Ok, so I completed my code challenge. I wouldn't say I'm exactly triumphant, but I did complete my project and learn new things, which was the purpose of the challenge. So in that regard, the challenge was a success.
The Study Materials
Because I was focused on a specific project, and fairly pressed for time, I did a lot of skimming and rush-reading while trying to find answers to my specific questions. I can't honestly say I finished this book since I jumped past whole chapters that didn't pertain to my project (geolocation? Maybe next time, Head First!).
The Time Sinks
If you know me, you know I like fonts. So guess what took up like 2 hours of my code challenge time? Choosing fonts for the app's page. I mean really. Someone needs to stage an intervention.
You don't even want to know how much time I spent choosing the background photo. Seriously.
The Insult Personal Trainer
The Insult Personal Trainer has been sent back to the gym to do 1,000 situps. In case you're feeling left out for missing it, I've taken screenshots of the results screens: