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Holy Moly, Finished my Hours!

November 22nd, 2016 at 04:16 am

I calculated all of my practicum hours for my applied behavior analysis (ABA) program. I triple checked with my practicum supervisor and program director. I have met the required 1500 supervised hours of experience!!!

I will be finished with my final class in a few weeks. I will have to apply to sit for the exam, which will be scheduled sometime in February. In the meantime, I have been studying like never before. This is something I am determined to pass.

We will be driving "home" 3 hours away for Thanksgiving. My condo down there is still vacant so I will be staying there. We never stay with my parents because their house isn't in any shape for overnight visitors. And they don't seem to be bothered by it, so that's just the way it is.

We will be going to a lovely seafood buffet for Thanksgiving, about $30 pp. We are each paying for ourselves. This will come out of our eating out budget. I'd rather not spend so much on a meal, but then again, hosting Thanksgiving isn't cheap anyway, and this way we have more free time to enjoy the visit.

I hope everyone here has a peaceful, warm Thanksgiving!

Spend Money to Make Money

November 6th, 2016 at 07:06 pm

I paid $250 for a study program for my field. It was highly recommended and proven to be very effective, but still, ouch.

I will be eligible to sit for our professional exam in December. The exam dates are offered in February and May. I don't know if I will be prepared enough for the February dates, but I'm going to really try to make that exam date. If I have to take the exam in May I won't get results until mid July. Since I'm currently a teacher, I would be expected to accept my contract by then. So I want to know well before July if I'm going to continue teaching or use my new certification in a private practice.

When I do apply for certification and sit for the exam that's another $350+. Then, after becoming certified, I am required to become licensed in my state, $200+. Once all of that is complete, though, I can start on my new career and see where that takes me.

My youngest was sick last week, and her ear started hurting a few days ago. I took her to an urgent care yesterday, and sure enough one ear was infected. She's on antibiotics now and is feeling a little better. The doctor's office didn't bill me, they are going to send an invoice in the mail so I am not sure how much that visit will cost.