I’ve been working from home quite a bit over the past few months. I love the extra time that I gain from the non-commute, but it can get a little hard to unblur the lines of work time and me time. I’ve started to introduce a few routines to give my day a bit more structure. Continue reading →
While Mike was biking to buy a new car battery, I finally tackled the disaster that was the inside of my car. When we moved, my car became the storage place for open bags of serviettes, plastic cutlery, and paper plates. They managed to escape their bags over the past 2 years. These are now coralled in the cargo net at the back.There were also BS papers from our wedding gift registry. If it wasn’t important enough to bring into the house, why let it live in the car for 3 years?! Also a million parking receipts.
We built a 4′ x 8′ raised bed a few weeks ago. We had overwintered kale and leeks, and the garlic that I planted last spring seems to have come back from the dead. We did a little rearranging, but the giant things in the middle are kale. Continue reading →
I probably over engineered my prep routine. For the 3 days leading up to the exam, I ate the same breakfast, studied all morning, ate the same lunch, biked 3.4km (the distance to the test centre) at 12 noon, then wrote a 200-question, 4-hour practice exam. One day that practice exam was made up of 89 questions I had gotten wrong during studying and 111 other questions, randomly dispersed, and I carefully analysed why I got any of them wrong after that. The day before the test, I took an online practice exam and had my laptop completely freeze up on question 187. I had to hard reboot and my progress was lost. I couldn’t learn from any mistakes.
I’m really glad I had the luxury of all that time to prepare. 4 hours is a long time to focus and I noticed that I went through the second half of the questions much more slowly than the first, but because I had done timed practice exams, that didn’t worry me. It also turned out that I was allowed to stop and get food and drink from my locker. Food just wasn’t allowed inside the exam room.
In the end I’m glad I put so much effort into preparing. I could have stopped studying when I was “good enough” to likely pass the exam, but I really found the material interesting and relevant. I feel like the thorough understanding of the material will serve me better than just the credential on my resume.