6 Weeks Down

I can’t believe we have been at this for 6 weeks. The time flew by, and I am exhausted! I have learned so much, and yet have so far to go.

This last week began with Chyld testing us to see where we are the class. He broke us down into groups, those who were doing well, those who were doing pretty good, those who need help and those who need to get their butt in gear. I landed in the group that needs help, which surprised me because I expected to be on the very bottom of the curve. I know I need help. We have received so much information, in such a short amount of time that it is difficult to retain it all. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but it has been 20 years since I have had to use my brain so much. I compare it to taking someone who has done nothing but veg out, in front of the tv, with a bowl of bon bons for 20 years and putting them on a treadmill, at the highest incline, with the fastest speed. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I wasn’t prepared for this. Having an 8-month old that is newly teething, and going through so many changes and mood swings and fighting sleep every step of the way isn’t helping.

My big accomplishment for this past week is finally understanding routes and controllers — at least I think I do. I feel slightly more comfortable with models and testing. I am having to look less and less at old code when trying to write new code, but still having to look none-the-less. HTML and CSS are proving to be slightly more challenging than I remember, which is weird, but I am pretty sure those skills are stuffed in a corner, in the back of my brain, totally covered with Node.js. I really need to dig them out though because we have started using jQuery which relies heavily on knowing and understanding CSS selectors.

So with all that said, I am going to stop blogging and get back to studying. I have one small part of the weekend homework that I am still trying to conquer. Now I need to decide, do I spend the next 3 hours on that or try to freshen up my CSS skills. It’s the dilemma I face on the daily…..where to spend my time.

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