Monthly Archives: December 2013


“Are you ready for Christmas?”

Um. No.


preparing for SWC Guild’s programming bootcamp – 18 more days


I start the Java cohort at the Software Craftsmanship Guild in 18 days!

One thing I wasn’t expecting about this time leading up to SWC Guild’s programming bootcamp was the amount of homework in the weeks before we start. SCG requires us to complete Team Treehouse classes covering HTML/CSS and Javascript, and a Udemy class covering C#. I’ve been doing the HTML/CSS course for a little over two weeks and I’m maybe halfway through. It’s tough already balancing my work schedule with getting ready for Christmas and doing bootcamp homework. Dev Bootcamp requires about 50 hours of homework prior to the beginning of the program; at some point I heard that SWC Guild’s homework was about 40 hours. I think I’m spending more than that because I stop the video frequently to take notes and rewatch sections to make sure I understand parts. The material in this course isn’t at all difficult, but it is time consuming. Regardless, I do feel it’s a good idea to kickstart us a little. It’s great that the students will be starting from the same level, more or less.

There’s also some preparation required for getting my apartment set up. The bed is a weird size, full size extra long, so I need to get sheets and bedding. There are lists to be made and details to be handled so I can make a graceful temporary exit from my current life for the next 12 weeks. I need to get my son his driver’s license so he can help out with errands and driving duty.

We’re also considering a little reward after all this is over. Maybe a cruise??? It’s getting harder to find vacations that work for all of us now that the boys are getting older, but a cruise has something for all of us. I’m thinking Mexico on spring break.

One of the more difficult moments this past month was telling my boss that I would be quitting. I really, really love my job teaching art classes. The environment where I work is amazing. I work in a paint-your-own pottery art studio that also provides studio space for an incredible group of artists who also happen to have developmental disabilities. We have a coffee shop in our space and I get to play barista sometimes. I’ll miss teaching my after school and preschool art classes each week. And I was just starting to teach adults too, at the Buckeye Lake Winery. There’s nothing like teaching painting while enjoying the lake view with a bloody mary in one hand.

But still.

I know I keep saying this, but I can’t not do this.

coding bootcamp: am i good enough?


In three weeks, I head to Akron for a Java apprenticeship through the Software Craftsmanship Guild.

I simply can’t believe it. Can’t.

Tonight I went to a meeting of the Columbus Ruby Brigade. The speakers were fresh from Dev Bootcamp in Chicago. Katy, a graduate, Alyssa, an instructor, and Dave Hoover, DBC’s founder, all spoke tonight about their experiences and answered tons of questions.

I went because I am hungry to know everything I can about what to expect when I attend SCG. The two programs are different: Dev Bootcamp focuses on Ruby while SCG has two separate cohorts that choose to focus on either .NET or Java. Yet, they have a great many similarities in the way they are structured and taught.

I know I am very different from most applicants to these programs. I am female. I’m old enough to be their parent. Those two facts alone make me stand out. Add in my natural insecurities and I am a walking, neurotic bag of mush. It was good to hear that at DBC, they address the insecurity issues head-on. And everybody has them. I hope this gets addressed at SCG, but if it doesn’t, I hope I remember what was said here tonight.

Katy was very inspiring when she stood at the front and said that she knows she can learn anything. It may take her longer, or it may not, but either way is OK. It was good to know that I’m not the only one wondering if I am good enough.

And the answer is, yes, I am.

how to shake up your life


In January, everything will change.

I’m going after my dream. I’m going to be an apprentice at the Software Craftsmanship Guild and learn how to code.

This is so far out of my comfort zone that I just HAVE to try it.

And I will blog about what it’s like to attend a coding boot camp.

Right now, I am am art teacher. I live a safe life. In four weeks, everything changes. I’ll live in Akron, Ohio, for 12 weeks in an apartment with three roommates whom I have never met. I’ll spend well over 40 hours a week learning how to code. I’ll be living without my husband for the first time in 21 years. I’ll be missing my teenage sons. I will only go home on weekends.

People around here just don’t DO stuff like this. Which is exactly why I have to do it. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life wondering “what if?”