About This Website

This website has been used for various purposes in the past.

Currently, it is where I post about problems that I encounter, create, and solve while using, tweaking, breaking and sometimes creating technology.

About Me

In Toronto, I helped hundreds of students through high school & university as a private tutor, teacher, academic advisor, school administrator and guidance / university admissions counsellor. I used several stylus-based tablet PCs for taking/making digital math notes long before tablets were a thing. I was also an active volunteer in the Ontario homeschooling community: writing, advising, and speaking at conferences.

From our island waterfront home in Atlantic Canada, I am devoting my current attention to front end development, actively learning JavaScript and modern CSS. This blog (by the time you're reading it) will be my first foray into Gatsby, after years of existing as a Jekyll blog ... after years of existing as an Octopress blog.

Despite my best intentions of learning modern, practical development tools and tech, to be honest, much of my time is spent wrestling with more mundane issues like why my Chromebook won't connect to the wifi at (specifically, and reproducibly) Radisson hotels, and figuring out how to string together various Chrome extensions to imitate a stable connection. Or, I might find myself determined to daisy-chain several IFTTT triggers and actions in order for me to be able to slip something automatically into Joe's Pocket reading list from my own account. JAMstack in the streets, App(let)s / Extensions / URL Hacking in the sheets.

I'm "all things tech" and Communications Director for the Summerside Community Choir, and also sing in the Indian River Festival Chorus. When not rehearsing, I can be found digitizing music, webmastering, emailing, tweeting and tech troubleshooting for choir members.

I enjoy photographing birds at home on our local boardwalk or in whatever nature setting I can find on the road. I regularly chronicle life and world travel via Twitter and have still never forgiven Google for shutting down Picasa, which used to house all my photo albums. Ever in search of the perfect digital photo-management system, I spend more time than any one human should testing, tweaking and breaking several services and have still not settled on an online album sharing service.

Other personal interests include cappuccino, watching Toronto Blue Jays baseball on PVR delay so we can skip commercials (no spoilers!), our low-carb/high-fat/grain-free/intermittent fasting/ketogenic diet, stylus-based gadgets (#ALLtheSamsung, plus many niche devices you've probably never heard of), and natural disaster movies where the rogue atmospheric physicist saves the day.

My home is currently Summerside, PEI, Canada (though I will always be "from Toronto"). My actual physical location could be anywhere in the world as a constant travel companion to my loving husband Joe, with whom the epic "Oshawa vs. Brampton" battle is ongoing.