Tara Tiger Brown

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Pregnancy: 20 weeks 10/11/09

20 weeks pregnantHalf way there. w00t! Today I’m 5 months pregnant and have a short 5 more months to go. Actually, it seems like a hell of a long time to go but everyone tells me that it will go fast. Apparently I’m supposed to start gaining a pound a week. My math is not great, but I think that means that I’m supposed to gain 20 pounds? What? So far I’ve gained about 11 pounds, which is within reason, but I’ve also been a bit lazy about exercising and I need to get on that. I’m totally OK with gaining weight, but I need to try and stay toned and not all flabby!

seanbonner funstonThis past week I learned two new things about Sean. The first thing I learned from his Mom was that he was born just a teensy weensy little guy at 5 lbs 9oz. How cute! He weighed less than Funston!! Can you imagine? This also thrilled me to death because I think I was about 7 lbs so I hope that the birth weight of the parents is an indication of how big their kid will be. I haven’t researched into this very much but that’s what I’m going to believe.

seanbonner luckycatThe second thing I learned is that Sean has never held a baby. I wasn’t very surprised and he seems to think that holding Lucky Cat is plenty practice. I learned from an internet friend that her husband “caught” the baby when it was born but I don’t think that would be the best time for Sean to hold our kid for the first time. Or maybe, it will be a good first bonding experience. 😀

Having a kid means you need a lot of support before and after. I do have a couple of very supportive friends in the area but I don’t want to be a big burden on them so I joined the Venice Moms Group and they are my favorite new Internet friends! I posted a question asking if anyone had given birth with the Midwives at UCLA Westwood and I received a multitude of responses. Everyone was so thoughtful and supportive. It would not have been this easy to get this kind of valuable feedback without the Internet. Thank you Interwebs!!

13 year old fatherI’m really excited for this week because it’s BIG! We get our 3D ultrasound on Wednesday and fingers crossed we learn the gender of BB. I can’t wait! We also interview two more doulas and will make a choice on who is going to coach us on this crazy baby business. Maybe she will convince Sean to practice holding a doll or something, I mean, if a 13 year old can do it

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I felt Baby Bonner move on the outside!

At 11:15pm today I started feeling baby Bonner move around, but more like popping so I felt my belly and felt it with my hand. I put Sean’s hand on my belly and he felt it too. He then told me he felt it last nite when we were sleeping. Awwwww so sweet he felt it first. 🙂

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Stroking my ego for not having an ego

My pal Will Sargent and I had a little IM conversation this evening:

Will: http://ego-app.com/

Me: interesting…and you are sending this to me b/c I have an ego??

Will: because you don’t have one

Me: haha

Will: and you need to be reminded of how wonderful you are

Me: awwwwwwwwwww i dont believe you for a second but thanks anyway

Will: (technically that’s Sean’s job, but extra machinery always helps)

Me: heeee

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Movember – something about hair

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Post Mortem: SF Week Two, Topspin Week One

I just finished week two in San Francisco and week one at Topspin Media and and I thought I would summarize what went down.

This is round two for me living in San Francisco and things are a tad easier this time. Granted the first time I was also moving from a far-away country (Canadia) and there was a lot of process involved – thankfully this time I got to skip all the red tape.  Also lucky for me I have friends in SF like Angela Baxley that took me in so that I had plenty of time to find a place to live.

I had big plans to relax and take things easy during my first week in the City by the Bay because I needed to mentally disengage from the Borg and get prepared for switching gears to a totally different environment.  That was the plan but I hate feeling unsettled so I went gang bangers trying to find an apartment and a roommate.  At first I wanted 1 bedroom and live solo, but the pocketbook didn’t agree.  I still own a house in Seattle that I pay a mortgage on and the idea of living paycheck to paycheck didn’t excite me too much so the logical conclusion was to pool my money with some poor sap and get a two bedroom.

After posting an ad on Craigslist and  using my friend network, I came up with quite a few roomie options.  BTW: I highly recommend casting a wide net when looking for a roommate and/or an apartment. Add a status on Facebook, Tweet a couple of times, send emails to friends, post an ad on CL, and attend a Roommate meetup.  I met up with two different girls that already had apartments, but I felt uncomfortable moving into someone else’s place because I would always feel like a guest, so I decided to find a roomie with a similar budget and requirements and then look for a place together.  I found my new roomie, Eva through Craigslist, or rather she found me through my ad that she responded to.  We decided to meet while looking at a couple of apartments so we could get a feel for what the other likes and chat at the same time.  We pretty much instantly had a connection and lots of similarities including age, the love for the outdoors, and exes.

Our criteria included a budget of $1600/each, near enough so I could walk to work in Potrero, parking for Eva’s car, and would accept Funston and her cat.  We looked at some amazing places and then came across a place in the Mission that we both fell in love with right away.  It’s the upper floor of a house that is fully gated and has both a frontyard, backyard, and a driveway.  It is amazing.  We didn’t think we had a chance in hell of getting it because there were a lot of applicants, so we decided to keep looking.  At one of the places we looked at we met a guy named Dave that was looking for a roommate so we decided to try and look for a 3 bedroom place with him   The three of us looked at some places together but while out viewing, Eva and I found out we got our dream place in the Mission and we just had to accept it.

As of the 15th of August I will be a resident of the Mission.  I have lived in the Haight and Potrero Hill previously so this is a great new experience.  I can’t wait to move all of my belongings from Seattle and settle in.  I know that Funston really needs to have a home because he has been quite stressed with all the traveling and living in strange places.

It was a huge relief to get an apartment the day before I started at Topspin Media and I think it made it a heck of a lot easier to focus right away.  My first day started exceptionally well because I walked to work in the sunshine.  I had my iPod blaring a hip hop mix, my sneakers on and pretty much beamed from ear to ear for the entire 15 minute walk.  When I arrived at the Topspin office my desk was ready for me and I already had my Macbook Pro because I had picked it up a week earlier.  I met a couple peeps that were already in the office and did some more setup on my laptop.  I navigated around the web centric document management system (very cool that everything is in a wiki) and tried to setup Entourage against Gmail.  (If anyone knows a good way of getting the Calendar to sync, please let me know).  I participated in a video teleconference (VTC) with the peeps in Santa Monica and was comforted when I found out other companies besides Microsoft have a crappy VTC experience – is there any reliable hardware/software out there????

After I spent a couple of days getting a lay for the land, I felt comfortable enough to start putting a program management plan together.  The good news about working in software, specifically the web since ’95, is that its very easy to get up to speed with any sort of software being being built and recommend a process to manage the resources and get things shipped.

Some of the differences that aren’t good or bad, just different from working at Microsoft and my other previous jobs include:  working together in a big open workspace and hearing everything that is going on which can lead to getting involved in everything and anything that may or may not be work related.  The flipside of that is knowing pretty much everything going on and not having to repeat conversations.  I like it better than being closed up in my office at Microsoft as I like the collaborative feel of an open floor plan.  For real-time communication between San Francisco and Santa Monica, Topspin uses IRC and I can’t believe how much better it is to communicate than e-mail or even IM.  I was planning on writing a post about Chatterous because I was using it almost the same way for BarCampSeattle and with my Social Productivity team at Microsoft and I highly recommend both it and IRC for collaborating with remote associates.  The Colloquy client is really easy to use and you can also have private conversations if need be.  The last thing would be working with way less resources than I’m used to for building similar services but for some reason the same work gets cranked out in less time.  This is a mystery to me that I’m baffled by and will definitely get to the bottom of.  I know that large organizations like Microsoft have overhead and more dependencies between software components, but it is quite staggering.

I’m really excited about all the musicians that are already using Topspin including David Byrne and Brian Eno’s new “Everything That Happens Today” release and all the others in the pipeline.  I really look forward to meeting some of the artists because it was obviously a motivator for me to take the job. 🙂

To sum things up, I can’t be happier about moving to San Francisco and I’m ecstatic about working at Topspin.

Namaste

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Dear Seattle

Dear Seattle,

I’m leaving you. There, I said it. It has taken me some time to get the courage up to tell you, but it’s not fair to you or me and it’s time I moved on. We’ve been together for a little over 4 years now and have gone through many ups and downs. It is time I got off this roller coaster.

When I was with Vancouver for all those years, I didn’t even give you a second look because you were too similar and Vancouver is well, Vancouver. Then I met San Francisco and although for the four years we were together we definitely had a good time, it seemed fleeting and family and settling down was important to me. You called me up quite unexpectedly that one day to console me and I am so grateful.

We started out as friends, and had many of the same interests. You made it really easy to see my family and they seemed to like you pretty well. You and I had a lot of affection for each other but never quite fell in love. It may be because we faced a lot of emotional tragedy in the short time we were together and I don’t think I can recover from that. Every time I look at you I am reminded of losing so many loved ones and I need my heart to heal.

I was going to go for a fresh start with someone new, but San Francisco called me and wants me back. Apparently things will be different now and I need to reconsider the reasons I left in the first place. Also, because I want to be totally honest,  I am crushing on Los Angeles a bit and it seems reciprocal so I’m going to see where that goes. For now, though, I am going to see if I can work things out with SF because quite frankly, my heart never left.

So, Seattle, my last day with you is July 17th. My bags are almost all packed and I’m saying goodbye to friends tonight. I sincerely hope that you and I stay in touch and can remain friends because I would like to hang out from time to time. I hope you stay beautiful inside and out and don’t let anyone tell you that you shed too many tears, that’s what makes you so vibrant.

Take care.

Much love,

Tara

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Morning Commute – 04/04/08

It was sunny all day yesterday, however, I was sick and in bed.  I usually dread the morning commute, but I was really looking forward to today, because I thought, despite still feeling a bit under the weather, I could enjoy the morning drive in.

Today wasn’t what I hoped for.  I heard that @spunkygidget decided to purchase sunglasses yesterday, so clearly, she jinxed it.

This is what I had hoped to see…

Mt Rainier

And this is what I got…:( 

 floating bridge waves

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My 5 days of crazy @ SXSWi

I started out a South By Newbie and now have the battlescars to prove I was there.  Not a lot of sleeping to be had because there were just too many things to do and too many people to meet and chat with.  Bottom line, I highly recommend it if you are prepared to break out of your shell and show your extroverted side, otherwise I’m not sure that listening to panels is going to provide you with the full on experience. It was a well worth slog that will never be forgotten. 

Here are some of my fave things from south by interactive:

Fave App:  Bitstrips.  Hands down, this is the coolest avatar builder/interactive social software app that I saw. And built by Canadians!!

Emotional moment:  PostSecret keynote.  The secrets were heartfelt, someone proposed and the reply was ‘yes’ and someone pleaded for wellwishers for her ill sister

Everyone had:  iPhones and Moo cards and Macs. Everyone.

Best party: Tie between the Etsy party @ the TapRoom (I wored Alix’s Threadless shirt) and the digg party @ the Ranch.

Best venue – Pangaea where the Facebook parties were held.  Apparently a FB investor owns it.

Best recovery:  Zuckerberg @ the Facebook garage session.  You might have heard about the famous interview

New hero:  Jane McGonigal from Avantgame.  She is girl power all wrapped up in one.

Coolest gadget:  Tie between bloxes and mimobots (ya happy tree friends!)

Most used service to communicate with peeps: Twitter

Craziest moments:  too many and what happens at sxsw, stays at sxsw (until someone posts on Facebook…) remove tag, remove tag

Same type peeps I met: Canadians!! Lots and lots and lots of my people were there. Yaaaa!

I have a lot more to report, but after partying until 4am, running back to my hotel to pack, and racing to the airport for NYC, I need to sleep!

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