About Me

Hi!  In case you didn't already know, I'm Summer and this is my website.  It acts as a bit of a portal to my various social profiles and my other websites, as well as being the home of my databases of my various media collections.

I've been active on the internet since the mid-1990s, after first getting into basic text chat and early email before discovering the wonderfulness of the World Wide Web.  This site has been around most of that time as well, in some form ar another, making it one of the oldest around!  @_@

As for me, I'm a web application developer for Texas A&M AgriLife's Information Technology unit, crafting kick ass sites with my partner in crime (who is also one of my bestest friends).  I spent the first 16 years or so of my development career coding with ColdFusion, starting with version 4.5 and going until 9.  In 2013, our development group began the move from ColdFusion to PHP, finishing the transition in 2016 professionally.  The personal transition was completed with the launch of version 8 of this website in February 2017. You can read more about my whole web development self over on my blog, Eclectic Thoughts.

On the personal side, I live in a house with my girls. I bought the house in 2008, and have a love-hate relationship with it, though mostly love.  I'm very lucky to get to share my life with my sweetie, who is smart, funny, adorable, loves cats, is a theatre fan, and is an awesome photographer. Most importantly, he has put up with my wacky self all these years!

As for hobbies, well there are the obvious ones from what this site has, i.e.: reading, especially manga, watching media, especially anime, and playing video games.   I also enjoy gardening, though I tend to suck at it and keep killing stuff. My big veggie garden, which I was so proud of, got overgrown after one particularly year of long illness and a broken mower, so right now I mostly just have flowers and plants in the front.  My favorite plants are coleus, dusty miller, and almost any kind of lily. I also am very proud of the two rose bushes I added in 2016 and, so far, have kept alive despite their being attacked by disease.

I enjoy photography, though I'm not as good or prolific as my sweetie.  I was shooting with a Canon T1i dSLR from 2009 until 2016, until it broke. Between cameras right now, so mostly shooting with my cellphone and a Canon M2 borrowed from my sweetie. You can find the 17,000+ photos I've taken at my Flickr account, which feeds the box on the front page and the girls pages. In terms of subjects, I mostly love to shoot "scapes", i.e. landscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes, old buildings, animals, flowers, and I have a strange thing about patterns and oil pumps.

Oh, I also love ICEE, seriously LOVE that delicious frosty drink.  To the point I have a local guide on finding them :-D 

Anyway, that's just a little bit about me. If you made it to the end of this "brief" overview, congrats! I hope you enjoy visiting the rest of the site and my other sites.