EMC Isilon supports marriage equality

Back in mid-August I sent an email to Sujal, the president of EMC Isilon, asking when we were going to join the myriad of other companies that came out in support of marriage equality, aka: WA Referendum 74. At that time, other major area tech employers such as Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Google, even REI had already issued their support. Shortly after that T-Mobile and Expedia joined too.

Today, EMC Isilon announced their support:

“Our support of the state’s legislation that provides same-sex couples with the right to civil marriage is another example of our commitment to supporting – and delivering – benefits for domestic partners.”

— Sujal Patel, President, EMC/Isilon Storage Division

I’ve never been more proud to work for a company than I am today. This is the first time that EMC has publicly backed marriage equality. They didn’t do it in California during Prop 8, they didn’t do it in Maine, and they didn’t do it in North Carolina — but they did it here in Washington. When a fairly politically reserved large company sees that it’s the right thing to do from a business perspective to support marriage equality it’s obvious the tide is turning.

The arc really is bending toward justice.

From everyone who has been given much

I haven’t subscribed to much around Christianity for years, but one of the things that resonates strongly with my moral compass is this passage from Luke:

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Luke 12:48

In my life I have been fortunate beyond comprehension: my parents paid for my college education, I work in a highly-paid industry in which I excel, and I love what I do. In short: I have been given much. I feel I’m failing on the helping others side of things.

Banana Nut Bread

Jen asked for this recipe after I brought a loaf (sans nuts) to the office. This recipe is originally from my friend Jan who got it from who-knows-where. Regardless, it’s delicious.

  • 3/4 c butter
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 2 c flour
  • 1/2 c buttermilk (I’ve used regular milk and even almond milk)
  • 1/2 c pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, bananas, and vanilla.
  3. Add baking soda and salt.
  4. Slowly add flour and milk in batches, alternating between the two.
  5. Add pecans.
  6. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. Divide dough evenly between them.
  7. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

The original recipe calls for mixing all the dry ingredients together and then slowing adding that with the milk to the banana mixture, but why dirty another bowl?

Tired of dating

I’m tired of dating. I’m tired of being interested in people who don’t have time for me. I’m tired of meeting person after person and rehashing the same life stories and there not being a connection. I’m tired of it all.

By all accounts dating is suppose to be fun, thrilling, and exciting. And it is for me when I’m getting to know someone. It isn’t when it’s a series of connection-less meetings at coffee shops. Maybe that is more interesting for extroverts.

Maybe this extreme frustration is a result of being sick for 2 weeks and feeling uncute and highly unsocial, but hating being alone. It probably doesn’t help that the person I’d really like to hang out with and get to know is in Portland, doesn’t have time for me (again — see a trend?), and is moving to San Fran at the end of the year anyway.

I’m tired of dating.

Chocolate Honey PB Granola Bars

I made this back in May and took me forever to find the recipe today (luckily I emailed it to Renee after I made it and remembered enough to search for it in my email!).

  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 3 c oats
  • 2/3 c flour
  • 1/2 bag mini chocolate chips

Mix ingredients in the order in which they are listed in a mixer. Spread in 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes, then cut into bars.