Because 2020

This won’t be shocking news to those in my Microsoft circle. Earlier this summer a group of extremely talented people were let go from my group, including me. There was an org decision to invest more in algorithms that could program and publish the web product I have been a part of for one-and-a-half decades. Such is life in tech. Microsoft News made significant advances over the past several years, and there are still more yet to come.

For someone with “excellent written and verbal communication skills” I have had a hard time putting into words what it has meant to say goodbye to Microsoft after 16+ years. It took time away to understand how much of my identity I had wrapped into my career. I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to gain some of that identity back.

I am grateful for the good and bad days because I wouldn’t be who I am without the whole package. I’m proud of the product and features we released, of the problems we solved and experiments we tried. I cherish the friends I made, going all the way back to my very first days as a contractor. I am a better manager because of managers I had. I experienced authentic leadership that made me want to be a better employee and better person.

I am still writing my next chapter. If you or someone you know is seeking a content manager with excellent written and verbal communication skills, among many other skills, hit that Messenger button, find me on LinkedIn, follow me on Twitter (or is now an awkward time to ask for a follow?). Email or text or call if you must. Even if I’m not the right fit, I know several editors and managers who could be your next awesome hire.

Hello there, puddin’

I saw we had about a cup of leftover coffee from the morning pot, couldn’t help myself. Reviewed PaleOMG’s easy recipe (the one I was too lazy to look up the first time) and made myself a tasty treat.

I find a spoonful or two before CrossFit in the morning is a nice change from the banana bite I usually do.

It looks super unappetizing. But I was eating it early morning, when the eyes aren't so good

It looks super unappetizing. But I was eating it early morning, when the eyes aren’t so good

I didn’t use the full amount of honey. The nut butter gives it some additional pudding-like texture. And with this, my bag of chia seeds is nearly empty.



Hoisin Pork Ribs – slow cooker redemption



If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And so I did. Today the slow-cooker recipe was “Asian Pork Ribs” (thanks, Betty Crocker iPad app!) …. However that name is way too politically correct so henceforth I shall call these Hoisin Pork Ribs.

Way better than last week. The butcher at Met Market cut these country style ribs in cubes just for me (wow, I used a butcher!). I got back from the store then realized we were out of soy sauce. I ended up using a ton of those little packets we get from takeout sushi.

How can I be a legitimate Chinese woman without soy sauce in my kitchen?

The ribs were great. Husband liked them, kid liked them, I really liked. I stir fried some broccoli and green beans, and used a frozen rice/beans mix, which I still managed to mess up, even though husband tried to help there. I am a lost cause when it comes to rice. Maybe it’s for the best that I don’t eat much rice anymore. Maybe I should give it up all together.

What to try net week? I think I’m all porked out.

Plum Pork Tenderloin



I got a slow cooker! Great timing, as the season is finally starting to turn. Remember a while back I was cooking on weekends? Well, the husband was wondering when that would be returning. Well, Husband, that time is now!
I didn’t say it would be great cooking, though. My first slow-cooker creation was this pork tenderloin dish made with plums and crushed pineapple. Not great. The pork wasn’t all that moist. The meat didn’t absorb the flavor all that well. The brown rice was mushy.

I am a 37 year old Chinese woman and I cannot make a decent pot of rice. I miss my rice cooker. Sigh.

This was last Sunday’s dinner. Stay tuned for my second try with the SC…

run 6.1

Time: before work
Where: DT Bellevue Park
Workout: the usual 5 miles interval routine
Notes and observations: Very humid, unexpectedly humid. As soon as I took my first step I knew I was dressed wrong, but at that point I can’t go back. The run was uninteresting, though I do enjoy running intervals around that loop more in the morning than during the lunch hour. More dog walkers, less lollygaggers. I re-mapped my route on mapmyrun and it’s around 4.79. I can pretty easily get in a warmup and cool down, plus 10 intervals (1′ on, 1:30 off). Got it down to a science.
Music: my ‘run’ playlist.


Aiiiieeee 5.22

Not surprisingly, my failure to record my workouts coincide with 2 events … a) a new job combined with my current job, b) loss of Internet service for about a week at home earlier in the month. It’s astounding to realize how much one relies on the Interwebs (you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone!)

The memory on my fancy Timex watch is filling up, which is another clue that iI haven’t been recording my notes, but I’ll get to it soon … just not tonight.

I will say I am up to 12 miles, and that I had a great Beat The Bridge experience earlier this week.


How I’m feeling these days …

Actually it’s a self-portrait by the toddler. Amazing skills she has, no?

run 5.9

Time: before work
Where: gym, treadmill
Workout: 4 miles, with half of it (or more) at a higher tempo, around a 9:10 pace … 39:30
Notes and observations: Sometimes you just gotta do your time on the treadmill. Pretty uneventful. So it goes.
Music: Beat the bridge playlist. Thought I’d take the time to tell you what is on this playlist:

  • Immigrant Song – Zeppelin
  • Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Radio Nowhere – Bruce
  • Hands Open – Snow Patrol
  • When I Come Around – Green Day
  • Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa – Vampire Weekend
  • Ring The Bells – James
  • Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
  • Daughter – PJ
  • Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
  • Tainted Love – Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Love Song For No One – John Mayer
  • Black Dog (my run today ended on this one)
  • A Little Respect – Erasure
  • You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
  • Let My Love Open The Door – Pete Townshend
  • Walls (No. 3) – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Bet you never thought you’d see a mix with Led Zeppelin AND Taylor Swift! Am i right or am i right?!?

Lift 2.15

Time: 8AM

Where: Gym

Workout: Warm Up on treadmill, then …

Plank 70 sec x 2; 50 sec rest

Slide Plank 45 sec each side x 2; 30 sec rest

Romanian DL: (55 lbs) 12 x 1; (65 lbs) 10 x 2

Bench Press: (65 lbs) 10 x 3 / Leg Lifts

Kneeling Lat Pull Down (100 lbx) 10 x 3 / Mountain Climbers

Alternating DB Shoulder Press (15 lbs) 10 x 3 / Squats holding 15 lb DBs

Notes & Observations: Feels like maintenance mode, though still sorta sore from pull ups and pushups.

Music: Foo Fighters, One by One