ollie6Dear Ollie,

You are 2. Dear lord, are you 2. You argue to just argue. You throw yourself on the floor with full drama when you get something taken away. It’s Emmy award winning, really. Wherever do you get that from? I have NO idea.

You may be turning 2 but really? You’ve been here. You are growing up so much faster than your brother. You watch him. You mimic him. You say “laser sharks” and I about die from laughter every time.

ollie3Opinions? Oh you got em. You know exactly what you want and when you want it. When your feet hit downstairs, it’s “milkaplease” while you are ripping open the fridge (oh yeah you can do that) and trying to even get the gallon jug down. You want “dippy” on your plate even though you never use it. You will eat your weight in fruit and beans but side eye pretty much every piece of meat you see. And I call BS that you “no like it” considering that for the right incentive, you will eat everything. You also now watch an iPod in the car to and from school and know how to work that thing better than Landon did at your age. You just gotta work on your selfies. A lot of car roof, dude.

You are me, Ollie Beans. As much as daddy laughs about it, it is so true. You sass like me. You side eye like me. You are stubborn as shit. You get eaten by mosquitos like me. You are pale like me. You are determined like me. It’s really kinda terrifying.

ollie4You are now a little fish. You started the pool season being timid and only getting in under protest and then calming down. A few weekends ago, you spent the whole weekend with Daddy and he got you a Puddle Jumper all of your own. I came back to a baby that just putters around the whole pool. No one holding you. Blowing bubbles and kicking up a storm. It’s adorable to watch.

Your favorite people include:

  • Daddy
  • Lan lan
  • Grammy
  • Juju
  • Granddaddy
  • Aunt Aly
  • Aunt Sarah
  • Aunt Rebecca
  • Uncle Jeff
  • Uncle Dude
  • Carly
  • Georgie
  • ‘Scilla
  • Kimmie
  • Robin
  • Mommy (bottom of the list unless there are snacks)

ollie2As for activities, you love being outside. Whatever that is. Going for walks, swimming, drawing with chalk, playing in sand. You would happily just play outside all the time. As for TV, you like Yo Gabba Gabba and then latch onto whatever Landon watches (Mokemon is adorable when you say it). You usually wander off to play with something though. The only constant in TV land is your love for music videos or “da da da”. We explore new ones together because I figure I can’t screw you up as bad if I guess wrong as Landon. You like “Fancy” but just don’t sing it at school, okay?

Your birthday party was perfection. So much so that I really took little photos. Your friends came over for a pool party. We all swam, snacked and swam so more. I carried your cupcake to the steps and everyone sang to you from the pool and you didn’t know how to blow out the candle. You devoured that cupcake too. That’s my boy!

ollie7You and your brother are still heart warming to me together. When you opened your presents, Landon was sure to ask if you wanted him to help you build your Duplos and when he asked “ollie can I take one of your Dustys to bed?” and you said “yup”. He said “thank you” and you said “welcome, Lan Lan”. ::dead:: You hug him. You share (most of the time) and ask for his help when you know he can help you. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say you relationship makes me almost burst into tears on the daily. DON’T MAKE ME SUCH A SAP, BEANS! I HAVE A REP!

Ollie, you are gonna show us terrible twos, I think. You seem to be bottling up 3 behavior already…so go easy on us, will ya?



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I don’t fear change. I actually feed off it. I am constantly making things to look forward to. The next trip. The next project. The next play date. It always varies in size and sometimes I do a whole lot of change at once.

Last summer, I started getting that feeling like I needed a change. Kevin got a new job, moving up in the company and I started to wonder “What’s next?” We are done with babies, IUDs aren’t shooting out of my uterus and things were going pretty swell. So we moved and that understandably distracted me from about Sept-Feb. But it came back.

At work, I wondered what was my “5 year plan”. Where did I see myself going? I realized development was rewarding but also sometimes extremely overwhelming. It is a hard feeling to describe. On one hand I could get that high from figuring something out. I love that feeling but at the same time, just using a really neat web app would paralyze me. A new Netflix interface. A children’s app. I could see what it took to make it and I would get this rush of “fuck, I could never do that”. I am not an “I can’t” person.And for all intensive purposes, I COULD do those things but I started to realize I didn’t want that. I didn’t want to be a senior developer in 5 years. There were people far better than me out there at THAT. I have a shit ton of awesome skills…so I wasn’t completely lost but I knew I needed to figure this out. I asked to work more with our social media and marketing of the product. I enjoyed that…a lot. I liked coming up with catchy images and tweets to get people interested in our stuff. I liked showcasing tips and tricks. I liked having a voice with a side of nerd speak. Then I was approached about doing it on a bigger scale.

So I’m making a jump. A BIG jump. Starting August 1, I leave my “first” job as a nerd to go to marketing. I will be on the SAS Social Media team to promote all of SAS. Go big or go home I guess. Not only is it a jump in complete job role but this is also a pioneering group for SAS. I am ecstatic. I am trading in my IDE for Word Press and Facebook Ads. But at the same time, I know my technical knowledge is going to be extremely important. Understanding technical specs of tools. Tearing apart dashboards and researching/creating plugins. I’ve already dropped some “oh that’s easy…we can do that real quick”s that have people going “wait what?” I will be dressing fancier (watch out #officefashionshow) and talking to important people more than compiling class files and editing SQL queries. 

But leaving my work family is really hard. For the last 10 years, I have worked for one product. I’ve held 3 different positions and worn so many hats, I could attend Kentucky derbies for the rest of my life. I have to say I am one lucky lady.  I came here to join this group and this group alone. I didn’t just want to work for SAS…I wanted to work for SAS inSchool. And I got it. I got to leave college with my dream job and keep doing it. That’s rare and amazing and I will never forget that. They have been my family. They mentored me. They showed me an even bigger love for education. They made me get out of my comfort zone. They let me curse like a sailor. They challenged me. They showed me hilarious viral videos and responded to me with GIFs <3. They let me vent. They taught me to be me and not apologize for it. They pushed me to write. They saw me get married. They saw me get the size of a whale(2 times!) and bring home babies. They dealt with my horrible spelling and bad vocabulary. They encouraged me to do what I wanted to do…and trusted me to make this product better. And I spent 10 years trying to make it the best I could.

But it’s time for change. The good thing is I am just a few buildings away. There is still IM. There is still the gym. There are still lunch dates. I hope I can make them proud on a bigger stage and learn a totally new skill set.

Oh and teach a whole new set of people how to talk nerdy :).

Cheers, life!


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