Almost nine months ago, I completed a (week) daily coding challenge called Daily CSS Images. I am about to embark on round 2. I say “about to” because I do not know if I am going to redo the challenge and stick to the old prompts or find others. If I decide to do my own prompts, I need to have 50 ready. I don’t want to spend half of the day deciding.

It is no surprise that I learned a lot about Pug/Jade and Sass in this challenge, but what I learned (or realised) the most was how daily practice improves a skill. I knew that, but that knowledge had become dusty. What I love is seeing the change.

Day 1: Bear Cub

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See the Pen DailyCSSimages Day 1: bear cub by Katy Cassidy (@ihatetoast) on CodePen.

Day 49: Dance Dance Revolution pad

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See the Pen Daily CSS Images Day 49: Dance Dance Revolution pad by Katy Cassidy (@ihatetoast) on CodePen.

Day 50 was Party City. It was ok. I’m not ashamed of it, but I think day 49 shows more of what I learned:  Daily CSS Images Day 50 – Party City by Katy Cassidy (@ihatetoast) on CodePen.

I code every day. That is not hard to do. Harder is not coding, getting up, stepping back, going outside. Oh, I love the outside. I’d code there if I could and if mosquitos left me alone. I’d moto to the hill country if I could trust reception or remembering to pack up and return home before sundown. Coding every day is not a problem. Harder is keeping a track going. Using my tenacity and my ADHD (which I call KatyHD) hyperfocus to stick to one or two themes. Depth over breadth. Do the thing, not do all the things. Do the thing and do it every day. Hard when one has a breadth of interests. Sigh. Sadly, this requires the S-word.


I know! Sent shivers down my back, too. Following a schedule is not the hard part. I can do that. Making it. Ugh. Making one will require me to let some interests come before others. How can I choose? It’s like choosing sad critter over all the others in the shelter. Alas, my tenacity requires such discipline.


Trello Shots

Bugger! I moved my 100DoC to the website that hosts my portfolio, and lost the styles. I’d bitch and moan, but losing the styles is an easier fix that a broken portfolio link. And fixing my styles will be good CSS and Sass practice, right? RIGHT?

Fixing the styles will count as code, but like hell if I’m going to let this be Day 8 of 100 DoC. Where’s the fun in that? 

I use Trello to keep myself organized in everything now: big project, days of code, job hunt. Everything. One of my favourite features is turning a checklist item into a new card. Deep into my slap-happy-i’m-losing-it state, I took a break to doodle:


By the way, the syringe is full of Trellotonin. Baaa ha ha ha. Thank you. Thank you. I’m here all month. Actually, thanks to the Interwebs, this might be here forever. Suckas!

No no no. Wait for it. Look!

I’m a Trellist! YOU CAN’T STOP ME!