Wondering Wanderer

Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter

Week Notes Vol 60

June 28, 2020

When I was growing up I wished I was Pipi Longstocking, or at least Little My. I liked to read books about strong female characters such as…

Week Notes Vol 59

June 21, 2020

As I get older I’ve discovered that the best things in life are free (or nearly free). I gifted myself a day off work for my birthday to…

Week Notes Vol 58

June 14, 2020

As it turns out spending a night away from your home and sleeping under someone else’s roof is exactly what was needed to help to reboot my…

Hike mileage 2020

June 07, 2020

Date Distance in miles Elevation gain in ft Hike 01/19 4.4 0 Trillium Lake (snowshoe) 01/19 3.2 265 Cooks Butte 01/20 4.92 580 Aspen Trail…

Week Notes Vol 57

June 06, 2020

This week has been emotionally and mentally hard - it’s difficult to continue living in United States of America when there’s nothing…

Week Notes Vol 56

May 31, 2020

It’s been a tradition to hit the road for Memorial Day. Twice now have we scheduled a trip to Hawaii and twice has it been cancelled…

Week Notes Vol 55

May 23, 2020

There are some good side effects to being locked inside most of the time for the past 10 or so weeks - I hit my 2020 reading challenge…

Week Notes Vol 54

May 17, 2020

Work from home forever? This week Twitter announced that they will be remote from now one. One can only wonder how many companies will…

Week Notes Vol 53

May 10, 2020

This week I’ve been watching endless Youtube videos about hiking the PCT . And doing research on supplies , gear , timing and cost…

Week Notes Vol 52

May 03, 2020

I made it! Full 52 weeks of keeping notes on life, work, learning new skills and navigating around boulders and pebbles in life. Not going…

Week Notes Vol 51

April 26, 2020

The topic of managing well has been on my mind a lot the fast few weeks. Here are some snippets from the book I just finished: Your job, as…

Week Notes Vol 50

April 19, 2020

There definitely are positive sides of the 2020 quarantine - my reading list is 10 books ahead, I am finally mending clothing items that…

Week Notes Vol 49

April 12, 2020

Week four of not being able to hike or really get outside and it’s harder by day to find poitivity in all of this. Thankfully it’s lambing…

Week Notes Vol 48

April 04, 2020

Week three of lockdown and while some aspects are much easier others sprout like weeds in the sping. There was one morning when I woke up…

Week Notes Vol 47

March 28, 2020

Week two of shelter in place and some things are becoming clear - mainly that I do not do well being confined between four walls. I will…

Week Notes Vol 46

March 22, 2020

I started 2020 with a trip to Amsterdam. While there I went to one of my favorite book stores (The American Book Center) and picked up a…

Week Notes Vol 45

March 15, 2020

What a bizarre world we are living in currently. I’ve been following the news and the future looks frightning, especially being in the US…

Week Notes Vol 44

March 08, 2020

The move continues. I can almost see the light through the boxes. My home office is at least setup in a way that enables me to work without…

Week Notes Vol 43

February 29, 2020

It’s been boxes upon boxes upon boxes. Every day this week I’ve worked a full day and then packed up my apartment. In some ways moving is…

Week Notes Vol 42

February 23, 2020

There’s something extremely comforting about going off grid for a while. This morning I got up early, loaded up my car and ventured out to…

Week Notes Vol 41

February 15, 2020

Yay for upcoming the SameSite week! Starting on Monday, Feb 17, Chrome Version 80 will introduce a policy in which: Cookies without a…

Week Notes Vol 40

February 09, 2020

It was a rough week. Being type A person I’d like to deliver 100% all the time to everyone but that is not physically not always feasible…

Week Notes Vol 39

February 02, 2020

2020 is off to recruiters blasting emails and promoting whatever company they are working for with renewed efforts. I’ve seen some priceless…

Week Notes Vol 38

January 25, 2020

I thought that 2020 would bring some more positive news in terms of equality and inclusion for women but then I stumble upon articles like…

Week Notes Vol 37

January 18, 2020

The word inequity has been on my mind a lot this week. I went to see Hank Willis Thomas exhibit at the Portland Art Museum last week, been…

Week Notes Vol 36

January 12, 2020

When I agreed to take on a failing project at work in 2019 I had no idea what it would expand into. Coming from a background of Drupal and…

Week Notes Vol 35

January 05, 2020

Five days and four countries in 2020 so far (Estonia, Latvia, Denmark and Netherlands). Numerous new experiences as well: getting pulled…

Week Notes Vol 34

December 29, 2019

One of the benefits and pitfalls of Estonia is its size - I noticed a friend of mine shared on IG that she was on the way to Estonia for…

Week Notes Vol 33

December 22, 2019

Estonia is a land of contradictions - it’s so modern and European and at the same time so very much stuck in its old ways. We ventured out…

Week Notes Vol 32

December 15, 2019

When I was in Estonia this summer for song and dance festival I made a plan to spend December here as well but instead of taking time off I…

Week Notes Vol 31

December 07, 2019

It was inside internationational terminal at SFO on my way to Austria when I suddenly got that feeling of belonging. I couldn’t at first put…

Week Notes Vol 30

November 30, 2019

I did not grow up celebrating Thansgiving. I find the whole notions of Pilgrim’s meal with the Native Americans appalling - most people know…

Week Notes Vol 29

November 24, 2019

Last week was a bit of a downer as work travel takes its toll on me. Being an introvert having multiple days of back to back meetings…

Week Notes Vol 28

November 16, 2019

It’s been a rough few weeks trying to navigate project planning season where most of the stakeholders gather in the office. Looking at my…

Week Notes Vol 27

November 09, 2019

Everybody has bias, there’s no point to denying it. The key is understanding your own biases and working on recognizing when you’re tempted…

Week Notes Vol 26

November 03, 2019

I bought a wedding dress at Goodwill two years ago. It felt theraupetic after the recent turmoil in my life. I had also never had the…

Week Notes Vol 25

October 26, 2019

End of the year is near - and planning for 2020 has started. For most people it means annual enrollment period has begun (oh, the joys of US…

Week Notes Vol 24

October 19, 2019

Sometimes you ask universe for a challenge and then it just dumps a boatload of them on you all at once. Well, universe, I’m not going to…

Week Notes Vol 23

October 14, 2019

One of the things I find great satisfaction in is helping other people achieve their goals. Sometimes this does not exactly work out for my…

Week Notes Vol 22

October 06, 2019

Life hacking, optimizing time, optimial productivity - no matter what you name it it is essentially the same thing. I’ve been experimenting…

Week Notes Vol 21

September 26, 2019

I am officially in the “will never move to San Francisco” camp after this week. I’ve always found this city dirty and uptight but after this…

Week Notes Vol 20

September 19, 2019

I don’t often travel for work but when I do I try to keep some kind ouf routine. Without it my days would follow this template - meet team…

Week Notes Vol 19

September 12, 2019

Who does’t love September and planning/budgeting for the next calendar year? Everything is due yesterday. I honestly do not mind all the…

Week Notes Vol 18

September 05, 2019

I have been reflecting on my career path quite a bit this week as I am reading a book by someone who on the surface had career trajectory…

Week Notes Vol 17

August 29, 2019

As of this week I am the only female on our development team of 24 people. It is a lonely place to be and the bigger the team grows the less…

Week Notes Vol 16

August 22, 2019

For the past 8 or so years I have been celebrating what we call knitter’s Christmas in July. This year our annual party shifted a little…

Week Notes Vol 15

August 15, 2019

This week I celebrated my 14th year of Drupal. It’s been quite a journey to say the least. Yes, I definitely drank the coolaid. At the same…

So you too want to work remotely?

August 12, 2019

First it was individual offices, then cubicles, then open floorplans followed by remote friendly workplaces. The reality is that some of us…

Week Notes Vol 14

August 08, 2019

I’ve been going down a rabbit hole of reading about the history race and class in the United States for the past few months. Some of this…

Week Notes Vol 13

August 01, 2019

After two and half years of planning West Coast Estionian days is finally here! Kicked off by mass dance practice followed by potluck on…

Week Notes Vol 12

July 25, 2019

There are two kinds of people - those who care about status in context of travel and those who do not. I travel a fair amount but I am…

Week Notes Vol 11

July 18, 2019

Post vacation blues is a thing . Usually it doesn’t hit me as hard since I’m always plotting the next adventure but this time I came back…

Week Notes Vol 10

July 11, 2019

Vacation in Estonia has been a flurry of activities - one could almost say a castle a day? We attended the main rehearsal for the dance…

Week Notes Vol 9

July 04, 2019

Is there anything better than unstructured time? No meetings, no phone calls, no obligations except to go see family while on vacation in…

Week Notes Vol 8

June 27, 2019

Vacation autoreply - check. Slack OOO status - check. Updated team calendar - check. Signed out of Slack and work email on my phone - check…

Work With Me

June 21, 2019

I am a strong believer in autonomy. I’m not a mico-manager by default unless I feel the project or directions have changed in such a way…

Week Notes Vol 7

June 20, 2019

Another year older and realizing nothing really matters more than surrounding yourself with people who love you and people you love (often…

Week Notes Vol 6

June 13, 2019

Burnout has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve been essentially working two jobs for months now - one being what my job title is and the…

Week Notes Vol 5

June 05, 2019

It’s an amazing feeling when you finally accomplish something. I set up a goal back in April 2018 and chipped away at it until all of the…

Week Notes Vol 4

May 29, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about fear, failure, taking responsibility and finding ways to overcome challenges this week. There’s this quote by…

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim in a day (May 25th, 2019)

May 28, 2019

We came up with the plan of hiking Grand Canyon R2R in a day during a long weekend trip to Utah in November 2018 after hiking Angel’s…

Week Notes Vol 3

May 22, 2019

Trails are therapy. I used to use mountains as a way to escape from some things in my life and I have finally found that sweet spot between…

Not Defied By Mt.Defiance

May 19, 2019

There weren’t many takers when I asked if anyone would be up for a “leisurely stroll” up Mt. Defiance on Saturday earlier this week. My…

Week Notes Vol 2

May 13, 2019

You know those weeks when one thing happens after another and before you know it you have logged a 50-60 hours for your day job? Yeah, it…

Week Notes Vol 1

May 06, 2019

I realized this am on my way to the airport that I had been there a total of 5 times in the last 7 days. I’ve been to NYC, SF and picked up…

DrupalCon Seattle 2019

April 12, 2019

Reflection on past DrupalCons and links to interesting sessions from Seattle.

Hello World

April 11, 2019

For over a year I’ve had a task in my todo list - spin up the site on this domain in Drupal 8. Quess what? It never happened. I realized…