The academic portion of my studies in dog training with the Animal Behavior College has nine stages. Some of them are longer than others, and after each stage, I take an open book test. I can study online any time, but I requested hard copies of the material. It’s no extra charge and not only is it easier for me to study that way, with less note-taking, but I’ll also have the materials at hand for any future reference. But my books haven’t come yet, and I didn’t want to waste time, as my first Stage Exam was due only a week after the projected date of the books’ arrival (April 19th,) so I started studying online.
This was about a week and a half ago.
Today, I got the grade for my Stage 3 exam! Yes, I have completed three stages (or chapters, as I like to think of them,) and taken three exams. I’ve gotten 94%, 97%, and 95% respectively. The second stage exam was on learning theory. Permit me to brag a moment… Wait! I don’t need your permission; this is my blog! Anyway, my academic “handler” told me that he was pleasantly surprised by my score, as many students have trouble with that chapter. I told him I’m sure my background in psychology helped, as this was kind of like a refresher.
Anyway, I’m really pleased with my progress, and have been checking the mail everyday on the off-chance my books come early (I received an email that they had been shipped, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility.) I’d like to have them before starting Stage 4; I don’t want to take notes by hand anymore. All I need is my trusty highlighter!
On another note, today is pizza day! On Fridays, hubby and I often have a friend over and order either pizza or Japanese from Yamato. I just found out Little Caesar’s still has/just got back their square, deep dish pizza. And considering that I’ve sort of fallen off the strict calorie watching wagon (well, I was only ever hitching a ride on that bad boy to begin with,) I decided I needed to really torch some calories today. Four pieces of that pizza will cost me about 1350 calories… And let’s be real; I can easily eat four pieces. Also, it’s ridiculous how excited I get over the prospect of yummy food.
See, you replace the dog food with…well, food food. And that little dog there represents me– you can tell because of the eyeliner I added and the bad-ass doggie tattoo (there wasn’t enough room to put “Mom” on it.)
Now I’m just killing time, trying to kill calories, and keeping my kid happy until pizza time.
So, anyway, that’s my Friday in a nutshell. How’s yours?
Update on the Update: MY BOOKS ARE HERE! Thank you, UPS man!