By Jessica T
About this blog: I'm a late thirties mother of a ten-year-old and infant twins. My family moved to Menlo Park 6 years ago from Virginia - where I grew up, went to college, got married, had my first born, and got an MBA (in that order). I'm a manag... (More)
About this blog: I'm a late thirties mother of a ten-year-old and infant twins. My family moved to Menlo Park 6 years ago from Virginia - where I grew up, went to college, got married, had my first born, and got an MBA (in that order). I'm a manager at Google, Inc. (Please note: The views expressed in this blog are my personal views and not those of Google.) My husband grew up in Los Angeles and is a novelist and professor at San Jose State University. Our daughter attends the Menlo Park public schools, and I was a member of the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation board for three years. I am now a board member for the Center for Literary Arts at SJSU. I struggled with secondary infertility for five years and recently conceived and delivered fraternal twins - a healthy baby girl and boy in May 2013. I've worked (and pursued my graduate degree) since my elder daughter was twelve weeks old. I supported my husband throughout his graduate education, and now I'm the primary breadwinner for our family. I have coped with the pressures and angst of what that means for many years. I am lucky to have a husband with a flexible schedule; he shoulders the lion's share of housework, cooking, and childcare in our home. I'm looking forward to engaging with men and women who can relate to the challenges of modern day life in Silicon Valley. (Hide)
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As I hinted in my last post, my life has gotten busier than I could have possibly imagined. I've blogged weekly for The Palo Alto Weekly, The Mountain View Voice, and The Almanac for a year. When I began blogging, I made a commitment (to myself) to keep it up until I returned to work. Then I decided to stick it out for six months, and now here I am at a year. As time has passed, my kids have only become more active. My oldest wants to exercise her newfound independence and my younger two toddle about and are into everything. It's a wonder that I can get out of my house each morning!
Blogging has been a great creative outlet for me over the past year. It's been exciting to have a platform to connect with readers in my community and friends from afar. And I've learned some things about myself in the process: I like to come provocative. I'm interested in questioning conventions that don't make sense in today's world, whether they are throw-backs from what I consider bygone days or behaviors that have taken hold as technology plays a bigger role in our lives.
I'm going to take a break from posting for a little while as I try to carve out a more time for myself and my kids. I also need to give work my all as I push through to the end of the year. When I come back, I hope I'll have new material and experiences to share with my readers.