HELLO I’M ALIVE.
March has been one hell of a month and I’ve honestly kind of been holding my breath for it to end for like 29 days straight. I just had a ton of stuff going on and a solid dose of personal struggle and am ready for a little more freedom of all kinds. My last big obligation of the month culminated in my company’s 24-hour overnight Hackathon this weekend and I lived to tell the tale.
It went like this.
I had to start setting things up at noon on Friday so I debated whether or not to drop by #instabeerupCLT (which you can read all about here) on Thursday night but I’m really glad I did. Tons of people came out to Sycamore Brewing to mix and mingle. I usually hate things like this but I think I’ve finally found my people in Charlotte. I stayed way later than anticipated and it was worth it. Oh. Sorry about how I was drinking prosecco at a beer meet up. This is who I am.
So Friday overnight into Saturday was game time. As much as I dread the build up to this event, it is one of my favorite nights all year. Last year was my first time producing the Hackathon and this year we stepped it up BIG TIME with more than 200 people coming to geek out over data. I love it.
Things get super weird in the sponsor lounge after midnight and all the organizers like to battle it out to see who can stay up the latest. I made it to 5a this year and felt like this after a two-hour nap:
It’s a really cool thing to see people work so hard on something they’ve sacrificed sleep and sanity to pull off. The teams did an incredible job this year. It’s also a really cool thing to see the community rise up and support a major geekfest such as this so in the end it was all totally 100% worth it. Always is.
I’m still happy March is almost over though.
I spent the rest of the weekend just lounging around with the cats, avoiding alcohol and human interaction, and eating good food.
I truly feel that this ginger pineapple smoothie delivered me from the evil of my weekend. I mean I went through the Taco Bell drive through at 2:45am dressed as a giant banana. (I told you the things get weird in the sponsor booth after hours.)
Hope you had a great weekend and slept more than I did. On to the next…