Fathers Day

Last April I got another phone call from my older sister about a parent passing away. This time it was my dad, and the phone call was the only similarity between this and my mom’s situation.

Two Weeks

Two weeks ago, I got a call I’d been dreading since, well, the last time I made a blog post here. It was my sister, telling me that my mother had passed away.

Seven Days

Seven days ago, I got a call from my mother’s nursing home. The nurse said that my mom had chosen to stop taking the medicine that was keeping her out of a coma, and that she had less than two weeks.

Things have been fantastically busy here. About a month after the last post, the wife and I welcomed our daughter into our lives a few weeks early. Graduate school has become progressively more intense the closer I come to defending my thesis. Last but not least, my employment situation has simplified itself considerably but with a considerably negative impact on our bottom line.

It’s no wonder that I cried out “m’aidez”. And people answered.

I was in Portland at Write the Docs this summer with my coworkers where I gave a lightning talk, mostly about my research but partly describing the value of technical writing skills when writing a thesis. Offstage I bumped into Sharon Campbell, Editorial Manager at DigitalOcean. I told her how happy I was to be a customer of DO and asked if she could recommend an orchestration platform for Docker that wasn’t quite as intense as Kubernetes, and she pointed me at Rancher.