The Short Story

From rock climbing to van life to photography to quilting to Silicon Valley, I've got a pretty eclectic collection of topics.

  • I spent 8 years working at Google as an Engineering Program Manager
  • I have a B.S. Electrical Engineering from Rice University
  • I've been rock climbing since 2008, ticking climbs up to V9 and 5.12b
  • I've had two ACL reconstruction surgeries
  • I've been dabbling in photography since 2004
  • Over the last 2 years, I've spent 7 months traveling the US in a van, exploring the outdoors and climbing
  • I enjoy sewing handmade quilts, from patchwork to machine quilting

I keep this blog as inspiration to travel, pursue creative interests, and as a how-to for tutorials. Please drop me a line with suggestions or comments!

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The Long Story

I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii until I went to Rice University in Houston, TX. I graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree and then worked as a Systems Engineer for military satellite communications systems at Boeing.

After 2 years, I wanted to work in the faster-paced consumer mobile market. I landed a job at Google as an Engineering Program Manager and spent 8 years there working on projects from TV Ads to YouTube to Google Play to Nexus hardware. I love piecing together the architecture and dependencies of an end-to-end product.

During that time, I met my husband Jeremy at Planet Granite climbing gym, where you can still find us many days a week. I've been climbing since 2008, primarily bouldering. My most proud send has been Clam Digger (V8/9) at Castle Rock State Park. Jeremy has the FA and I may have the first FFA!

In 2014, I took a bouldering fall at the gym and tore my ACL. I had ACL reconstruction surgery, but 9 months later, I tore the graft when getting back into bouldering. I had ACL reconstruction surgery again in 2016 and am taking rehab much slower this time. I've been sport climbing since, though I look forward to bouldering again in the healthy future!

I quit my job at Google in 2016 after feeling the Silicon Valley burn for 8 years. Since then, I've been focusing on my knee rehab, climbing, getting my cortisol levels back to normal, traveling, sewing and quilting, photography, and learning to be handier with house renovations. I've spent almost 7 months on the road with my husband, Jeremy, racking up 25k miles across the US, enjoying the outdoors, national parks, and climbing.

I keep this blog as inspiration to travel, pursue creative interests, and as a how-to for tutorials. Please drop me a line with suggestions or comments!