I’ve never considered myself a “beer person,” but Tampa Bay is so full of craft breweries that I’ve changed my mind. Cigar City Brewing, Coppertail, Six Ten, the list goes on and on, and Adam and I are on our way through trying out all of them. During this little quest of ours, I’m taking photos of our flights, pints, cans, and bottles. Plot twist: they’ve all been shot on an iPhone. Thank you, portrait mode.
Normally I’d spend my weekends recovering from the rigors of daily and weekly Iron Yard projects, but I put in a few extra hours of coding a few weekends ago– literally a weekend full of hours if we’re wanting to get specific.
With the Iron Yard closing, our campus pushed career services up quite a few weeks from when it was initially scheduled. The original plan was learning front-end for four weeks, back-end for four weeks, language specialization for four weeks, and then a final project and career services for the final four weeks.
It’s been a wild month. I’ve spent about 30 hours driving back and forth from Tampa to St. Pete, 160 hours in class, and the rest of the time attempting to maintain relationships and actually get some sleep. Oddly enough, I couldn’t be happier about my situation.
I learned how to code on accident when I was in the fourth grade. Not from one of those computer games set up to teach kids how to do basic programming while drawing things. Not from flash cards and books. Nope, I didn’t start coding through a conventional way. I learned how to code on accident from Neopets.
When I first moved to Tampa, Adam actually didn’t join me until a week later. I had our pup Bella with me, but I had a week before classes at the Iron Yard began to explore my new city. Where to start, where to start? I stuck to my usuals and did what I generally do anytime I end up in a new city, which was check out the zoo.
I’ve got a new place to call home despite some of my friends’ and families’ pleas, and I’ve traveled south to Tampa, Florida. Why? Well, make sure your chair is comfortable because this explanation is a long one.