That Wife on Snapchat

October 13, 2015 By: Jenna Category: Musing

tl;dr – I’m thatwifejenna on Snapchat.

Dev Bootcamp pushes the idea of timeboxing, setting a limit for yourself and producing a Minimum Viable Product within that time. Sometimes an MVP is all you need. I’m testing that out with this post, which needs to be finished in 15-minutes or less. Let’s get into how I ended up signing up for Snapchat today.

All the way back in 2010 the effortlessly-cool Bethany Jackman took my maternity photos. I was as puffy as Bibendum by that time in my first pregnancy, but somehow she made me look fantastic. Because she’s the sort of person who pulls off that sort of thing on a regular basis.
That Wife maternity photo


Today Bethany posted an article to her wall titled “Am I the Only Mom on Snapchat?” by Ilana of Mommy Shorts.  I’ve played around on Snapchat with my sister, but this article was the bump I needed to really understand how I could use the app and achieve some of the things I’ve been mulling over the past few months.

Over the past few years I’ve been making the move from SAHM to WAHM and this coming January, post DBC graduation, I’ll start doing technical interviews and officially become a WOHM (Work Out of the Home Mom). Why did I wait this long? (???) That’s another post entirely. Timboxing says it’s time to be done typing but I’ve still got 2-3 paragraphs to go! Read more →

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One Quick Take

August 28, 2015 By: Jenna Category: Adventures

Portra 400, Yashica Mat 124g, theFINDlab

Bonny Doon Beach. AKA, the spot where I stripped down and went naked in public for the first time. My thoughts about the experience can be found on Instagram, @thatwife.

What is Coding? (And what I like about it)

July 24, 2015 By: Jenna Category: Work

las Vegas taxiYashica Mat 124-g, Ektar 100 rated at 400 and pushed two stops

When I started researching software engineering back in January, I didn’t know much about what coding was past fiddling with <p> and <a href>  tags in html. I’m still getting questions that lead me to think a bit more exploration of this topic would help. And maybe get some more people to try it, because coding is really fun! Even better, it’s a really important skill to have as technology progresses and we inch toward The Singularity.

Software engineering/coding/hacking/computer programming/etc are all terms used in a variety of ways to refer to the act of using a language to make stuff happen using a computer. There are a lot of programming languages being used out there, and the industry is shifting toward new ones all the time. Facebook recently introduced a new one called Hack, ios and android each have specific languages used for development, I’m hearing rumors that Python is out and Javascript is in, but I’m sure next week that will all be old news. Once you know one language there is enough crossover to start picking up others, the way Romance-based language speakers can pick up Italian or Spanish or Portugese more easily than a first-language Chinese speaker because there are similarities between the way the different languages work.

Want to know what it’s like to work with one of these languages? There are so many free resources out there by now that deciding which one to use is probably the hardest part of beginning to learn. Some of the most commonly-referenced resources are Khan Academy, Codecademy, Udemy, and YouTube. I’ve actually had several important breakthroughs watching different YouTube videos, because sometimes a concept needs to be explained a certain way before I can really grasp it. I think you can’t really know what it means to code, or if you’d like to code, unless you try it. Read more →

Why Coding?

July 22, 2015 By: Jenna Category: Work

An Instagram comment pointed out that I’ve talked a lot about what I’m doing, but not why I’m doing it. Why would a 30-year-old mother-of-two with an English major, photography business, and several blogs attempt to join the world of tech and do software engineering (which to the outsider might seem like something that is dry, technical, and math-heavy)? I’m not going to get into some of the false assumptions about software engineering, I think that would do nicely as a post on its own. This is my chance to document the thought process I went through to arrive in this place where I am now.

I’ve been unhappy with my current blend of SAHM/WAHM for awhile now. If I’m home I should either be working on housework, Jenna Cole photos, or Pinterest Fail. It made it hard for me to enjoy the time spent at my own house because thoughts of my to-do list were always nagging at me. Even making a coffee and sitting and drinking it in the front room felt overly indulgent. I should be answering emails while I drink that cup of Joe! I was spending too much time telling my kids that I can’t be available to them because I have work to do. l was handing off the kids when TH got home and literally sprinting around the house to try to get everything done before bedtime. I certainly didn’t like what I had become, and I don’t think anyone else did either.


Blogging and editing photos and marketing for your own business are all solo activities and there were entire days where I wouldn’t see or talk to anyone in-person except my kids. This pattern makes me a very lonely extrovert. I was spending 2+ hours in the car each day shuttling them around, and in-between I would race home and try to knock out as much as possible for my business before I would pick them up and hurry back to fit in gym and dishes and laundry before bed. It felt like I was running myself mad and not really getting anywhere. Read more →

July 2015 Update

July 09, 2015 By: Jenna Category: Adventures


Life Is For Strange Adventures And Take Pics

(wise words from some European clothing designers)

I’m starting this from the Caltrain, the same place I’m going to be from 5:00pm-5:30pm, Monday-Friday, for the rest of July (and again from 10:30pm-11:30pm). But I’m getting ahead of myself already as I write this life update after what has been two pretty incredible summer months with a whole lot of zigs and zags that I didn’t see coming. Read more →

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