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four more days

This last waiting period was the longest. There’s no published schedule for posting test results, but over the course of the past few months there has been a sort of rhythm about it that I’ve come to count on. Wednesday passed with nothing, Thursday passed even slower, still with nothing. Waiting adds this thin veneer of anxiety that drapes itself over all the other components of the day. I didn’t realize how tight my shoulders had become until I refreshed that score report page again this morning, holding my hand out over the Pass/Fail column. I watched to see if the number of tests on the list would change from five to six. When they did, I still had a second or two to decide if I should move my hand away. When I saw all those passes in a nice straight line my shoulders released their grip, momentarily, before I start the process of winding them back up again next week.

I can do this. I am doing this. One more. I’m almost done.

Looking forward to being back here with so much more to talk about. Thanks for sticking with me, and cheering me on.

the work

Well, I only scored a 60% on last week’s goal of posting once a day for five days straight. I got through three before I surrendered myself to full on studying. Luckily my test passing rate is much higher, and hopefully will remain at 100% after this last test. I always walk out of the testing center doubting myself, but so far, so good.

I wrote down this precept on Sunday night, before Monday’s test #6. I still had a stack of materials to get through, and I was just really, really tired of reading, retaining and regurgitating information.


And while it was so, so nice to have the sixth test down, I still had to come home Monday evening and clear off the dining room table yet again, and spread out the next set of materials. You’d think I’d understand this by now, but it always sneaks up on me – the day after a test I’m 100% shot. Not good for anything. I go through the motions, but I don’t accomplish much of substance.  So I wrote an amendment to my precept Tuesday afternoon.


It’s fall, and it’s cooling down. It’s wet and it’s gray, but not gloomy. Just sleepy and still, the way fall should feel. There are so many thoughts and emotions swirling around in my head these days, but I have to briefly push them aside, pull up an extra blanket, and dive back in.

Twelve more days. I can do this.

the only super woman around here

In my last post I was lamenting the fact that I can’t do it all – as much as I’d like to be super woman some days, there are only so many minutes in said days to make it happen. I can, however, work to a schedule. So this week I’m going to set aside fifteen minutes each night for a quick post to recap some of the things we’ve been doing this fall.

On the schedule – Foodie Feast, our autumn camping trip, the state of the backyard, a local restaurant review, and some reading and listening related to study technique research. Thanks for your patience this summer and fall – I can’t wait to be back full time (!) in a few more weeks.