Monthly Review: September 2018

I’m getting back into my monthly reviews but they won’t be anything fancy. The format will be a simple a list of things I’ve accomplished for the month and what my plans are for the following month.


  • I finally decided to combine development and personal stuff like recipes into a single site.  I just didn’t have the time or desire to manage 2-3 sites for myself. It may not be the best strategy for a blog, but I’m not trying to be a professional blogger or anything so I’m okay with that.    
  • Aloha Friday Words. Started working on a WordPress plugin that will easily let me share a new Hawaiian word and its meaning every week. Although I haven’t worked on it for too long, I’ve made some good progress and learned a lot. The plugin currently creates a custom post type using a Gutenberg template, automatically adds the appropriate category, a default featured image for that post type, and generates the title for the post. The only thing I need to do is click “Add new,” enter the Hawaiian word, its definition, and an example of how it is used.
  • LinkedIn Learning. As much as I want to get into JavaScript, I want to make sure I have a solid foundation of the basics.  I started making websites in the late 90’s.  Although I’ve done plenty of tinkering since then, I want to make sure I’m doing things correctly.  I’ve been working on the Become a Front-End Web Developer learning path, including:
    • Completed HTML Essential Training
    • Completed CSS Essential Training 1
    • Completed CSS Essential Training 2
    • Completed GitHub for Web Designers
    • Completed CSS Essential Training 3
    • Started Sass Essential Training
  • Tools, Tips, and Tricks.
    • Visual Studio Code. Atom has been my editor of choice for a long time but I started looking into Visual Studio Code after hearing a number of people talk about it.  I really enjoy it so far.
      • I use Ubuntu and the Alt-Click wasn’t working for multi-cursor editing. By default, it already has another behavior assigned to it.  I found an article that gave a command to run and change this behavior. It worked for me:
        gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences mouse-button-modifier ""
    • Live SASS Compiler extension. I’m just getting into SASS and found this extension. It makes it super easy to compile your SASS code and automatically update your browser using the Live Server extension.
    • Live Server. Automatically reloads the page in your browser when you make changes to the code. No more manually refreshing.


I’ve been more focused on fitness lately and that trend is going to continue. It was a busy month but productive! My goal is to increase or at least match the distance of the previous month.

  • Running Miles in September: 104.23
  • Total Miles for 2018: 416.69
  • Set a goal of running at least 5K a day. I’ve been doing that every day since September 12.
  • Decided to create a new Instagram account: I was originally sharing my progress for #100DaysOfFitness with daily photos on my personal Instagram account. Then I realized a problem with that – I don’t want to do this for 100 days, but until I physically can’t anymore.
  • Completed my fifth Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on September 29.
    • Set a new 5k personal record of 23:47:34, finishing 32 out of 229 timed runners.


I set a goal to start reading more. Sometimes there isn’t as much time to read a physical book as there is to listen to something. My “reading” will also include audio books (I currently use Audible).

  • Physical: Hawaiʻi Magazine.
    Thoughts: I love everything there is about Hawaiʻi. This magazine provides some great information and amazing photos of the islands. The worst thing about it is that is only comes every other month.
  • Audible: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande.
    Thoughts: I’m a big fan of checklists. I had previously started this quite a while ago, so I decided to start over. It didn’t take me long to finish. The book shows how checklists are good for all kinds of things, even those that may not seem like it at first. One reason I like checklists is that it makes routine things nearly failsafe. If you have a checklist for something, you go down the list and don’t have to worry about leaving out a small detail somewhere.
  • Audible: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) by Timothy Ferriss.
    Thoughts: So far it’s an interesting book. I’m not trying to make millions or get my work down to hours a week, but I’ve heard a lot of people recommend it.


I’m always on the lookout for a better way of doing things.

  • I tried make-ahead freezer meals for the first time. We may six meals in just over one hour. Once we make sure our family likes the recipes, it wouldn’t add much time to make two of each and have 12 meals. I’m loving these after the first time. Do you do your meal prep ahead of time and freeze it? If so, please leave a comment below with some of your favorite recipes!
  • Repeating cards in Trello.  I discovered this a while ago but really started making use of it this month. I have a number of weekly, monthly, and quarterly tasks both personal and at work. This has been an awesome addition to my workflow.


  • I’ve decided to start tracking the podcasts I listen to and make sure I leave reviews for my favorites. I’m gathering a list of WordPress-specific ones as well as a more general list.

Goals for The Month

  • Aloha Friday Words [Plugin]
    • Continue to work on the plugin and have it functional by the end of the month. 
  • Redesign Plan [Website].  The primary purpose is to learn the Underscores theme.
  • Support Forums. It’s been way too long since I’ve spent much time on the forums and I don’t like that.
    • Make time for the forums, even if it’s only 15 minutes each day.
  • Julie’s Site [Website]. My wife has been rocking it with graphic design using just a Facebook page.  That’s great, but it’s time she had a site of her own!
    • URL: Coming soon!
    • Go over her needs then plan and design the new site.

Month in Review: May 2018

Learning Development


I continued working on the beta version of freeCodeCamp until they made some changes and it was no longer beta.  There was no option to update/add my email address to the account I was using with my old username, so I had to email them.  We’ll see what they say.

LinkedIn Learning

I worked on a couple HTML and JavaScript courses, but didn’t get them completed.

Projects I Worked On

Island of Aloha


Purpose:  This is a new personal site for all things non-development, with a focus on Hawai’i and recipes.

Progress:  The site went live this month and I’ve moved about half the recipes over from the old site.

Mug Monday


Purpose:  A WordPress plugin that will allow me to easily share a new coffee mug every Monday.

Progress:  The initial “Mug Monday” custom post type has been created.  There are only a couple more adjustments to make and I’ll be able to start using the plugin.

Project Goals for The Month

  • Island of Aloha [Website].
    • Finish transferring remaining posts from my Household Discoveries website to Island of Aloha.
    • The site officially launches on King Kamehameha Day, June 11.
  • Mug Monday [Plugin].
    • The plugin is almost working.  It’s adding a “Mug Monday” category and “Coffee” tag to all posts, regardless of whether it is a Mug Monday post type.
    • I have a few other minor tweaks and this should be finished up.
  • PRT Tracker [Plugin].
    • The plugin will allow me to track my workouts that will help improve my Physical Readiness Test (PRT) score in the Navy Reserve.


  • Blogging. My initial goal is to start with one post every 2nd Tuesday of the month and see how that goes. Once I get a couple months out, I may bump that up to two posts per month.
  • Support Forums. I haven’t been able to spend much time providing support lately, but I hope to get back into that. I miss it. My goal is to spend at least 30 minutes each day in the forums.
  • freeCodeCamp. I had to email freeCodeCamp as I was unable to get my email address added/updated for the account I was using when I working on Hopefully it won’t take too long to get figured out (and I won’t have to start completely from scratch).  Once that gets sorted out, I’ll start working on freeCodeCamp again.
  • #100DaysOfCode. They say the best way to learn something is by doing. I had previously started the challenge – and did it most of May – but it wasn’t working out with my schedule. I’m going to make some adjustments so it works for me.
    I’m just about done with a separate post on this and I will be sharing it on Monday, June 4.

Month in Review: April 2018

Aloha and Happy Lei Day!  This was an unexpectedly busy month.  I’m eligible for promotion in the Navy Reserve to the rank of chief (E-7).  As part of that, we found out at the beginning of the month there is a 40-hour course we need to complete in order to even be competitive.  Once I got into the course, I quickly realized it was in fact not a 40-hour course, but a 70-hour one.  That’s where most of my time went this month.

Learning Development


I completed the following items in freeCodeCamp‘s JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures section.

  • JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures
  • ES6
  • Regular Expressions
  • Debugging
  • Basic Data Structures

Now I’m working on Basic Algorithm Scripting.  I intend to start working on freeCodeCamp a lot more as of this month, with a goal of at least seven hours a week. 

LinkedIn Learning

I made some progress on the Become a Front-End Web Developer learning path in addition to a course on writing by completing:

  • Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  • User Experience for Web Designers
  • Completed UX Foundations:  Accessibility
  • Completed Writing to be Heard on LinkedIn

As I start to work more on freeCodeCamp, that extra time has to come from somewhere.  I’m going to cut back on my LinkedIn Learning courses to a couple hours a week, plus whatever else I can squeeze in.

Projects I Worked On

JavaScript Guessing Game (Fixed Number)

Live Example:

Progress:  This has been almost done for a while but finally made time to get it knocked out.  I took the photos and added the number of minifigs to the game.  The game has been added to my 404 error page on this site.  I’ll probably make a few tweaks (including adding a photo of the minifigs spread out), but it’s up and working.

Island of Aloha


Purpose:  This is a new personal site for all things non-development, with a focus on Hawai’i and recipes.  I’ve spent a little time checking out what recipe plugins are available and working on a “start here” page.

Mug Monday

Purpose:  I love coffee and the mugs it goes in.  I think it would be fun to get the week started with sharing a different mug each Monday.  Although this won’t be a permanent feature, I have enough to keep it going for at over two years!

Progress:  I experimented during a lunch break and actually got the entire thing working.  There is a “Mug Monday” custom post type that uses a Gutenberg template.

Project Goals for The Month

  • Island of Aloha [Website]. The main goal this month is to do more research and decide on a plugin to use for my recipes.  Once that’s done, it shouldn’t take me too long to get all the posts transferred over from Household Discoveries to Island of Aloha.
  • Mug Monday [Plugin].  I’m hoping to have Mug Monday finished up this month.  It only took me a lunch hour to get it going, but I want to clean some things up a bit.
  • #100DaysOfCode. They say the best way to learn something is by doing.  I had previously started the challenge but it wasn’t working out with my schedule.  I certainly don’t have any more free time, but I’m going to do my #100DaysOfCode working on freeCodeCamp’s challenges from
    I’m just about done with a separate post on this and I will be sharing that in the next couple days.


  • Blogging.  I’ve wanted to start writing for a while, but this month I plan to do it.  My initial goal is to start with one post every 2nd Tuesday of the month and see how that goes.
  • Support Forums.  I haven’t been able to spend much time providing support lately, but I hope to get back into that.  I miss it.  My goal is to spend at least 30 minutes each day in the forums.
  • freeCodeCamp. I’ll be continuing on with the JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures section, finishing up the ES6 portion this week.