Well first...thanks guys for all of your comments (and support). It really does help to know I'm not going through this alone! Some of the people I talk to (who have never taken it, or any other certification exam for that matter) look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them about all the hours studying. It's even harder for them to understand making the choice to skip all the fun pre-summer events "just" to study...
I named this post Study-Fest because I think there must of been at least 20 different "fests," of one type or another, going on in the tri-state area this weekend. My friends were scattered about at many of them, and I was sitting here studying. I'd really been wanting to go to BayFest this weekend in South Jersey - according to Facebook, a whooping 24 of my friends attended. I had purposely scheduled my original exam the weekend BEFORE BayFest...but when I had to reschedule last week, that plan went down the drain. So here I am.
My other two exams are conveniently scheduled the week BEFORE Memorial Day weekend and the week BEFORE Fourth of July weekend. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all goes as planned, because I think I'll cry if I have to hear about another awesome weekend from my friends that I missed out on. :-(
On a happier note, tomorrow is Regulation!! I'm oddly excited. I feel good about the material at this point (scoring between 78-85 on the practice exams) and it will feel really good to simply get it over with no matter how I do. The anticipation for those few hours spent at Prometric - after all the fun and friends and hours sacrificed to studying - is intense.
P.S. Even my dog, Burton is mad at me for neglecting him...he left a smelly little present, right before my eyes, while I was glued to the laptop studying. Both the smell and his prompt, excited frolic alerted me to situation...(so you don't think I'm cruel - I had taken him outside less than 2 hours before it happened!)