This post will be a little backwards as I will start with the events of TODAY and go back to yesterday and the day before…
So, it was a truly lovely day here in NW Arkansas today. I had to drive to Ft. Smith at noon to go to the test center where I’d take my Pharmacy Tech Certification Board (PTCB) exam … and that’s about 50 miles over the ridges of the Boston Mountains. I didn’t so much enjoy the drive there as I was still cramming conversions and formulas and suffixes of medication names in my head, but the drive home was lovely. It was me and a bunch of crazy Hog fans on their way to Fayetteville to watch the Razorbacks play Northern Illinois (I think)?? In any case, Arkansas won 54-14 … so I’m sure those fans drove home happy, too. (Andrew and some of his classmates and teachers worked a concession booth for the game – it is one way they can fund-raise for their Senior trip, so he was witness to the victory as well.)
SO: DID I PASS??! DID I PASS?!?!
Well, I wasn’t so confident. I had taken 2 on-line practice tests … and I had failed them both!!! Like, I missed 31 out of 90 on the official PTCB practice test. However, I crammed for days – until I had a severe migraine for a few hours on Friday … but it was all worth because
I DID PASS!! (Well, prelimilarily; I get the official results in 1-3 weeks along with my certificate if my test wasn’t somehow altered drastically)
So, anyway …
on Thursday, our oldest child – Drew – turned 16! IS THAT REALLY POSSIBLE!!?
I brought cupcakes to school … and the kids were able to enjoy them with their al fresco lunch (I love that their school allows them to eat outside when the weather is nice!!)
On Friday, several things happened – besides my migraine, which I knew was brewing the minute I got up. BUT no rest for the weary – MiMi had to go to preschool, and I had to go meet up with a pharmacist who is going to be in charge of my externship (80 hours unpaid job-shadowing experience) at a local retail pharmacy (you can guess which one!!). I ended up staying for 2 hours … so only 78 more hours to go!!
This means, I will be working Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the next 3 weeks as well as some time on the weekend to include 8 hours tomorrow. Such is the life of the pharmacy tech … people needs their meds every day of the week. Actually, I don’t have to work on weekends for this externship (since I’m working for FREE, it is up to me how long I want this to go on), but I want to get done in about 3 weeks instead of dragging this on for 5 or 6.
Thankfully, I was able to pick up MiMi from school and go home and crash for 4 hours to rest my weary head. BECAUSE that evening, Drew and an exchange student friend of his were having a shared bowling-birthday party. And lucky me was the chaperone. But it was fun to watch the kids bowl … and I tried to get in some test studying as well – believe it or not.
So, our joke is (with this exchange student … he’s from China … obviously his name is DANIEL) that Drew is a “bad kid” because he gives his mom such a hard time!! When I volunteer at the cafeteria at the school (which I did again this week, too), some of my kids’ friends come around and talk to me for a few minutes … and of course, we tease and cut up. So, Drew apparently picked up the nickname “Bad Kid” as evidenced by the cake that Daniel brought!
And the thanks I get for putting up with about 15 teenagers at a loud bowling alley for 3 hours … well, see for yourself: