History, Coding, and Bettering Ones Self

It’s been quite a bit since posting, and I am at least content to say that despite not having much to blog about as of late, I at least returned my comments, and engaged those of you who took the time out of your day to visit my blog and reach out to me. Thank you to all of you, because I honestly wouldn’t be as interested in blogging if I didn’t have you lovely ladies to speak to here and there.

It’s been a bit of a busy month, as earlier this month my best friend’s grandmother passed away rather unexpectedly. I stayed in town a bit longer in order to help her make funeral arrangements, and speak to all her family members, as I have known her for the better part of eight years. That’s not to say it’s been an easy ride, as she is quite the narcissistic person, and very self centered. Our friendship is often very one-sided, but despite her faults, she is still someone I speak to when things get rough for me. 

In my previous post, I said that I’d decided to continue with making web development a reality for me, despite knowing basically nothing about coding at present time. I am 100% passionate about my degree in history, but I also know my career options are limited in that field. Therefore, what better way to enjoy my love of history and culture, than to be able to share creations I can be proud of with the world. In learning web development, I will have a lot of career opportunities open up for me that may be challenging, but also rewarding if I put my effort into it as I intend. Perhaps after building a portfolio I can be confident allowing others to see, and gaining entry-level employment, I can make certain goals for myself a reality.


 I have just submitted both finals for my classes, and am hoping for the best. I will admit that I did not put my best effort or skills into either of these essays, but I am confident that I will at least receive a fairly high grade on both. The good news to that is the raise in GPA it will give me.

 I have a break between these accelerated classes, and it cannot come soon enough! April 29th-May 5th will be spent not only preparting for the trimester that begins May 6th, but also taking this opportunity to dive into The Odin Project, a website I was recommended to in order to get a good “crash course” in learning web development in a difficult, but comprehensive manner.

 I am currently working on creating a DIY work space for myself, and while I still do not have a MacBook due to the cost of purchasing one, I am preparing for the space for one once I can finally purchase either a MacBook or an iMac. I didn’t have the funds to purchase a desk, so I took an outside plastic party table, created a fabric cover for it until I can get some good sticky paper, and now just need some shelving for it. I’ll post pictures as soon as I get it set up!


 I will fully admit this week I fell off the wagon in regards to my dieting and exercise. However, I managed to lose another 4 pounds, and 1 inch off my waistline finally despite that. I had to remind myself last night that everyone slips and falls, even when doing something so seemingly simple as getting healthy. 

 I made a new friend this month, in fact she is the wife of the maintenance man out here, and though about 15 years older than me, she is very down to earth. She doesn’t talk much, but honestly I enjoy that. I am anti-social in the manner that I’d like to have someone’s company, but not necessarily feel compelled to keep a conversation going. That may sound strange, but I like being alone without actually being alone so to speak.

Health and Lifestyle

 I discovered the greatness that is Lumene Hydration Gel Mask. Being out here in this awful heat and wind of west Texas, my skin hates life almost constantly. My skin is always very dry, flaky, and just look unhealthy. If I manage to use this mask every other day, I can confidently not wear foundation after about 3 uses. It’d be better if I used it daily, but honestly sometimes I’m so tired I just forget to. 

 I have always hated the way “diet food” tastes, especially frozen meals that are “diet friendly”. However, I tried one for dinner last night that was actually fairly tasty. It is by a brand called Luvo Planted. This particular meal was part of their Power Bowl line, and called So Cal Kale and Bean. I found it in the frozen section of a grocer called H-E-B here in Texas. I usually stay away from most foods like this, but the picture looked good so I took a chance, and honesty I was fairly impressed! If I could find more diet foods like this, I’d have an easier time avoiding Panda Express -.-


Reading: Eagle Against the Sun- Ronald H. Spector

Writing: NOTHING FOR TWO ENTIRE WEEKS…unless you count coding I am learning


  •  Finish HIS-314 with a B (Awaiting grades)
  • Finish HIS-117 with an A/A+(Awaiting grades)
  • Hopefully have to buy new pants by the end of May(I have a good start)
  • At the end of May, confidently completed one entire module on The Odin Project


Hydration masks are a godsend. lol My face can get so dang dry.

Diet… well I will get back on that eventually. orz Sometimes it just gets so hard to do it.

That is awesome how you want to do web development. I started doing that with my career choice but now that I have worked on Help Desk and EMR for a bit I’m learning that I really like programming. If I ever go back to school I would go into that field. Good Luck with yours! ♥


Thanks Ashley! I told myself I’m getting back on dieting this week, because I feel like shit after munching for a week /cry

I can’t grasp the concept of programming, despite really attempting it while still in high school.


I’m rooting for you on your web-development journey Shanae! I wholeheartedly agree that you should always open up your horizons to new things, and not to let your degree or background in anything stop you from going and doing what you want to do! If you want to be a historian-coder, be that historian-coder!! GO YOU. If you have any questions re: web dev, feel free to DM me! Always happy to help out! 🙂

I’m so happy that you’re being very mindful of your health with fitness and food, keep it up! It’s okay to slip some weeks, we’re all only human! 😀


I want to be a historian-coder simply because I think of the opportunities coding would allow in terms of not only employment, but also getting to meet other women in the world of tech as well! It would also allow me the means to still have an income while I gwt to srudy historical places and items.
To me, that sounds simply perfect.


I hate the way that “diet” foods taste. I hate anything pre-packaged even if it has the word “diet” on it. My diabetes dietitian told me to just make as much from scratch as I can when it comes to food and don’t eat pre-packaged and have lots of variety and control portions and snacks. I always slip when it comes to eating health and weight loss. It takes a lot of time and patience to keep on track. Congrats on loosing 4lbs though!

Making new friends always feels so good. I can’t remember the last time I made a new friend other then friends of friends but not someone completely new. Sometimes it is nice to just have the companionship without feeling like your compelled to keep talking when all you really want is someone who understands and is there to talk but that at the same time is also okay with just being there.


Kristin, thank you so much for stopping by. I also a very difficult time making friends, as I have a lot of social anxiety and usually just sound dumb, or say something awkward.

I eat prepackaged simply because I’m very busy most of the time, and its definitely hard to find healthy choices that don’t taste terrible!


Oh no, I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s grandmother 🙁 That was very kind of you to stay a bit longer to help with the funeral arrangements.

That’s great that you’re looking into learning web development though! I think it can be both fun and very useful to develop other skills on the side. It definitely opens up other possibilities. Though I work in the tech industry, I also like being able to dabble in photography jobs. I haven’t heard of the Odin Project, but I hope it works well for you!

And yes, everyone slips once in a while! No shame in that 🙂 I think it’s great that you’re still making progress!


I’ve been really behind on reading blogs – things just turned extremely busy for me! I’ve spent the past couple of months catching up on all my friends’ blogs.

Well done on losing four pounds 🙂 I am sure you can keep it up. Sometimes we fall off track but overall progress is more important – we just have to get back up again 🙂 And yeah, I’m also not big on of “diet foods”… most of them are made of crap that isn’t good for you anyway. It’s more important and easier (and sometimes tastes better) to eat real food that’s good for you!

There are a lot of opportunities in the field of web development. There are also a lot of free online resources to learn how to code, so that would be a great place to start 🙂


It’s lovely that you were there to support your best friend when her grandmother passed away. 🙂

It is strange how things can change and our interests go in another direction. If you are interested in and want to learn web development I am sure it will be a great path for you. There is so much that you can learn yourself with so many online sites offering great advice. Many years ago I thought coding websites was going to be the thing I would do. My interests have drifted to illustration and graphic design. The point is, that you have to follow what interests you and what your heart calls for! 😀

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