!

The great part about not having to share a closet is that it's okay if his closet gets messy, because that's his own business. And similarly, if one day I want to take everything out of my closet and re-organize it (because that's how my mind works), I don't have to make that an activity that takes up his whole Sunday afternoon, as well.

Now, in our new house, I'm finding the closet situation isn't quite so great. Well, I should clarify, the master bedroom has the worst closet of all three bedrooms. In short, it's just not big enough for the 2 of us. I could probably write at length about its other short-comings, but I'll save that for the day when we finally replace it, but for now we have to live with it — until I can execute on my dream closet.


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Review: Nest Hello

With stars in our eyes as we admired a little red house that was in our budget — and in a safe, walkable neighborhood near public transit — we overlooked a lot of little issues and placed an offer.

Fast forward to living in the house and we noticed a small, nagging issue (one of those we overlooked): no doorbell.

I figured we'd just go to Home Depot and buy a regular shmegular doorbell but my husband declined this option. He's not a technophile or super into keeping with the Joneses or anything like that. In fact, as a woman working in technology teams, I've always been the tech nerd of this couple. However, when it came to the doorbell, he insisted we get a video doorbell. Essentially, with the blank slate of nothing existing to replace, let's go big or go home!


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5 Home Inspection Tips: get your mind in the gutter

Before we became homeowners, I used to think of gutters as the things that ruined my bowling game and where my mind sometimes goes. Now I'm acutely aware of the areas of our home that allow water to run off and not cause damage to the house. And thankfully, it's one less thing on the to do list! #homeowneringlikeaboss


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One Room at a Time, One Day at a Time

When you move into a house, everyone tells you “you have 30 years to figure xyz out!”

Apparently they weren’t kidding!

I have gained a whole ton of respect for shows that make this process appear to be quick and painless, especially with folks who do the bulk of the work themselves.

We revamped our dining room and, if I do say so myself, did a good job in there! We cleaned out all the junk that had been left behind in that space (unfortunate drapes + too dark blinds + all the junk we dug up from the basement) and then we made our own touches. For one, we painted the walls to match the color in the living room and the upstairs. Originally, I’d intended to be more selective about colors but, honestly, when you like a color and don’t have time to pick something else, you just go with it. Continue reading "One Room at a Time, One Day at a Time"

Little Victories: My New Mailbox

When we bought our house, the seller left behind a replacement mailbox. She said it was something she wanted to get around to fix and never did. One day, I decided to make that a reality. Well, take a step back actually, I decided to make that a reality because the existing mailbox's lid had come apart in my hand the last time I checked the mail!

Old, sad mailbox
Old, sad mailbox

I didn't like the new mailbox but decided to remove the old one that was attached to the siding of the house and replace it with the new one. At least it would be functional.

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Bay Window Woes

Windows are great selling points for a house. They let in a lot of light, allow for ventilation and can afford you great views. But windows can also be a pain in the behind!

I speak for everyone when I say that windows are great from the inside-out; all the ways you can, on the inside of your house, enjoy windows. However, from the outside-in, there is the primary issue that windows can also let the outside in, which includes bugs (remind me to tell you the story about the bee in the new house!) and neighbor's wandering eyes.

I don't mind folks peeking into my house but I do worry about privacy as I don't always love to wear pants at home. Also, when I'm not home, despite the security system, I still want a level of privacy so I'm not inviting strangers with nefarious intent to push the envelope.

All this is to say that windows need some sort of window dressing for privacy, but also to look good. We are slowly but surely replacing all the existing blinds on the windows but we hadn't quite figured out what to do with the bay window until recently. Continue reading "Bay Window Woes"

More on Composting: Week 2

Week one of composting at home is in the books! On to week 2!

It's been a weird week because, while we did do some cooking, a lot of the compost came from prepared food that we had to chuck because they went bad. For example, leftovers of a squid dish are probably not best to eat after a number of weeks.

Empty Compost Bin
Empty Compost Bin

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