RIP 2019 (2019-2019)

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.



Our new 2018 Mazda 3
Cousins ❤️
New year, new car, new nephew.


First day of school!
More cuties!
RubyConf organisers
Up in lights
That's us!
Bangkok street scene
Unimpressed cat
I really should have bought these
Bonchon! So good 🤤

Josie started grade 2, Alex started foundation – peace and quiet in the house six hours a day, five days a week. Co-organised RubyConf AU 2019, along with Pat, Caitlin, Sam, Phil and Sharon. Spoke at WordCamp Bangkok, fell in love with Bonchon chicken, ate Bangkok’s best tom yum, went to a cat cafe.


As close as I got to the Burj
Kathmandu cat
Giant vajra in the hotel courtyard
Yes, that's my actual title
Speaker badge
Yes Arnold, it IS a stupa
Dharmadhaatu Stupa
So many steps
View of the Kathmandu Valley from Swayambhunath, AKA the Monkey Temple

Spoke at WordCamp Cebu, hung out in Hong Kong a little on the way back but didn’t have time to do much. Saw Captain Marvel. Spoke at WordCamp Kathmandu, visited some temples, narrowly avoided being mugged and/or ripped off twice.


Lots of 'Guchi' on sale 😆
Old Town
Yellow curry thanks
Nice photo by Anne ❤️
(Homer drool)
Red velvet waffles
shush I'm sleepin
Phuket cat (small)
Phuket cat (big)
This one was very frisky 😅
Sailing with the team

Team meetup in Phuket. Lots of work, but also hung out with tigers and went sailing. Spent the day in Singapore on the way back, saw Avengers Endgame, did some shopping.


The aliens look very confused
I'm seein' double – four Krustys!

Eurovision! (Joel and Myf are the worst – sadly, SBS did not find new hosts for 2020.) Federal election, in which the schadenfreude of seeing Tony Abbott defeated was diminished by Bill Shorten losing an unloseable election. The girls and I did a portrait photography class at the Apple Store.


I dream about this car sometimes
So hot 🐴
Wet af
Rafting on Clear Creek
The Flatirons from North Boulder Park
The happy couple
Time has not been kind to some of us
The boys
They did not in fact go
Let's go Rockies!

Two weeks in CO for Rob and Beth’s wedding ❤️ Drove a Mustang around, visited old haunts, went to a Rockies game, caught up with many old friends, went whitewater rafting. So grateful to Brie and Charlie for the hospitality!


No really, SO tiny!
So tiny!

Rare month without travel. Josie discovered she likes climbing. Signed a lease for our new house in Yarra Bend – a massive improvement on our old shoebox. Met Pippa 😍


Very high level production values too 👏
It's go time!
Elon is still problematic though
Solar + Powerwall = ❤️
Also Matt 😆
A lovely occasion with lovely people
Scarlett picked out her spot in the new house

Moved house – never, ever again. Attended Josie’s concert, in which she had a lead role. Had a hand in some research we published at work. Visited Brisbane for Caitlin and Geoffrey’s wedding ❤️


But so fucking hot
View from my hotel room – not too shabby!
Not shown: 800 of my colleagues
Just me and 807 of my colleagues
Couldn't even move the next day
This thing defeated me utterly
Look for it on a t-shirt sometime
Great artwork
With all my friends!
Closing party

Automattic’s Grand Meetup was in Orlando again, this time during my 45th birthday.


AKA Squawks
AKA Chirps
...and Scarlett!
Very satisfying to play with
Giant LiteBrite at phpworld
With an O
Without an O
Supreme Court
Lincoln's Waffle Shop – best waffle ever
Phallic af
Washington Monument
Not pictured: Lyin' Donny
Honest Abe
Challenger Memorial at Arlington National Cemetary
Columbia Memorial
Amazing BBQ at Sugarfire in St Louis
🎵 And the home of the Blues 🎵
Blues vs Wild from the nosebleeds
No banana for scale, sadly
The Arch elevators are so tiny
I liked the symmetry of this shot

Back to the US for the third time this year. Spent a lot of the month in Washington, DC (phpworld) and St Louis (WordCamp US). Did quite a bit of exploring in DC, but did not get to the Air & Space Museum or the Udvar-Hazy Center. Went to the top of the Gateway Arch in St Louis and took in a Blues game – the Enterprise Center is an amazing fan experience. Many excellent carbs.


Goodbye, sweet girl 💔

Back home. Visit with my folks, in part to say goodbye to Baillie 😢


If you like that sort of thing
Nice view
Not that that's difficult
Weather was better than Melbourne
Very pretty
Now I have a machine gun ho ho ho
Xmas Eve tradition
Chewie lives!
Don't care what you say, I loved it

Frozen 2 with the girls, team meetup in Da Nang, Xmas with family and a sorely needed break to hang out and do nothing for once. Finished the year with Star Wars and said goodbye to 2019 with all the respect it deserved.



  • Countries visited: 6 – Thailand (twice), Philippines, Nepal, Singapore (twice), US (three times), Vietnam (⬇️ 14%)
  • Flights: 37 (⬆️ 3%)
  • Distance flown: 192,729 km (⬆️ 42%)
  • Time in the air: 249 hours (⬆️ 36%)
  • Swarm checkins: 1,331 (⬇️ 14%)
  • 🆕 Swarm mayorships: 60 (⬆️ 5%)
  • 🆕 Status: Premier Platinum with United 🎉


  • Minutes: 11,293 (⬇️ 8%)
  • Top artists: Taylor Swift, Blackpink 🆕, Beastie Boys, Silversun Pickups, Blood Red Shoes


You have read 80 of 40 books in 2019.

This was mostly due to Kindle Unlimited being linked to Goodreads. The best things I read this year were probably Midnight in Chernobyl and Bad Blood.

2020’s goal is 100 books.


  • Steps: 1,380,795 (⬇️ 17% – largely due to working from home)
  • Weight: ⬆️ 10% 😭
  • Sleep stats were not tracked consistently as I can no longer wear my Apple Watch 🙁

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