Our student worker must have lost his way

I’m finished with my training on WordPress and have begun our student worker on the Lynda.com online video training. He comes in from 12p-2pm and then from 3p-5pm. It’s now about 30 minutes past the time he’s usually here.

He either got lost or someone else in the office grabbed him up and set him to work on another project. He’s a really good kid and is very knowledgeable about Internet things.

Maybe, Monday will be a time I can get him back to the videos. He seems to really enjoy the training since he has no tests to take and the concepts are fun and familiar.

Ahhhh! He’s hear and back at it. Someone else had finally released him back to his training. Hooray!

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Chasing the dream

It seems to matter very much what we set as our dreams and goals. I set mine to become a competent Web Designer and started into a program given through a local Vo-Tech Center to achieve that goal some 18+ months ago. Now that I am finished with that ‘goal’, which was no easy task, I find that I’m a junior Web Designer with just enough know how to know how much I don’t know!

Chasing the dream is an ongoing journey and learning this particular PHP application via the GUI has been a blast. Since I had a small taste of coding a simple blog setup in PHP, it gave me more confidence that I would be able to master this software with little or no problem. With the help of Lynda.com online training videos, I did indeed pick up on the ‘how tos’ more easily and can see why so many people choose WordPress over other blogging tools.

I’m still chasing the dream, though not as fast, but just as determinedly. It will take practice and trials and errors and falling flat on my face a couple of times, but I will become competent. I might even become innovative but haven’t come to that point just yet.

Next up is to start the linking game, the content building game and the completion of upgrading and updating my student marketing site to my personal Web Site. I’m even planning on sharing my Digital Portfolio with the world and adding to it or deleting from it as I go along this path.

I do hope to get much better at the programming part of it and the database part of it, too. But that’s down the road a ways and I’m happily plugging along with the updates, rewrites and redesigns for now.

Does anyone else have a story to tell about their experiences upon exiting the classroom and entering the ‘real world’? If so, share them. Till later, tada…

How I spent my summer vacation

What was supposed to be my ‘summer’ break after the finish of the Web Design classes turned into a frantic last minute rush to complete all the requisites of the program and to take all my final certification exams. It was grueling and somewhat tedious.

I was close to total burn out but held it together long enough to make it to the finish line. I will admit that my final work had lost its edge and I don’t think I have a chance at any further awards BUT I am now reaping a bit of a reward for having completed my work. The evenings are less intimidating and frustrating since I can now work on what I choose to rather than playing make-up or trudging through endless paperwork, reading and coding.

I hope next summer will be a bit different than this one. Later…

And I thought I was finished!

I took some much needed time for R&R. My week of vacation started off rather poorly with the loss of my rescue kitty. Apparently, she went into renal failure on Sunday evening and by the time I got her to the vet, there was nothing to do except say goodbye. I let her go with a very heavy heart and then came back home and cleaned out her things. My other kitty is now getting used to her absence and is being a good companion. On Sunday morning around 8:15, I received an email from the main instructor of the online training I’ve been taking now for over a year and a half stating that I still had the equivalent of one full class missing in items I had not completed to receive the certifications and college credit for all that hard work. I was stunned! I had gone to the school’s student access site day after day after day looking for my final grades and had found nothing for an entire week, then this notice. After a reply and checking, I waited to hear back from the instructor. She replied with the missing information I would need to comply with the requirements in order to fulfill the program. She gave me until Aug. 1 to complete these requirements. I have recovered from the shock and am even making progress towards completion. This time, I am hopeful I will actually be finished. The guidelines I now am following give me a better and clearer path toward the finish line than the ones I had been following. The finish line still looks a long way off but, with hard work and focus, I will be able to reach it. And you can be sure that I look forward to finishing this program so I can get on with my life again. This episode just points out to me that life happens as we plan it! And the plans always seem to pale in comparison to the real thing. The better our guidelines are, the easier it is to reach the goal. Mine had become a bit fuzzy and had lost definition. I am thankful for a set of clear guidelines pointing toward the finish. This applies to my entire life of which this program is only a small part. My wish for you, dear reader, is that all your guidelines will have clarity and give you precisely the direction you need when you start feeling lost. Blessings
Originally posted on Blogger 7/7/09

Saturday blahs

I still have not found the error in my blog scripts and am going round and round trying to discover what, if anything, I left out or typed wrongly. Went to hear and see a performance of Haydn’s ‘The Creation’ this afternoon. It was held in the sanctuary of First Presby of OKC. Quite an epic presentation. The soaring duet between Adam and Eve in the final Part III was touching as well as beautiful unlike the angelic solos of the earlier Parts I and II. The finale was to Praise God, Almighty for His grand creation. I found it moving but couldn’t seem to keep myself from questioning this story of creation we have fabricated. Who is man that God should take passing notice of even our praise? Leaves me with deep questions which are no more than ego constructs, no doubt. I enjoyed the break from searching through line by line for hidden errors and omissions, though.
Originally posted on Blogger 5/2/09

Definitely Monday

It has been a Monday to remember and not for any good reasons. To begin, a computer glitch and then an hour lost over the weekend due to Daylight Savings time change (does it really save daylight?) and lastly a holdup and road blocks to getting the computer glitch repaired. I simply don’t know how long this will take to repair and get me back in the ‘groove’ so to speak. The only good thing about today is that I will be going home soon. Perhaps, Tuesday will offer more positive things.
Originally posted on Blogger 3/9/09

What a day Monday it was!

I haven’t posted for a while but decided to do so in hopes of unscrambling my thoughts. Yesterday, I was at the point of exhaustion all day. I went home from work and did a few chores then readied myself for a full evening of studies. I curled up with my text book and started to read in order to finish the final lesson in my current class so I could then start taking my exams and be finished by Friday at 5:00pm when this online class closes. At 10:30pm I awoke just long enough to turn off lights and crawl into bed. I overslept this morning since I had neglected to turn on my bedside alarm. I did manage to arrive at work on time with a little to spare but am amazed at the length of time I slept to recover from a weekend of lost sleep. One good note is that I was able to finish my last project in this online class and now have only one lesson to complete before starting my final exams. One bad note is that the next class starts Friday evening at 5:01pm. There is no rest for the wicked, I guess.
Originally posted on Blogger 3/3/09