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.
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!