CA Blog #2: CHI-Town Slacker

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012
CA Blog #2: CHI-Town Slacker

So it’s been almost two weeks since my last blog post… safe to say I’ve been slacking off. Since coming to Chicago I’ve been doing a lot of re-adjusting – I’ve been trying to settle into a new city, a new school, and a life where I am spending a lot less time with friends and a lot more on my own.

So what on earth have I been doing to keep busy?

Well I have been going to classes and enjoying them, but that is only Mondays (6-9pm) and Tuesday & Thursday (8am-1pm). During those classes I’ve picked up a ton of new knowledge, but there are a few things that are holding back by learning.

Firstly, I haven’t been able to force myself to actually sit and do homework. Always the procrastinator, I have been really good at getting distracted.

Take today for example:

I wake up around noon, turn on the TV and what do I see? First, it’s Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game Six.

Claude Reigns!

This has been arguably the most entertaining NHL playoff series in years, so obviously I had to watch the whole game. As soon as that finished, Game Six of Washington vs. Boston starts. I mean, come on! How am I supposed to work when I can sit on a big comfy couch and watch some edge-of-your-seat playoff hockey?

Fortunately, I can’t afford to procrastinate any longer. The pace of my classes is set to really take off and I need to be ready. If I want to become an ace with Ruby on Rails, HTML & CSS, I need to be fully immersed in the Code Academy environment.

This means not going home right after class time. Being the lazy student I am, I have grown accustomed to spending as little time on campus as possible. For the past two weeks, I have been coming home right after class and killing time by reading (Steve Jobs bio… awesome), running errands or watching playoff hockey.

My living room… dangerously comfy.

There is an easy solution to my problem: STAY AT SCHOOL! To make sure I get work done, I need to stick around 1871 (our office/school space) and make more efficient use of the resources available to me.

This brings me to my goal setting for this week…

  1. Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Be at 1871 from 10am – 5pm.
  2. Tuesday, Thursday – Eat lunch after class & return to 1871 – write short blogs recapping key learning points from class
  3. DO HOMEWORK, practice in-class exercises & start building
  4. Keep up MindPuck

Sorry if this post has been boring… I really just needed to give myself a swift kick in the ass. For your entertainment, here are a few photos / videos / links that sum up my past few days…

Great shot of the river.

I went to Game Three (Hawks-Coyotes) at the United Center. This pic is from right after Hossa got cranked and Torres got jumped!

Click here to watch the huge hit from the above picture!

Watched UFC 145 "Jones vs. Evans" at Whiskey Bar in downtown Chicago last night – great win for the champ.

Click here for the UFC 145 Re-Cap

Been listening to this CD on repeat since Friday… if you like hip-hop, download it!

Click here to download the “Northern Lights” Mixtape by @TheKidDanteLeon

FYI: My playoff pool fantasy team is currently in first (thanks Giroux). Need big series wins from NYR, BOS & PHO to stay on top.

‘Til next time, folks!


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