I’m dragging my blogging feet this week so far. Didn’t get much sleep the night before, then yesterday while doing a stupid, tedious assessment test for work, I got a tension headache that didn’t go away until the end of the day. I went to bed at a decent hour, but was wide awake for a good chunk of time. Now I feel like I didn’t sleep at all.
I was mixed up with that test at first. I did what I thought was the whole thing last week, but got three wrong and they didn’t pass me. The nerve. Two questions I got wrong I could kick myself on, but I just wasn’t thinking right that day. So they let me take it again and I took it on Monday. I got a 90% which was a good passing grade. I thought I was all done with the test, but then I received an email yesterday saying that my test was past due. Turns out there were three other sections I had to get through! Argh! My manager got the same email about me (they forward it to my manager, isn’t that nice of them?), and he told me to get it done as soon as possible. By the time he told me, I was into the last segment anyway.
Each section took the test taker through a lesson of up to 68 pages. Some were less, but I was so afraid of missing some piece of info, and I didn’t want to flunk again. I realize that after a certain number of years working there that I should know this stuff automatically. But I’m better at actually working on the stuff, knowing what to do rather than reading through it all again and taking a test on it. I resent the fact that I have to show people who don’t know me how much I really do know. Most of the answers were very obvious to me, but then they’d come out with a few that took me by surprise, or they’d ask me the policy number to something. Anyway, every single dang section of that test was completed and I have certificates of successful completion to show for it all. I should hang those suckers up on the wall.
Anyway, enough about that crud. How did the weekend pan out for everybody? I looked to see who was hosting SNL this past Saturday, and it was one of my celebrity crushes, Gerard Butler. I did not watch the show, though, but figured maybe I could use my new DVR powers and record it. I’m glad I did, because I watched it the next day and actually liked it. I don’t like it when the hosts break into song in their montage, so I was prepared to fast forward through his little number. But they added some funny things to it, so I kept cool. The rest of the show was pretty funny, and they also inserted some outtakes from their dress rehearsals.
Went to see “Where the Wild Things Are” on Sunday afternoon with my mom. It was kind of cute, pretty intense and dramatic at times, and also sad. There were some good messages within the movie, and I got a little very weepy during some scenes. The movie’s pace slowed down a little too much in the middle, though. My mom fell asleep, and I would’ve nudged her awake if she was about to miss something, but the movie didn’t move fast enough to miss that much. I did explain one little detail to her, though. Anyway, I still liked the movie. If it made me emotional, it obviously got to me.
Later in the afternoon I watched some TV while getting ready to do laundry. The Discovery Channel aired a show called “I was Bitten”. It’s a program that shows victims of various animal and insect bites, and shows the effects of bites. One guy was bitten on the hand by a snake called the Diamondback. I’ll leave out the gory details and just say that he suffered and almost died. He did survive, though, and although his hand is distorted (the bones grew back weird), he is back to being healthy. I could handle watching the details of his story. I was doing laundry while watching this show, so when the commercials started, I went to get my laundry from the dryers. When I came back, I must’ve missed a bit, because the next story was even more disgusting than the snake bite. This one involved insects and that is all I’m gonna say about it, because I still have the image in my head. If I’m that affected by something like that, the smart thing would be to stay away from those types of shows. But I’m curious and part of me thinks that if anything like that happens to me, I’ll know what to do. It’s fascinating stuff, too.
To thank you for reading this whole thing, here is a cheerful image of a huge tree that’s bursting with Autumn color. Bursting.