Everything is changing again, as it tends to do often.

Moving to a house

At the beginning of the summer, I was 3 months into working and living at out of a 1 bedroom apartment with my partner, who was at the time out of work. Because of the pandemic, and all of the “stay-at-home” orders in Seattle, that’s tight quarters to be spending most of your time. That apartment had an open kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom. I’d primarily been working in the kitchen and it’s hard to share that space when you’re working 12 hour days, half in Zoom calls and the other half divided between triaging JIRA tickets and actually coding.

As much as we loved living in the city, we had to admit, this wasn’t the same city anymore and our daily rhythms weren’t suited for such a small place. So Sabrina and I moved down to a huge place in Kent, not too far from the commuter train but far enough that I don’t have to hear it.

Now, I’m not in love with Kent but I certainly love And I setup a better office for myself. Gotta say, I love working out of here and having my own space that can just be mine is just affirming in ways I can’t describe.

Back to Microsoft

Pot of tea in front of bookshelf
Honestly didn't think I'd ever buy a Surface product

After working at my last engagement for a year, I got the opportunity to go back to Microsoft and now I’m working with the Xbox team on A/B testing with React and TypeScript.

I was at Microsoft for most of 2018 and 2019 and I’m really excited to be back. I always feel like I’m growing in someway at Microsoft more than any other engagement I’ve been on.

One really awesome part is being able to dive back into use React Native again for the first time in like 4 years. Microsoft has their own port of React Native that targets Windows 10 SDK, you can run React on UWP apps, Xbox, pretty much anything running Windows 10.

New Gender

In the midst of all of this and having more time to slow down and think during lockdown, I started to ask some questions about gender and how I understand myself and where or if I fit on the gender spectrum. Started to come to the conclusion I don’t identify with the gender binary. Not him or her, just them.

People come out to be seen and understood as something different than the conception they have or present to others. I’m non-binary and I’m using they/them pronouns. I went into a little more detail on Twitter.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Hopefully I feel like I can blog more in the future. ☕