SB apprenticeship: Day 20

Working from home means I can make elaborate dinners!

Working from home means I can make elaborate dinners!

Due to some misunderstanding about my status as an apprentice, I have to work today. Happy Labor Day! I’m not actually upset or anything, we were given the option to either work today or make up the hours by working a couple hours extra each day for the rest of the week. As I told Brandon, we don’t have any plans for the holiday, and I’m probably just going to be sitting in front of my computer anyway; I may as well get paid for it! Working from home mostly means I can play with my kitties and make elaborate dinners that require multiple steps that, though short, I can’t do from the office. Today I’m making Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma and lemon risotto, using the lemons my friend brought me from San Francisco! Om nom nom.

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

Friday I spent the entire afternoon working on the Gilded Rose kata. Derek, the apprentice who is ahead of us, sat with me for about two hours and helped me figure out how to do it, which was a tremendous help. I’m ending up rewriting the whole thing — tests and code — and making it neater. This may be a little more than is strictly expected, but I’m looking at it as kind of my big ‘let’s learn rspec’ exercise, since I did tic-tac-toe to apply for the apprenticeship and wasn’t very good at shoehorning tests in later.

We also had a meeting with two of the three mentors on Friday to chat about what we like and dislike about the apprenticeship, to raise any concerns  and give credit where credit was due. I honestly don’t really have any problems with the apprenticeship so far; I kind of wish Brandon had more time to do pairing, but I understand why he hasn’t. Now that he’s back in the office maybe that can happen more. The thing I like the most about the apprenticeship is definitely that they structured it so the apprentices aren’t competing with each other for a job at the end of the 12 weeks. They hired three apprentices with the expectation that at the end they’re going to hire three junior devs, and that has allowed us to be friends and work cooperatively. We all three come from very different backgrounds, and it’s been great learning and helping each other as we go.

Today I’m going to work some more on the gilded rose. I think Derek helped me to a solid place on Friday that I can work from and not need to ask for help, so I figured that would be good for working from home. If I get stuck I plan to work through some more of the Treehouse videos.

I expect to learn that I have great hubris expecting to not need any help with the gilded rose kata. 🙂 But hopefully not!

Less of Jess, day 1

I’ve gained a lot of weight recently, and while my friends yell at me when I say I’m fat, I still weigh more than I would like. I weighed myself on the HIGHLY TECHNICAL scale at the gym yesterday, and this is the official Day 1 number.

Day 1: the scale

Day 1: the scale

Another friend has been raving about a diet she started and has maintained for six months, and which has a 28-day detox diet that I read over and feel like I can do. Since February also has 28 days I figured I’d go ahead and start it today.

Yes, this means that I’ve become the worst kind of blogger — a diet blogger. Sorry! I promise there will be other things in between the diet posts, but this is my way of making myself accountable to other people, which is pretty much the only way for me to avoid being lazy. The first two days of this diet are a smoothie fast, which I’ve actually never done. I’m a little worried about it: will I feel full? Will I get tired of my blender? Will I give up this early? That’s where you guys come in! (Also, my friends on Facebook, who are awesome.) Encouragement, recipes, ideas, anything, pass them along!

I feel like this needs the 2001 theme song.

I feel like this needs the 2001 theme song.

Here is today’s first smoothie! It is kind of alarmingly green, but it tastes pretty good. Today I learned that smoothies are a dish best served cold, and also that I have no idea what to do with kiwis. 🙂

Tom’s Fruity Medicine Chest Smoothie (mostly from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook)

  • 2 apples, cored and cut into chunks (I used granny smith, because they are my favorite.)
  • 2 ripe pears, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 2 lemons, juiced (I left this out because you’re not supposed to have lemons until further on in the diet)
  • 1- to 2-in piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced (I left this out because my grocery store didn’t have fresh ginger and I didn’t think the stuff from my sushi would work.)
  • 5 kale leaves, rinsed and torn
  • 5 romaine lettuce leaves, spinach leaves or collard greens, rinsed (I used lettuce)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped green cabbage, optional (I left this out because I’m lazy)

Optional additions:

  • 1-2 kiwi fruit (I put in one)
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley or mint leaves (I put in mint)
  • 2-3 tablespoons flax seeds (The guy at the grocery store looked at me like I’d grown a third head when I asked if they had this.)
  • 1/2 cup soaked goji berries (Didn’t even try to ask about this one.)

1) Place the apple chunks, pear chunks, water and lemon juice into a blender.

2) Add the ginger, kale, lettuce and cabage and blend again until very smooth. (I also threw in the mint and the kiwi here)

3) Taste and add more of something yummy if you don’t like it. (Yes, this is highly technical)

Verdict: It’s pretty good! Tastes very apply. I didn’t blend it long enough, so it’s kind of…grainy? There aren’t any chunks, though, so whatever.

See you tomorrow!