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Hello, Nagasaki!

June 05 2017

Hello, Nagasaki!

When we found out we were moving to Kyushu, I promptly added the Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum to my bucket list. I am ashamed to say it took two years for us to make the short drive down to Nagasaki to experience this part of our shared history. Shame aside, it was every bit as moving as I expected it to be.

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Custom Domains With Heroku

May 23 2017

Custom Domains With Heroku

I dreamed I asked someone to get me a fingernail. Just one. With clear nail polish. That’s weird, right? I mean, I almost never wear nail polish… and, you know, I have all my fingernails sooo an extra one would be just so unnecessarily excessive. So strange. Anyway, this wasn’t supposed to be about fingernails. I wanted to write about custom domains.

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What’s Next?

May 23 2017

What’s Next?

Do you use the Day One App? I do… sometimes… when I remember. A couple of weeks ago, Day One reminded me of an entry I made two years ago to mark our safe arrival in Japan. We spent a month traveling from Washington D.C. (to Biloxi, to White Sands, to San Diego, to Joshua Tree, to the Grand Canyon, to Moab, to San Francisco, to the Redwoods) to Seattle for our flight. The boys loved sleeping on hotel beds and spending 24/7 with their two favorite people. George loved being in the car, watching the world go by, as we traveled from one destination to the next. We had a great time but I was so relieved to be in Japan and ready to settle down.

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Rejoice! A New App

May 23 2017

Rejoice! A New App

Frontend styling doesn’t appeal to me as much as the backend work. I think this is pretty obvious in my completed (sort of) app using the Hello Web App tutorial. You can see it here: https://rejoicecinema.herokuapp.com/. It looks… 1998-ish, no? At least, there are no animated gif background images so, yeah. There’s that. #silverlining

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Hello Web App Tutorial

May 05 2017

Hello Web App Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I ordered Hello Web App, a book written for “non-programmers” to “design and build your own custom web app using Python and Django.” I thought it might be a fun project for my local code club to work on as a group… and who knows? Maybe we can use what we learn to build a website for our club to showcase our work and encourage others to join us.

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Sakura Season in Japan

April 24 2017

Sakura Season in Japan

Predictions for peak season start weeks before the first bloom. This may be an understatement but sakura season in Japan is kind of a big deal. The bloom is celebrated with festivals and picnics in the park. Local shops sell cherry blossom themed umbrellas and rain coats and anything else you can think of. Starbucks sells cherry blossom drinks, coffee beans, mugs, and water bottles. (Those go fast and make excellent, if not pricey, gifts for friends and family abroad.) Line, a popular messaging app in Japan, even joins in with a shower of blossoms that fall over your chat window.

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Coping With The End

April 12 2017

Coping With The End

It could be that, from March 1997 to May 2003 at least, I was just too cool to indulge in the cheesy, teenage sci-fi fantasy of Buffy The Vampire Slayer but most likely, I was pre-occupied with work and other things and didn’t pay attention. Thank God for Hulu! I just binge-watched all seven seasons and now I’m wondering how to process “the end” so I can move on. This feeling of loss could explain the comic books and fan-fiction I’ve stumbled upon since my binge began.

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Betty’s Return

April 04 2017

Betty’s Return

My history with blogging began over 10 years ago while on my first overseas tour as a military spouse. Back then, before social media platforms took over, if you wanted to communicate with a large audience, you set up a blog.

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Publishing to Apple News… So Posh!

March 28 2017

They say if you’re serious about learning something, you should write about your experience. What I’ve discovered with coding is that if I talk out my problem OR write it out, it helps me to better see the whole picture and zero in on a solution.

The problem with blogging is that it’s such a chore sometimes. You write, write, write and get nothing in return. There’s no conversation or feedback or even help and the time spent building a community could be spent actually learning how to code. That’s where Apple News comes in. I signed up today—still waiting on approval—so that I can reach more people and hopefully become a better programmer.

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