I’m Blue: My Next Chapter

Today is my last day at Boston University, a place that I have worked at for nearly two years. I am extremely excited to start my new full-time job on Monday as a WordPress Core Contributor at Bluehost.

Contributing to WordPress is very important to me. I believe in what WordPress represents and the doors that it opens for millions of people. I am excited that I can now focus entirely on contributing to and making WordPress better.

As I reflect on my time at Boston University, there are things I won’t miss about working here (*cough* traffic *cough*), but there are many more things that I will miss. My department, Interactive Design, and the University as a whole is full of amazing and inspiring people. If you are in the Boston area and are looking for work, I highly recommend that you reach out.

I was encouraged to grow by attending conferences, including being sent to Paris in 2017 to attend the WordPress Community Summit (one of my proudest professional moments) & WordCamp Europe.

I think about some of the projects I had a hand in:

  • Questrom School of Business
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Of Hoops & Healing (Winter-Spring 17 Bostonia feature)
  • I helped re-engineer the internal (soon to be open sourced) theme framework that runs a large percentage of BU websites to make it easier to build on.
  • I helped implement a pull request/peer review workflow that included coding standards checks using CodeClimate.
  • Created a banner plugin called BU Banners that will be activated on every new site moving forward (also soon to be open sourced).

And these are just the things that come to mind as I write this.

After today, the scarlet will fade to blue, but I’ll always be thankful for my time and experiences at BU. ♥️

Ski Weekend 2016

This weekend, me and several friends went on a mini getaway to North Conway, New Hampshire. We found a great place on airbnb that was able to accommodate all of us.

When we walked in, we were greeted on the counter by a bottle of wine, and a guest book. The guest book was filled with stories from past guests answering the following questions:

  • How was the weather?
  • What were your favorite adventures?
  • Did you get discover any great restaurants?
  • Anything else you would like to share about your stay?

We spent time reading the stories in the book, which contained everything from bears climbing through the kitchen window in August to going skiing for the first time ever at Cranmore. But as we read these recollections, it was missing one thing: faces.

And that’s where this post comes in! We wrote our stories in the book for future guests to enjoy and included a link to this post in order to share photos of our trip with these future guests.

If you are reading this and are also a guest of the Tonnings, comment below and tell us about your trip.

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Skiing at Cranmore

Tubing at Cranmore


Diana’s Bath