Wow, this week has gone so fast, my head is still spinning. I’d forgotten how full the week feels when Benji has commitments a few times a week. Through August and September, Benji and I had plenty of time together — perhaps a little more than either of us really felt absolutely necessary. (I suspect this is mutual because the other day, I asked Benji, “Do you love Daddy?” Benji said, “Benji love Daddy more than Mommy.” Thanks, buddy. He then clarified that “Benji love Daddy more because Daddy watch vit-e-oos with Benji.” It’s true, they watch train videos together while Benji sits on the potty.)
Anyway, our week now looks pretty full: Mondays, I work and Benji spends all day with Mom; Tuesday, school; Wednesday, the whole morning with Ian’s mom; Thursday, school; and Friday, speech therapy in the morning. This week Benji attended preschool both Tuesday and Thursday, but only for two hours. Next week we start the full four-hour day, and he has to bring a lunch. We won’t be getting him back here until probably 1:30, so I’m hoping that won’t ruin our naptimes (which until now have started about 1:00) for good.
Benji doesn’t know what he’s in for yet, but I think he’ll do well. He did great this week, cooperating with the teachers and going right in when I dropped him off. What he says indicates he’s having fun; I trust that’s the case. We get pretty sparse details out of him, except when it comes to the train set, which he soliloquizes about most eagerly. In any case, I’m looking forward to having three consecutive, uninterrupted hours to do work or whatever.
In fact, I’ll probably spend the time working for the time being. I’m in the (very slow) process of studying for the Series 65 test, and although I spend as much time as I can on it, it’s not that much, since I’m adding that in on top of my normal work time. I haven’t been studying in the evenings, spending that time with Ian instead; but I’m thinking I’ll have to switch to really intensive evening studying on top of everything else pretty soon.
As far as the information goes, I am starting from a place of almost complete ignorance, so all the material is entirely new to me — a situation that I haven’t dealt with since college. Ouch. Plus, to be perfectly honest, it’s not exactly gripping. There’s a reason I chose technical writing for a major, rather than finance. I can only take so much of this before I can’t absorb any more and I have to take a break.
I have an exam prep course scheduled for a week from now, but the recommendation is to have read the entire book before the course, so the course is review that you do right before taking the exam. Well, I’ve been doing this for weeks and I’m just finishing Unit 2. The book is incredibly thick, but also it’s organized so poorly I have no sense of how these things relate to each other until I’ve gone through the material several different ways. I have to read each chapter two times, taking notes; watch the associated video lectures; take practice tests; and make flash cards. Even then I still haven’t gotten a passing score on any of my practice tests.
On the kind-of bright side, if I fail the test, I can take any other prep courses for free. On the very dark side, that’d mean I have to take the prep classes and test twice, and that really wouldn’t be fun, on many levels.