10.11.18 – 6 years later.

6 years later. It seems long, but not distant. Does that make sense? The pain memory has faded, but the muscle memory holds it all. Strange, isn’t it?

6 years later and I find myself in another conference room. On this particular morning, I don’t receive a call from Dr. Huo (thank God!), instead, this conference room is where I busily work away at my new job as a People Partner at a cool company, working with, and supporting, really smart and motivated people. I feel really happy on this particular 10.11.

4 weeks ago I started a new chapter and went back to work. The adjustment hasn’t been that bad. Paul’s been a great support and has taken on a lot more kiddo duty so that I can ramp up. I really love working and I think I’m doing a good job keeping it all in perspective and maintaining balance in my life between the kids, the hubs and self care time. That said, I’m only 4 weeks in, so the train has plenty of time to come off the tracks!

In all seriousness though, things are good, really good. Life seems to have reset itself. This will never be something that I forget, that I don’t think about often. In fact, I continue to take cancer booty calls from PAMF on a regular basis. But, it’s sort of become woven into my fabric. My close friend circle is filled with so many BAYS pals. The lines are all blurred and I love that. I love it. It’s who I am now, and I kinda dig the new me.

This is what 6 years later looks like for me – a full head of hair – lots of chaos – never a perfect family photo – and most importantly, crazy fun with Paul, the kiddos and Maisey, Maise…..

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STATS:
6 years
1 amazing hubs
1 amazing Maisey dog (whose namesake is now pretty well known – Maisey Hirono)
2 beautiful, amazing kiddos
1 amazing new job!…..

 

Net Neutrality

It’s been awhile since we did “School time with Andrea”, don’t ya think? Today’s lesson focuses on Net Neutrality.  Paul and his company, Automattic (which operates Wordpress.com —  which, in turn, hosts this blog!) have been fighting tirelessly along side many other internet companies (big and small) to maintain Net Neutrality. If you don’t know what the heck Net Neutrality is, don’t worry, I’ll help you understand it….

You can watch John Oliver’s amaze piece on it from his show Last Week Tonight here. Paul also summarizes the issue in his latest blog post which can be found here.  After you’ve watched and read both of those links, you’ll be an expert on Net Neutrality and will also be armed with impressive cocktail hour small talk! Win. Win.

In all seriousness, this is a super important issue that we should all have on our radars and do whatever we can to fight back.

Personally, I’m standing with Automattic and joining the Internet Slowdown on September 10, 2014.  The slowdown will give my readers a glimpse of what life would be like if Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, and the other big cable companies succeed at taking over the Internet.