About Me

 

Mini Resume

Education, Skills, Experience, and Cute Icons
Education:
University of Oregon
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Minor in Architecture)
Graduated 1999, GPA 3.3
Skills:
Professional Web Development and Programming: ASP.NET MVC using C#, ASP Classic using JScript, Visual Studio, Delphi using Pascal, JavaScript/AJAX including but not limited to jQuery, HTML, XML, CSS
Professional Design: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks
Other: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, FileMaker Pro, and a variety of custom database solutions
Experience:
IHS Markit (previously Markit On Demand) (2006 - present)
Sr Web Developer / Team Lead
Duties: Develop and maintain financial websites in .NET using C#, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML, XML, and CSS; manage and mentor junior developers; organize and head up meetings, create training materials, troubleshoot website problems, write documentation, interface with clients on a technical level

JET Programme (2003-2005)
Assistant English Teacher
Duties: Created lesson plans and activities, both as a team and on my own, for teaching English to Elementary school students, Jr. High school students, and adults in Japan; wrote a monthly newsletter for the students and a column in the town weekly

Mickie's Sweet Spot (2015)
Duties: Developed website using Wordpress plugin
University of Colorado Foundation (2002-2003)
Duties: Performed data entry, interpretation, and clean-up, using SQL queries
Riverrun Designs (2002)
Duties: Designed and developed original website in its entirety
Just Screen It, Inc. (2001-2002)
Duties: Software development in Pascal; web development for original Just Screen It and Celtic Arms websites in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Technical Marketing Research, Inc. (1999-2000)
Duties: Updated and debugged Windows printer driver GUIs (C / C++); debugged and helped develop a Sharp portable device plug-in (Visual C++ / MFC); wrote and programmed help files for Windows printer drivers (Tokyo, Japan)

Stuff You Didn't Want To Know

Silly, Self-Indulgent List of Facts About Me
  • I can do a cartwheel
  • I can drive a stick shift
  • I can touch my tongue to my nose
  • I know the lyrics to One Week (by the Barenaked Ladies) and White and Nerdy (by Weird Al) by heart
  • I've jumped off a bridge (Geronimo!) and it felt about as crazy as it sounds, bungy cord or no
  • I've driven on the left side of the road
  • I can type 80 words per minute (in a world where I make up the rules of spelling)
  • I've eaten frog legs, octopus, sea urchin, raw wild boar, and Rocky Mountain oysters (not all in one sitting)
  • I've lived with 10 unrelated people in the same house (generally not recommended)
  • I've slept in a sleeper car on a train
  • I own Jesus Christ Superstar in Japanese (a doubly odd phenomenon)
  • I've won over 50 kinds of solitaire (yes, I have a life)
  • I can change a tire (thank you, dad!)
  • I can bake some darn decent chocolate chip cookies
  • I've seen the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo in person, but when I was a teenager so I hardly remember.
  • I can play pinochole but not bridge
  • I've legally purchased marijuana
  • I can write backwards and upside down
  • I've had a Philly Cheese Steak in Philly
  • I've snowboarded in jeans (don't do this)
  • I've been up to the Seattle Space Needle and the Stratosphere
  • I've been the only girl in one of my classes (A software class of 18. Still surprises me)
  • I could do a standing backflip before puberty (afterwards... not so much.)
  • I've been up the Eiffel Tower and the orange version, the Tokyo Tower
  • I've seen Patrick Stewart's forehead live and in person (and what a fine forehead it is)
  • I've been parasailing 500 feet above the Atlantic (was more scared by the bumpy boat ride) and paragliding in the Himalayas
  • I've had braces (twice)
  • I've walked atop the Great Wall of China and paid to use a squat toilet at the base
  • I've witnessed the birth of a baby
  • I've been to the southern hemisphere (the toilets flushed no differently, but the new constellations were cool)
  • I once had the first movement of Beethoven's Pathetique memorized on the piano (I even impress myself sometimes)
  • I've sung karaoke ... sober! And I am a microphone hog.
  • I have circumnavigated the globe (continued heading east until I got back to where I started) and it involved all sorts of airlines.
  • I've stood on a road at over 17,000 feet. Pant, pant.
  • I've snorkled in (essentially) the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans
  • Speaking of which, I've swam in the ocean and jumped the salty waves, but can't boogie board no matter how many times I try.
  • I've been skydiving! (tandem, so I didn't have to be the one to actually jump out of the plane)
  • I've done a home video reenactment of the movie Clue using the board game pieces (life, what life?)
  • I've seen a volcano smoke from an above airplane
  • I know who Moxy Fruvous is!
  • I've won $100 at blackjack in one sitting
  • I've lost $100 at blackjack in one sitting
  • I've played blackjack at casinos in three different countries (Macau, US, NZ)
  • I wrote a blackjack game in javascript
  • But I'm not sure I really like gambling...
  • Though I did play pachinko once
  • I've played the shamisen and the koto harp (not well or anything)
  • I've been the Maid of Honor (and did a speech)
  • I've received a dozen roses (lucky me!)
  • I've been river rafting (once on the Ganges, even)
  • I've stayed up all night writing
  • I've been to a Wawa (as everyone in New Jersey goes 'so?')
  • I've played until I had two 'Juniors' in Ms Pac Man (at an arcade, not a console, so the real deal)
  • I've seen a lego-reproduction of the Sydney Opera House from a boat
  • I've seen the actual Sydney Opera House from a boat
  • I can count to ten in a New Zealand accent (you laugh, but I can)
  • I can spell my name in sign language (at least I can until I forget, then I go look it up again)
  • I can French braid and Dutch braid my own hair
  • I've taught a tribal war chant to fourth graders
  • I can see stereograms (also called Magic-Eye and 3-D pictures) It's not a conspiracy.
  • I've hailed a taxi and a rickshaw
  • I've spent the majority of the day on the roof of a house
  • I've driven over 14 hours in one sitting
  • I've played netball (as everyone in Australia/NZ goes 'so?')
  • I've played cricket (but had not a clue what I was doing)
  • I've beaten King's Quest IV
  • I've been on a hovercraft (not as interesting as it sounds...)
  • I've played goalie in soccer
  • I've water-skiied successfully... once.
  • I've been to a professional baseball game
  • I have 20 inches of my hair in a paper bag
  • I've spent the night at LAX (not recommended to do freezing air conditioning, announcements that run loudly every five minutes and couches specifically designed not to lay on)
  • I've been to a concert at Red Rocks (just like the U2 video)
  • I've been on the Petronas Towers skybridge, though made my friend wake up early to wait in line for tickets
  • I've been in an earthquake (well, a little one anyway)
  • I've been to an actual Shakespeare play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England (Shakespeare's birthplace)
  • I've been to an actual McDonalds in Stratford-upon-Avon
    BUT...
  • I've never been to the Statue of Liberty
  • I've never been to Canada Now I have, finally! (Only took me thirty years.)
  • I've never flown first class (though I have managed, by some streak of luck, to get into business class twice)
  • I've never scuba dived Done! Whoa! ...never again.
  • I've never cooked a turkey, ham, or any large body of meat
  • I've never been to New Orleans
  • I can't bend my pinky finger without my ring finger bending too
  • I've never been in a hurricane or tornado
  • I've never broken an arm or a leg (though did fracture a thumb)
  • I've never driven a motorcycle No longer! And not only have I now driven a motorcycle, I've also fallen off one!
  • I've never been in a police car
  • I've never been to the Olympics (even as a spectator)
  • I've never ridden a camel or an elephant
  • I've never been to a fraternity or sorority party (... and at this point, probably never will)
  • I've never been backpacking (i.e. overnight in the wilderness without a car nearby) unless you count the Inca Trail where everyone else did all the hard work
  • I've never grown my own food (not for lack of trying)
  • I've never dialed 911
  • I've never been sailing
  • I've never fired a rifle or handgun
  • I don't have any tattoos
  • I've never hitch-hiked (though have gotten a couple rides from 'illegal taxis')
  • I've never been pulled over for speeding (darn it, almost made it to my 40th birthday without this happening)
  • I've never been to Africa or Antarctica or Alaska or Alabama or Armenia or Andorra
  • I've never ridden in a helicopter
  • I've never blacked out or vomited due to drunkenness (in fact, it's a toss up whether I've ever really been drunk.)
  • I can't do a proper crawl stroke. Nor any stroke really. But I can swim fine.
  • I've never held a running chainsaw
  • I've never been to an NFL game
  • I've never hiked the Grand Canyon
  • I've never fasted (the only times I may have gone a day without food were when I was very ill and when I was on an international flight and nervous about getting sick.)
  • I can't play the guitar, the flute, or the trumpet or any non-piano instrument really
  • I can't jog more than two miles without stopping (...out ...of ...shape)
  • I've never climbed above 14,000 feet (not for lack of trying, and not counting driving)
  • I've never owned a Cabbage Patch Kid
  • I've never been in a car accident (though my car has been hit in parking lots).
  • I've never successfully popped a champagne cork (not for lack of trying again and again)
  • I've never met a celebrity

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