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Here's a funny joke to enjoy!

What do you get when you cross a dyslexic, an insomniac, and an agnostic?

Someone who lays awake at night wondering if there is a dog.

New Beginnings

Hello World!

Liz Karaffa here. I’m new to Zao and the programming world. Honestly, I’m still dumbstruck at how I landed such an amazing opportunity. It all started with a good friend doing some codeacademy.com at my house and showing me what he was up to. That got me curious and before I knew it, I was 30 lines deep in HTML. After Justin caught wind that I had dipped my toe in the water, we started a discussion that led to me being here!

I love problem solving and thinking strategically as much as possible. Settlers of Catan, anyone? Once I got my first taste of coding, I realized I could really have a future in it. I’ll be spending about 60% of my time soaking up everything I can about HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, WordPress, etc. And I know what you’re thinking, Justin is the best and most generous boss ever! I agree, which is why I got him the “World’s #1 Boss” coffee mug for his birthday. Then the other 40% of my time will be spent doing another one of my great loves: administration! I’m one of those strange people who actually likes filling out forms. I love making things efficient and orderly, so I’m looking forward to making Justin’s workload lighter in that arena.

Other than that, I’m busy chasing after my daughter who is turning one year old next week (gasp…they do grow up so fast!). I’m having the time of my life with my amazing husband who is in the thick of getting his MBA while working full time as the sales and development manager at a local coffee roastery. Ironically, I don’t like coffee very much but I have a sneaking suspicion I might not be able to hold out much longer. Justin did get me on Twitter after years of resistance, but I’ll be much harder to switch to Apple.

I already feel very welcomed into the community and I look forward to getting to know you all as time goes on. Feel free to reach out and say hi. Until next time, cheers!

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