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Interlopers

April 19th, 2014



Interlopers

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Pretty much my favorite human beings ever.

April 17th, 2014



Pretty much my favorite human beings ever.

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Losing teeth like they’re going out of style. #3!

April 14th, 2014



Losing teeth like they’re going out of style. #3!

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Frozen

April 5th, 2014

So… my kids aren’t the kind of kids who have ever really gotten obsessed with anything. I can’t say that there’s one franchise that will always be a home run, which pretty much echoes their parents (I’m not a Disneyphile, although I do like many of their movies, for example). (This isn’t to say that they don’t go through phases with things — we did watch the entire Power Rangers Samari and Ninjago, for example, and Katie’s favorite show has been Zig and Sharko for months now.) So imagine my straight-out shock that both of them are super into Frozen, which I blame possibly on their schoolmates (at least in Katie’s case).

Anyway, since I bought the Blu-ray combo pack, I got a $7 offer for the soundtrack, which I downloaded after being annoyed enough at looking up songs on Youtube for them that it seemed to make sense. (Bonus: music without a corresponding video.) And listening to them sing along is precious, especially Katie’s obsession with “the kid song” (“Do You Want To Build A Snowman”) and Max belting out, as much as he can because he doesn’t know all the words but is happy to try to sing along, “Fixer Upper.”

I need a video.

Riley is also very funny — last time she was at our house she was literally reciting scenes whole by memory. I walked by Katie’s room to see the door shut, Riley standing outside and leaning against the door, pretending to be Anna asking Elsa to come out.

Listening to the Frozen soundtrack

March 31st, 2014



Listening to the Frozen soundtrack

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Current status: cuddles and tv

March 29th, 2014



Current status: cuddles and tv

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Fashion plate.

March 28th, 2014



Fashion plate.

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Torben delivers.

March 24th, 2014



Torben delivers.

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Face painting!

March 23rd, 2014



Face painting!

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Testing cars on the track

March 22nd, 2014



Testing cars on the track

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For two nights now, someone has stealthily upgraded his sleeping arrangements.

March 17th, 2014



For two nights now, someone has stealthily upgraded his sleeping arrangements.

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After. The forehead smear is what’s left of Jaclyn’s original smooch (not to be removed)

March 14th, 2014



After. The forehead smear is what’s left of Jaclyn’s original smooch (not to be removed)

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I gave Katie a red lipstick. To quote: “I’m a big fan of Jaclyn’s.”

March 14th, 2014



I gave Katie a red lipstick. To quote: "I’m a big fan of Jaclyn’s."

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Pie lunch!

March 14th, 2014



Pie lunch!

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Pie day!

March 14th, 2014



Pie day!

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I always knew they were possessed…

March 12th, 2014



I always knew they were possessed…

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software engineering: a tip (or two) for the interviewer

March 12th, 2014

Recently I had a funny LinkedIn recruiter email that was so hilariously busy touting the amazingness of this company that I had to follow their advice when they said, “Our employees love us so much, check us out on Glassdoor!”

So, I did, of course, because I wanted to see what their employees were gushingly saying. And, of course, I went to the section for people who had interviewed at the company, and found something startling: a bunch of people interviewing for senior software engineering level positions were reporting having tech screens that included questions like, “What is polymorphism?” and “What are the difference between the private, protected, and public modifiers?”

I’ve done a LOT of interviewing in my day, because I love interviewing people and getting to know them. That said, it seems like an incredibly rookie mistake to fail to moderate your interviewing style based on the role you’re interviewing someone to occupy. When I speak to a senior software engineer, I expect them to be driven, imaginative, creative, and able to lead themselves meaningfully through a project, and if I spend my time speaking to them about the mundanity of software engineering, then I’m missing an incredible opportunity to make sure that they actually fit the role of senior, vs something more junior to that role. The ability to do software engineering at a level above entry has NOTHING to do with the mundanity of a language and EVERYTHING to do with the ability to be handed a problem and to think your way through it.

And before you tell me some horror story you heard once about a guy who got in at CTO-level because of an ineffective interviewing process and a resume full of lies, let me counter with this: when you bring someone in to interview, throw some imagined problem at them on a whiteboard, and see them work through it, you can pretty much assess their ability and whether or not their resume makes sense. And relatedly, PLEASE let’s stop with these ridiculous “implement quicksort” crap questions, unless you’re working somewhere where you suddenly need to reimplement quicksort in some fashion because the version provided to you in the API isn’t fast enough or whatever. Most of the time, we’re solving problems like, “I’m writing an app for fantasy football and need to be able to output a leaderboard, including tie-breakers.”

Maybe next time I do a phone screen and they ask me one of those questions I will just point them to this post.

ophthalmologist angst

March 12th, 2014

Katie and Max had their yearly eye checkups today. Both are seeing at 20/25, which for Max is normal, but skews Katie as farsighted — and she has an astigmatism. OH BOY. Happily, she doesn’t need glasses yet because she’s not doing the distance reading, etc., that she might have to do later in school, but now we know we’ll probably end up on the hook for them at some point (and orthodontics).

Now, recalling that JLK found out about her brain tumor because of an ophthalmologist appointment where she saw issues with her sixth nerve causing her right eye to introvert, the minute that the doctor said that Max had a retinal anomaly, my stomach literally dropped out. I started to ask questions and the doctor was quick to pick up on my worry, and I explained to her that I’m generally a laid-back mom but I’d had this… experience of another mom playing heavily on my mind. She told me that cancer had befallen a 10yr old she knew (although that child is recovering), and then we sat there saying how this sort of stuff is just NOT RIGHT.

Anyway, it turns out that the retinal anomaly is actually a second blood source in his right eye, meaning that if something happens to the typical blood vessels that run to the optic center, he’ll have a secondary source available so his eye will continue to work well. This is great for when he’s in his 50s-80s. Yay! We even saw a picture of it. And, Katie took her first ever corrected-vision eye test (and did smashingly… although she had a 40 minute freakout after the eye doc’s).

Brandon still has it. #webcartoonist4eva

March 10th, 2014



Brandon still has it. #webcartoonist4eva

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Evidence of kisses from Jaclyn.

March 5th, 2014



Evidence of kisses from Jaclyn.

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