Archive | June 2016

C’mon people, no line dancing spots…isn’t this TEXAS I’m in?

So, I really want to learn country line dancing. I’m tired of being a slug (sitting at the computer all day) and I am very much not a ‘go to the gym and lift weights/do yoga/pilates/you-name-it’ kinda girl. No, I want to learn something I can go out and use and have fun with it. So why country line dancing? Well it sure looks like a heck of a lot of fun (check the vid below and if it doesn’t make you want to leap out of your chair and join in I don’t know what would!). It also doesn’t involve a partner. I, ahem, don’t have a partner and I am so not into being paired up with some random dude.

Since I’m in the actual capital city of Texas, I thought surely there would be just oodles of places to learn the Texas version of line dances (and, honestly, if you are going to do country line dancing, you can’t get better than Texas style: Isn’t everything supposed to be bigger and better in Texas?!).

Well, it seems there are oodles of places in Texas where line dancing is the hip and in thing…just not in Austin. I’ve called more dance studios than you can shake your fist at and country dance halls/bars that host tons of (bring your partner!) two-steps and waltzes and, ya get the picture, with nary a one doing the line dancing thing. I’m not giving up.

In the meantime, check out this vid and shake a foot with a boot on it or not!:

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A very long over-due update

Sorry guys for the radio silence for so many months. I’ve been putting in 60-80 hour weeks and haven’t had time to spit after taking care of the animals and the garden. I’m going to do a quick round-up of where I am, plans, the cats, and the garden.

The cats:
We’ve been dealing with a real mystery illness or illnesses. I posted about some of the issues here and it is still unclear if they are related (Flora and Gingi with the mystery paralysis), 7 cats (two of whom we lost to it, Maddy and Emily) suffering from this strange upper respiratory illness that goes away and then comes back with a vengeance. I haven’t written about our Batya who came very close to being put to sleep after getting a diagnosis of having an extremely aggressive form of cancer — she’d developed a slight limp that not only didn’t get better but very rapidly over a week’s time became crippling and had her in terrible pain. Luckily, when the vet said to take the weekend to do a bucket list for her and bring her in on the next Monday to be put to sleep, I went online and found that there are some fungal and bacterial infections that can mimic the particular kind of cancer they thought she had and we went back the next day and said, hey, let’s try treating for both of these just in case….well, 3 months (and about a thousand dollars) later she is running about like nothing was ever wrong. It definitely wasn’t cancer, but what it was we still don’t know — either fungal or bacterial but which? You can read more about the current kitty travails with the mystery illness Click Here: or go to http://darasanctuary.com/blog/index.php?/archives/2-A-DARA-cat-update-Tracking-a-mystery-illness.html

Someone has also been dumping cats on us. We know it has to be another rescuer because the critters (showing up on our front porch in multiples) have all been spayed or neutered. One of them, arriving healthy, has already gotten this mystery illness. Thankfully, his brother (whom I rather aptly named Lucky as it turns out) is showing no signs of it, but Liberty has been quite sick with it.

The garden:
This morning we had a rather unsettling and upsetting discovery. When I woke up this morning my Ema asked if I had moved stuff around on the front porch. I was like…nooooooo. The welcome mat was moved out of place, several pot plants had been taken out of the pretty little iron plant-holder and were sitting on the small marble table, and the top of the plant holder itself had been removed and was sitting on the porch floor. It looked like someone had been looking to see if a house key had been hidden under the plants or mat. Then I looked out at our front garden box and was like….what the….!!! Someone had ripped out and taken one of the Tomatillo plants (too bad for them, you need at least 2 plants to get fruit), and 4 of our pepper plants, that had all been laden with fruit. Despite the theft, the garden is doing so much better this year. I’ve got a garden page showing just how much we’ve managed to save so far this year by growing our own food and the challenge I’ve taken on of trying to produce $1500 worth of organic food from our small 70 square foot garden space: You can check it out Click Here: http://garden.darasanctuary.com/

Where I am:
Obviously, still in Austin ๐Ÿ™‚ But what I really mean by this, is where I am in my coding journey. I’m going full stack rather than just front-end as far as development (more challenging and thus more fun, as well as more employable ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got my first responsive app built — I will be adding more veggies to it once I’ve gotten the research on them fully nailed down, along with more information and bells and whistles but it is up and functional. I’d love any critiques/comments/complaints/suggestions about it from folks here. You can check it out out Click Here (or go to: http://www.darasanctuary.com/bountiful_harvest_calculator.html). It was coded up using just Bootstrap and Javascript. I’m nearly done with a second app using Angular.js, Javascript and jQuery. I’ve still got more work to do on the DARA site — several pages unfinished, a couple needing to be changed/updated in light of new arrivals and some kitties we have lost.

I’ve got the web specialist certificate for front end development under my belt. This summer I am taking 8 courses covering Java, Angular, MongoDB, Node and Bower, Sass and Less, Scala and Big Data, React, and brushing up on my PHP and MySql. The courses just started yesterday, hence my bit of breathing space to update the blog ๐Ÿ™‚ I may not be able to breathe after today ๐Ÿ™‚

Plans:
Succinctly, to come back home. I’m scouring the job market in Israel. I’ve got some applications in but the reality is that I need to have a better grasp on Angular, Node, and MongoDB at the least, not only to secure a job but one that will be exciting and fulfilling for me (and I am really falling in love with Java!)