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The Glitch in my Matrix

This long post adds another chapter to this year’s medical saga, and it contains some medical details you may not want. Buckle up, folks – it’s been a hell of a year. As many of you know, the first half of this year saw me struggling with significant health issues – ovarian tumors that were misdiagnosed as endometriosis. Those masses were discovered to be dermoid cysts in July during my surgery, and were removed, leaving the rest of my reproductive system intact. When I woke up to find that my hysterectomy hadn’t been performed because the unlikely “edge case” I’d…

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Stranger Than Fiction

Thank you for all of the kind words, encouragement, solidarity, and even generous gifts during the run up to my tumor removal surgery last week. I’ve just returned from my post-op appointment with my gynecologic oncologist, so I can finally share an update on my condition. Long story short: I’m “recovering like a champ” and will be able to shave a week or two off my initial recovery estimates. But the full story is much stranger. Read on if you dare – things get a little gory. A Recap: The Plan In November 2006, I had an emergency laparotomy to…

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Plus Ca Change: A Career Announcement

My ability to acquire an augmented reality Pikachu is not the only reason July 2016 is a momentous month for me. Today marks my final day in just under 2 years at Amazon. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to work on so many historic projects – almost all of which remain unannounced, but most of which will eventually see the light of day. Thank you to everyone who I had the chance to collaborate with on this journey. I will, of course, point out what features and products I worked on as they launch. As job changes are…

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Hover to the Future

About a year ago, shortly after I began my tenure at Amazon and bi-monthly trips to the South Bay Area, I stumbled upon yet another Kickstarter. My Kickstarter portfolio has included books, drink-cooling devices, card games, video games, a design school, and in one case geeky baking sprinkles. All successfully funded, though many late deliveries. This project, however, was much loftier. The video tugged at the heartstrings of my generation, raised from an early age on Back to the Future – early enough that we were forgiving of the sins of Back to the Future II. Specifically, this Kickstarter from…

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A Day at Chambers Bay: The US Open

Yesterday, my husband and I spent a very long day at Chambers Bay, WA for the first day of championship play of the US Open. These tickets were my Christmas gift for my golf fan husband. Such a rare opportunity couldn’t be missed since he plays golf regularly in his hometown of Tacoma, mere minutes from the action. Of course, by the time the idea occurred to me in September, the only championship round tickets available were Thursday – so I snapped up a pair and the waiting game began. Neither of us had ever attended a PGA tour event…

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