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Keyboard Drama & More Setup Mayhem

This post was originally published on January 21, 2021 on my blog.

Happy Friday! I got my new work laptop this week - so great!

I'm low-key kicking myself though, because I've been spending the last year on an AZERTY keyboard (a computer I bought here in France) and now I have a QWERTY keyboard (I made the mistake of wanting to switch back to American-style) and now I feel like I'm learning how to type all over again!

I wonder if it's possible to be "fluent" in two types of keyboards at one time? I'm sure it is, but I can feel the gears grinding in my brain going from one keyboard to the other. This is such a strange conundrum lol.

Anyway! It's Friday and yesterday I spent a solid chunk of time debugging some gems on my computer with my team. Ugh!! I was frustrated to have to put them through that, but I guess it really taught me the importance of following set-up directions in the first place, rather than making assumptions and striking out on my own.

For example, I'm pretty sure I installed the latest version of Rails on my computer, which is a different version than the one our app uses, so there was a mess of incorrect dependencies floating around everywhere.

In any case, I'm very grateful for my team and their patience and support, and I'm ready to hit the ground running today!!

P.S. I'm really leaning on setting a timer for myself this week on each individual task and only focusing on that. There are just too many tasks floating around and I need to organize myself.

Highly recommend that timer thing if you're feeling like you're swirling in a storm of to-do's that you're just not getting around to doing.

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