Sam Merrell's Blog Tinkerer. Parent. ADHD. Developer.
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Hello there

I’m Sam. I love to learn new things. I write code, cook, sometimes play bass and guitar, sometimes take pictures, and occasionally write. I’m a programmer for a living and it is one of my favorite things. While I’ve been professionally using C# for 10 years, I enjoy exploring and learning new languages.

I’m a parent

I’ve got a big family–5 kids–and they’ve made me who I am today. Being a parent is incredibly rewarding to me even when it can be a struggle. I’ve learned how to be a better, more patient, person and my family consistently shows me the meaning of true love.

I’m an SRE

That’s what I do these days. I’ve been programming professionally since 2007 and I’ve been working at the same company–Willis Towers Watson– for almost 10 years. I never intended for that to be the case, but I enjoy the people I work with and I’ve gained a great deal of experience learning from decisions I made years ago.

I love learning new things

I’m always on the lookout for learning something new. Usually, that’s programming related, but not always. I’ve spent time learning how to sharpen knives with water stones, program Arduinos, program in Swift, and how to cook homemade vegetable broth.