Monday, October 16, 2017

Happy Monday?

Very few people I know like Mondays and we all dislike them for pretty much the same reason - the beginning of a new work week. Not that we all hate our jobs. (I actually like mine.) I think it's because we lose the sense of freedom that we have on the weekends or days off to do what we want or need to do when we want to do it instead of having to cram what needs to be done in at the end of the day after we get home from work when all we really want to do is sit and relax and destress from the day.

My favorite way to relax is on the sofa with a good book and a few cookies (okay it's closer to 4 or 5 cookies depending on the size) and sometimes a cup of tea. This in mind and knowing I had a mostly free weekend without a lot of things on my "To Do" list, I decided to make cookies. I wanted something a little different than the usual chocolate chip cookies so I pulled out a recipe I'd made in the past for orange chocolate chip cookies from the Two Peas & Their Pod blog.

The cookies turned out just as good as I remembered. I haven't made them since last fall. If you like chocolate with a hint of orange, these cookies are for you. They taste amazing and are very easy to make. Here's the link - Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and that they make any crappy day you may have better.

Friday, October 13, 2017

This I know for sure...

I am now licensed in my field for my day job. Well, I will be once I receive the actual paper license from the state. I took the state exam on Wednesday morning and passed with a score of 88%.

I'm thrilled that I did so well (you only need to get a 70 to pass the exam), but I wish I had gotten 4 more points. Someone asked the instructor during the last class if she knew of anyone who'd gotten 100% on the state exam. She said the highest score received that she knew of was 91%. Of course, I wanted to do better than that.

While I'm glad I took the course and passed the exam as it will mean a pay raise, I'm very glad I'm done with the class and all the homework and studying required to pass the class final and state exam. Now I can get back to my regular writing routine and not have to spend every free minute with the class textbook.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress):  Back to writing starting today. I'm hoping to get a decent amount done in the remainder of the week.

Quote of the Week: "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." ~ Margaret Thatcher

What I'm Reading: I'll be starting Come Sundown by Nora Roberts this evening.

Random Thoughts:  The above quote is from my page a day calendar. I liked it because it can apply to so many things - the battle to lose weight, the battle to get published, the battle to stop smoking, the battle to stay sober, and more.

Random Photo of the Week:

                                              Somebody sleeping with his new toy.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Studying, Studying, Studying

No real post this Monday. I spent the weekend studying for my classroom final exam that will take place today. I have to pass the class final in order to be eligible to take the state exam.

My employer must have a lot of faith in me as the course I've been taking the last two weeks is considered an accelerated class in that the class is only two weeks long. The regular course is taught over a two month period. He has also registered me to take the state exam on Wednesday.

It was a lot to learn and remember about regulations and laws and what applies and in what cases so while I feel ready to take both exams, I'm a tiny bit nervous. Send good luck vibes my way.

Friday, October 6, 2017

This I know for sure...

The instructor for the state licensing class I've been taking these last two weeks is very inspiring. She retired from her every day job when she turned 65. She said she was home for about a week and was already going crazy with nothing to do all day. She applied for and became the instructor for the class I'm taking. She teaches the class for two weeks once a month and has done it for the last five years.

She said this keeps her busy and yet allows her the freedom to pursue other interests and travel if she chooses. She is a firm believer that you should never stop learning. She takes classes in everything and anything that she is curious about. She's taken a semester in car repairs, a semester in plumbing, a semester in political science, a semester in the science of cooking. She's also taken dance classes, knitting classes, and calligraphy classes to name just a few things.

I love that she doesn't see her age as any sort of limitation of what she can do or learn. She inspired me to make a list of all the things I'd like to learn more about or learn how to do. Now to find the time to actually learn these things.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): No writing this week. I'm in the second week of class to receive my state license in my field.

Quote of the Week: "Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow." ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading:  I'm not reading anything for pleasure right now. I have a lot of nightly assigned reading for my class. 

Random Thoughts: I'm very glad my employer decided to send me to the day class sessions. While it can be a long day in a classroom (8:00am to 5:00pm with 30 minutes for lunch), it's only for two weeks. The night class sessions are twice a week for four hours each for nearly six weeks.

Random Photo of the Week: 

    One of my favorite childhood memories is collecting chestnuts during the fall season.