Growing with Google, an update

By miracle of miracles the Udacity/Google scholarship students in the four concurrent nanodegrees received happy news of another two week extension. The collective exhales by those of us who pulled multiple all-nighters while also going to regular jobs leading up to the November 14 deadline was felt rippling across the Grow With Google Slack channels. We now have until November 30.*

Went I went to work on Wednesday, November 14, I left in anger and extreme annoyance. I had stayed up all night working on my single page React application, trying to fix two errors that kept eluding me. Then the portals to hell broke open and my code was utterly in shambles. I wanted to cry. I was exhausted, running on only 3 hours of sleep in a 36 hours period by that point.

I had flashbacks to midterms in undergrad, staying up all night to finish that last paper only to be faced with the blue screen of death. The irrationality of worst-case scenarios made themselves present in my mind.

Of course, there was no actual blue screen of death but my code falling apart at the wee hours of 8 a.m. was the equivalent. I had to go to work. Doubt crept in. Until that point I was confident I could meet the deadline. I stormed out of the apartment to face all the work projects on my plate. I was treading water and my limbs were getting tired. I wanted to sink.

I was eager to get home as early as possible from work that day so I can get back into the project. Of course, with the announcement of the extension, things felt slightly less hectic.

It was around 6 p.m. when I got home. I ate a quick dinner, watched a video of Sorted Food, and was lights out by 7:30 p.m. I did not wake up until about 8:50 a.m. the next day, in time for a 9 a.m. phone call for work.

Thank goodness for remote work policies because I worked from home that day, in my PJs. I felt a bit out of sorts from the 13.5 hours sleep but there was no time to waste! Work projects had to be moved forward and prepared for my upcoming PTO!

Which makes the extension all the more serendipitous. With nothing to take up my focus for the next few days (except writing this and Thanksgiving), I can sit down and focus on my last Udacity project: the Neighborhood React Map.

While the other projects in the course were interesting, sending me into delighted giggly fits whenever I got a code to do something — like flip a card over or move a character icon across a small grid — I’m finding that they aren’t as exciting as this map project.

My exact words in a slack channel:

this project is weirdly very fun… i just populated a bunch of map markers and i’m not going to lie, it was like being presented with a bowl of ice cream :dancingpenguin:

There’s something delectably exciting to see gibberish code translated into a tangible output, even if it’s something that appears to be as simple as a Google map with location markers. This is some powerful shit my friends.

the death error that had me stumbling for a good time

*At the time of this writing, the deadline seemed relatively far away. Then, Thanksgiving travel and family business became priority.


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