A much-needed mini-break before the storm

I’m hoping to do a flurry of posts over the next couple of days, updating on the garden, the cats, life in general and maybe even a political post or two on the bizarro U.S. upcoming election. On Tuesday, I will be starting the intensive 80-hour weeks at MakerSquare.

This past week has been a sampling of what is likely in store. A week ago Wednesday, in the late afternoon, I was able to access my pre-course work and, thanks to a really great and generous member of my cohort who took the time to meet and give me a full walk-through, learn the ins and outs of using github a la the MKS requirements. I was then able to start a more than 80-hour week sprint to the finish line.

I was one of the last people accepted into the cohort and so didn’t have the 4-6 weeks to complete the necessary pre-course work that those accepted early on had. By the time I got all the financial stuff straightened out, I had exactly 7 days to get it all done and in. Let’s just say that it was a wild, wild sleep-deprived ride that had me in tears at points and jumping around punching the air in victory at others. I turned in the last coding challenge –re-writing from scratch, and in my own way, a significant portion of twitter — at 3:30 a.m. on early Thursday. The deadline was 7 a.m.

Since then, I’ve been trying to go back and really learn what the hell it was that I managed to figure out, at the time, for each coding challenge. Some of the code I wrote up on projects early on now look totally alien to me — yeah, I wrote it and it clearly works but what the heck does this bit do? Why did I do that? Wouldn’t it have been better if I did this instead?

My plan is to study up to the last minute, going over previous stuff and trying to get at least a fingernail’s grasp on the things we will cover in the first 5 or so days. It won’t be at the same frenetic pace, though. And I still have a ton of things that need to be done, totally unrelated to any coding, before I start on Tuesday. Garden stuff, cat stuff, house stuff, regular yard stuff, errands, stuff for Ema — the list is longer than my arm.

But I am totally psyched. I am totally excited. And I absolutely love what I am doing.

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