A Fortnight from Thirty

April 04, 2015 By: Jenna Category: Personal

I’m on a plane with T1 and T2, flying up to Washington for Spring Break. It’s just me and the kids, but I’m able to write thanks to the power of Peek-A-Boo Barn and whatever app T1 is using on the Kindle Fire. Some woman at the airport told me, in a somewhat haughty tone, that when her kids were young they used to use books to entertain their children. I say good for her, and also thank goodness I had kids after the word app became a household term.

Last time I checked in here it was to touch base on Hackbright. I didn’t get in for Spring 2015, but I’m working my way toward the Fall class. I’m doing Learn Python the Hard Way, and then How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, and a few courses on one of the many self-study coding websites available now. I’m moving slowly, and feeling very anxious that I don’t get in again, but it helps to talk about it publicly because it stokes my drive to learn so I won’t have to endure another round of telling people that I didn’t get in.

We’re spending the next week with my family, and last night we booked our tickets for Poland! I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to get the kids there this year, with TH’s workload the way it is he won’t be able to go, but my sister is able to come along as my travel companion this year and I’m really looking forward to showing her some of my favorite things about Poland. Plus we’ll be working in a kid-free trip to Greece… Read more →

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One Quick Take

March 09, 2015 By: Jenna Category: Personal

On this beach trip we learned that it’s best to change into swimsuits and do sunscreen at home. The two of them ran straight for the water as soon as we stepped on the sand.

Tri-X 400. Voigtlander Bessamatic.

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Hackbright Update #2

February 27, 2015 By: Jenna Category: Uncategorized

Want to know the status of my Hackbright application? Get the scoop via the latest episode of the Woman Evolving podcast, Failure v. Feedback.

Unrelated image from a darn good day.

Superia X-TRA 400 on the Voigtlander Bessamatic


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Hackbright Update #1

February 11, 2015 By: Jenna Category: Work

Unrelated image. Sweet Siblings. Rolled Crossbird on the Canon EOS3. 

A few days after I hit submit on my written application I found an email from Hackbright in my inbox inviting me to do an interview with them! This is the first of two video interviews in the application process. It’s happening tomorrow and I feel good about it because based on everything I’ve read it’s an interview that attempts to understand the individual and the personality, and whether they are a good fit for the program. They only thing I can do is be myself.

If they like what they hear/see in the first interview I’ll be invited to do a second video meeting. I’ve tried to find everything written about the interview process with this particular program, and my take-away is that the first interview is about determining if your personality is a good fit for the group as a whole (which makes sense, since it’s a group of 40 spending 40 hours/week together). The second interview is set up to challenge applicants and see how they process and work through problems, to help instructors determine if this is a person they want to devote three months of their life to teaching.

I have my outfit and interview spot picked out and I’m ready to get this second step over with! Thank you to all those who have reached out on Twitter or Facebook to wish me luck. Those good thoughts meant a lot to me, and they will sustain me through the rest of the process as well.

Fingers crossed I’ll be checkin in next week with a second update that contains positive news!

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Applying for Big Changes in 2015

February 01, 2015 By: Jenna Category: Personal


When writing I’ve often found myself butting up against two different states. The first is writer’s block, where fishing anything out of the mental pool. The second is writer’s procrastination. The mind overflows with ideas, yet somehow none are pertinent to the project looming large in the near future.

I’m writing this post in the second state, as I make a final push to finish my application for Read more →

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