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The Results Are In….

I PASSED (my national certification exam)!

What else is there to say? 🙂


E-mail from today

I got an e-mail from the folks at AAVSB/VTNE (the organization that administers the national tech exam) today. Here’s an excerpt from it:

“We hope that all of you will have received a score email or paper mail letter by the 15th of August, but more likely the 10th.”

So, in two or three weeks I should have my results! I’m pretty sure I passed, but it will be nice to know for sure and to be able to write “CVT” after my name 🙂

Hi, Fellow MckBrunchers

“Hi” is really all I have to say for now. That and it was great to meet some of you the other day! (Actually, I have lots more to say, but I’ve decided that sleep is more important that writing blog posts and editing photos. I do that a lot, hence the lack of regular posting here.)

Week 1 of my internship

I’m almost at the end of the first week of my internship. Thus far, it’s not a whole lot different than my job (I’m interning at the teaching hospital I work at), other than that I’m interning during the day (I usually work evenings/overnights). During the day there are more surgeries going on, more appointments to see, and just more going on. I’ve watched a few surgeries and helped with various exams and treatments. My favorite part thus far has been playing with the little baby goat that came in the other day. I love baby goats. Unfortunately, I can’t post a picture of it here (due to confidentiality regulations and such), but trust me when I say it’s adorable.

With that, I’m off to have some sleep. I’m not used to this new schedule and I still have three more days of work before I get a day off.

One more day…

…until I take my national certification exam. I work tomorrow and then Friday morning I’ll be up bright and early to go take my test. The test is at 8am, downtown.  I’ll have to drive through rush hour traffic, in downtown, to get there.  I can handle rush hour traffic on the freeway, but I really, really do NOT like driving downtown (off the freeway) even if it’s not rush hour.  I looked at taking the bus but it would take me an hour to get there (it’s a 30 minute drive in no traffic), which isn’t bad, and three hours (THREE HOURS!) to get back home.  I think I’ll just brave the traffic.  Saturday morning is my state test, which is supposed to be quite easy when compared to the national test (The national test has 200 questions and you have four hours to take it. It also costs $200.  The state test has fewer questions, but the questions are timed.).

It should be fun…  Pray for me (or wish me luck, leave me a note, or do whatever it is you do, if you want).  Oh, and the best part of taking these tests soon?  It means I’ll be DONE with them soon!  Yay!

Latin Program Giveaway

When I was in high school, I took two years of Latin (I don’t remember two year’s worth of Latin now, though).  I would sort of like to re-learn some of that Latin.  You know, in my spare time.  I was reading at Fivs J’s today and saw a post about a giveaway for a free Rosetta Stone Latin program.  So I decided to enter myself in the contest.  Here’s some info on Rosetta Stone:

Rosetta Stone is the fastest way to learn a language and has been the #1 foreign language curriculum among homeschoolers for a while — and you can WIN the *all new* version 3 Rosetta Stone Homeschool LATIN program… FOR FREE! This is the first year you can get Latin in the brand new Version III update.

This is a $259 program (and believe me it’s worth every penny!)
This is a computer based curriculum and Rosetta Stone will also include a headset with microphone, and a supplementary “Audio Companion” CD so you can practice lessons in the car, on the go, or where-ever! Students participate in life-like conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone incorporates listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing along with speaking and pronunciation lessons. For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program to allow parents to easily enroll up to ten students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, grade completed work (the program grades the work automatically as the students progress- I love that!), and you can view and print reports for transcripts. Homeschooling a lot of kids at your house? This program is designed to enroll and track up to ten students (five users on two computers) and will work for nearly all ages — from beginning readers up to college students.

To win this most excellent Latin program copy these paragraphs and post them in (or as) your next blog post, and/OR link to the contest from your facebook page and/OR email the information to your homeschool support group – Then go to the original page and leave a comment saying that you’ve posted about, or have linked to, the contest. Please make sure the link works to get back to the original contest page when you post. And good luck!

If you’re interested in working in a science or medical field, knowing some Latin (or Greek) will be very helpful.  So many scientific and medical terms and based on Greek and Latin words.  Knowing something about either (or both) language can really help you decode some of the uncommon words you’ll see in your studies.

Wasn’t I supposed to have more free time?

I expected (you probably did too) that once I was done with school, I would post on a more regular basis. That obviously hasn’t happened. I’ve been relaxing, reading (I didn’t get to do nearly enough of that while school was in session), working a few days a week, and helping my parents paint their house. My sister and niece were back in the area for a few weeks, so I spent a lot of time with them. I’ve also been taking lots of pictures and working on my “apartment garden”. I keep telling myself that life will calm down “after next weekend, when X is over”. It doesn’t happen. I guess I have to learn to live with life never slowing down, eh? 🙂 At any rate, I’m really hoping to get into blogging on a more regular basis after my much-needed getaway with hubby this week. Thanks for checking back occasionally, despite my erratic (almost non-existent) posting.

DONE with school!

I am DONE with school! Yay! I just took my last final. Managed to get the latest grade of gotten on a test through my entire vet tech degree (at least that I can remember), but at least I’m done. No more classes, no more homework. Just an internship, which sounds like a cakewalk after my crazy semester. To celebrate, I will be eating some bread I made and then going to bed.

Three-quarters done with finals

I finished lab finals last Friday and took two lecture finals tonight (online). I have two lecture finals left to take – one by Wednesday night and one by Thursday night – and then I am DONE with school. Forever. (At least until I go back to finish my BS degree.) No homework, no going to classes, no writing papers, no reading assignments. I’m very anxious to be done.

In other news, my sister and niece are here visiting from halfway across the country. My niece is adorable and such a little sweetheart. She’s a happy, smiley, friendly baby and so much fun. Tomorrow we’re going to go see some baby goats!

The End is in Sight

I think. Some days. Maybe. I only have three weeks of classes left (yay!), but it sure seems longer. This semester was going fairly well until this week and this week it all seems to have gone downhill. Work has been crazy the past two weeks, I haven’t gotten enough sleep, I have lots of homework (as always), and there’s some family stuff going on that’s adding stress. Ugh. But today at work I did the April schedule and it made me happy to see that in a few short weeks, I would be ALL DONE with school. Not only does that mean no classes, but it means NO HOMEWORK. I can’t tell you how excited that makes me. And after three weeks of no homework or classes, I’ll be back here saying I miss school…