Umlauts and accents on a Mac keyboard

After 7 months of typing “rueschlikon” to find and copy-paste “Rüschlikon” when filling out address fields (that’s the name of the community in the canton of Zürich where I live now), I finally slowed down to think if there was a better way. Of course, there is: Option + u + (Shift if needed) + letter itself. And voilà: ä ë ö ü Ä Ë Ö Ü.

And yes, you guessed it, I used Option + ` + a to type à. Business Users: eCommerce Has Arrived!


Long-awaited e-shop option now! Congratulations to the teams who have made it a reality!

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We’re thrilled to announce that, starting today, Business users can connect their sites to their online stores. With three leading ecommerce partners to choose from — Ecwid , Shopify , and ShopLocket — you can showcase, promote, and sell products to your customers directly from your site.

If you’re already a Business user, or are thinking of becoming one, here’s how the ecommerce feature will power your site.

A simple, hassle-free connection

Users with the Business upgrade already enjoy great features like live-chat support, unlimited storage, and free access to all our premium themes. Now, you can turn your site into a sleek online storefront, and let visitors shop from any post or page. The partners we’ve teamed up with — Ecwid, Shopify, and ShopLocket — all provide a smooth and secure ecommerce experience for you and your customers.

Connecting to your store is…

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Stop the time

Everyday things that fill up my life:

  • Both my work and personal Gmail inboxes are empty. It’s been at least four months. A sigh of relief for this. (I do have eight browser tabs open. Are browser tabs the new inbox?)
  • I was still doing some paperwork on the 2012 (sic) Swiss taxes. A bit like a squirrel looking for walnuts she buried the previous fall. Here is hoping to wrap them up in January 2014. Then, we can start rolling with 2013 US and Swiss taxes right away. A sigh of exasperation, then relief for being done with this big paperwork task.
  • 1Password, why are you not being friendly with Google Chrome? Why don’t you guys talk to each other and figure it out without me having to mediate? (I do love the new 1Password 4. Logos! Colors! Custom questions!)

Also: yays for various small progresses, things being quiet towards the end of year, and being at home during holidays.

Moving to Zurich area and other things

Hey! 2013 is coming to a close. Crazy, right? A lot of changes are in the area. I so wish I had a limitless amount of time so that I could sit down, write it out, and properly process everything that’s happening right now. Alas, it looks like I need to learn processing sooner or something, because I ain’t getting that free processing time.

Here are the things that have happened/been happening:

  1. Our little family is moving to the Zurich area in early January 2014 (that’s right, in just a couple of weeks). A great new professional opportunity for Paul, and I work remotely so a “breeze” for me. The “little details” are the physical move, setting up the new infrastructure in a new town (childcare, doctors, family-friends activities, friends), and learning a language or two (German, Swiss German). We’ve got the new lease signed already, a moving company estimator came by today, and I’m researching childcare and activities.
  2. Saying goodbyes in Geneva. Hard! I found the successors for the two meetup groups I started here in Geneva, WordPress meetup and the Russian playgroup. Both groups are in excellent hands, which makes me very happy. (Also: I ran a WordPress 101 session back in November and helped with two concurrent sessions in December. Would like to write a separate post about those, with some lessons learned from running the Geneva WordPress meetup.)
  3. Whole family down with heavy colds. Ack! A two-week Christmas pilgrimage to US canceled. Being sick at home is pleasant in comparison to the alternative: being sick away from home, while jetlagged.
  4. Cool new stuff happening at work. More on that soon. Maybe. I’m in my element.

…is that it? I guess it is, points 1, 2, and 4 consist of hundreds of little things. Add point 3, and you have the perfect recipe for overwhelm, stress, and overall OMGWTFBBQ feeling.

Hey, writing it out made it feel less overwhelming, so I’m glad I did that. Decembers are crazy. Dear reader, I have some tea and cookies and I’d like to virtually share them with you (if you like them). Thanks for keeping me company through the holidays.