About me

Hey there. I’m Jenn, and I’m a Northwest gal with her head in the clouds. Literally and figuratively. Me and mine live in the beautiful state of Washington where rain clouds are like a permanent halo around our heads. That’s the literal. My day job includes writing about “cloud” computing. That’s the figurative.

I wear many hats in this life. I’m sure you’re no different. Some call me kiddo. Some call me mama. One calls me wife.

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I was born in a small Eastern Washington orchard town, and moved to a Western Washington suburb when I was school age. After high school I spent two years at a university with a fantastic Environmental Science program. During my summers I helped out at my best friend’s, family-owned logging business while I tried to woo a job at the local U.S. Forest Service station. I desperately wanted to work in the woods, and have experience fighting forest fires. That opportunity finally came, and I got hooked.

I decided to change directions. I transferred to another university with well-established Geology and Forestry programs. I’d like to say I fulfilled my dreams of working in the woods, but I didn’t. I got spooked. My friends were graduating and couldn’t find work. They were stuck paying off their college loans working seasonal jobs. I thought, what else do I like to do? A memory of 5th grade winter break flashed into my mind. I had assigned myself a book report, and asked my mom to grade it. This was a perfect example of my nature– I love researching and writing. And, at the time, a new study came out declaring technical communications an up-and-coming profession.

I took the bait, and have been busily writing software content for over ten years. So, as it happens, this woodsy girl met a nerdy boy and moved to the big city– Seattle, a hub for computer jobs. After a few years, we started our little family and settled into a sleepy river town. A two river town, to be more specific. A good place to connect with nature, and catch & release a few fish.

I hope you enjoy my blog, forkinriver.com. Here, I write about my life. One stinking story at a time. Watch me dabble with flyfishing, Forrest yoga, and family life. If you’re interested, read about why it’s called Fork In River.

Thanks for walking this path with me!

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3 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Jenn,
    Glad to meet you here & thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  2. Forest yoga sounds like my cuppa tea!! I loved this intro to you and am looking forward to reading more!

    1. I highly recommend Forrest Yoga. You should check out Ana’s book, “Fierce Medicine”. It’s fascinating how so much physical pain can stem from emotional pain. Ana’s lived an intense life.

      Practicing Forrest Yoga gives me an excuse to sit down with myself for an hour or so and really check in. How am I feeling? What sort of crazy thoughts have manifested themselves and are occupying my brain and stressing me out?

      P.S. I’m completely obsessed with Australia and I very much enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for popping by my corner of the world. 😉

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