2016 was filled with professional successes and exciting adventures, but also various personal struggles. I exhausted myself finishing two books, navigated some complicated parts of my marriage, experienced my whole team getting laid off from a job we loved, handled an uptick in migraines and a continuing bout of bronchitis, and am still coming to terms with the recent loss.
It’s been difficult to maintain perspective, but it actually was an incredible year. I succeeded in having two books come out, my travels took me to some new, amazing places, we bought a vacation house, all my blood work shows that I’m healthier than I was at this time last year.
Some of the tough stuff has even been good. I have succeeded in strengthening bonds with my husband and several people in my life who I care about. I’ve worked hard to worry less and enjoy time with friends and family, which may explain why this year ended up being the one of the group selfie. I paused to capture happy moments with my loved ones a lot more often.
So without further ado, the more quantitative year roundup!
The 9th edition of the The Official Ubuntu Book came out in July. This is the second edition I’ve been part of preparing. The book has updates to bring us up to the 16.04 release and features a whole new chapter covering “Ubuntu, Convergence, and Devices of the Future” which I was really thrilled about adding. My work with Matthew Helmke and José Antonio Rey was also very enjoyable. I wrote about the release here.
I also finished the first book I was the lead author on, Common OpenStack Deployments. Writing a book takes a considerable amount of time and effort, I spent many long nights and weekends testing and tweaking configurations largely written by my contributing author, Matt Fischer, writing copy for the book and integrating feedback from our excellent fleet of reviewers and other contributors. In the end, we released a book that takes the reader from knowing nothing about OpenStack to doing sample deployments using the same Puppet-driven tooling that enterprises use in their environments. The book came out in September, I wrote about it on my own blog here and maintain a blog about the book at DeploymentsBook.com.
Book adventures at the Ocata OpenStack Summit in Barcelona! Thanks to Nithya Ruff for taking a picture of me with my book at the Women of OpenStack area of the expo hall (source) and Brent Haley for getting the picture of Lisa-Marie and I (source).
This year also brought a new investment to our lives, we bought a vacation home in Pennsylvania! It’s a new construction townhouse, so we spent a fair amount of time on the east coast the second half of this year searching for a place, picking out the details and closing. We then spent the winter holidays here, spending a full two weeks away from home to really settle in. I wrote more about our new place here.
I keep saying I won’t travel as much, but 2016 turned out to have more travel than ever, taking over 100,000 miles of flights again.
- January: Pasadena, California for SCALE14x, conference 1, conference 2
- February: Melborne & Geelong, Australia for Linux Conf AU, touristing and conference
- February: Fort Collins, Colorado for an OpenStack infra-cloud sprint, sprint
- March: Napa, California for the first time as a weekend getaway
- March: Singapore for FOSSASIA, conference, touristing
- April: Austin, Texas for the Newton OpenStack Summit conference 1, conference 2, touristing
- May: Portland, Maine to visit family and do some touristing
- June: Los Angeles, California for CodeConf, conference, touristing
- August: Mumbai, India for SANOG 28, conference, touristing 1, touristing 2
- August: Woking, England where I left the airport during a long layover, touristing
- August: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for FOSSCON conference 1, conference 2, touristing
- September: Walldorf, Germany for an OpenStack QA/Infrastructure Meetup, meetup, touristing
- September: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for my birthday, touristing
- October: Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio LinuxFest, conference, touristing
- October: Barcelona, Spain for the Ocata OpenStack Summit, conference, touristing
- November: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to close on our townhouse, spend Thanksgiving and get settled in
- November: Essen, Germany for UbuCon EU, conference
- December: Salt Lake City, Utah for OpenStack Days Mountain West, conference, touristing
- December: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the holidays
We had lots of beers in Germany! Photo in the center by Chris Hoge (source)
Most of these conferences and events had a speaking component for me, but I also did a fair number of local talks and at some conferences I spoke more than once. The following is a rundown of all these talks I did in 2016, along with slides.
- January 21, 2016: Building a Career with Ubuntu and FOSS at UbuCon Summit 2015 (slides)
- January 22, 2016: “Open Source tools for distributed systems administration” at DevOpsDayLA (slides)
- February 4, 2016: “Open Source tools for distributed systems administration” at linux.conf.au (slides)
- March 19, 2016: “Code Review for DevOps” at FOSSASIA 2016 (slides)
- April 25, 2016: OpenStack Infrastructure for Beginners at OpenStack Summit – Austin 2016 (slides)
- June 25, 2016: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus” at Felton Linux Users Group (slides)
- June 29, 2016: “Building an Open Source Cloud” at CodeConf LA (slides)
- July 6, 2016: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus” at Silicon Valley Linux Users Group (slides)
- July 19, 2016: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus” at Bay Area Linux Users Group (slides)
- July 28, 2016: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus” at Ubuntu California 16.04 Release Party (slides)
- August 4, 2016: Introduction to OpenStack (Tutorial) at SANOG 28 (slides)
- August 15, 2016: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus” at Philadelphia Area Linux Users Group, West (slides, video)
- August 20, 2016: “A Tour of OpenStack Deployment Scenarios” at Fosscon (slides)
- August 20, 2016: Keynote: “Listening to the Needs of Your Global Open Source Community” at Fosscon (slides)
- October 8, 2016: “A Tour of OpenStack Deployment Scenarios” at Ohio LinuxFest (slides)
- October 13, 2016: Fireside chat about Common OpenStack Deployments and book signing at the SF Bay Area OpenStack Meetup
- October 19, 2016: “A day offline per week” at HumanOps San Francisco (slides)
- October 26, 2016: Keynote: “Demoing the World’s Largest Multi-Cloud CI Application” at OpenStack Summit – Barcelona 2016 (video)
- November 20, 2016: Contributing to Ubuntu on Desktops at UbuCon Europe (slides)
- November 20, 2016: Building a career with Ubuntu and FOSS at UbuCon Europe (slides)
- December 7, 2016: “The OpenStack Project Continuous Integration System” at OpenStack Days Mountain West (slides)
Photo by Masayuki Igawa (source) from Linux Conf AU in Geelong
Photo by Johanna Koester (source) from my keynote at the Ocata OpenStack Summit
MJ and I have also continued to enjoy our beloved home city of San Francisco, both with just the two of us and with various friends and family. We saw a couple Giants baseball games, along with one of the Sharks playoff games! Sampled a variety of local drinks and foods, visited lots of local animals and took in some amazing local sights. We went to the San Francisco Symphony for the first time, enjoyed a wonderful time together over over Labor Day weekend and I’ve skipped out at times to visit museum exhibits and the zoo.
This year I also geeked out over trains – in four states and five countries! In May MJ and I traveled to Maine to spend some time with family, and a couple days of that trip were spent visiting the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport and the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Portland, I wrote about it here. I also enjoyed MUNI Heritage Weekend with my friend Mark at the end of September, where we got to see some of the special street cars and ride several vintage buses, read about that here. I also went up to New York City to finally visit the famous New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn and accompanying holiday exhibit at the Central Station with my friend David, details here. In Philadelphia I enjoyed the entire Girard Street line (15) which is populated by historic PCC streetcars (trolleys), including one decorated for the holidays, I have a pile of pictures here. I also got a glimpse of a car on the historic streetcar/trolley line in Melbourne and my buddy Devdas convinced me to take a train in Mumbai, and I visited the amazing Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus there too. MJ also helped me plan some train adventures in the Netherlands and Germany as I traveled from airports for events.
As I enter into 2017 I’m thrilled to report that I’ll be starting a new job. Travel continues as I have trips to Australia and Los Angeles already on my schedule. I’ll also be spending time getting settled back into my life on the west coast, as I have spent 75% of my time these past couple months elsewhere.