I work as a programmer/analyst for the State of Alabama and for the most part I enjoy it. I write custom internal applications using C#. I also maintain a website in ASP.NET and and possibly in the near future will expand my resume to include Android and/or iPhone app development. I’m already starting on mobile website development. I’ve been programming since 2000, when I started out in VB 6 and although I still am not very confident in my skills and knowledge, I think I’ve come a long way.
In 2004, I decided I would teach myself to knit and crochet and I did. I went out and bought some how to books and some supplies and I learned all on my own with no one to help me. I have so much yarn now I know I’ll never be able to use it all up. But I keep plugging away at it. You can read about my adventures in knitting and crochet, but browsing the Hobbies category. I used to maintain a knitting blog separately, but felt that was too much to keep up with, so I combined the content into the main blog.
I love reading and will read almost anything, but I especially love romance novels. As a child, I would get in trouble for spending too much time reading and not paying attention to the rest of the world. I only hope I can pass along my love of books and reading to my daughter. It seems to be working well enough so far. In 2011 and 2012, I joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge and have completed my goals and beyond. I think it has really helped that I was gifted a Kindle in 2011 for Mother’s Day and it makes it so easy to get new books to read. Before Kindle, I would either get books from friends, or have to go to the store to purchase them. With so little time to go shopping for books, I read little books. Now I can read a book in just a few days, then download a new one instantly.
I am Hispanic with parents that hail from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Because my dad was in the Army, I was born and raised here in the states, although I have visited my family in Puerto Rico several times. I speak Spanish, but I’m hesitant to say I’m fluent in it, because I do struggle a lot to get my English thoughts translated in my head when trying to converse with someone in Spanish. I do understand more than I can say, so I can get along well enough. Because I was raised in the states with just my parents around, I wasn’t exposed to as much of the language as I probably should have been. And now that I’m older, I regret that because I can’t speak or teach it to my daughter well enough for her to really understand the language of her maternal lineage.