Category Archives: freecodecamp

Reigning in expectations

Back again! Yanno, just practicing when the spirit moves me.

If the last few years have taught me anything, it’s that nothing is going to happen overnight. I can have my feelings about how I should have been a developer by now but I haven’t stuck to any kind of a schedule. Over the past two months, this caused me to research a bunch of Bootcamps and AA programs at the local colleges. I finally caved and reached out to a connect I made here and asked him “how did you get to where you are now?” Because he’s a developer and works at a Bootcamp– but I thought that meant that he *attended* that Bootcamp as that usually is the case for instructors but MAN was I wrong. He said over 2 years he worked through the FCC curriculum + node.js + Colt Steele’s class on Udemy and that’s how he was able to transition. DAS IT.

I’m so freaking impressed when I hear about self-directed learners. I mean, I know that basically everyone in the 90s also went that route, but today I personally feel like you need to have a CS degree to really get your fundamentals down. If I’m being honest, I have a bunch of baggage on that topic. I remember when an ex who had just switched from Nursing to a CS degree told me I could never be a CS major because of my bad math skills and because I couldn’t understand how he was explaining classes in Java. I may have taken that to heart for a long time

So I’ve started the Colt class and it’s alright. I’m 3 sections in and I’m happy to know that I already know everything he’s talking about. Sublime 3 is the suggested text editor and OH MAH GAWD is it a godsend! There are so many shortcuts! I don’t have to type out every SINGLE tag! It’s really changing the coding experience for me–well at least in the realm of HTML/CSS.

That’s all for now. We’ll see how the rest of the course goes.




100 days of code? Hell yes!

Right now, right now it is 23:05 pm on Friday 04/5/19 and I just saw r/girlsgonewired’s post about starting 100 days of code! I’ve been feeling a little discouraged, so maybe this is just the motivation I need.

I logged into the discord chat and people are declaring what they’ll be working on over the next 100 days. So, over the next 30 days, I want to complete the Responsive Web Design Projects so that I can get my FCC Responsive Web Design Certification. With the remaining 70 days, I want to complete the Javascript Algorithms And Data Structures Certification. Bueno, lets go!

Code on peeps,


Checking in

Hey Y’all.

I’m still in Cali and I’m working on the FreeCodeCamp curriculum at a v slow pace.

I redid all of the lessons that I completed years ago because the curriculum has had a lot of updates and I didn’t want to miss out on anything. This week specifically I’ve started recording my stats. Not to micromanage myself, per se but so that I can pace myself and reflect a little bit on what I’m doing. Here are my notes from this week.

Applied Visual Design

12-Mar 23:11-23:45
Offsetting elements by pixels. Different ways to color an element in CSS. Basic ish.

13-Mar 11:25-11:45
Lunch break. Got stuck on Hex vs rgb/hsl.

13-Mar 23:25-23:56
OMG, WHY DID I OVERTHINK THAT?! The trick was that they literally wanted me to use hex #s instead of following the RGB( x, y, z )format.  These lessons offer neat tricks in how to manipulate color, texture, direction (i.e. color gradients that tilt on a diagonal angle).

14-Mar 18:51-19:53
The devil is in the details. Try to take every piece of instruction literally.  The content of these lessons is about creating simple shapes like circles, squares, and hearts as well as manipulating them by making them fade and move. Cool stuff–but how often will I actually have to do this down the line?

15-Mar 22:41-22:48 0:07
We went over animation-timing-function: cubic-bezier(x1, y1, x2, y2);. I have a hard time explaining exactly what this is, but it has something to do with changing animation speeds. This is the first time CSS has ever looked like a math problem.

Progress level

Total time this week: 2:34
15% or 213 out of 1409 total lessons




Starting Over

Anyone who’s had to use “starting over” as a title knows how weird it feels to admit that things did not go as planned or promised.

At this present moment, I am living in California. After many years in Chicago, IL, we moved to be closer to my family since my mom is going through some health issues. My father passed away almost 10 years ago. At the time he was in NYC while I was in Miami, FL so, moving to California just in case my mom’s health started to tank felt like the right thing to do. But also, for as much as I love, live, and dream Chicago, it’s always felt temporary because of the cost of housing and terrible winters. In my 20’s I thought that at some point in my 30’s my husband, dog, and I would pack up our stuff and move elsewhere– I just didn’t realize that that would take place between age 30 and 31…but I digress…

Anyway. Moving means starting over. At the moment I work two jobs. Yes! With a BA, you too can have as many (entry level) jobs as you want! One of the companies I work for really excites me because it’s a managed IT services firm. This was intentional since I love working in smart environments. However, I’m a paper pusher. Again. And I’m not really sure what to do about it. At my last job, I was surrounded by new product development professionals. It was easy to say that I wasn’t going to go back to school to figure out if I’m good at mechanical engineering or industrial design. As far as I’m concerned, those ships have more or less sailed. But I’ve been in Cali for over 6 months so I’m starting to feel the itch to get back into development. California is supposed to be the promised land of tech opportunities, so who’s to say that I can’t jump on that ship and rise up with the tide?

This cross-country move isn’t my first rodeo, but I’m hella sick of starting over without having a well-defined career. I want to be able to have well-paying work wherever I go. In fact, I hope that one day, I have a job that allows me to work from home (#themillenialdream), save for retirement, and live without debt. For me, these are my big dreams.

So. I’ve started getting back into the FreeCodeCamp tutorials and I’m doing pretty well at chugging through a few lessons every night. We’ll see how this run plays out.

Code on,