Saturday, August 31, 2013

23 Weeks (August 31)

Last week I didn't work on the registry at all. Dave did for a few hours. I think he added a couple things. He was using a book so I guess what he added he did some research. The only thing I remember him telling me about is a high chair.   Today he is asking me about ordering a rocking chair.

We bought a stethoscope this week. We used it the day we got it to find the heart beat. I just used it now to do it again. It was a lot easier to find this morning than last time.  I always try my own heart beat first to make sure I'm doing it right.

My dreams have been pretty crazy during pregnancy but then they started mostly focusing on code. I think I have only actually been pregnant in 2 of my dreams. But last night I had my first dream that we actually had a baby. Somehow this baby was just a day old but could crawl or something because we lost her. We also kept calling her Poly in the dream by mistake.
Size of baby: Pomegranate, 11.4 inches long from head to heel. My app on my phone says the baby weighs about 1 lb.

Total Weight Gain/Loss:  5.8 lb gain overall. I gained 0.7 in the past week. I was actually higher earlier in the week by about 2 lbs but then got a stomach bug and dropped those 2 lbs in 2 days. My I'm Expecting app on my phone says I should have gained 12-15 lbs by this point. But that doesn't take into account of losing a lot of muscle that I lost.  If you take my lowest weekly weight and compare that to now, I am up 11.5 lbs, which is probably more like what the comparison would be. My muscles are just all gone anymore. 

Maternity Clothes:  I wore maternity clothes everyday during the week but on the weekend I did not. I started sleeping in a maternity shirt versus my old shaw shirts because they were all dirty. The maternity shirt is too short to wear with maternity jeans now anyway or it would show the elastic that is supposed to be hidden. Sometimes in the night my back gets exposed from moving around. The only non-maternity shirt I've been wearing is my Dev Bootcamp shirt and I try to wear that once a week but seem to fail at that plan. I want to wear it once a week until it no longer fits. I do wear a black cami under it and wear a white cami under a few other shirts. Both cami's are not maternity. I probably should get a maternity cami one of these days.  In the next few days I'll probably make another post with some of my recent outfits. I think I have until August 23 cropped and ready so I might just post that and not include the last week if I don't have time to get to it. 

Gender: Girl!

Movement: The kicks are a lot stronger this week. 

Sleep: This is about the same as it has been. Dev Bootcamp related to lack of sleep not baby related. I did sleep more for 2 days sort of because of my stomach illness. I didn't go to class one day and went late another. But I was up going to the bathroom and then back to bed so it wasn't solid sleep. 

What I miss: I miss functioning without being lightheaded. I was ready to pass out yesterday after walking 2 blocks from the bus stop to class. 

Cravings: Nothing yet.  When do these usually start?

Aversions: Nothing really

Symptoms: Can't think of any. Maybe my butt gets number quicker on the chairs that are on the ground at DBC (I learned they call them flap jacks).  I also can't sit like I used to before because it smashes my stomach more but not really. Well it just maybe scrunches it more.  I normally would sit leaning back with feet on floor and knees in air and take notes on thighs but sometimes I have to put my legs down straight or indian style. 

Best moment this week:  I guess hearing the heartbeat even though it was tough to hear. 

Looking forward to:  Getting more sleep in 3 weeks. What Dave does to the nursery. Finalizing a name.  Showing even more so people still aren't shocked when I mention I'm pregnant. I guess the threshold for a guy to think you are pregnant is looking really pregnant. 
 Cleaning up this mess of a house as soon as DBC is done. Around the sink and in the shower are getting so gross. 

Exercise:  I only biked Monday - Wednesday. Wednesday evening I really didn't want to bike an biked so slow. I felt so miserable. I only walked from DBC to the train station Monday and Tuesday evening. Thursday I didn't do a thing and stayed in one position pretty much all day. Friday I just had to walk the couple blocks from the bus stop to DBC and that was rough. Then the reverse walk at the end of the day was super bad. Once I go to Mountain View I had to walk about 10 min to get to Dave's car and that really sucked. Oh one day this week I wanted to get Poly to come out from under the bed so I tricked her. She always likes to get up in my grill when I do an ab workout or push-ups so I did some push-ups and it lured her out. I ended up doing 7 before she ventured out. So now I know I can still do at least 7 push-ups. I remember 7 years ago or so I did 5 push-ups and was sore the next day. Well I was not this time. 
A few other angles from today
The bruise is from almost a week ago when I ran into a chair at DBC. I only remember how I got it because after I did that I mentioned how I'll probably end up with a bruise but usually I notice a bruise and have no idea how I got it.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Dev Bootcamp Phase 3 Week 1

I haven't been posting much this week. I've been so tired. I was fighting getting sick then got sick. A stomach bug has been going around class. The worst part for me is that I can't take medicines I normally would for it. Then I'm eating less and have been super lightheaded.  I even missed class yesterday.  Don't think it was all fun and games. I pretty much couldn't even move from one position on the couch. When I tried to get up to get crackers I was in agony again for a good hour. If I didn't move for a long time then I almost felt not super awful.

Week 1  of Phase 3 has been intense. We learned rails on Monday. Then Tuesday we learned Testing. Then Wednesday we learned testing within Rails.  It was a lot. It was actually really overwhelming. There was a lot of googling.  But now I feel like I'm getting somewhere and learning. I did watch some screen flows and look at some tutorials yesterday when I wasn't dead and those were helpful.

I learned a few new gems along the way too.

Testing then writing code then improving code is tricky to get used to.

I might write a better summary later when I'm not in a constant state of wanting to pass out. Also my stomach doesn't like the bumpy train ride.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

8.18 Outfit

Dave and I went out for an anniversary brunch.  I took the pictures at a bad time of day so even though I tried many different spots, I don't like any.

This is not a maternity dress. I enjoyed wearing high heels.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Dave and I slept in.
I used my computer for a bit in bed then used my desktop. Then I decided to finally take advantage of a free offer I had to order some clothes. I wanted my measurements so I figured I should get dressed.  (I never got those free clothes!)  Dave's back was so bad that getting dressed didn't lead to leaving the house.

I spent most of the day on the computer.

Falling Asleep

Falling asleep while working is a common occurrence lately. A few nights ago Dave came to bed to this. I had fallen asleep almost 2 hours earlier. Also Poly was not on me at all when I fell asleep. Notice how my hands are still on the keyboard.  I guess I really wanted to work.
Luckily Dave knows I love pictures like this so he took some on his phone before going to sleep.
(August 17)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Poly Likes Me

She rarely likes me this much.

You don't have to watch the entire thing, Just skip around or watch 2 seconds of it.

She really did a number on my allergies. I was sneezing up a storm for the next few hours.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dev Bootcamp Phase 2 Tips

I made a post with some Phase 1 tips so I thought I should try to do the same with phase 2.

Embrace that you will feel like you're drowning with so many new things all at once. If you realize that everyone is struggling and that slowly it will get better, it won't seem as bad early on. I feel like the phase before me did a really good job preparing us for the worst so then it didn't seem so bad. But I mean it was really hard to learn so much all at once it just wasn't as bad as I was expecting.

Don't constantly compare yourself to others.  This is the same as my tip for Phase 1 but this time,  I was thinking about some people with prior front end experience. Sometimes I was paired with them and was constantly comparing myself to their level of knowledge and then thinking I was behind. I had to put it in perspective that they already did it before. 

Don't kill yourself to complete an assignment.  This is more true in Phase 2. There was pretty much no way anyone was finishing all the assignments. Just make sure you are learning and doing something with each topic. 

Sleep. Don't be afraid to sleep on the couches at DBC during lunch. I may take your picture, but the rest will be good.

Check in on people in Phase 1. The break from Phase 2 work actually helps you figure something out when you sit back down. You also get to brush up on your Phase 1 knowledge while helping.

Utilize the Pairing Sessions with Teachers. Sign-up for a 30 minute pairing session each week with the teachers or TA. If both have slots, sign-up for both. You will learn more in that 30 minutes than 2 hour struggling on your own. Or you will discover that you might have actually retained some information over the previous week even though you kept thinking you might not really know any of it.

Pair for part of the day on solo optional days. I think talking through a problem helps versus sitting alone. I would struggle longer when alone. If I was with a pair for some reason if we were both stuck I was more likely to ask versus if I was just stuck myself.  Many people seem to like to pair for half a day so it works out perfectly.

Utilize part of each solo day for portfolio challenges. You may not get through all the core assignments for the day (or you won't for sure). But if you spend some time when TAs or teachers are around to ask, it is really beneficial. I didn't do this as much as others and then on the 2nd weekend, I was at home struggling with a few that probably could have been sped up if I asked a question at some point.

Have fun with your programs. If you like to make something a little prettier with css do that because it will make you have a little more fun when completing your program.

Get the MDN chrome extension. It's helpful on all the css assignments. (While you are at it, download the extension for Ruby docs too. It's awesome to type MDN space into the address bar and then just type what you want to search for. 

All of my tips for Phase 1 still hold true too.


I've been complaining about how I'm not getting enough sleep lately, but looking at my BodyMedia fit data, it isn't as bad as I thought. You can sure tell which days are weekend days though.
This morning  I was trying to wake up for over an hour then I used my computer in bed. The sleep duration was actually longer than it shows and also some of the light gray bar was when I was on my laptop.

How much sleep do you get a night?  If you were pregnant at some point, how much sleep did you get back around 20 weeks pregnant?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

22 Weeks (August 24)

I know some of the lists of things to describe for pregnant women on blogs includes stretch marks or wedding rings on and off. I haven't mentioned those yet. I don't have stretch marks yet. I have purchased cocoa butter to use. The directions say to use it 3 times a day. I probably use it every other day.  I am also still wearing my wedding rings but even before I was pregnant if my fingers were swelling then I would take them off.

My mom mentioned that you can't tell I'm glowing in different pictures I post but that she could tell via a google hangout. I really have no idea the difference so I'm not sure.

I think I actually have "some time" this weekend so maybe I'll get to add some stuff to my registry.

Size of baby: Papaya, 10.9 inches long from head to heel. My app on my phone says the baby weighs about 12.25 oz.

Total Weight Gain/Loss:  5.1 lb gain overall. I gained 0.4 in the past week. The doctor mentioned I should be gaining .5-1 lb a week. A few weeks ago I was way above that. But I'm still low overall since I lost early. Between doctor appointments I gained 8 lbs and she commented that in 5 weeks I shouldn't have gained 8 lbs but she made no mention of how earlier in the pregnancy I lost weight and should make up for that at some point.  Well this was with the Physician's Assistant not my real doctor. In 3 weeks I'll be at the dr again since the appointments should be every 4 weeks and I'll see what reaction I get then.  (Update: 2 hours later but before I ate, I weighed myself again and it was a lb or so higher. I got off before it stopped moving so I wouldn't get confused later by multiple numbers.)

Maternity Clothes:  I wore maternity clothes everyday during the week but on the weekend I did not. On Sunday I wore a dress from pre-pregnancy and on Sunday I wore a skirt from before.  I think I could wear some older tops but they might stretch so I don't want to.

Gender: Girl!

Movement: I felt movement a few more times this week than in the past. I noticed feeling the kicks a lot more on days I wasn't so super busy at Dev Bootcamp. 

Sleep: This is about the same as it has been. Dev Bootcamp related to lack of sleep not baby related. But I'm more exhausted from this baby. For the past 7 days my sleep efficiency has been 91% according to BodyMedia fit. 

What I miss: Same as the last 2 weeks. I do also kind of miss lunch meat. I barely had any for the first year of living here but lunch meat would be super nice when I'm at DBC all the time.  

Being able to go almost all day without having to go to the bathroom. I'm not liking this every couple hours thing.

Cravings: Nothing yet.  When do these usually start?

Aversions: Nothing really

Symptoms: I haven't really noticed any this week but I do know that I will end up lightheaded on Monday when we have to stand at dry erase boards for so long. 

Best moment this week:  I'm not even sure. 

Looking forward to:  Same as last week. I guess I should start being excited about more stuff. 

Last week:  Same as last week (next paragraph) + seeing what Dave does to the nursery. Apparently he's setting it all up and I don't get a say. I wonder what colors he's even using. I do know what the crib will be and that's it.
Getting more sleep. But I probably should have something else that I'm looking forward to, too. 

Exercise:  I ended up walking to the train station Monday morning based on my awful morning. Then I got a ride home so I didn't exercise in the evening.  Tuesday I biked in the morning, walked to the train station from DBC, and then biked home.  Wednesday I biked to the train station, got a ride to google later, walked partially home from google, then rode my bike home from the train station. Thursday and Friday were the same as Tuesday.  The bike rides are only biking about 7 minutes.  There are lights involved so it takes a little longer but it's still some form of exercise. Walking to the train station takes around 25 minutes. It's all light dependent and I feel like most of my time is spent waiting for walk signals. According to google maps it is 1.4 miles and should take 28 minutes. I often start walking before I put on strava but then also the distance is always messed up on strava so the pace is off.  So I am exercising based on my commute. I don't know if that's as much as they suggest I do or less or more it's just what I do to avoid the bus and avoid annoyingness of driving.  I haven't been to yoga in awhile and haven't gone to a gym to lift weights in even longer.  I really would like to get a real workout in and not a commute at some point. It's a lot harder to walk in flats that are dress shoes or harder to walk and bike with a bag that always moves around.  Also my arm muscles are all but disappeared from going so long without doing much of anything. I wonder if I could even do a pushup anymore. 
Oh the other day I thought I had a particularly fast ride home so I wanted to compare my stats and then learned that strava doesn't provide any because it lists the commute home as dangerous. I always say it's dangerous and I'm afraid I'm going to get hit by cars on multiple occasions but I didn't figure strava would think the same thing.
some other angles that aren't just the side profile

Dev Bootcamp Week 6

I haven't posted this week about DBC and now the week is over.  I'm going by memory here and my concept of time may be off but I think at the beginning of the week we focused on the Twitter API. Each exercise built off of the previous one so if you didn't finish one day you had to start where you left off.  We created a program that would tweet. I did not get to the last step that would set up a future time but that was the last Twitter app. I plan to finish it this weekend because I want to not because they are forcing us too. So if you start seeing random tweets for SmilinColleen, you'll know I'm practicing.  So far all of our apps have been running on a local host server but this week we finally deployed some to Heroku aka they are actually on the internet.  On Wednesday we were put into groups and worked on improving other groups Survey Monkey program from a few days earlier. It's amazing how much easier ti is to improve logic and readability on someone else's code. Yet when I am doing it originally I only figure out the 1 way to do it.   Friday we got to work on whatever we wanted.  I worked on learning D3 since I love graphs. I didn't finish doing all the tutorials I want to do but it was quite cool what I already learned.  So much was going on with it being the last day of a phase and also the last day forever for a cohort that it was so easy to be distracted.
Thursday we heard presentations on Phase 3's final projects. There were 4 groups.  It's amazing how much you understand that they are talking about.  Friday was graduation and there was a little graduation ceremony. I took some pictures then tapped someone in phase 3 on the shoulder to get his email so I could email them to him and he could share them with the group because after the graduation party, I might find no way to contact them.  I emailed him 5 already but plan to look at the rest. Some are blurry so I won't email them. I also picked someone in Phase 3 that had his phone out taking pictures too so I knew he liked pictures.
This is the cohort that just graduated and will hopefully be me in 3 weeks.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Outfits (August 1-15)







All shirts are maternity except the Dev Bootcamp one. The cardigan and hoodie are not maternity.
The skirt is not maternity.
All jeans are maternity.
The shirts in 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, and 15 are from Jen.  The Steeler shirts linked for 8th and 10th are also from Jen.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Week 6, Day 3 (8/22)

The day started with talking about empathy. As the teacher was mentioning you feel what someone else is going through, my mind got distracted thinking about how when someone else is being tickled I feel like I'm being tickled and then I had some trouble paying attention because I kept thinking about how I hate being tickled.

We did some group projects but this time we took a group project from last week and improved it.  It was interesting to spend an hour going through their software and their code figuring out what everything was. It was so much easier to see how to improve someone else's code than it is to improve your own.

At 3:00, groups had to present on what they changed so far and what they were going to do. They were just short presentations.  I think the idea is just to get us used to presenting on code. This is our 5th presentation this phase and so far 2 of 5 times, my group seemed to plan out who would say what and that worked so much better. Sometimes people just want to wing it but then I feel like it doesn't go as smoothly or someone hogs all the "good" info to say so everyone else doesn't have much to say.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

8.19 Outfit

So I'm 21 weeks or something. I think I look pretty pregnant for 21 weeks but maybe it's all in my mind. What do you think?

I'm up about 5 lbs at this point. (I do have exact numbers but I'd have to look them up AND subtract so I'll just go with my rounded guess value here.)

(Shirt: Target, Jeans: Motherhood Maternity)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Week 6, Day 2

I had to really think about it to figure out if it was the 2nd day in the week (aka Tuesday). It's crazy how I've lost all concept of time. Sometimes I think I did something last week and it was really yesterday or vice versa.

Today our portfolio challenges were all due. I finished mine with an hour to spare :)

Today we continued working with a Twitter API. I didn't 100% finish all the assigned tasks but I got our app to work where anyone can log in and then get the access token to tweet. I didn't get to the part where I set the tweet to a future time so it was just tweeting at that moment. Then we learned how to do this in background processing using sidekick.  Now I just need to start playing with other APIs. For the last portfolio assignment I used Github's. We had to find 3 things. I found all the commits and linked to them and also printed the commit message. Then I linked to all the people I'm following with a link to their page plus their avatar. So I did it on 2 pages and did 4 things. I considered that bonus even though it wasn't 3 distinct things.

I'm so tired. Yet I've had some trouble sleeping on the train in the morning. I still continue to try to sleep versus getting out my laptop My laptop battery drains 70% in an hour now. It's quite annoying.

This morning I stopped at Safeway by the train station. it only added 10 minutes to my commute and I even walked around the store 3 times trying to find the milk. I bought 2 bagels, cream cheese, and a half gallon of milk.

So I've noticed that each day I seem to be a little slower getting up off the ground (well the chairs that are on the ground).


  • pp will print my messy output in some sort of readable format. You have to require 'pp' to use it. It is much better than just using p.
  • How to better refactor js into OO js. 
  • How to use Sidekiq to run a background job.
  • This is my 6669th post on this blog!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Morning Awfulness (8.19)

So my day started off with being able to sleep in by an hour. That was nice. But then it was all downhill from there.  I forgot to pee in a cup so then I had to go again even though I timed it so I wasn't up wasting time in the morning before my doctor appointment. 

I got to the doctor appointment and probably waited 20 minutes. Then I had a 5 minute appointment. I knew it'd be pretty pointless. I did learn that after my next appointment (near 26 weeks) is when I have my glucose test.  They didn't even tell me my pulse or blood pressure today. Also I was told the baby's heartbeat is good and in the 150s. These people are not numbers people. 

Then I left with plenty of time to make the 8:57 train. But then even though I'm at the train station at 8:40 there is nowhere to park. I look at all parking areas near CalTrain station and they are all 2 hour parking limit. Home is only a mile away and I decide I'll drive there and bike in. 

Then on way home, I realize that I can't get to my bike. It's in the garage and Dave has the only garage door opener with him. Then I'm stuck in traffic on Central for about 15 minutes (to go probably .8 mi) So that sucked.  I decide instead of trying to break into our garage to get to my bike, I'll just walk. I walked but had 20 minutes to walk 24 min according to google maps. So I had to walk fast. It was so hot that I became sweat covered.  Also there aren't sidewalks to walk on anyway so that isn't so fun as it is. 

I make it to the train finally but the 9:30 train takes longer than the 9 am train and I am supposed to be at class at 9 so it just all royally sucks. 

BTW last night I told Dave I would prefer if he went to the doctor with me so he could drop me off at the train station but he seemed to think that was stupid. Ha. At least last time I went, there were 3 parking spots right in a row so I didn't have to try hard to find one. If i would have known there is 0 parking, I would have made him come to the stupid appointment with me. I mean I have to sit through these pointless appointments so I should make him do it too. 

I'm on the train now so I don't know how awful the rest of my trip will be. I still have an hour more on the train. I think I'll post this so this complaining doesn't hog up all the space about actual Dev Bootcamp in a post.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

21 Weeks (Aug 17)

We bought a crib or maybe that was last weekend. I know last week's post was delayed so now I get all confused.  Oi I did mention it last week even though it shouldn't have been. The crib is from Buy Buy Baby. The guy there filling out the paperwork asked if we had a coupon. We did not but Dave mentioned he didn't know they had coupons. The guy said you sign up online and get a 20% off coupon. So we did that in the store from Dave's phone and then saved 20%.  I just looked on their website to get a pic of the crib we ordered and it's not listed so I guess you will have to wait to see it. We did make sure it was sturdy and a better wood. Some cheap ones weren't sturdy and had a very soft wood. Beyond that almost all cribs look the same. We had to get one ordered since apparently all cribs aren't in stock and you have to wait 8-12 weeks for it.

You know a positive about being pregnant is people don't give you a hard time when you don't drink booze. It's actually quite nice to not be sassed about it. Baby in belly is perfect excuse.

So many things below are the same as last week or the week before too so I tried to note that and just left the text the same.
Size of baby: Carrot, 10.5 inches long from head to heel. My app on my phone says the baby weighs about 10.5 oz but as of 2 weeks ago my baby already weighed 11 oz. I decided to look up another site today just to see and a site said for week 20 the baby weighs between a half a lb to a lb which is a bigger range but then for 21 weeks it also said 10.5 oz. 

Total Weight Gain/Loss:  4.7 lb gain overall. I gained 0.8 in the past week.  I wish I had more time to update my weight graph that is linked on this blog to just see the overall increase and stuff.  I guess I'll have time in another month.

Maternity Clothes:  I wore maternity clothes everyday but 1. I wore my Dev Bootcamp Shirt on that day with a pre-pregnancy cami underneath just in case it wasn't long enough.

Gender: Girl!

Movement: I felt movement 2 or 3 times this week which was about the same number of times as last week. 

Sleep: The same as the past 3 weeks! I've come home early this past week a little to get to sleep earlier and I did a little bit. But I also haven't been falling asleep on the train in the morning. I've been so exhausted this week that I haven't been able to code past 10 PM and just catch up on email or attempt to start falling asleep.
The same exact as last week. I have been sleeping on the train a little more this week. But I've been working less!My lack of sleep is not baby related. I'm so exhausted this past week. I slept about 6 hours a night with adjusting to Dev Bootcamp and 4 hours traveling a day!

What I miss: Same as last week. I do also kind of miss lunch meat. I barely had any for the first year of living here but lunch meat would be super nice when I'm at DBC all the time.  

Being able to go almost all day without having to go to the bathroom. I'm not liking this every couple hours thing.
Cravings: Nothing yet.  When do these usually start?

Aversions: Nothing really

Symptoms: Getting lightheaded a few times but nowhere near as bad as the first trimester.  I've also walked and biked a lot more and faster and haven't had belly pains like I did in the past.

Best moment this week:  I'm not even sure. Perhaps just looking more pregnant so people can actually tell I'm pregnant by looking at me.

Looking forward to:  Same as last week (next paragraph) + seeing what Dave does to the nursery. Apparently he's setting it all up and I don't get a say. I wonder what colors he's even using. I do know what the crib will be and that's it.

Getting more sleep. But I probably should have something else that I'm looking forward to, too. 

Exercise:  All 5 days I biked to the train station, walked from DBC to train station, and then biked home.  I use Strava but sometimes I forget to turn it off. My plantar fasciitis doesn't constantly hurt this week but I wore good shoes everyday. Too bad good shoes aren't cute.  I want some sort of shoe or boot to wear with leggings to start wearing the ones I bought. People suggested leggings while pregnant and I bought them so I want to get the cost per wear down. Oi I got off topic from exercise.  I haven't done yoga this week or done the "mandatory exercise" at DBC. It's not enforced and I do enough exercise for me so I figure I'm good. I need lunch time to eat. This week I realized eating took me a full hour twice. I don't know how people shovel their food in their mouths to eat in like 5 minutes. I'm always jealous of them. 
If you want to see more than just the side profile, here are a few I took today.

Week 5 Day 5

We were assigned our group projects and assigned our groups. I like the projects with 4 people.  I feel like this week the group dynamic was very different than last week. This week group members didn't really care what part they worked on so it was easy to just split it up. But then there also wasn't as much drive to make a super awesome product. We had to present our MVP at 5 PM. (MVP is minimum viable product) We didn't go past what an MVP required even though we had a little time.  I guess there was also a chance quick last minute changes would break the product. We had a fully functionally MVP. The project was creating a program like survey monkey. We have user authentication, user session, surveys, a user can create a survey, can take a survey, and can view the surveys they created.  Some groups didn't have all that functionality but they had incorporated pictures and things.  We need to add the ability that a survey creator can upload a picture to incorporate it with the survey. I feel like that will be more difficult especially since during the week I never got the program finished that was flickr, jr.

I took some screen shots of our program as of the MVP just for my own personal comparison later.  I guess I'll include a few here. It's functional but not pretty yet. I only added CSS to a few pages.
our home page

Log-in page

When you log in the nav changes (User2 is the username. I was creative. ha)

user dashboard

Taking a survey

Then the taken survey was added to the surveys taken section

I created a survey and forgot the screen shot but note it is now on the daskboard page "Test"

Friday, August 16, 2013

8.2 outfit

I found an old cardigan. I took it to DBC to keep it there so if I wear a real jacket I'm in luck.

These jeans fit me the best of all my jeans right now. They are the best of my 5 pairs of maternity jeans. It's odd because I have 2 pairs from Asos that are the same except color and these fit better.  I wish they were a little looser in the calves. I think i must half fat calves for what size my waist/hips are.  (yet I have skinny calves for what size my feet are)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Photo Bomb (8/15)

Poly photo bombed me.  I was trying to take a picture of me from the side and the front to show my mom. I got the side OK but then Poly wouldn't let me get a picture of the front.
Just look at my reaction there in the third picture. (Ignore the messy sink. It didn't all get unpacked and then it even got super messy with how I'm never home. The pile of clothes on the edge are for after my shower. I took these pics right before.

Photos taken the evening of 8/15. I ate a smaller dinner but then ate a ton of cookies. I figured I should just finish the package. :)  I'm almost 21 weeks pregnant here but not quite.

Week 5, Day 4

When I locked my bike up, I noticed a bike farm and another bike without a tire. I often see things like this and then often worry someone will still my bike. I do lock my wheel and frame to the bike stand. My wheel is one of those quick releases but for the life of me, I can't release it so maybe a thief couldn't either. (Dave can't release it either. We can both release his easily and both should be the same thing.)

So today we could solo or pair. I started off pairing. We did the first problem fairly quickly. We went to the second one but then after lunch swapped to a harder problem.  So by 5 pm, I had started 3 assignments but only finished 1.  I took a little break because I couldn't handle staring at a computer screen anymore.  I did start and finish a portfolio assignment. I broke it up into pieces.  It was very short but I still broke it up and ran different segments and printed things to the console to make sure it was working.  So now I have 4 of 10 portfolio assignments submitted. I have started 2-3 more. It's hard to keep track.  All 10 are due by Tuesday at midnight. We have 15 days  total to work on them and and 5 days left. (That's if I did the math correctly.)  So I should be further along.  As I write this on the train, I plan to get home and work on portfolio assignments versus the assignments from the day that I didn't finish.  If we don't finish assignments from each particular day nothing happens except we miss out on learning.  But if we don't finish portfolio challenges that could affect our assessment and whether we move on to phase 3.

Repeating phases is pretty common and it doesn't really have a negative connotation to it. For most people if they have the time and are even not understanding everything 100%, then they are encouraged to repeat.  But with my long commute, I don't think I can handle 3 more weeks of it. So I better make sure I understand everything. I feel like after 8 days of phase 2, things started clicking, but I'm hoping they click enough for what I need to know.  I want to know the material and don't want to repeat. If it weren't for the traveling, I'd be all for repeating because I feel like additional learning is always better, plus it's fun.

Today I actually wrote code that used ajax without the help of a pair. I was proud of myself. Perhaps a little too proud since the code was maybe only 8 lines long.

Today was pitch day. Phase 3 students pitched different ideas and then we all voted. We voted as they went using our computers.  4 ideas were picked.  One guy, Michael, pitched 3 different ideas. I really liked all of his but didn't think the rest of the group would go for it. None of his were picked. I still want to let him know how much I liked his ideas.  One of his ideas dealt with fashion and outfits. Another dealt with fitbit and matching people up in an area that do the same thing. I actually asked him a question on that one if he looked into BodyMedia fit or BodyBugg but he hadn't and only said that fitbit had a nice API. Oh man now I forget his 3rd idea but it was also something that went right along with my hobbies.

Pitch day makes me really excited about my learning.  Another day that makes me excites is when they present their fully functioning web apps after only a week of working on them.

I'm excited for the group project but also scared out of my mind. Almost everyone in phase 4 that you talk to, mentions how at the end of phase 3 when they did group projects they slept about 4 hours a night. That just won't work for me plus I have a super long commute. I'm just so scared that my group will think I'm slacking. Maybe I can camp out on someone's couch to save 3ish hours a day.
at the train station
So since I started working solo near 5 PM I was going to catch the 6:56 train. But then I lost track of time and left late. I was trying to cut 8 minutes off of my 30 minute walk. Man that was rough. Actually by the time I left the building I think I had to cut 10 min off my walk.  I checked my phone twice to see how long it'd take to walk and when I had 13 minutes to walk, google maps said it'd take 19 minutes.  Then later I had 7 minutes to walk 10 minutes.  Then I missed the train by 1 minute!  I ran a little bit but it's super hard to run with a big messenger bag and skinny jeans fused to your lower legs. I would have probably made it if the last 5 intersections didn't have me waiting for a walk sign for what felt like forever.  You can tell I did a bit of running because I got some vigorous exercise for the day.  Too bad strava is always wrong in the city so I can't really tell what distance I ran.
Sorry this post jumps around but I typed things as I thought of them. I should be working on the train but it's so noisy with people laughing that I don't think that I can actually think to start a new assignment.

BTW it's been 1.5 hours since I got to the train station and my jeans are still fused to my calves from the sweat. My face was all red too when I got to the train station.
So at DBC, there are some wood blocks that are like jenga. People tend to try to stack them up and make towers. This morning before class officially started a few people were making a tower. I took some pictures. But then I took a picture when Clay was standing on the table. He had to stand on the table since it was so tall. My phone was a little delayed taking the picture so I got the tower actually falling. It's so funny to see all the facial reactions of everyone in the background of the picture.

While coding today I had a sudden realization and turned to the people beside me. They both noticed whatever gesture I was making and asked what was up. I informed them that the doctor appointment I made a month ago impacts group project presentations and I'd not only miss presenting but hearing what everyone else did. I'm so bummed about this.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Week 5 Day 3

I've been so tired. I think I'm going to bed at 10 but I bet I won't be able to fall asleep. The exhausting is starting to take over my ability to think even sometimes past 6 pm. I want to work more tonight and have fun making our web apps but I just need some sleep.

Today I used ajax for the first time. It went well because I was paired with someone already really good at it. I drove* so at least I got used to typing instead of thinking I understood and instead of following along and later realizing I didn't absorb any of it.  The last program we did together was cloning hacker news. We had a main page that listed all the posts with username. You can click on a post and view all the comments or add a comment. You can add a post from the main page. You can also log-in or sign-up. We used sessions so you don't have to resign in on your computer. It was a lot of steps but we broke it down so it wasn't so bad.  We wrote 2 other programs before that but it's already been too long to remember what they were.

I was about to work on this portfolio challenge about simon says but I can't even gather what the problem is asking in my sleepy state so I'll save that for later.

*In pairing there is driving and navigating. The person driving types.

BTW I'm looking quite pregnant now. Probably how I ate 3/4 of a large pan Pizza Hut pizza for dinner plus cookies has something to do with that.

Dev Bootcamp is quite interesting and fun.

Tuesday (Week 4, Day 2)

Today I left class "early" since it was solo day. I left at 6:20 to catch the 6:56 train. It was a bullet train so would take less than an hour. Then I'd get home and eat and code. 

Well the train was delayed in departing.

Then there was a car stopped on the tracks on Castro so we had to wait for a Northbound train to pass us so we could use the Northbound tracks. So the "bullet" wasn't any faster than I'm used to.

(I typed the above yesterday.)

The car was actually on the northbound tracks but t
he northbound train was on our tracks so we had to wait. I'm so disappointed I didn't get a picture. It wasn't even near the road that the car was wedged in. I saw it once quickly when the train passed and again as I was biking. Neither time could I manage to get a pic with my phone. I will have to google it later and see if someone else posted a pic.
I got home and Dave and I went to The Counter.  The food was good but our waiter was on break the entire time. I wanted more food but we were done with our food for entirely too long before he returned and the other bartender was so busy with everything else.  I wanted more fries immediately after our fries were delivered since the free ones we got were smaller than I thought but still nobody came to talk to us ever to ask about anything so I didn't get to spend more money.  So we went to McD's after and I got a large french fries. 

I got home at 9:50 from that.  Then I tried to code but I was so exhausted that even little things I knew weren't happening so I went to bed.  I went to bed at 11:30 or so because I spent too long being too drained to work but trying to work. 

Purple Martins

On our second day of Dev Bootcamp we took pictures. I mentioned it before. But now we have the digital versions and see the group pictures for the first time.  I hated the "act crazy" picture while taking it and sure hate my face in it now.
I was actually quite disappointed that the photographer pulled 3 girls out to have us sit because sitting makes you look guttier and I didn't want that. At that point I was looking gutty not looking pregnant and if you see the pictures forever because they stay posted at DBC forever, I didn't want people just thinking I was a fatty.
It's weird she took about 20 group photos and we just got to see 2 versions. Then she took about 40 pictures of each person individually and we only got to see 2.
Oh and our cohort name is Purple Martins. The phase that started 3 weeks after us are Mule Deer. The one before us are Island Foxes.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Week 5, Day 1

I can't believe how far into the course I am. In some ways it seems like just yesterday that I started and in other ways it seems like so long ago.

We had our first group presentations. I thought we had it planned who would say what but someone took over before I thought my part was done. We only had 8 minutes to fully present so I think we were itching to get done. The teacher took notes during to give us feedback. I am anxiously waiting those. I actually want feedback on both how we presented and on the program itself.  I feel like I learned a lot on the group project but am glad to be done.

Today we worked with jquery. My pair and I did all the required challenges which has been rare for me later. I actually did all the jquery prep but still would have spent more time refreshing my memory at the start than I had to today because my partner remembered.  We even made our racer game race pictures of us instead of just racing a cell in a table.

I got a 10 minute chair message. I think they are offered every 3 weeks but last time I didn't sign up before the slots were full.
I'm so tired.   I stopped at Whole Foods on my way to the train station and got chicken and rice for dinner. It was good. A nice change of pace.  So many people were getting food. Some ate it there. I'm not sure if anyone in line was actually buying groceries.  Whole Foods is on my direct route and it still added 15 minutes. I'll have to keep that in mind. I don't usually have that much time to spare. I even bought a fancy drink. So I ended up spending $13. I only ate half so now I have some leftovers.

I worked for over an hour at home and after I write this post I may still continue to work. I did tell Dave he should help me and teach me things but he fell asleep here beside me.

Ever since I started walking to the train station at the end of the day my days have gotten a lot less annoying with public transportation.  Too bad that involves a lot more walking and my plantar fasciitis is so bad. Also too bad it's getting dark as I walk and I'd rather it be more daylight.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

20 weeks (Aug 10)

I feel like I looked more pregnant yesterday. I should have taken the pictures yesterday but I missed being home in the daylight. It's so weird that some people don't realize I'm pregnant. I find that so hard to believe.  But it happened again Saturday around noon when I arrived at DBC.

We ordered a crib today. They are all pretty much the same. Some are sturdier than others. We got dark wood. Dave has been complaining for years how he hates white things so now it's in my head that they aren't as good. White would have been good for a girl but I'm really liking really dark wood lately so I chose that.

I feel like I should have a lot more to say up here above all the standard weekly stuff but at the moment I can't think of anything and just think about how I need to get to coding for my portfolio challenges and doing my Week 2 (phase 2 week 2) prep.

Size of baby: Banana, 6-6.3 inches long from crown to rump. 

Total Weight Gain/Loss:  3.9 lb gain overall. I gained 3.6 in the past week but also from Week 18 to 19 I had lost some weight.  I forgot to weigh myself today in my pajamas so I already had my clothes on. I didn't have shoes on so maybe the number is similar enough. (Since I took pictures a day late this got posted a day late and on Sunday I weighed a full lb less than I did on Saturday.)

Maternity Clothes:  Since I got a ton of maternity clothes from Jen I think I wore maternity clothes all week. 

Gender: Girl!

Movement: I felt movement 2 or 3 times this week which was about the same number of times as last week. 

Sleep: The same as the past 2 weeks!
The same exact as last week. I have been sleeping on the train a little more this week. But I've been working less!
My lack of sleep is not baby related. I'm so exhausted this past week. I slept about 6 hours a night with adjusting to Dev Bootcamp and 4 hours traveling a day!

What I miss: Being able to go almost all day without having to go to the bathroom. I'm not liking this every couple hours thing.

Cravings: Nothing yet.  When do these usually start?

Aversions: Nothing really

Symptoms: Getting lightheaded a few times. Not being able to stand for a long time. This past week I didn't end up walking or biking too fast so never had the pain in my belly I was getting. Not sure if I just exercised slower or if that just stopped happening. I have noticed that if I stand after eating, my desire to pass out is a lot higher than standing in general which is weird.  On Monday I had to sit down twice when we were doing different activities at class. I think some people just thought I was being a jerk because I didn't explain why I needed a chair the first time.  I've realized that when I'm about to pass out the volume of my words is really low and I don't actually explain anything. I believe I said "excuse me. chair" and that was it. Instead of something like "excuse me so I can get to a chair to sit down because I feel like I'm going to pass out."

Best moment this week:  I guess telling people the results of the ultrasound. Some people at Dev Bootcamp were curious and actually asked instead of me just telling people who might not care. 

Looking forward to: Getting more sleep. But I probably should have something else that I'm looking forward to, too.

Exercise:  About the same as last week. My bike headlight was stolen so I didn't bike for 2 days and walked in the morning and had Dave pick me up.  My plantar fasciitis is so bad that I did take the bus to the train station on Thursday and Friday but Mon-Wed I walked. 
Last week: In addition to what I've been doing for the past 2 weeks, 3 days this week I walked to the train station after class. That takes about a half hour. A few days I walked in the morning and had Dave pick me up after work versus biking. I walked to restaurants twice at lunch too. So even with getting picked up after work twice I exercised a lot more this week. I did only go to yoga once since my assessment time conflicted.
I will start wearing a maternity shirt in the pictures so I don't stretch out my pink shirt much more. The maternity shirt is longer as you can see from above. Both of those pictures were taken this morning.