Rachel McRoberts is a Quality Engineer at Automattic. She promotes excellence throughout the product cycle with customer-focused planning, meticulous testing and troubleshooting, and constant feedback.
Currently, Rachel is embedded in the Automattic apps division, leading quality initiatives for the WordPress, WooCommerce, and Simplenote apps.
Last year we started going occasionally to a local pub quiz. It’s an excuse to go out and see friends during the week, and get some trivia while we’re at it. (We are also avid Jeopardy watchers.)
Last night, we won! We even did some quick global surface area calculations to win a tie-breaker question about the size of the Pacific Ocean. I’m not sure I contributed much (my knowledge overlaps a lot with the other folks we play with) but I had a good time.
Before going to the quiz, we also looked up the etymology of the word trivia. Did you know that the root of trivia is the Latin trivium? It referred to the three subjects of grammar, logic, and rhetoric that formed the basis of a classical education. So it turns out that trivia is far from trivial! 😉
During a walk last weekend, I stopped after noticing a flock of little birds looking for food near the edge of the water. It was calming to take a few minutes to just stand and watch them.
Today, I spotted another flock in a different place on the water’s edge. The tide was going out — much more quickly than I’d expected — and I captured it in this time lapse video. Apologies for the shakiness; it was hard to stay steady with the gusts of wind.
I just might have developed an interest in time-lapse videos. I was standing outside when I noticed a small break in the clouds where the blue sky was peeking through. ⛅️ As I stood there, I saw the clouds moving by — and suddenly that tiny blue patch was a huge swath of blue. So I whipped out my phone and tried out the time-lapse feature for a minute or so:
The result was a very short video but a huge smile on my face. What better excuse to stand in the fresh air under a beautiful sky than this?
I discovered a new podcast recently that cuts through some of the stress and negativity of modern times. The episodes are fairly short (all under 10 minutes) and each tells a story about compassion. I highly recommend giving it a listen:
Today was surprisingly warm and sunny, so we took a midday break to go for a run. I don’t think of myself as a runner, but I do feel great after running — especially on a day like this! I grabbed this photo quickly as we crossed the bridge over the river.
I love my quiet house. I love staying up late reading and then sleeping in. I love having time to cook from scratch, to garden, to meditate, to practice yoga.
I also love the energy and directness of small children. I love the way they laugh. I love listening to their stories, playing games, sharing hugs, seeing the world through their eyes.
There is something wonderful about opening our house to friends and their children, inviting the adults to spend an evening eating and talking and relaxing while we take turns engaging with the little ones. They fill the house with imagination as the pillows become swords and shields and the floor becomes lava.
And at the end of the evening, they bundle up and go home to their beds, and I curl up in my warm, glowing, but still (thankfully, happily, once again) quiet house.