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04 December 2006 @ 11:51 am
Mixed bag of a weekend.  
Donny Epstein (founder of Network Spinal Analysis) says that you have to experience some really low lows in order to have the ability to experience the really high highs, and getting rid of one will inevitably reduce the other.

This weekend was a pretty good demonstration of that concept.

Thursday and Friday were ICE exams.  The practical portion of it on Thursday went pretty well (better than I expected, anyway), but the written portion was just murderous.  As I left, I actually used the words "well, that sucked great big donkey balls."  Those of you who know me, know that I don't talk like that.  But I just couldn't think of anything more apt to say.  Seven subjects at 50 questions per, much of which we haven't yet been taught.  It was awful.

But Saturday made up for it.  Saturday, Jen and I coached two a cappella groups from 10 'till about 3, and attended two mini-concerts.  It was such a fantastic experience, I can't even begin to describe it.  We used more of a "master class" format this time, since there were two groups, and it really worked well.  Each group got as much from the other group's coaching as they did from their own, and the fact that they were witnessing the changes in another group enhanced the changes that happened with their own.  It was amazing, exciting, and extremely gratifying.

Yesterday involved a little schoolwork (probably not enough) and another a cappella concert, this one at UCLA.  And today I'm in between worlds -- there are finals and practicals happening all week, and almost as many a cappella concerts as tests.  Tonight, Sirens and Reverse Osmosis at USC.  Tomorrow, the world!!

OK, I gotta go get ready for my 2:00 Clinical Labratory Diagnosis final.  Talk to you later!
Idtechnomonkey on December 4th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
I don't completely disagree
We'll see how the grades turn out. The truth is that I didn't do any extensive studying for ICE, so it could serve the purpose it's supposed to serve, as a benchmark for where I actually am in my studies right now. Cramming would negate the validity of that benchmark. There's no penalty for doing the retake if it's necessary, so I'm not overly concerned about it.

Still, the fact that I had such a great time with something I like was welcome. If the roles had been reversed, I'd have had a less crappy time with a major multi-day test (I can't imagine the multi-day test being a wonderously fantastic experience) in exchange for an awful coaching session. I think that as long as the test results aren't a donkey-balls experience (flip a coin to see how anybody in my class, myself included, did), the two happened the way they ought to have.

Before you ask, we'll theoretically know in about three weeks how I did on the test. They have a tendancy to take their time grading this one, and I haven't seen them give results on time yet...
egheaumaen on December 5th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
I don't completely disagree either
I've always found that one is required to deal with low lows such as flunking a test in order to properly appreciate high highs such as sucking donkey balls. Congratulations, Pug, on finding your proper balance.