It would have helped if I didn't return the mitre saw that I was using as my cuts would have been a bit straighter than me using a circular saw. Also the design would be better if I mitred the corners instead of just butting them against each other. In the future I will probably attempt to make this bench again but with better wood and better experience working with wood.
I will say that everyone out there can do these plans from Ana's blog and you should attempt them. Consider it a new challenge to tackle something no one thinks you can do. I am sure your first creation will be as crooked as mine but Reno Chick tells me she loves it so that is all that matters to me. That and not falling off of it when I attempt to tie my shoes of course!