A New Year

Wow have I have missed a little over a month and it’s the start of a new year, so I am thinking this might be a long one.

It has just been over a year since I left my job in commercial insurance underwriting.  It really does not feel that long ago.  I still feel that it was the best decision I have made and feel completely happy with it.  I feel so much better mentally and physically.  I have learned a lot about myself during this time and what I want to do when I grow up (LOL!).  Coding fills that workaholic need I still have for detail oriented work and love that there is always something new to learn.  However changing my mindset from a person that everyone relied on for help to someone that needs help has been a struggle.  I am not always sure what I need help with and when I need to ask for help.  I am sure once I finish learning where I feel comfortable with my abilities and once I have a job where I am coding full-time, I will find that zen zone. 😎 More

Done and over!!

It’s been a little over a week, but I have completed the bootcamp and recovered from bronchitis.  I slept a lot last week and this weekend.  My daughter was so kind and shared the crud with me and mine turned into bronchitis.  Unfortunately I was not able to stay the entire last day of class, because I felt so bad and was not able to participate as much on our Team Project.  One of the other students on the team was sick too, so the project was not as great as I would have liked.  Of all the weeks to get sick that was definitely not the one. 😦

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Meltdown

This week has been rough. Monday was great, but Tuesday was absolutely not. In class, somehow my code got messed up and between the instructor and me; we could not figure out what was wrong. Needless to say I was so frustrated and irritated and could not seem to get anything figured out. Woke this morning with a migraine as I allowed myself get overwhelmed over something I can control. But took the migraine for me to resolve because I have 4 more weeks of projects and practice that I should be fine with a job by the end of the camp. More

End of first week of class

The first week of Coding (Programing) Immersion class was a little information overflow.   Our homework for the week was to create a simple website with HTML and CSS.  I did not completely finish it as I have to know the reason why something work a certain way.  I could not just copy and paste stuff from other websites and play with it.  Also our end goal with this class is to able able to create a website with Ruby on Rails.  So I went through the tutorial on creating a Ruby on Rails website.  That way I could make notes on it and notate the reason why and how a line of coding was being used.  I may not have finished the project, but I have a much better understanding of coding a website with Ruby on Rails which also uses HTML, CSS and JavaScript.  I am okay with that.

Usually we have Friday off, but we had a field trip to ThoughtBot and then one of the senior programmers there came back to class with us and gave us some good advice on Developer Survival Tactics.  It was a great presentation.

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Homework

Day Four of class . . . what can I say other than information overload.  I know that is how the first week would be, but it is taking a while for my brain to process.  I do take notes and yes, I do hand write them down.  They are very messy, but then I rewrite and clean them up (in colors) and it sticks in my head better that way.

I was thinking in a couple weeks I probably think this is not as bad as it seems to me now.  That hindsight thing, you know.  At least I can go back and look at my blog for comparison. 🙂

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