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Learning Log, 2023 Q1

Wedding Bonanza 💒

My husband and I grinning at each other in front of art deco metalwork. I’m wearing a classic western wedding dress in white, and he has on a burgundy suit.

Photo by the incredible Jenn Tai at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Hair and makeup by Offwhite and florals by Verbena Floral.

Rahul and I with our parents in traditional Indian wedding garb, in front of a wall full of flowers. I am wearing a bright red lehenga dress. Rahul is wearing a cream-colored suit called a sherwani. Rahul and I both have garlands of pink and yellow flowers around our necks.

With our parents in New Delhi. Unfortunately not sure on photographer credit.

Occupying most of my brain space this quarter is that we got married—twice! Much of my and Rahul’s free time was spent planning our U.S. wedding. After the American ceremony, we spent some time nursing colds (man, that took me out), then headed straight out to India to get married again.

Both our weddings were a reminder to me not just how amazing my chosen life partner is, but also how many incredible people are in our lives. Our closest friends feel like an extension of our family, and I was overcome with emotion on how well loved and supported we are.

One challenge with smallish weddings in that you can’t necessarily invite all the people who have been important to you in your life. My feelings of gratitude, then, extend beyond attendees. If you have been a friend to me or to Rahul, thank you, truly. 💕

Other Happenings

  • Layoffs in this industry have been relentless. Microsoft’s rolling layoffs have especially been causing a great deal of stress given that my now-husband is currently on an H1B visa, tied to his work. He has not been impacted, but I’m feeling for everyone who has lost critical healthcare access, their immigration status, means to support their families…if I can help you by reviewing your resume, sharing leads, chatting about your job search, etc, please shoot me an email.
  • I started a product resources list! Still a fledgling effort but I’ll continue adding to it as I find useful books, podcasts, articles, etc.
  • Waffled over whether I want to keep my fiber crafts blog and I think I’m just going to post here about my hobbies. I still quite love the visual design for it, but elsewhere on the internet I’ve tended to default to “bringing my whole self”. Splicing my identity between my interests and my work feels like an artificial divide.
  • Wrote about filtering Netlify builds based on webhook payloads and passing client state to a Netlify function.
  • Launched a few things with the team at Netlify; check out my blog posts!
  • I was promoted to Staff Product Manager at Netlify! 🎉 The timing was such a surprise, but I’ve been putting a lot of effort into my work and our product process, so I’m grateful for the recognition.

A slim black fountain pen with a shiny gold nib, resting on paper with a faint graph pattern

Bought my first gold-nib fountain pen as a promotion present! This is a Sailor Pro Gear Slim.

Digital Gardening 🌱

Palindrome (my Eleventy starter template)

  • Minimized social media metadata. I may go further at some point and fully remove anything Twitter-specific.
  • Added an Eleventy navigation component.

Personal website

  • Added The StoryGraph and Letterboxd to my social media links.
  • Finally got around to adding code syntax highlighting.
  • Added the Merge Schedule Github action to my site, so that PRs with new content will merge on a specific date (I don’t use a headless CMS on this site, through which I could control publication date).

On the Internet


Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.

— James Clear from Atomic Habits

The responsibility of any creator is to do the work, not judge it. Your job is to fall in love with the process, not grade the outcome.

— also James Clear




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  • Reply from Hidde on

    @melanie 🎉 congrats on getting married, you both look amazing!