Hi! I’m Denise, a Southern girl landing in Silicon Valley in 1994 in pursuit of opportunities that just couldn’t be found anywhere else. I came to California with a duffle bag and a dog.
I loved living and working at the hub of high tech innovation: Silicon Valley. I was a network engineer, that is… the techy person that everyone came to when their internet connection was down, email was down, websites were down, the phones didn’t work…well…you get the idea.
Yea, I know what you’re thinking. ”You don’t look like the IT type!” I got that all the time. Come in a little closer and I’ll tell you a little secret. TCP/IP isn’t as complicated as those techy guys want you to think!
When I was not busy troubleshooting network outages, designing new network solutions, and enabling businesses to run on the bleeding edge, I found time to pick up a paint brush, use power tools, change out toilets, install new electrical switches and outlets, new lighting, ceiling fans…you know, pretty much anything in a house, I took it apart and put it back together again.
Prettier, of course.
In 2003 I married a city-boy and the vision of our future family was formed. Now I am wifey to a wonderful man and together we are raising two little girls age 4 and 2.
The Hub spends his days at a desk.
I spend my days in front of the microwave and holdin’ my young’uns.
Or our sweet little dog, Lily.
Landscape & Gardening
My family and I recently moved to a brand-spankin-new-home. Now we live in the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, aka “the east bay”. Silicon Valley is “the south bay”, which I didn’t hear referred to as “silicon valley” as much until I moved to the east bay.
It’s great that I have a blank slate, but it is overwhelming to go from our nesty home of 10 years to what feels like a barren land of sheetrock, a dry dirt yard and millions of years of weeds.
Our home was built at the site of a former cow pasture.
This is part of the garden I created at our last home.
I spend at least 1,000 hours every day serving snacks to my hungry young’uns and cleaning up random messes.
While I am making sandwiches, changing diapers, kissing owies, and coloring with crayons I daydream about draperies, paint colors, rugs and vintage furniture. My pocketbook always has paint swatches and fabric samples.
Just in case.
I love photography, but I’m not very good at it.
I’ve spent most of the last 4 years with a young’un on my hip.
During that time, I walked around snapping pictures on my iPhone. Now that my young’uns like to run, jump, skip and climb I have been able to pick up a real camera up again.
The truth is I am a total hack with the camera but I love tryin’. Practice makes
for a lot of pictures on the storage server. perfect.
My family has a big appetite.
I am a wannabe Vegan.
That is, one who eats NO animal products.
In a pinch, if I have to choose between dairy and meat, I’ll have fish.
I have been a wannabe Vegan since 2008.
It’s been a good change for me.
In 1999 I was inspired by sheep cupcakes I saw in a magazine. I decided to learn how to do that, and now I enjoy making cute cakes for family and friends.
A Random Fact (or two) About Me
I fall alot.
I trip alot.
I always have a minimum of ONE bruise.
Monterey California is one of my favorite places on Earth.
How is that for random?
Please don’t trip on the way out.