This piece isn’t for you.
Sitting around, thinking about all the things I need to do.
Pay off those debts.
Get a job.
Now you have a job. Get better at it. Earn some more.
Grow in your new career.
Learn some stuff.
Stop trying to learn so much.
Get more time. Save more time.
Make more stuff.
Write a list. Don’t write a list.
Plan to write. Make time to write.
Earn more money.
Home school. Be better at home school. You used to be a teacher for god’s sake.
Figure things out. …
Who’s with me?
Let me start with a little background.
I have grown to love November, but it wasn’t always that way.
Previously, it had been a month of the unshiny; a cold, dark and dank time. Not much going on if I’m to be 100% honest. Maybe a month of extra moustaches, or a bit of a prequel to the Christmas madness. In the US, the month of Thanksgiving. It’s always been a bit ‘meh’ to me.
But, something changed a few years back (about 10 — I don’t know who I’m fooling about time and age here)…
The fun begins…
I faced both doubt and trepidation, the Sunday night before my first Monday at Lambda School.
I had so many questions, so many feels:
Would I survive the intensity of a coding bootcamp?
Was I clever enough?
Would I be able to juggle looking after my 8-year-old, pets and home and still manage to get everything done?
Would I fail and have to repeat units endlessly?
Was I too old for this?
Would I have time to do any of the other stuff I love in life (growing things, writing, gaming, photography)?
Would I be able to…
And I’m simultaneously ecstatic and petrified…
Some of you may have noticed that I’ve posted a little less on Medium this month. I can tell you now that it’s because I’ve been a busy little beaver, doing online courses and coding exercises.
I’ve found it really enjoyable, but I am still very aware that I’m very much at the beginner level of this journey. The great thing about this is that there are so many resources aimed at beginners. And I am lapping them up.
But I’m more worried about what comes after when it starts to get tough, (really…
And if you’re planning to rise up against the humans, I don’t care at all.
It’s been a week since I first met you, Robovac. You came into our household, shiny and full of promise last Tuesday, calling out for me to unbox you immediately.
I did as you requested and added all your brushes and bits. I found you a new home, your own little dock by the door. And then we connected.
Alexa wasn’t jealous — she was pleased. …
I knew there would be a lot to learn — that’s a no brainer. What I wasn’t prepared for was the sheer volume of course material available online. There are university MOOCs, free courses on websites, free versions of paid boot camps, and of course all the paid courses on top. The first thing I did was register on as many of the different platforms as possible to see if I could figure out which teaching style and method would be best for me.
Unfortunately, I really like several of them so I’m still overloaded with resources right now. …
And I have so many questions…
You may have caught my article last week about the fact that I’d ordered some Three Spirit. The company have advertised their drink as a “non-alcoholic social elixir” and I thought, why not have a try? After all; alcohol bad. Very bad. I’d forgotten all about it, actually, so when I had a card through the door telling me I had a parcel to collect I was most confused.
I headed to the collection office this morning, armed with my card, puzzled at what I was about to pick up. Could it be a…
…and I lie in bed wondering what’s out there.
I have two dogs: two large dogs with individual and sometimes curious habits. One of them hates people, the other one loves ‘em. One of them is an animal person, the other can’t stand them. So when I hear barking at the outside, the first thing I have to do is figure out which dog is making the noise — people dog or animal dog?
In the middle of the night, 1:30 am to be exact, I am awakened by one of my large dogs barking. As the designated grown up…
Here’s how I’m getting on with the resources I’ve found so far:
I’m still in week 1 of my attempt to become a coder and I’ve learned a little HTML and CSS (and a bit of Ruby). I’m currently signed up to a whole plethora of pre-course courses and I can already see that the education out there is very varied. Finding the right route is probably going to take a while.
There is a multitude of price options for these courses too, but many free resources also exist. If you know me, money is not plentiful right now, so…
Is it possible to teach a middle-aged dog new tricks?
Let me start by saying that I don’t think 42 is middle-aged. Maybe other people do, but I’m still around 29 or 30 in my head. Maybe I’m a little less worried about what others think of me at this stage in life, but I don’t feel like I’m old or getting old, at all. I prefer to think of it as achieving level 42 in the game of life.
Also, I don’t feel like a dog, frankly. If I were an animal, I think it would be some sort…