Tomorrow is the start of my first CodeMash experience, at the Precompiler. There are so many tutorials that I want to check out, but I will mostly be hiding out in the CodeJam.

It all started in 2007, when my buddy Russ from work told me about CodeMash. He’s gone to past CodeMashes, and whenever he talks about it, his excitement gets to me. I didn’t meet him in time for 2007, but he could have talked me into 2008. However, I also was uncertain of my vacation time and how I would handle taking time off with my husband. Lame excuses, I know… but I didn’t go to CodeMash in 2008.

Of course, I met more people who reminded me of my epic fail – including Jeff Blankenburg, Mike Eaton, Michael Letterle, and Joe O’Brien. Thanks to the push from all of these guys (and all the others who helped), I made it a point to set the dates aside. But I had talked with one of my friends earlier in the year, and he had figured that I’d go and enjoy my first year as an attendee and worry about presenting there the following year. As much as that sounded like a good idea, I knew better – it was pretty much expected that I’d submit talks for it.

So it’s my first CodeMash, and I am going as an event co-lead (CodeJam), presenter (IronPython), and attendee. Thanks to my friends for encouraging me to attend. I’ve been looking forward to it for the past few months, and it’s finally here.

If you are there and you see me, come up and introduce yourself! I look forward to meeting you there!