The Alpha Blonde


This article was written on 22 Jan 2014, and is filled under Check In, self image.

The girl with the CSS dreams

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The most hideous 1997-y website ever, but DUDES, it’s a start!

I really like to learn new things, and I tend to go overboard.  Like when I wanted to know a few things about getting fit and I ended up becoming a certified personal trainer for kicks- just to make sure I had a handle on the material. Or when I went vegan and had read every mainstream book on the topic and watched every documentary I could find.  What did I do when I broke off a relationship with an alcoholic?  Took on a new major as a substance abuse counselor and went back to school.  (Which I realized about halfway through the first week that I would not be resilient enough to stick to as a career.  Totes provided closure, though.)


I passively have thought over the last few years that I might want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of websites.  Nothing I’ve actually put a ton of effort or thought into, I mean, why bother?  WordPress does everything, right?  Then I found out about Geekwise Academy and the second I knew that their Bootcamp 1 class existed I wanted in on it.

Of course, financially, I had to wait a few months.  Even at the crazy-affordable $250/36 hours of instruction price I needed to make sure I was able to pay everything else.  Turns out I’ll never be able to pay for everything I need so I bit the bullet and signed up for class anyway.  Sorry Comcast, PG&E and AT&T.

I still don’t really know what my expectations were entering into it.  I was doing it more as a “Oooh!  Learning!” adventure than as a career move at the time.  However, here I am 3 weeks into my 6 week course and already scheming about how I’ll be able to get into the other courses they offer.  I’m thinking about what I might be able to do with these newfound skills (WHICH ARE FREAKIN’ COOL.  I about lost my shit when we learned about Sprite Sheets tonight.) to make more money for myself and my family.  I’m dreaming about CSS and syntax and working through my projects IN MY SLEEP.  No, seriously.  I felt all mopey and defeated on Monday by a dropdown menu and dreamed that I had figured out my mistakes and tonight when I approached my class project I was able to accomplish everything that had baffled me.

Tonight the concepts were clicking into place.  I still don’t necessarily understand WHY a float works, but I get how to make it work for me.  I was giggling in the back of the classroom every time things worked out the way I wanted them to.  I felt that I had to apologize to my instructor for being so disruptive.  I came home from class with so much energy that I doubt I’ll be able to sleep for hours.

I think I’ve always gone overboard on learning new things because I still don’t feel like I’ve found my calling and I like to test whether I can handle something right away instead of dragging out the process.  Right now I’m feeling pretty great about my new technological exploits and I can’t wait to see how I handle hitting my first wall.



  1. Mallory
    January 23, 2014

    CSS animation and responsive design will probably make your head explode! Even after 10+ years of doing HTML/CSS, I am still amazed at how much depth and breadth there are to web technologies, and how useful those skills are to have. Good luck with those pesky floats…they’re troublemakers. ;)

  2. irms
    January 23, 2014

    Just wanted to drop a note and say that this post is an inspiration to everyone over here at Bitwise (Geekwise is a division of Bitwise).

    I’m so very impressed with your instructor and you both. So. Very. Impressed.

    Keep doin’ it!


    P.S. Financial need should never be the reason a person (properly motivated) doesn’t take one of our classes. If you get wind of such a situation, send them my way.

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