Node.js: Am I just doing it wrong?

Part of my extracurricular habits as a software engineer include being intentional about using technology stacks other than the Scala/Lift stack I’m employed for. I think the forcing myself outside the box of what I’m familiar with is a good exercise. But sometimes, I find myself exasperated, and I’m forced to ask the question “Am I just doing it wrong?” I’m hoping you guys can help me with that.