Return from Hiatus

I think I left off last time while I was still working on my HTML “final” project. I got that up and running, and you can see it by going to jessierohrer.info.

It’s been a couple of months, and I have been sporadically working on the next thing in my Codecademy learning path, which is JavaScript. It is less satisfying that learning HTML or CSS because there’s no visual element. You just get really excited about the computer spitting the correct number or string back at you. That said, it’s not the reason my progress stopped.

In March, I organized and ran a consignment sale that raised several thousand dollars for local charities. I volunteer with the local MOMS Club chapter as the treasurer, and that has been time-consuming following that sale with documenting everything, writing checks, sending letters, and basically making sure everything gets wrapped up in time for the end of the fiscal year.

In the last couple of months, my daughter has finished pre-school, I’ve gone camping, and there have been some private issues distracting me from my daily coding exercises. I’m hoping today is the kick-start I’ve been needing ๐Ÿ™‚

I completed the section of the JavaScript lesson on functions today. I’m going to try not to let that get me down ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was not very exciting, and it felt like a roundabout way to do math, but I can see how it will save time inside of a larger application. The next lesson is on writing a game app for rock, paper, scissors. That should be a fun way to spend the kids’ naptime tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also got back to the gym this morning and listened to an old episode of the Code Newbie podcast where Kinsey Ann Durham is interviewed. She talked about speaking at conferences being a key task for developers, which I don’t think is in my near future. Mostly because I hate public speaking. She also spoke about how she’s focused her work on getting women, and especially women of color, into the world of coding. She talked about Women Who Code, so I’ve gone over to their website and become a member. If you are a woman who codes (or wants to learn!) go over to their website and get access to their resources ๐Ÿ™‚

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