What I did: a user experience design (UXD) class at General Assembly
What I did beforehand: had a couple of conversations with people about this blog
What I wore: Puma sneakers and jeans, mascara, irrational optimism
Who went with me: 29 other students, an instructor, and two teaching assistants
How I got here: I had taken a single-evening class there over a year ago and promised myself then that if I didn’t migrate my blog to WordPress within a couple of months that I would sign up for a structured class where I could do it. When I called to enroll, I let the admissions person talk me into a user experience class without thinking too hard about whether that was what I was really looking for.
Why: apparently, I will sign up for anything.
Where I sat: in the front by the instructor, so I could see and hear and minimize how distracted I was. Still, I had to put my glasses on to see the white board and take them off to read my notes.
Things that were sad: feeling like I was old enough to be everyone’s mom; bringing cookies the second night because it was the instructor’s birthday and I am everyone’s mom. I interrupted a 27-month-long writing streak to try to improve my blog and caused a 3-1/2-month-long drought.
Things that were funny: my notes. Also, I have been complaining that I’m invisible lately. On the train, they didn’t even take my ticket.
Things that were not funny: I have been feeling invisible lately. Maybe it’s safer this way.
Something I drank: Harney’s gen mai cha, because I carried a little Ziploc™ bag of tea bags to class in my backpack every week.
What it is: UXD is what they do when they want shit to work the way you expect it to.
Who should do it: anyone looking for solid, up-to-date instruction in tech stuff.
What I saw on the way home: the menace of headlights from cars driven by fast-man-persons who pushed past me getting off a train.