Tech & Career

What is a Software Quality Engineer?

I wrote not too long ago about my "day job" but didn't really go into the details of exactly what it is that I do. Most of the time, I tell people I'm a Software Developer, because that's what I was for awhile, how I got into my current work, and doesn't take any explanation… Continue reading What is a Software Quality Engineer?

Healthy Living, Lifestyle

Finding Balance in Life

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.Thomas Merton I went to an elementary/middle school called Thomas Merton Academy. When I got old enough to start really studying Thomas Merton, learning about his life, and more importantly reading his works, I fell in love with an intelligent, funny, and… Continue reading Finding Balance in Life

Healthy Living, Lifestyle

Another Health Journey

Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash Maybe I should have titled this "The Continuation of My Health Journey," because really, I've been at this on-and-off for awhile. I started a little over 10 years ago when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and we found out that we carry the BRCA2 gene mutation. Since… Continue reading Another Health Journey

Healthy Living

My Favorite Low-Fodmap Foods and Recipes

So, if you have IBS, IBD, Crohn's, Fructose Malabsorption or other digestive issues and are confined to the Low-Fodmap diet for some time, hopefully some of these recipes and food ideas will help you find a little happiness in what can seem like a daunting diet at times.

Healthy Living

Living a Healthy Life with Fructose Malabsorption

My pickiness has definitely gotten better over the years, and I've learned more about how to eat a balanced diet and live a healthy lifestyle, but it can still be hard to know what is good for my body and what isn't, especially with Fructose Malobsorption and IBS/IBD/Crohn's or whatever it is that is wrong with my intestines -- we are still working on figuring that out.

Healthy Living

The Low-Fodmap Life

I'm not going to lie, it's been so hard. I'm getting tired of having to cook everything from scratch every night after getting home from work. I'm tired of not being able to freely eat out with family and friends. I've missed some good meals because of it. But I've stuck to it, and I'm determined to stick to it until I can go back to the doctor in March for an upper scope and -hopefully- get some more answers.

Healthy Living, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Going Gluten and Dairy Free

I recently cut gluten and dairy out of my diet. This may be a very controversial decision and there are a lot of loaded opinions for and against it, but it was a decision I made for myself, based on my own body. I am not a nutritionist or dietician or certified in anything, so… Continue reading Going Gluten and Dairy Free

Healthy Living

A Little SoulCandy (Skincare)

I've been dealing with acne for just about as long as I can remember. At least since 5th or 6th grade, for sure. Just about everyone can identify with the embarrassment and discomfort acne brings, but when you have had it for your entire life, it really drags on your self-esteem as well. I've tried… Continue reading A Little SoulCandy (Skincare)

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Spreading Peace

There has been a lot of sadness these past few days. There have been terrorist attacks in multiple cities, an earthquake and other natural phenomena, as well as the countless wars that are being carried on throughout our world. A close friend of my family passed away from cancer on Saturday as well, marking a… Continue reading Spreading Peace