A Night With Little Sleep

I used to think that caffeine had no affect on me, that was until last night. During our fifteen minute pause, taken around 7:30pm, I ambled down to Starbucks and ordered a venti ice-brewed coffee. I know. Venti? What was I thinking? However to my credit when I realized just how much coffee that was, I only commenced to drinking half of it.

But last night I slept little, very little. During most of the night I wasn’t even tired. I did manage to nod off occasionally, though I was awakened by one thing or another, interrupting what was supposed to be my slumber.

Today will be “interesting”.

Bring On A2.4. And Start A2 Exam?
Last night I registered for the final quarter of the A-series, A2.4. I also registered for the Start A2 exam, which will be held near the end of April. I fully admit that I am not prepared to take the exam, but I have five weeks to cram.

At the end of last night’s “A2 Exam Preparation” class, the final one in the five-week run, I wondered if I could ask for the return of my $110 exam fee. I was feeling that unskilled. We’ll see how things go. The worst that can happen to me is that I completely flub the exam and have to register to re-take it in the Fall.

Tonight will be the final class for my A2.3 class. I’m looking forward to it, as well as I am looking forward to the three week break that lies between it and the start of A2.4.

March Is Going To Be An Expensive Month For Me
Even if you remove the $1900 stupidity tax I applied to my life toward the end of February, which I paid in March, I have had, or in some cases chosen, to shell out for other expensive things this month:

  • LEAF ticket — originally scheduled for January/Febraury but leaked into this month
  • Annual house insurance (I don’t do escrow)
  • Another semester of German, and an additional fee to take the Start A2 exam

Looks as if I’m about to embark on a “Save The Budget” period lasting until the end of the month, or at least until I get all of these expenses settled.

Oh yeah, next week I plan to start my stuff selloff in order to attempt to earn back the $1900 spent fixing the car. My effort will be listing things on eBay, hoping that I can both earn back the cash and empty the house at the same time.

Is it Friday yet?

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to A Night With Little Sleep

  1. Stacy says:

    I am confused about this exam thing. I understand paying for classes to learn another language — after all, there are teachers to compensate. But what do you get for paying to take an exam?

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    There are proctors involved, so I assume that part of the fee goes to paying them. And it is an official German exam, meaning that with passage of these exams, and the certificate that comes with that, I can work for German companies (in Germany perhaps).

  3. Barb says:

    if the class didn’t prepare you for the exam, I’d think you could ask for your money back.

    We had massages last night – our rental house in CA had the hardest/firmest beds & terrible pillows – I was all jacked up. I’ve got to figure out how to do a review on their site, I’m guessing the only way is a link from them.

    I’m trying out some new “allergy” medicine from my massage therapist that is essential oil based – so far I’ve got a headache, but not sure if it is from the new stuff. It is that time of year, and I’m allergic to all things growing & blooming. After watching On Demand TV & seeing all the commercials for all the prescription drugs out there, I’m starting to get really scared of all the medicine on the market.

  4. I cannot really blame the class since I took the exam preparation prior to finishing the class series that it is supposed to summarize, and the fact that I have been far from a model student. In the past five weeks I have learned a lot of things about the German language that either hadn’t previously been pointed out to me, or I have missed/forgotten.

  5. Stacy says:

    Ah! Okay, I get the exam thing now. I just sort of assume that if you are able to demonstrate that you can speak the language to the hiring manager, a piece of paper isn’t going to make any difference. But I guess there’s more to it.

    Oooh! What’s your eBay page? I wanna see what you’re selling! 🙂

  6. You know the Germans, they love their formality…

    I have yet to create the eBay page. I will mention it here when I do.

  7. Steve says:

    Yeah, tough to blame the class if you don’t study. And I thought it was some sort of official “certification” for sprecking die Deutsche, so alles in ordnung, ja?

    The chair of the athletic committee came down last night and we went caber shopping. Made a few selections and I’ll get them cut in the next week or so, then somehow get them to wherever he lives on the northside so he can begin the de-barking process.

    There might be a road ride after work today!! DST Rocks!

    And happy Ides of March!


  8. I suppose my writing wasn’t clear enough that I wasn’t trying to blame the class, but rather myself. It is an official certificate. Of course I have been informed by my mother that I am not allowed to move to Germany while she is still living, so much for free will? 😉

  9. Barb says:

    I think in the Catalunya region of Spain, you have to demonstrate your proficiency in Catalan to have a government job, not sure about getting a certificate though. I do know Kevin needs to get a Spanish CDL, not sure if he ever passed the Spanish/Catalan test yet.

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