So this will basically be week 3 of the advised shelter in place and week 2 of the actual shelter in place ordinace.

We’ve slowly put a gym together. I bought a bike and have gone for a few rides. Thats definitely all helped but its not the same. I miss OrangeTheory. I miss my pole classes. I miss my soccer team.

The weather has sucked. IT HAILED TODAY. HAIL. How am I supposed to walk or bike outside to retain what’s left of my sanity if its HAILING?

I really really wish we were getting into summer already so we could have some more consistent sun. Any time there is sun EVERYONE goes out which is totally understandable even though we arent supposed to.. I do and I definitely don’t judge anyone that does. I do my best to keep my distance from people when I go out, but not everyone does.

I wish people could just wash their hands and cover their mouths and follow the stupid rules so we can flatten the stupid curve and go back to normal.. but I realize that things may not ever actually go back to how they were before and that though scares the absolute shit out of me.

More than another month of this scares the absolute shit out of me.

I had a trip planned to go to London at the end of April.. I am guessing that will need to get cancelled.

I wanted to buy a pole for more indoor things to do but they are out of stock on one of the pieces I need :’(

Thankfully I do have two flexibility classes a week.. and our little gym in the garage.. and the bike. I know thats more than a lot of people have and I am thankful.

Still very scared though.

Things I have baked to help abate the general anxiety:

  • Lemon & Raspberry Bundt with a Raspberry Glaze (vegan)
  • Chai Scones with a Cinnamon Glaze (vegan)
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Crumpets (accidentally vegan)
  • Sourdough Bread Loaf (thanks for the starter Rosie!)

…if the weather doesn’t get better soon I am going to get so fat.

Things on my list to bake:

  • Brittany Butter Cake
  • Cupcakes of some sort or another
  • Lemon Blueberry Cake
  • Crackers
  • English Muffins
  • Chocolate Souffle
  • Apple Crisp
  • Triple Berry Pie

We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

-Kendall

P.S. Bought a microwave a few days ago and the parts for the old one still, very surprisingly, have not shown up. We can now reheat things without pots now though so thats nice. I AM SO THANKFUL TO NOT HAVE TO ENDLESSLY WASH THE SAME TWO POTS OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

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Day 16.. Not of quaratine like many people are writing about these days, but day 16 waiting for parts for the microwave. We have a fancy microwave that is mounted above the stove and has the lights and exhaust all built into it and it does a bunch of other magic too. It has a soften butter setting which I made a lot of use of given that I like to bake.. a lot. SO. Not having a microwave for 16+ days (it took me about a week of putting things in the microwave and realzing that wasn’t gonna work before I finally overcame the laziness and made an appointment for GE to come out and take a look. So its really been more like.. a month with no microwave. The guy came, said that one of the three control panels was bad (and that he didn’t know which it was) and that they could ship us the parts so we could fix it ourselves and that it would be cheaper than him coming back to do it himself. We are savvy enough that we figured this wouldn’t be a problem and so far it hasn’t been. BECAUSE WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR THE PARTS 16 DAYS LATER.

I cannot tell you how many times we have almost bought an cheap microwave. Basically any trip to a hardware store, target, or anywhere else that sells them.. We’ve come close. But I JUST KNOW, that the second we buy one, the damn parts will arrive.

In the mean time, reheating things on the stove and in the microwave oven has been our MO for not eating cold food. Lordy have I never washed a pot so many times in one week.

What else is new in my life since my last post was literally years ago? I’m living in Washington. Living in a house instead of an apartment which is nice. I joined a soccer team. I ran a bunch of 5k and 10ks.. I have been taking pole classes and flexibility classes.. At least until all of that was taken away by the stupid virus. Seriously people, you should have been covering your mouths and washing your hands this whole time. It shouldn’t be a new thing. I really really hope all this clears up soon though. I am getting bored enough to blog. That’s not a great sign. Or maybe it is for anyone that needs more content to read? I dunno.

Maybe this will be a daily thing now? (LOL, probably not, but maybe.. but probably not).

-Kendall

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So. I wrote this article for Opensource.com.. So I am calling it a blog post :) I have another article coming too from the superuser blog about the upstream training I did in Barcelona. I also have another article I wrote when I first started at the foundation so maybe I can put that here too. You can’t say I haven’t been writing, I just haven’t been writing here. Working on that.


A new kind of match-making: Speed mentoring The Women of OpenStack introduce groups of newcomers to mentors. Posted 18 Oct 2016 Kendall Nelson

My primary focus is to make contributing to the OpenStack community easier and more fun.I’m an upstream developer advocate for the OpenStack Foundation, and this work includes bringing new people into the community, making sure members of the community feel valued, and reducing conflict and removing roadblocks to contribution. It’s also part of my job to smooth the path for newcomers just starting to get involved in the community.

In many cases, people looking to contribute often don’t know where to start—a mentor can point new people in the right direction and help them feel involved and engaged.

A mentoring program The Women of OpenStack recognized this need for mentors and started a mentoring program that matches mentors with newbies based on the type of mentoring they need and other factors like: what area of the community they are interested in, where they live, what sort of interaction they would like in their mentoring sessions, if they want technical or career help, and more.

We are currently running our second round of enrollment in preparation for the OpenStack Barcelona Summit, with the target of enrolling people four times a year (before each Summit and Project Team Gathering). OpenStack Summits and Project Team Gatherings alternate throughout the year, occurring about every three months giving people the opportunity to meet with other Stackers face to face. We hope to get as many people as possible enrolled and matched before the Barcelona Summit. Then, hopefully, many of our mentors and mentees can start their relationship with a face to face meeting.

Currently, we have over 150 people signed up to be mentors and mentees.

How it works We send one introductory email to the mentor and mentee informing them about the match. Then we give the pair space to make their own decisions about how and when to meet. We want them to decide what is best for them. Around three months later we check in with a short survey, but mostly we leave the pairs alone to develop their relationship and trust they will come to us if they have questions.

Lately, we’ve been discussing what ‘graduation criteria’ could signal the end to the relationship. We hope to have more guidance for mentors and mentees on this soon.

Speed mentoring The Women of OpenStack have a Speed Mentoring event that we hold at the Summits. The goal is to start the Summit by introducing groups of newcomers to mentors, so they are sure to make a few connections at their first Summit. A few volunteer mentors come and talk to groups of mentees, answer questions they have, and give guidance about where they can go for more help. It’s been successful in the past and we hope to continue to grow the event.

Get involved Are you interested in signing up to be a mentor or mentee? Fill out this form. Do you want to attend the Barcelona Summit Speed Mentoring event? It will be Tuesday October 25 at 7:30 AM. Please sign up and RSVP.

For more information on different types of mentoring in the OpenStack community? Please see our wiki. For more information on helping to grow and evolve the mentoring program we hold bi-weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 8:00 UTC in the #openstack-meeting channel on IRC.


–Kendall

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Hello again. Wow, this makes two posts in a month, let’s see if I can average that shall we?

It’s been over a year since I graduated from the University of Minnesota. That year went so incredibly fast it’s amazing. It’s funny how you work so hard to get through elementary school middle school high school and then college. Always working towards a singular goal: starting your real adult life. And then when it gets here you don’t know what to do it because the goals are so much more hazy.

I’m sure I’m supposed to have goals now. Don’t know what they are though. Kind of just focusing on living my life. So instead of goal planning in this post, why not just focus on the things that have happened in the last year whether they are goals or not? Here is a list of things I have accomplished in the last year without having planned a single one of them.

  • I got a patent written up and filed. Hopefully more to come but we shall see.
  • I broke up with my boyfriend and now I’m living alone which actually is pretty awesome. I love not having to clean up after anyone but myself.
  • I started working on an open source project that turned out to be one of the most awesome and rewarding things I’ve ever done.
  • I got my car paid off. Woo no car payment!
  • I started paying on my student loans and have made double payments every time. I’m still in a lot of debt but I’m making good progress which I guess is what counts.
  • I traveled to a bunch of new States. I went to Tennessee and North Carolina and Colorado and Texas. All for work stuff but still.
  • I joined the Society of Women Engineers and went to their National Conference.
  • I started going to dubstep shows and went to my first three day EDM Music Festival.
  • I spoke at the Austin OpenStack Summit. I did 2 talks to at least a hundred people both times. That’s a lot of people. More than I’ve ever spoken to before anyway.
  • I started building a network of co-workers and friends that literally spans the continent and I’m working on spanning the globe. I now have friends in California and Colorado and North Carolina. I have a friend in Israel as well.
  • I started hanging out with one of my college professors and she lives in the same apartment building as me now with her husband. Probably among one of the coolest people I know.
  • I interviewed at 3 different companies and ended up coming out of it with a new job that I am more excited about than any other project I’ve been given to work on.
  • I also started a personal website and blog.

For not having had any real goals in this last year, I’d say I’ve accomplished an awful lot. And yeah I can see how someone would look at that list and be like oh well she just happened to be given all of those awesome opportunities and I’m not that lucky so I can’t. The thing is though I wasn’t handed any of those things. None of that stuff happened by accident. I had to step outside my comfort zone think outside the box and really stretch and work hard to do every one of those things. And you can do it too, so there.

–Kendall

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So I feel really bad that I haven’t been doing anything on here lately. Life’s been pretty busy. So I will just stream-of-consciousness this post and hopefully from here on out I will get on a better schedule of putting up more regular content. Fingers crossed.

What’s been going on with me? Well. I made it to a year and IBM and I had a change in my role there shortly after the Summit. Sadly, it ended up being something that I wasn’t really interested in and I didn’t really really enjoy doing. So I started the job hunt.

The wonderful thing about working on OpenStack is that you meet tons of people from tons of different companies. So, I started looking within my network if there were opportunities to continue working in the community. I talked to several of my friends in Cinder about whether their company was hiring or not and I kinda came up with a few tiers of companies that I was interested in pursuing.

I ended up lucking out and not having to go past my first tier. There were three companies in that first group: Pure Storage (a reasonable option), AT&T (the most realistic choice), and the OpenStack Foundation (a longshot, but I thought it would be pretty cool).

I had an initial conversation with a recruiter at Pure Storage and she was awesome to talk to, but when we started talking about logistics it came down to me having to move to Seattle. Now, I’m sure Seattle is an awesome place to live and all, but I’m not all that interested in leaving Minnesota. So things stopped with them after that first conversation.

With AT&T I went through a few rounds of interviews with one of the guys that I had interned with there a few years ago and that all seemed rather promising. Again though, it came down to our final conversation where I found out I would have to move to St. Louis. St. Louis is an awesome city, don’t get me wrong; I’ve lived there before and I have tons of family there which is a lot of fun. But I really didn’t want to leave Minnesota.

While I was interviewing with AT&T, I had also started interviewing with the OpenStack Foundation. I didn’t really think that anything would come out of that because I kind of look at the Foundation as a place where only the best of the best go. I definitely didn’t think that I would be good enough to make it to another interview. Life has a funny way of surprising us though and I made i through round after round of interviews. All in all I had 5 rounds; the last round was with two people. With each one I became more and more excited, while telling myself that it probably wouldn’t happen and I shouldn’t get my hopes up too much.

And then it came. I got an email from Thierry with an offer on it. I could not believe it. I wanted to explode I was so happy.

This opportunity that I’ve been given, to work at the Foundation, and bring people into the community and build people in the community up like people have been done for me. I honestly can’t think of a better job right now. Being able to give back to the community that has taught me so much in less than a year couldn’t be more rewarding or fitting for me.

I was surprised at how loyal to cinder and openstack I became and just a few months. Loyal to the people and the project itself. I don’t know if it’s the people in Cinder or seeing how a ton of huge companies can come together to work on a single thing, but I want to give back and help other people see how wonderful open source and OpenStack itself is.

–Kendall

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