Social crosswords

I recently went all in on my NY Times digital subscription so that I could play their crosswords. It’s been a long while since I tried doing crosswords on a semi-regular basis and I’m surprised in that I’ve actually gotten better during the hiatus. I have no idea why, but for now I’m just going to attribute it to reading more books. Bonus: they’re so much more approachable than the Guardian’s cryptic crosswords. Ugh.


I’ve been having a lot of fun doing the mini crosswords and because there’s a “leaderboard” attached to those, it’s been fun to have a handful of people to compete against every day. The leaderboard is very temporary and very rudimentary, but it’s still fun.

If you’re a NY Times mini crossword player, you should add me as a friend so that you appear on my leaderboard. We can silently judge and cheer each other on! 🤓

Let’s have breakfast at WordCamp US

One of my goals for WordCamp US this year is to eat real breakfast every morning, something that I’ve maybe never actually done when at a WordCamp. 🍳

A reality is that if I try this by myself, I’ll hit the snooze for another hour before heading directly to the convention center. On the other hand, if a group of people are meeting me for breakfast, hitting the snooze would make me feel like a total ass.

So! Let’s have breakfast!

I’ve tossed out a few time slots to help gauge interest. We get in late on Wednesday night, so Thursday’s time is 9am. The other times are oriented around when WCUS gets going each day. I have a variety of breakfast places in mind, all pretty close to the venue.

In a perfect world, 3 or 4 people sign up for each slot, but we’ll see where reality takes us.

If you’re interested in breakfast, please fill out the form. I promise to never use this information to contact you other than for communicating about breakfast at WordCamp US 2019.

Oh, and breakfast is on Happy Prime!

Breakfast interest form

The breakfast interest form is now closed! It’s too close to WordCamp US and I don’t trust myself to check the form entries anymore.

If you’re still interested in breakfast, please reach out via email, Twitter, or say hi at WCUS. We’ll figure something out!

Rowan trees

After reading Richard Powers’s The Overstory, I’ve made more of an effort to appreciate and learn about trees. The rowan has been one that became quickly identifiable in Sweden. The Museum of Natural History in Stockholm included it as part of a tree identification puzzle that we played and our hike today in the Dalarna region was surrounded by them.

I took a peek at the Wikipedia page later and loved seeing the many ways it has appeared in the folklore of various cultures. I love the idea of the traveler’s tree that prevents people from getting lost or the portal tree that acts as a threshold between this world and another. 🌳