Today it is officially two weeks until the first stage of Barton's exams when he will write two, 3-hour exams in the afternoons of April 6 and 7. His days are pretty packed with study time right now but luckily he has a good friend with whom he is able to get a lot of work done. They have a strict study schedule all set up and are working systematically through old exams. They meet every weekday at 6am and study until 8am before they go to work. Then on Saturdays they meet in the mornings and on Sundays in the afternoon. Usually evenings will find Barton reading or practising exams, or listening to lectures while he does the dishes. I think they will take the week before the exams off of work and continue a regular work day of studying.
I think at this point they are ready to just get it over with, plus I think they are all more concerned with spending their time preparing for the oral exam in Ottawa in May. In a couple of weeks, with the written out of the way, they will be able to concentrate on that.
There isn’t a lot of “fun time” for Barton these days and I know that he’s looking forward to being able to do things he enjoys without the guilt of knowing that he should be studying instead. Hopefully we can fill this summer with fun and frivolous activities!
Understandably, everything else is on hold until this nonsense gets finished! The kids have been really great, and for the most part, patient. We almost went on a holiday without him, when they all vetoed that idea, wishing instead to wait for him, so hopefully in April we’ll be able to steal away for a bit before he settles back into the grind for exam #2. That exam will be sometime between May 27 and 30 in Ottawa. Once that is done, they just have a bit of resident work time before being let go into the real world.
As far we know things are in place for us to stay an extra year here in St John’s. We still haven’t figured out what we want to do when we grow up, and generally change our minds daily about where and how we want to live, so we’ll hang here and reap its benefits until we know; though many friends have offered to make these decisions for us. Come to think of it, it might be a lot easier to have someone tell us what to do!! Though I guess that’s been the case for the past decade for us... time to make our own decisions.