This week, I submitted the final draft of our new library website for review and testing to our team. I have been working on this project for six months - hand-coding almost all of the HTML and CSS, writing and editing the content, and testing out various visual images.
This project was the bane of my existence.
I hate coding HTML and CSS. I hate how much detail there is. I hate how one little thing can cascade and destroy other work that took me hours to finish. My loathing comes from the fact that I am not a trained coder and have to learn as I go. I never designed a persistent nav bar before... or a custom footer... or proactive chat. All of this was complicated by the fact that the base program we use complicates things and all this coding happens in two separate windows on top of base system coding I can't touch. So, there's just a lot a testing... and sometimes the breaking of the existing webpage. (Whoops!)
But I kept at it and I am really happy with the results. Depending on what the team says, it should just be tweaking and written content changes left. Then we can go live and, hopefully, provide a much better user experience.
I'm so proud of myself for pushing through on this project. In fact, I was so proud of myself I threw a solo dance party in my office after I sent out the announcement email. I'm proud that I didn't give up. I'm proud that I followed my gut on design ideas. I'm proud that this will make a huge difference for our library and users. I'm just so friggin proud that I am done and this can be checked off my to do list.
What are you proud of?
Today, I am writing this post sitting on my couch, wearing fuzzy socks, and watching daytime TV. The kiddo is napping and the husband is out for a run. As an introvert, these few hours alone are how I recuperate. I'm grateful for the rest.
Here's what else was good in my week.
When we went to drop the kiddo off at daycare this morning, the roads were empty. I'm talking, felt like the beginning of a disaster movie empty. It was eerie. It was also nice not to have to battle traffic. Today is the end of the work week and, while it was a short week, I felt incredibly productive.
Here's what I've been working on.
"Stop putting books on your library holds list," she mumbles to herself as she adds more books to her library holds list.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
I am a creature of habit.
I like my routines. I am a type A planner and I like knowing what is coming. That extends to Thanksgiving.
On Thursday, we will be making our usual meal. And, by usual, I mean that some recipes have been on my plate for over two decades. One such dish is orange glazed carrots. My mom found this in an issue of Cooking Light and we've eaten it at almost every Thanksgiving since. I even made it when I went to visit my future in-laws before the husband and I got married. My mom made the mistake of trying to cut this from the menu one year and I puppy dog eyed it back on the menu.
As much as I am set in my ways, I am willing to make tweaks to the menu. This year, just like last year, there will only be three of us celebrating in our home. So, we're sous viding a turkey breast (again) instead of making a full bird. But, our sides are the same - those yummy carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy (from a jar), green beans, cranberry sauce, crescent rolls, and the all important stuffing. We use the Pepperidge Farm blue bag mix and add butter sauteed onion, celery, and bacon. Shake in some Old Bay seasoning and, if I get my way, slip in some dried cranberries.
My tummy is rumbling already.
What's your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
We're a little over a week in to potty training the kiddo. There have been more good days than bad. At this point, I think that's all I can ask for.
Here's what else was good in my week:
I'm doing a little dance right now because the coding issues I've been running into seem to have been fixed. Something in my code is breaking the back end editing functionality BUT it's fixed on the admin side so it's probably not my code. (*shrugs*) That means I can now focus on website content. Huzzah!
Here's where my attention is at.
The Wrap looks a bit paltry this week. That's because we are potty training our kiddo.
This is one of those parenting milestones that I've dreaded. I built everything up in my head and, frankly, reading the internet about this does not help. There are more horror stories than wins.
We're only a few days into this but it's not as bad as I feared. (Take that anxiety!) Sure, we still have a ways to go but I'm no longer afraid. Accidents happen and big changes take time. We'll get through it.
What thing have you dreaded doing that, ultimately, turned out fine?
Share in the comments! I'm sure we can also use a list of wins to read.
We started potty training our kiddo yesterday. Yesterday was rough and exhausting. Today is much better. Something must have clicked overnight because we've had almost no accidents. I am so happy that things are going well because I had a lot of anxiety around this.
Here's the rest of the good from this week:
Tomorrow, we start potty training our toddler. *deep breathing* This is the only task I will be focusing on the next four days and, let's be honest, the next few weeks.
Here's what else I managed to get through since last week.