No, not a drug; although some people may consider it a drug. Over the last few weeks I have been more driven to learn about web development. One of the things that I have learned is to document everything. I pretty much have tried to document every little detail of my learning process and I love every minute of it.
So far, one of the greatest things that I have learned was from viewing a WordPress video about theme development. The lesson was to use a version control system and commit wisely. I have since started to learn how to work with SVN and am in the midst of learning how Git works. Both are phenomenal tools that are great to know.
But really, what I was really trying to say is that I recently have spent – what seems to be for some – an unhealthy amount of time online. I have frequented the WordPress.org support forums and been looking at random WordPress themes from the repository to get a glimpse of how other developer code for their themes. It has been insightful and good.
Truly the best lesson out of it all is documenting everything. I think that is why I have been more and more compelled to blog about it all. It’s not really about sharing but learning by doing it so it sticks better.
In a way my digital addiction just may very well lead me in the right direction of what I really love to do. I say this because I really have learned a lot communication and development. Socialization and communication is a powerful medium not to be taken for granted. The way we interact with one another has drastically changed and will continue to change. Social media and sites have played a huge role in my life and I feel that it will be a great fit for me down the road.
Don’t get me wrong, I still would love to get a degree in computer science one day but for the time being I am beyond happy with how my life is going. I am learning new things in PHP, HTML, CSS, and just the web in general everyday and I am slowly getting the confidence to apply for a job I know will better suit me and the lifestyle I want to lead.
Parenthood is a never-ending journey and every day is a new adventure into making mistakes while trying to keep some sanity. Parenthood has no rules, guidelines or even a reference guide but it is still a great thing to be a part of. I entered upon this journey on June 7, 2012. Okay not entirely but that was the day my little boy, Salvador, was born so I will count that as the actual day the journey began. I will add more and more pages as time goes on and I get time to share these little life lessons.
Parenthood and the rules
Really there have been no rules for either one of us since SJ was born. SJ because his middle name of course begins with a “J” and if you were to look at my little man you would say that is a big name for a little guy. Now I’m just getting a little off track. The things that both of us have learned are things that people often tell us. A good example is when people tell us that we won’t be getting any sleep. I’m used to not sleeping so that is not really new to me. My body has been so REM deprived over the last years that I am more than capable of functioning on three or four hours of sleep a day. The one thing that has changed about that is that the so-called sleep pattern is more random that ever.
Parenthood and the guidelines
Okay the basic guidelines are pretty simple when you get down to it: Don’t kill the baby. That is the basic guideline and the one thing to really follow. Everyday is an exploration into a world of how to. How to keep the little one entertained while keeping your sanity, how to keep him quiet long enough to make a bottle so he won’t scream your ears off. No one thing will work the same way the next day. That is one thing you can count on to be true. There are moments when you will want to be alone to think, read or do something so simple as taking a shower but it can feel like forever because you are changing, feeding, burping and then changing again just to keep your little one from bawling.
What can oftentimes make things easy is having somebody there to help out to accomplish those basic everyday tasks like doing laundry, eating, cooking, cleaning or taking a bath. Unfortunately, I know some people out there don’t often have that luxury and I often wonder about how they manage to do it and have a huge amount of respect for them for being able to pull it off.