Welcome to the 78th Edition of My Sunday Post!
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News at Home
Things continue to be crazy at home, but I guess crazy is my normal right? The latest development on the teaching exam is yet another story in frustration and wasted time. If you remember, I had to cancel my exam the first time about 3 weeks ago because of bad weather that made it impossible for me to get there (and resulted in a wasted day). This was no problem and I was rescheduled for free to take the test this past Thursday, March 19th. (If you don’t want the detailed story, skip to the last paragraph in this section…)
Well.. all went well in terms of getting there. I left my house about 10:50 and arrived at 11:15, got all checked in, etc. At 11:40 I signed in to the second stage, where they run a metal detector over you, check your pockets, take your finger prints, picture, and log you into the computer with your driver’s license before assigning you to a computer terminal to take the test. I did all that and the lady said, “Hmm that’s weird. Let’s try that again.” Uh-oh. So we do it again. And again. Then I’m asked to go sit in the loby again (back to stage one) while she calls the help desk.
Twenty minutes later, another test-taker comes out and says that something was wrong and they’re calling the help desk for her too. We start talking, figuring out what we have in common. Turns out, we both had to cancel and reschedule because of the weather. We’ve found the problem, but not the solution.
One hour later, we get called back to stage two – do the whole metal detector, pockets thing again – and they tell us they think they have it figured out. Then we spend the next hour doing finger prints, license swipe, pictures as they try over and over, while on the phone with the help desk, to get us into a test. No luck. They suggest we go get a bite to eat on the first floor (it’s in a mall-like building) and come back twenty minutes later.
Twenty minutes later, we return with our food and they’re still on the phone with the help desk. At this point it’s pushing 2:00pm- we’ve been there since 11:15 or so and our tests are 5 hours long, ONCE WE GET STARTED, which has yet to happen. We eat our lunch, listening as they talk on the phone to help desk, answer calls from other parts of the help desk, etc. Finally, at 3:45 they come out and tell us that they’ve found the problem, and our only option is to reschedule. They have to reset the entire system – not at the testing center, but at headquarters – to fix our status. See, we were marked as no-shows because no one bothered to notify our testing centers when we had to cancel and no-shows don’t get to retake tests for like 6 months or something. And if they reset the system all the tests in the state of Texas currently being taken would be deleted. Who came up with that system?!?
So – here’s where you pick up if you skipped the long story – I had to call to reschedule Friday morning after spending yet another day and $18 parking attempting to take the test! I’m rescheduled for tomorrow, so please, cross your fingers for me! I’m starting to think that taking the test will be more of an accomplishment that passing it!
Well I’m back from my blog break 🙂 Yay! It was exactly what I needed and I’m feeling refreshed and I’m even caught up a bit. I plan to use bloggiesta to get really on track though!
The foot is doing a lot better, though I still have to be careful. I’ve noticed that I have to ice my foot at the end of the day or the next day it hurts all day. I still get random burning pain through it, but I’m almost back to my routine. I’m taking walks with Buffy in the morning instead of jogging and I’m back to water aerobics three times a week. I’m still not aiming for 10K steps a day though, since doing what I am doing seems to be enough to make it hurt if I don’t ice it. So, probably a few more weeks before I get up to 10k steps a day. Right now I’m averaging around 7K steps a day.
Days counting calories: 14! (two weeks) And I’m consistently coming below calories!
Book budget money earned: $4
Last Two Weeks on the Blog
- [16 Mar] Red Rain by RS Black ★★★★★
- [17 Mar] When Authors Just Stop?
- [18 Mar] Minutes Before Sunset Cover Reveal!
- [19 Mar] What Would Your Amortentia Smell Like? | Harry Potter MOTW
- [20 Mar] Craved by an Alpha by Felicity Heaton ★★★★
- [21 Mar] March 2015 Write On #Reviewathon
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Sunday Post | 78th Edition
Bloggiesta Spring 2015 Goals
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley
Binge Read or Stay Current? | Fun Questions
Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch
Harry Potter MOTW | What would your Patronus Be?
Blog Tour: Cursed by Fired by Danielle Annett
Introduing Vocies of Audio
Added to my Shelf
*picture links to Goodreads*
How was your week?