I grew up in Southern California, which is a real shame because too much sunlight is my kryptonite. I got my Bachelor's in English: Creative Writing and a Certificate in Technical and Professional Communications from CSU Long Beach. While taking a completely unnecessary (for my major) science fiction class there, I met my future husband. He wore baseball caps, smiled a lot, and drew pictures of me.
Immediately after undergrad, I got accepted into the best ever graduate program. UCR's Palm Desert Low Residency MFA program for Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts consumed my life in the best way possible for the next two and a half years. We moved around a lot, chasing inconsequential jobs and reasonable rent prices (which don't actually exist in SoCal). I thought I was meant to be a police dispatcher for a while, but after all the effort involved in finally getting hired as one I only lasted six weeks. It led me to my volunteer work on the suicide crisis lines, though, so it definitely wasn't a waste.
I married that cute guy from my science fiction class on March 14, 2015. Not one to wait when I know I want something, it only took us a few months to decide to have a kid. Since I'm so lucky, the pregnancy turned into the hardest thing I've ever faced with a bad case of hyperemesis gravidarum (with some gestational diabetes thrown in for flavor as well). If my baby girl ever asks why she doesn't have any siblings, I can just point her to my blog posts on how horrible HG is, and how unsure I was that I would survive it.
We have a cat who is a total cuddlebug, and are the type of parents who love their fur babies as much as their human babies.
I post book reviews on my blog, and I'm still working on that long game of getting novels and stories published.
I've totally embraced the mostly-paleo, strength-training-centric pillars of the NF philosophy. As a member of the women's Academy, I spend ridiculous amounts of time on the Facebook group, encouraging and being encouraged by all the fabulous women there. I'm also a Tyrus recruit in the Rising Heroes program, helping to battle the nefarious shadow organization that encourages us all to be lazy, eat unhealthy foods, buy things we don't need, and forget to live an active and engaged life.
I use Erin Condren Life Planners and color-coded pens (of course!). If I'm not making lists, then I can guarantee that my stress level is inching ever higher, because getting things out on paper is the only way I really feel organized and together.
Mostly the Avengers stuff, but who doesn't love Jessica Jones? Awesome female characters are a particular love of mine. The intersection of gorgeous men, kickass women, excellent writing, and action sequences has a special place in my heart.
We've got space in our new backyard to start growing things. Eventually I want to have berry bushes, strawberries, various squash, lettuce, garlic, onions, and other yummy vegetables and an herb garden. We're starting small with a sage plant that survived the move, and will hopefully expand to some easy-to-grow stuff like zucchini soon. My love for gardening comes from my grandpa, who worked and taught in sustainable agriculture and passed on a love for Nature to me before he died in 2001.
Large ones, preferably. I'd like a Bernese Mountain Dog and some huskies, and my husband leans more toward labradors and maybe a rottweiler. I also adore pitbulls, since they tend to be such enthusiastic cuddlebugs.
How else do you get the custom built-in shelves with glass cases for all your books, plus a hidden tower room and the perfect living room and kitchen for entertaining large groups of people? Besides which, it would be so much fun to have my hands on all the steps in this process.
After getting laid off from a technical writing gig in the oil industry, I needed a paying job that would keep me from having to move back to SoCal where the population density and weather were determined to band together to suck the life out of me. I heard about iFixit through the grapevine and started my research. I've never put so much thought and effort into a cover letter and resume draft before. Rather than continue with tech writing, I chose customer service. I love solving problems for people, being helpful, and having small, distinct tasks to complete throughout the day to keep a sense of constant accomplishment going. Customer service (when worked for a good company) is a perfect fit for me. I fell in love with the CS team pretty quickly, and the rest is history.
Laptop Keyboards - Specifically when my baby performs a successful sneak-attack spit-up and my keys start sticking.
Disorganization - I get a sense of zen from everything having a proper place.
Grammar, Syntax, Etc. - !!Literary Nerd Alert!!
Anything Someone Thinks I Can't Repair - Because who doesn't love proving them all wrong?
Teardowns I've Worked On
Guides I've Contributed To
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Answer to: Home Button Won't Seat Properly Or Click ProperlyHey Jake! We spoke on the phone when you called iFixit customer service, and I just wanted to re-iterate our feedback on here in case it helps other people in the future. We're pretty sure there's a slight manufacturing defect in that particular display assembly causing the home button to not sit properly within the frame. We spoke about options regarding a replacement or return for a refund on the phone--no matter what we want you to be able to complete this repair! Contact us through help.iFixit.com via email or phone if you need anything further from the customer service team.
Answer to: iPhone 6 won't charge after ifixit battery replacement!Hi Dave, We emailed you back from the customer support email address, so go ahead and respond to that and we'll get you taken care of. Thanks!
Answer to: After battery replacement, phone wont charge, periodically shuts downHi there, Thanks for reaching out to iFixit's customer service team as well. We'd love to continue working with you via email on this. We appreciate your good-faith effort to pose this matter to the Answers forum community as well--it's great to take charge of your repair efforts by trying some troubleshooting!
Answer to: Help finding the right part for bluetooth board replacementHi there! Thanks for reaching out to iFixit customer service as well. We've contacted you via email to try to sort this out. Regarding the tape, you can see on this step of the guide that it is EMI tape. We don't have that for sale on our website, but I can absolutely check our stock of brackets to see if they are supposed to come with it, in case for some reason the one you ordered was missing the tape but should have had it. Again, we'll speak more via email and exchange some pictures and get this squared away. Thanks for your patience!
Answer to: The screen under the glassIt sounds like the digitizer and LCD are both damaged, so you'll want to replace the full display assembly. As long as there isn't any kind of logic board damage sustained during the fall, a new display assembly should work great. You can find some options for parts here: https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Parts/Samsu...-Galaxy-S4
Answer to: touch screen won't respondWhere are you getting the parts from? It seems unlikely, but you hear lots of stories of people getting two faulty parts in a row when they're buying replacements. I usually suggest giving it one more try with a part from a different seller to see if it will work. Check out the parts that iFixit sells: https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Parts/Samsu...-Galaxy-S4 Make sure to match your cell carrier to the part you're buying. You're looking for the "display assembly," which includes the digitizer.
Answer to: Some problems after Battery replaceYou may have accidentally damaged some components during installation. Have you inspected the ribbon cables to see if there is any damage? It's always a good idea to go back through and make sure all the connections are clean and fully seated. You can clean them with isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab, and make sure they're completely dry before you close up the phone again. Does the home button click function still work?
Answer to: Cannot slide to unlock screenSounds like a faulty digitizer. Is it responding to your touch at all? If not, you can check the connections, maybe clean them with some isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab. If it still doesn't work after that, you'll probably have to replace the digitizer. You can choose between this: iPhone 5c LCD and Digitizer which would require you to switch out the home button and front camera, or you can buy this: iPhone 5c Screen with the home button and front camera included.
Answer to: there is a ODD sensor cable is loose where does it connectAre you talking about a cable coming off the optical drive? This picture from the teardown shows a black/white cable connector, is that what you're talking about? iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 and 2374 Teardown
Answer to: a question about camera replacability with other camera modulesI doubt that sort of replacement would work. The S6 camera has some flash memory and a dual axis gyroscope that the front camera on the 2014 Moto G doesn't have. So even if the connectors are the same, you're looking at different length ribbon cables and just a different way that the camera fits into the phone. Those chip components on the S6 camera might be squished/damaged if you try to install them in a 2014 Moto G. It's a shame, too, because it'd be awesome to be able to upgrade the camera on my 2014 Moto G.
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