Author: Shelley Evans

Late Bloomer

With summer in full swing I’m getting a late start on the flowers in our yard this year. Our vacation trip and then hail the last couple of weeks really got us behind. But the planters look adorable and the Yuccas finally bloomed for the first time (this is their third season).

I received the high compliment that the arrangements look California-inspired… Been tough getting back to the grind so maybe the change of scenery will help to ease me into it.

Perspective

I remember reading a challenge in my 5-minute journal, “get rid of something that doesn’t bring you joy”.

And have had guidance from various places to “water your love garden”, and “water your lawn” (to make it greener).

I’m ready to jump right in – crazy leg first!

It’s time to finally cultivate all the hard work, collect the bits and pieces that are laying around and create some forward momentum.

The winds of change are a blowin’, girl… just gotta hang on tight!

 

Zendcon!

It’s been an amazing past few months with lots going on! Maybe I will catch you up on it someday, winky-face…

But picking up where we left off… Zendcon!

Had such a great time last year that I signed up blind early bird! My particular focus last year was on asynchronous APIs and composer. I also attended a fascinating talk on open source AI projects.

Honestly, I was somewhat disappointed with the async solutions. I realize that conferences are for showing off the latest and greatest, but unfortunately that meant the currently available option is out of my reach for now. Wound up sticking with the solution that I have in place – will post the code if I get a chance.

But, if you don’t work on a xenophobic legacy codebase and have the luxury, then honestly I would recommend Postman or some other subscription service for reporting and monitoring API requests and request handling.

The talks on Composer, on the other hand, were so incredibly useful. It is akin to the moment that I learned about version control early in my career. It is easy to install, easy to configure, and easy to use. The single greatest benefit to me has been the ability to create private packages in conjunction with private github repositories. Although, full disclaimer, I don’t have autoloader working. I haven’t done much to look into that mind you, but it is a minor inconvenience at worst.

The upside is incredibly accessible and maintainabe codebases. It’s a no-brainer for anyone with multiple projects that have any overlapping custom components. It has been much easier to start new projects without additional maintenance overhead. For a small shop like mine it makes things possible that we could never have managed before. Three thumbs up!

So needless to say I have high expectations for the conference this year and can’t wait for Vegas in October!

 

New Year Resolution

Every year my New Year’s resolution is to try a little harder – and I am pleased to announce that I am headed in the right direction! Here is my completely un-humble brag:

Last night I performed a weekly launch and COMPLETED IT! I didn’t wake up to a pile of documentation to do, or a bunch of orphaned branches that would hang around for a few weeks. I don’t have any admin or accounting to finish. Email notifications were all sent. No lingering related support items. No cards to archive or channels to close.

I did it. Completely. I was up until midnight, but I did it.

Way to go, me!

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas acrylic painting

Guided Painting

Blue Christmas acrylic paintings

Everyone’s personality shines through in their painting

Blue Christmas, from Painting with Jane on YouTube. Nice and easy to follow. We were all a little intimidated, but they all turned out beautifully.

So Tired

Exhausted dogs

Jezabel, Einstein, and Isabella taking a break

Crinkle a wrapper and watch them come alive, but otherwise these guys mostly hold down the couch.

 

Thrifty Treats

Kelly Valles - headboard

Headboard made from reclaimed fencing

Pinterest has nothing on my neighbor, Kelly! She shared a couple of additions made from recovered materials, and they couldn’t be more charming.

Kelly Valles - log Christmas tree

Rustic log Christmas tree

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our 9th wedding anniversary! Leather and pottery are the traditional gifts – and yes the obvious gift idea came to mind, but we wound up getting a beautiful Lladro figurine (that counts as pottery, right?). We had a lovely evening at the Chop House in Loveland, for the third year in a row! Happy anniversary to my love, James!

Baby Love Bird

Baby Love Bird

Experimenting with silver glitter paint

Johnstown Lake

Johnstown Lake, Thanksgiving day 2017