I wrote 2 pages about new models of information literacy in affinity spaces today, or about 968 words.

I’m trying a new thing with my writing. Usually my process is Read > Take Notes > Concept Map > Outline > Write, the whole paper at once. But right now I’m trying a thing where it’s Read > Take Notes > Quick Outline > Write for just a small chunk of the paper and I’m really liking it.

I’ve probably read that this was a good way to write in a million places, but I can’t identify any of them right now.

There are lots of gaps, but I wouldn’t even know those gaps were there before I started writing, so there we are. If you’ve been struggling, maybe try this more cyclical writing process.

Yesterday I received my first order from Whisper Sisters, purveyors of fine perfume oils. I found out about it from Gothic Charm School. I ordered a scent called Goth Club 89, which is described as

Goth Club ’89 – if you were there, you know the smell. Heavy resins, candle smoke, nicotine, clove, incense, absinthe, with a hint of intoxicating florals and vintage dark patchouli to balance everything out.

The Lady of the Manners said it delivers on exactly what it promises, so I thought I’d try it.

(Sidebar: This was a late night impulse buy. Occasionally I do those. They’re always under $20 and always silly. Others have included a Krang t-shirt and movies including Hot Rod, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and all of the Librarian movies.)

First, the Whisper Sisters packaging is beautiful: a little sheer black fabric bag with a business card, tiny plastic skeleton and spider and bat toys, and the perfume bottle plus a little sample vial. When I put the scent on, I wasn’t sure about it. It was a bit strong and medicinal.

But once it settled in and my body chemistry modified it, I loved it.

Specifically, I felt as this was how I should have been smelling my whole life.

After yesterday’s musings on adulting, I found myself looking for various resources that indicate what some components of adulting are. I found my way to the syllabus for Adulting: Coming of Age in 21st Century America at Georgia Tech, which assigned some videos from the YouTube channel How to Adult. As I started to skim the video titles, I realized that there are, in fact, many things I am quite adult enough to handle. I thought I’d make a list, just to help me remember how very grown up I am on the days when I eat cake for breakfast and my child is the only person who I can manage to dress appropriately for the occasion and weather.

I can:

  • do my taxes
  • do laundry
  • furnish a kitchen
  • cook
  • write a resume
  • succeed in a job interview
  • open a bank account
  • bake
  • declutter & organize
  • quit a job
  • write a cover letter
  • open a retirement account
  • write thank you notes (though of course I don’t as often as baby boomers and their parents would like)
  • buy a house
  • get a new car insurance policy
  • start a new job
  • make coffee (three different ways!)
  • meal plan
  • party plan
  • host a party
  • manage a pregnancy
  • care for a child (including feeding, changing, bathing, clothing, entertaining)
  • choose a doctor
  • enroll in health insurance
  • use a library
  • send mail
  • take out a loan
  • repay a loan
  • use public transportation
  • use a slow cooker
  • unclog a toilet (including using a toilet snake/auger!)

And this is just a small sampling, based on the How to Adult video channel! I can also:

  • take my own measurements
  • purchase clothes that fit and make me feel confident
  • get a mortgage
  • connect utilities
  • pay bills
  • buy a car
  • make tea (in a bag or loose leaf!)
  • assert myself in interactions with a doctor
  • replace the items from a stolen wallet
  • drive
  • put gas in a car
  • buy a plane ticket
  • navigate an airport
  • use a pressure cooker
  • use a microwave
  • use a toaster oven
  • use an oven
  • handwash dishes
  • load and run a dishwasher

And of course there are many more things I can do!

Probably we each need to cut ourselves a break sometimes and recognize how awesome we are and all the stuff we can do.

#100DaysOfCode 1/100 Completed @freeCodeCamp Basic HTML & HTML5, Basic CSS, & Applied Visual Design.

Got excited about things that are more widely used than the last time I worked with CSS: border-radius, variables.

Had some trouble wrapping my head around HTML5 forms, since I’m a dinosaur and still have CGI code in my head… But I finally understood that label encompasses, you know, the label for the actual input element, and that name tells you, when you receive the submission, what the submitted input actually is answering… I think that in my own code, though, I’ll be commenting a LOT to keep all of these bits straight in my own head.

Drawing with CSS is blowing my mind. CSS interactions… I think if you couldn’t do it with CSS in 2002, I probably don’t know how to do it. Exciting to learn new stuff!