Please do say  hi!
...and this is my (long) backstory.
I've been a sailor, an educator, a runner, and a compulsive habit maker. In 2015 I decided I wanted to learn programming. So I set about the task of learning everything I could about making these machines go beep.
Several months ago, that same remarkable friend connected me with Larry Stiers. Larry was at a similar point in his coding journey and was as willing to throw as many hours at this process as I. Soon, Larry and I were stumbling, hacking, and bashing (our heads against the wall) together for hours everyday. Day in and day out since August ’16 we would put in 6-10 hour days.
We’ve built out backends with Node and Postgres, and really like back-end as a service options like Firebase. We are writing tidier, more potent code with ES6. We’re making prettier UIs faster and easier with Flexbox. We’ve learned how to speed things up by decluttering the critical rendering path. We’ve learned to better manage our versioning messes via git and GitHub. We’ve made our homes at the command line and MDN and Stack Overflow and in Atom and Chrome dev tools. We’ve experienced the value of autonomy, the power of pair programming, how to build software and how to work remotely with someone we’ve never met, because Larry lives in Brooklyn while I'm in the SF Bay Area.
But mostly we’ve learned a lot about how to learn.