My name is Jen. I’m a Happiness Engineer for Automattic, the people behind WordPress.com, as well as a bunch of other rad stuff like Jetpack, Akismet, and WooCommerce. Before starting with Automattic, I taught biology and zoology for almost a decade, first at Ohio Northern University, then at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
I’m also a photographer and small business owner.
I started blogging on Livejournal in the early 2000’s, and then moved to Blogger, before finally and thankfully ending up on WordPress. Until WordPress, I had year after year of blogging identity crisis, as I tried to decide what I wanted to call my blog and what I wanted it to be about. This blog was originally called Diapers and Dogfur on Blogger, and then Tea Olive as a self-hosted WordPress site, and I’ve finally settled on My Three Birds here on my true home on the web, WordPress.com. I’ve also merged my old photoblog, lightcandy, into this site as well. So don’t be surprised when you see lots of old watermarks from different places.
My three birds are my three kids. My husband and I had three kids in just under five years.
We have a luminous and thrillingly bright little girl that was born in September of 2009. In this blog, I call her Pumpkin.
We also have an impish and whip-smart little girl born in August of 2011. In this blog, I call her Peanut.
Our youngest is the gentlest, most joyful, and most engaging baby boy in the entire world, born in July of 2013. In this blog, I call him Panda.
I listen to a lot of NPR. I still play World of Warcraft, though having kids has made it prohibitive to play as much as I used to, thankfully. I love to play board games. I’ve been a Star Wars fan for three decades.
I am crazy about the smell of used bookstores. Lemony baked goods make my heart sing. Zombie pop culture is my favorite. I wish I could camp and hike more often, and I feel most alive when I’m close to large bodies of water. Dark roast coffee is my favorite, and I love wine. If it is red and made from fermented grapes, I will drink it, and gladly.
I can’t really claim to be skilled in the kitchen, but I enjoy it. Doing it helps me learn, and I like to share the recipes I make successfully.
I’m extremely socially awkward, but I put on a good show.
I am an Ohio native, and I moved to the Carolinas in 2005 to take a chance on the man that would become my husband in September of 2006. In this blog, I will call him The Captain. On a daily basis, this man surprises me, delights me, enlightens me, challenges me, and makes me laugh.
We moved back to Ohio in the fall of 2013, needing to be closer to more family, for the sake of our kids and our sanity. I’d really, really missed my family, too.
I’m not writing this blog for anyone but myself, really, though I have to confess that I get tickled when the Captain reads, and I love to go back and read old posts that I made years ago.