Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Tech Writer Does Yoga (and Exhales)

Despite having the hamstring flexibility of a 73-year-old man (read: I can’t touch my toes), I love doing yoga. It’s the perfect counterbalance to sitting in a C-shape all day at my computer. As I flow through poses like Standing Forward Bend and Upward Facing Dog, my hipflexors unhinge and my shoulders slide back down into their natural position below my ears. Also, yoga has nothing to do with work. Or so I thought. The other day I was flexing and flowing my way through a traditional Sun Salute, pausing in Downward Facing Dog to stretch my calves, when I heard the instructor say, “Take a full exhalation.” And I …

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A Tech Writer Cooks

I love to cook. And I’m a pretty good liar. I don’t hate cooking. But you could say being a tech writer has some occupational hazards in the kitchen. When I started cooking several years ago (had to; I married a meat-and-potatoes man), recipes baffled me. Specifically, the way recipes bury procedures in the list of ingredients, like, “2 onions, chopped.” Why not add a step to the procedure: “Chop the onions.” I know, I know; cookbook editors need to save space for all their full-color pictures of the dishes that look nothing like what comes out of my oven when I follow a recipe. But still. Actually, it’s not just …

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