Sam holding up finisher's medal

First Half Marathon

On October 8th, 2017 I completed my first half marathon and a goal I set for myself back in January. I felt pretty prepared beforehand, but the day of the race was brutally humid in Hampton, Virginia. I started falling out around mile 10. Luckily I had my father-in-law running with me and he was […]

Sam and Lauren at Mount St. Helens, Washington

Pacific Northwest Vacation

During May, 2017 we took a well deserved vacation to the Pacific Northwest. We flew into San Francisco and spent a few days exploring the city before renting a car and driving up I-5 through Portland, Oregon and then finally on to Seattle, Washington. It was our first time on the west coast. I absolutely […]

Sam and Lauren pose at VCU's graduation


Thanks for all the love and support everyone has given me the last 4+ years, especially my best friend and official research paper-proofer. VCU has given me many great learning and leadership experiences – both in and out of the classroom. With this out of the way, I can now focus on my true passion, applying […]

JQuery Free, 2017

That’s right, I’m pledging to not use any jQuery in 2017, in favor of Vue.js!

Let’s Encrypt All The Things

One of my least favorite parts about running a web server is maintaining certificates. Although I run a handful of servers all with varying certificates I don’t install new ones frequently enough to where I can do it with my eyes closed but I do install them frequently enough for it to be a pain in the ass each time.