2014 WordCamp Minneapolis

Local friends, you can come see me speak at WordCamp Minneapolis on Saturday, April 26th at 11am. My topic this time is how to get help for your WordPress problems – schedule here.

It’ll feature what you should do, what you should avoid, and a lot of my weird sense of humor. I realize I’m right before lunch – but I promise that you won’t even notice you’re hungry! :)

See you then!

CSS Diner is Slowly Killing Me

[EDIT 4/7/2014] Hey – I did figure it out. You can stop commenting me the answers now. KTHX. :P

One of my Automattic colleagues turned me onto the site CSS Diner, which touts itself as “a little game to help you learn CSS selectors.”

It’s been great thusfar! While I’m pretty good with CSS, I’ve always struggled with the more advanced selectors and how to properly implement them. This little game, for me, has been fantastic in helping “stick” those rules in my head. Until I got to level 17, that is. The dreaded :last-child selector.

I was able to suss out how to select the apple on the fancy plate…but that goddamn pickle…


Now don’t mistake this as a “cry for help” because I do want to figure it out on my own. For me, that’s the best way to learn new things: you keep trying until you get it.

And in my case, it may involve some head-trauma as I bang my head on my desk in frustration. :D

I’d love to hear your recommendations on more advanced CSS trainings! Free is even better.

I Have The Best Co-Workers

Yes, today it are mah birfday!


Whereas I was hoping to slink by quietly and hoping nobody would notice, in today’s world of social media and hyper-connectivity, people are given nifty little reminders that “HEY, LISTEN!” it’s mah birfday!

Thus, the flood of birthday wishes come washing over me like a tide of fire ants hell bent on destroying everything in it’s path.

I mean, I have great friends! :D

But I have really, really awesome coworkers. My coworker Richard posted on one of our internal P2s a happy birthday wish with these two videos attached (because he couldn’t decide which one was better):


I can’t decide either – they’re PERFECT!! Made my birthday morning start off on the right foot. A twisted, hilarious foot!

Want to work with these awesome people? We are hiring!

Dear Jerkwad Companies

We’ve been receiving both the Crate and Barrel and CB2 catalogs in the mail for some time now. However, we get two of each catalog: one addressed to me, one to my husband (why I have no clue).

WTFcrateandbarrelSo when one arrives, I recycle one of the copies, flip through the other, then recycle it when I’m done. I feel bad for doing so, but I love catalogs! But I feel even worse that I’m getting multiple copies of the same catalog.

Today I saw a tweet from Crate and Barrel responding to someone who received 14 copies of the latest catalog, my memory was jogged and I sent my own inquiry as to how to stop my catalog duplication!

They said that I could stop the catalog deliveries by filling out a form on their website


Just one problem.

Look at the screenshot of the form to the right.

See that little checkbox that says “In addition to mailing me your catalogs, please also send me sale notices by mail.”

Notice how it’s unchecked?

I filled out said form and left that damn box unchecked.

I submitted the form, with the box unchecked.

Can you guess what happened next?

From my email inbox:


You motherfuc….


Dear Jerkwads:

If I specifically opt-out of (or in this case not opting-in) receiving your promotional emails, then by gawd you better not send me any fucking emails. Nothing makes me want to never buy another thing from you again like sending me emails that I distinctly did not ask for.


Ok, whining over. Also, last day of Christmas vacation for me…better make it count. :)