Baking, Food

I made dacquoise, and it was amazing.

A few weeks ago, as I was standing in the checkout line with my groceries, I spotted a special issue of Cook’s Illustrated in the magazine stands: Cook’s Illustrated Make-Ahead Desserts. I put it in my basket immediately, further thought not required. I eagerly poured through each page when I got back home, delighted by everything I saw, but there was one recipe in particular that captured my attention.

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Not Food

Feelings are hard sometimes

Earlier this evening, I started crying while on the phone with my boyfriend, for reasons I couldn’t articulate either to him or to myself.

Jared handled it pretty well. He apologized for having insulted Love Actually, which wasn’t why I was crying, but I’ll take the bonus apology anyway, as it was a pretty serious offense.

Eventually, we decided to put the conversation on pause and give me some time to deal with my surprise case of feelings.

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Woman Power

3 Days, 10 Miles, 30 Women

Last weekend, I went to the Len Foote Hike Inn in the Appalachian mountains with a group of about thirty other women. One of the women in my Bahá’í community has been organizing this women’s retreat for three years now, which has grown each year as the original hikers have invited their friends, and those friends have invited their friends in turn.

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Food

Learning to eat out as a vegetarian

At the very end of last year, I decided to try being a vegetarian. I love going to restaurants, so one of the the things I was nervous about when I began this experiment was how I would be able to make that work after cutting out meat.

It’s been almost a year now, and I’ve learned a lot! Here are a few tips based on my experiences with this (as well as a few links to the Atlanta restaurants where I’ve tried out these techniques).

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We Rise: Women in Tech Conference
Woman Power

What I gained from attending a conference as a supposedly “non-tech” person

“I’m not technical enough”

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend went to a JavaScript meetup and heard about a conference that was going to be sponsored by the local chapter of Women Who Code. He encouraged me to go, but I hesitated: “It’s probably just for developers.” He convinced me that it was for all women in the tech industry, and I bought a ticket, not sure if my company would pay for it (they did), but determined to go anyway.

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UX

KniTriage

KniTriage-Presentation

 

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KniTriage is the culmination of my work for the User Experience Design course I attended at General Assembly. It contains documentation and explanations of my research, findings, and designs for a fictional (but soon to be real) website for beginning knitters. Contents below:

The Problem
  • Introduction
  • Target Audience
  • Problem Statement
  • Persona
The Research
  • User Interviews
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Assumptions
The Plan
  • Features
  • User Flow
  • Content categorization
  • Sitemap
The Prototype
  • Initial Wireframes
  • User Testing
  • Assumptions: Revisited
  • Revised Sitemap
  • Revised Wireframes
  • Clickable Prototype

You can see my findings from the initial user research and prototype testing on Trello.

It was inspiring to see the demand for this solution when I conducted user tests, and although this was not required for the class, I plan to build a functional version of KniTriage as a responsive website this summer.