Things might be a little quiet around here this week. I’m very busy preparing to do something I haven’t done for 20 years. I’m about to sit a three hour exam. A three hour written exam. Which is alarming me, because I don’t write any more. Indeed the exercises and practice questions I’ve been doing this week have shown me that my wrist starts aching after about 20 minutes of writing, so quite how I’m going to manage three hours I have NO idea!
The exam is for a qualification which is relevant to my day job. I’m spending the whole of this week away from home, away from my family and kids, on an intensive training course which is designed to get me to pass this exam. Three and a half days of training, one full (three hour) mock exam, loads of “homework” in the evening, and then the actual exam on Friday morning. With an official invigilator, and full “closed book” exam conditions. Two days in, and I must confess I’m finding a lot of it very tricky – whilst the subject matter is relevant to my day job, it’s not something I do every day, and there’s a lot of assumed knowledge on the course which I just don’t have. Thankfully there were a few topics today which I got on with very well, so I’m hoping I can absorb enough over the next couple of days to scrape a pass mark at the end. There’s a little bit of pressure, as there’s 4 or 5 members of my team doing the same exam over the next couple of weeks, and I don’t want to be the one that fails.
It’s the longest I’ve ever been away without the family, and I’m missing them like crazy. Sure, there are some nice things about being alone in a hotel, like being able to get up when I’m ready, not when a four year old decides I’m ready. And I can have a nice luxurious shower without said four year old trying to join me, or at least standing and watching! And somehow it feels like there are more hours in the day – I finished my homework this evening with a couple of hours to spare before bedtime, whereas if I was at home I know I would be working right up to bedtime, and probably past it too! I am trying to make the most of things like that, but I must say I am very grateful for the hotel’s WiFi Internet connection, and FaceTime on my iPad. Because these two things put together meant I could chat to my family this evening before the kids went to bed. And it was lovely, even if the kids were more interested in looking at the little “picture in picture” view of themselves, rather than their mother!
Seriously – check where their eyes are looking – that’s not me, that’s the picture in picture at their end, that is! Thankfully they seem to be in fine spirits and not missing me at all. I really can’t wait until I see them again on Friday!
Hopefully that explains why things are more quiet around here than usual – I really need to immerse myself in the course content to give myself the best chance of passing the exam, and whilst I hope to be able to get some blogging time, as that’s one of the ways I relax, I can’t be sure how much of that there’ll be. It’s just one week, so I’ll be back to normal very soon!
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