Friday, May 24, 2013

The Final Countdown

385 hours down, and about 28 hours to go.  Study hours that is.  While most of America will be out gallivanting and celebrating the unofficial start to summer, I'll be hunkering down and putting in lots of study hours since this is my LAST weekend before the test.  All I can say is THANK GOD it's the last weekend because I honestly can not handle any more study-centric weekends.  If you look up burned out in the dictionary, you might see a picture of me.  I'm definitely counting down the hours left of studying and the days until the exam.

I once again have a weekend that is void of social plans, but such is the life of a CFA candidate (and a transplant).  I just hope and pray that this is my LAST Memorial Day weekend that I spend studying!  If I pass this test, all the hand work and sacrifices will be worth it.  If I don't?  Well, let's not go there because it probably involves a room with padded walls.  I am kidding.  Sort of.

This next week is going to be hectic for me, to say the least, so my posting will be light next week.  I have a business trip to Orlando so will fly out for that on Monday evening, and will return to Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon.  Then I fly to Minneapolis on Thursday afternoon for the CFA test weekend!!  Even though I am returning home for a not-so-fun reason, I am still really looking forward to it as I'll see Phil, spend some time with friends, and see some family.  I am mostly looking forward to the post-CFA Mexican fiesta that we have each year!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend - especially those who have a long weekend!  I am sure I'll be back later next week to check in before the big day.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?  I had hoped to kick off the weekend by going to "Before Midnight" but it turns out it is only playing in NYC and LA.  :(  So instead I am going to take tonight mostly off from studying and will do a little retail therapy and treat myself to sushi.

20 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Good luck gal! I know you've been working hard and I can imagine that you'll be glad to have it over. Hope it all goes well!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Yay I'm sooo happy the end of CFA studying session is here! I know your hard work is going to be worth it in the end but I really still don't know how you do it!

I will be going to the Cape this weekend- but for the third weekend it a row it's just going to rain all weekend :( I'm so over it. I am so influenced by the weather and just looking forward to getting back to walks on the beach and enjoying the sun! BUT I have to remind myself it's better than studying all weekend :)

Becky said...

Yes! The end is in sight! Just think - then you'll have time to really read for fun, knit, and explore your new city!!!

missris said...

You can do it! You're in the home stretch! If it makes you feel any better, my weekend is going to be a bust too, so not everyone is partying it up over Memorial Day :) Good luck studying!

Nora said...

Retail therapy sounds fantastic and well deserved. Will be thinking of you this weekend!

Stephany said...

THE END IS IN SIGHT! God, I am SO excited for you to be done studying and for your Minneapolis trip. I know it's not for fun, but I think it will be so great for you to see some familiar faces.

Have a fun night off from studying. You deserve it! :)

Jeanie said...

You WILL pass. You'll probably rock it so that they'll want to hire you to train other future CFAers!

Sushi sounds pretty good to me right now! I'm hoping to get the plants I bought in the ground this weekend. We'll see! I bought too many!

Just think of all the fun coming up next week! And hang in there.

Leigh said...

Hope the last week of studying goes well for you! I know you are going to kick this tests butt! :)

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

If I have felt this CFA study season has been a long, emotional one, I cannot imagine the magnitude of your feelings about it. I am so glad that you're in the final stretch and if anyone is a good candidate to give this exam an ass kicking, you are.

Our weekend is full of plans - Gavin's regular classes, kidnapping a friend's toddler (to give her a few hours alone with their newborn twins), Bike the Drive (where they close down Lake Shore Drive for bikers!), a cookout and brunch with former neighbors. I'll be thinking of you in your final push weekend!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

yay! it's almost over!!!!!

Amber said...

I hope your last study-filled weekend goes by FAST!! It will all be behind you before you know it and all the hard work over the last three years will have paid off! Thinking of you!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

That is a lot of studying!!! It will pay off :-)

Amanda Louise said...

You can do it!! I spent my share of summer holidays studying and it is NO FUN but before you know it you will be free! Have a safe trip there and I hope it is a breeze.

Caroline said...

Good luck good luck good luck!! Sending positive vibes and crossing my fingers all week for you!! You're so close!

Abby said...

You can do you, Lisa! I know you will do great. Once again, you've worked so incredibly hard. This is the most exciting -- as it's DONE after this one! I'm so amazed by you!!

Hope you had a good weekend, and you SO deserve to treat yourself with shopping!!!

We went camping for Chris and the kids at Lake Roosevelt. Fun to be at a real lake and even did some wakeboarding. It was hotter than the blazens though! Was only comfortable to be submerged in the water!

Raquelita said...

I'm really behind on blog reading, but I just wanted to pop over to this post and wish you lots of luck in your final preparations for this round of the CFA!

I spent Memorial Day in NYC -- a friend and I ran a 10K and then I walked around in the park and on the upper east side for a bit.

Marlys said...

I am so happy that this saga is almost over and you can start enjoying life again! It's been a long stretch, including a move across the country, so I know you have to be exhausted to the bones! We are looking forward to seeing you post CFA test! Have a good trip to FL!

Melissa said...

YOU'RE ALMOST THERE!!! Best of luck, Lisa. It feels like I was just saying this to you for your last week of studying LAST year, but here you are, almost done your CFA. Amazing! I know you'll do amazing. :D

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

I always love hearing about your Mexican fiesta. I have had the urge for a really good margarita these days, but I'm not sure we have anywhere that does them really great here. That and Mexican food. We're kind of lacking in that dept.

I hope we see some of your retail therapy in an upcoming post. ;)

Good luck, Lisa! You're on the home stretch.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I bet you are so glad to have the studying over with! Now you can go out and explore your new turf! I love that you are sticking with the Mexican Fiesta night! I hope all went well!