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About this blog…

You’ll find articles on a variety of things I think are worthy of sharing. Topics will generally relate to being a parent of an amazing little girl who is allergic to peanuts and eggs, trying to be a good citizen of the earth (buying locally, using greener products, reusing, our little backyard herb and fruit garden…), eating well, enjoying life at home and while traveling, the joys and of course, gadgets and technology, since I am still a geek at heart.

About me… hmm…shall we start at the beginning?

I was born in a little peninsula off the southeast coast of China called Macau. At the time it was a Portuguese colony (and had been for 450 years). With my mom being American and my dad Chinese, we actually moved back and forth a lot between Macau and the States, specifically, Southern Connecticut. All of that exposure and travel provided me with such an appreciation for different cultures and a perspective on the world and life that I treasure.

I made my final move back to the States when I was 16 to finish high school here so it would be easier to get into college and get financial aid. Also, I longed for exposure to American high school experiences like prom. And I have to say, I really enjoyed my 2 years of high school here in the States.

I was originally planning to major in journalism but my very wise father suggested I major in computer science instead so I’d have an easier time making money when I graduated, explaining that I could always go back to school for whatever I wanted once I had that foundation. I took his advice and graduated with a computer science degree – wise move since I don’t think I would have been very good at journalism in the end.

After college I stayed in Boston and got a job as a software developer at a healthcare informatics lab that was part of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I worked on healthcare related projects for groups like the American Medical Association. Since then I have run engineering, implementation and sales at a start-up and worked at Microsoft where I had the pleasure of working with some brilliant and passionate people and some great customers and partners. I certainly learned a lot while I was there in my various roles there Technical Specialist (Systems Engineer) to Sales to Marketing Manager.

Then my biggest move yet – having our beautiful daughter Sofie. After having her, I was torn about returning to work and taking a few years off to focus on her. Up until then, I had been very career focused and got a lot of satisfaction out of doing well at work. How do you put something that has always been such a big part of your adult life on hold? How would you measure your accomplishments? So, I ended up going back to work for a couple of months to see if it felt right and it didn’t. Quitting your job and staying at home with your child is certainly not for everyone, but it was clear it was right for me. In all actuality, staying home with her was probably more for me than for her. I’m sure she would have thrived in any number of care situations but I wanted to be the one with her, the one nurturing her and introducing her to the world, in the beginning at least. I am very lucky to be able to do this and never forget that.

Blogging is one of those new ventures. I hope to have the time to do it regularly and I hope to provide anyone reading my blog with some entertainment or useful tidbit. My topics will be pulled directly from my life – as a mother, wife, dog owner, current New Englander, a geek, a lover of food, travel, adventure and my continuing journey to improve my family’s quality of life, be a better person and citizen of the planet.

Well, that’s the 101 on me. I hope you’ll enjoy my observations and experiences through this blog and I welcome your comments.

April 22, 2010 update: We have moved from Newton, MA to Palo Alto, CA! We moved just this past January and it has already been a great adventure. More posts to come on our new life here.

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joshua Koppelman  |  July 24, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I want to see more posts! 🙂

    Reply
    • 2. Jeannie Carriere  |  July 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      I’d love to post more often, lots to share! Finding to time to do so with a toddler who doesn’t nap is my challenge. I’ll sneak them in when I can 🙂

      Reply

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