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Al-imtihan! (Or some such transliteration)

I had my Arabic exam at 7:30 this morning. Who schedules an exam at 7:30am? I don't even have to be at work until 8am. So I didn't sleep well last night - not because I was worried about the exam itself¹, but because I was worried that I would roll over and go back to sleep when my alarm went off. I ended up getting out of bed a half hour before my alarm went off, because I didn't seem to be able to get back to sleep without worrying about that.

Then I took some Advil Cold & Sinus because I was having allergy trouble (I think that's what it is) and although I have about eight different brands/types of cold/sinus/allergy/flu medications in my apartment², this was the only one that seemed to have an antihistamine in it. Unfortunately it also has everyone's favorite ingredient, pseudoephedrine. But I decided that it was important that I be able to breathe during my exam.

This was, perhaps, not the correct decision. (I have chosen... poorly.) Given a choice between breathing and thinking clearly during an exam, one should probably go with thinking. One should probably pop that wonder-drug after the exam is over. I did not, so I spent the whole exam going "Hey, did I do that thing on the other page? Where was I? Why can't I read anything here? I'm just going to look for a word that ends in ع because that's easier than reading the whole word. There it is. Why was I looking for it? Did I do that thing on the other page? It is really really cold in here. It is so cold. I know how to say cold in Arabic: بارد. I wish that was on the exam. Oh, I'm supposed to be doing an exam. Did I do that thing on the other page? Where was I?" The worst part is that I still can't breathe quite right.

Anyway, it's all over and I'm not too worried about it (though that may be the drugs talking). I am now finished with Beginning Arabic and ready to move on to the Intermediate level next fall (assuming I don't forget everything over the summer). Yay me!

¹ Which I studied a grand total of fifteen minutes for, with the general idea that I wasn't that concerned about my grade and if I hadn't learned it throughout the semester, I wasn't going to learn it at the last minute. It was awesome.

² What's especially insane about this is that I really hate taking medicine and avoid it at all costs. I have amassed this pile of medication because I only seem to get sick while I'm traveling and I never think to bring anything with me. Then when I get sick at home, I never have anything that exactly matches my particular symptoms. ARGH!

srah - Monday, 30 April 2007 - 12:40 PM
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Comments (5)

gravatar sarah - April 30, 2007 - 1:45 PM -

i hope other people get the indiana jones and the last crusade reference.

damn, i wish i'd known you in college--i think we would've gotten along really well.

gravatar katie - April 30, 2007 - 2:41 PM -

I got the reference. :)

gravatar srah - April 30, 2007 - 2:59 PM -

sarah - It's weird that there's, like, a whole Albion College c/o 2001-2003 blogging gang who have been blogging for YEARS and that I hardly knew any of you when we were there, except Bob. I sort of knew Krista because we lived in I-House, but it was this weird awkward "Hey we both have BLOGS! ... and now I'm too shy and have nothing else to say" relationship. And I didn't know Jamelah or her blog until quite a while after we'd both graduated. And I knew who you were because we had friends in common, but I didn't know you at all. I don't know when/how I discovered your blog.

gravatar Cheryl - May 1, 2007 - 8:10 AM -

I really like the inner monologue. And, of course, I got the Indiana Jones thing, too, since we watched that while writing about snacks.

gravatar jamelah - May 2, 2007 - 10:49 AM -

Yay, Indiana Jones reference!

And if we're talking about not really knowing people who went to Albion at the same time, I knew of you because you were friends with Jillian and Erin and they were in the Venice program with me. And then I met you at Krista's apartment one day for lunch. Even though we were both graduated, and I didn't know Krista while I was in school. And of course I knew Sarah because we were in classes together and there was all that Pleiad fun.

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