So, a few things about me.
For starters, I’m a Renaissance Soul with a weakness for puns, song parodies, gentle sarcasm, and slapstick humor. I also have a love of learning. When asked why I like to learn stuff, especially seemingly useless, random stuff, I say “because it’s there.” Hey, if it was a good enough reason to climb Mt. Everest, it’s good enough for me.
I love words and books. I’ve been a word nerd since my early school days. Yeah, I was that kid in English class who could diagram any sentence without breaking a sweat and who edited and corrected papers for my classmates. I was also the kid who never went anywhere without a book to read (I still don’t). I read so much that it could almost be considered a vice. We all have our weaknesses, I suppose.
I’m persnickety about using proper grammar, but I’m not one of those Grammar Police types. Let’s face it: no one likes the Grammar Police. I prefer to think of myself as a Grammar Peacekeeper. Let’s have subjects and verbs agree, leave no participle dangling, and relocate those misplaced modifiers. I admit to having a strong preference for the serial comma and lament that AP style feels differently. Doesn’t everyone have strong feelings about this issue?
I love technology too. In fact, I most of my career working with or in information technology as an analyst, technical writer, and project manager. I have a fondness for spreadsheets and I’m a sucker for gadgets. Currently, I work with the fine folks at Automattic on WordPress.com. This is my personal blog but you can contact me here if you want to talk about work stuff.
I travel…sometimes a lot…and mostly for work. Work travel might sound boring but I’m very fortunate that I don’t work for a boring company or with boring people. We have fun wherever we go. I’m also fortunate that I have had an opportunity to do quite a bit of personal travel too. When I’m not too exhausted or jet lagged, I blog about my trips and I try to keep the list of places I’ve been updated.
As I get older, I’ve found that I’m getting into life optimization, which is just what I call making the most of my limited number of trips around the sun. I look for ways to improve myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually with the ultimate goal of leading a balanced, satisfying, and useful life. I’m not always successful but I try.