RIP 2018 (2018-2018)

It seems like just a year ago we welcomed you into our lives 😭



Mmm, lamb
New Year's Day
Such a poser
Nice hats
On the Taronga Zoo ferry

Feasted. Took a week off work and thought about moving house again (we didn’t, phew). Welcomed Cameron to Lookahead and then gave notice later the same week. Took Josie on her first ever plane trip.


Goodbye, Lookahead
Best pie, do not @ me
Mmm, key lime pie

Indulged in glorious schadenfreude. Said goodbye to my friends and started my new job, after a ten-week interview process in which I interacted with people only via Slack. (This is completely intentional, and is how I interview and hire people today.) Played a lot of Alto’s Odyssey. Ate some pie.


May or may not contain hot sauce
They closed about 20 minutes after putting all this down
A light dinner
Shopping district
Answer: no.
So do we panic, or...?
Seoul Tower
So do we panic, or...?
Tattoo parlour in some random back alley
Not pictured: meerkats, wallabies, unhappy arctic fox
Animal café

Went on my first Automattic work trip, to Seoul. Walked up and down a lot of hills, ate a lot of good food, got to know my teammates, got a mysterious and potentially horrifying emergency alert text, met some local wildlife, admired some business names, ate a Crunchwrap. Came home and slept.


My mum's dog Baillie
I love a good barbie
I do not make these often enough
Daddy-daughter day
Alex at Scienceworks

Feasted again. Took Alex to Scienceworks for a fun afternoon. Watched some baseball. Eliminated retweets from my Twitter timeline and never looked back.


Werewolf 🐺
Cursed sunshine
Brisbane sunshine

The most wonderful time of the year. Also, Rails Camp!


Made with only the freshest green
Very pretty
Old Belgrade
Less pretty but still fascinating
New Belgrade
Vienna gave me...
From a bus
Hong Kong

RIP, Tony. MEL-HKG-MUC-BEG, nine-hour layover in Munich. On to Belgrade for WordCamp Europe. First WordCamp, first time in Eastern Europe, loved it. BEG-VIE-HKG-MEL, 9-hour layovers in Vienna and Hong Kong on the way back.


Not Mt Panorama
Embiggen for panorama

Recovered. WordCamp Sydney. Chaperoned 60 first-graders to a children’s farm (shudder). Spent a night on Philip Island.


And everyone I know!
It me!
Crazy girls

Deactivated my Twitter. Celebrated birthdays with my girls.


and fast
A must-see
Space nerd heaven

Reactivated Twitter, though not before deleting 85% of my history. Turned 44. Visited the US for the first time in 12 years. Drove an awesome Camaro, visited Kennedy Space Center.


Diagon Alley
First time in 12 years!
Me with Wiley, Chris, Rob and Charlie
Breakfast Burrito Supreme at Pete's Kitchen
Didn't see them once the whole day
The Flatirons are somewhere back there...

Spent a week with all my work peeps in Orlando, had a fantastic time. They closed Diagon Alley for us! ❤️ Stopped by Denver on the way home and saw lots of people for the first time in ages. Visited the Sunshine State for WordCamp Brisbane.


Caitlin, Geoffrey and me on Mt Wellington
Food wasn't bad!
Dining hall at Camp Woodfield
Very, very pretty
Out for a hike

More Rails Camp. First visit to Tasmania since I was 2, loved it. Not much else, Rails Camp consumed my life (and Caitlin’s!) most of the month.


(prisoners whoop and holler)
Hello... I'm Johnny Cash
(prisoners whoop and holler)
Hello... I'm Taylor Swift
Hot chicken at Hattie B's...
...and Prince's
I ate more than one and less than 100
Wall of donuts at the WCUS afterparty
You can feel the awkward tension
Making tortillas in Tulum
Clearest water I've ever seen
Cenote swimming
We didn't go to the beach until the last day
Beach life
Vast improvement on series 2
New shiny!
New pupper! (Not mine)

Started the Focus Course. MEL-LAX-ORD-BNA. WordCamp US, loved it. Ate both kinds of Nashville hot chicken, lots of biscuits and gravy. BNA-IAH-CUN. DevEx meetup in Tulum, minus a Matías (sabbatical) but plus a Cate (six-month rotation). Got lots done, super productive. Good food, cooking class, ziplining, swimming in cenotes, highly recommended. CUN-LAX-MEL, came within four minutes of finding out what happens when you miss your international flight due to customs taking forever 🙄 Xmas, family, love. Sleep.



  • Countries visited: 7 – South Korea, Germany, Serbia, Austria, Hong Kong, USA, Mexico (⬆️ 700%)
  • Flights: 36 (⬆️ 50%)
  • Distance flown: 126,876 km (⬆️ 411%)
  • Time in the air: 183 hours (⬆️ 366%)
  • Swarm checkins: 1,536 (⬇️ 4%)


  • Minutes: 12,319
  • Top artists: Taylor Swift, Beastie Boys, Green Day, Lake Street Dive, Black Keys


You have read 23 of 70 books in 2018.

I will fix this in 2019.


  • Steps: 1,664,622
  • Weight: ⬆️ 12% 😭
  • Average sleep time: 5h 52m
  • Average wake time: 6:26am

This post was made possible by Exist, Google Timeline, Google Photos, Swarm and (what remains of) my Twitter history compensating for my woeful memory.