A (Much-Needed) European Vacation

23 Dec 2010

Club 75 Candidate Bloggers

By Jay-O

Jay is a weekly columnist as a Club 75 Blogger, where he documents his journey through the CPA Exam. He has been a member of Club 75 since April 2010.

Week 12:

Hello all. I knew this week wasn’t going to be very productive, but it was worse than expected. I did study 5 hours on Sunday, but only ended up getting about 90 minutes on Sunday night. On Sunday, my wife had scheduled an appointment with a photographer to take photos of the girls for a portrait. Unfortunately, she needed backup, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to study until at least 3pm.

Being the good son in law that I am, I went to my in-laws house in the morning to replace a few electrical outlets and switches that my mother in law has been mentioning for months. Unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished. I ended up running into problems that required additional wiring and parts, so I had to leave this work to go to the photographer and return after the photo shoot to finish what I started. This is the reason I only logged 90 minutes rather than the 5 hours that I planned. I did log 3.5 hours in the library on Monday, but that’s been it.

I usually rely on the weekends to get the most study mileage, but that’s going to be a tall task this coming weekend. We are traveling to Europe to see my wife’s side of the family for Christmas, so we are hosting an early Christmas dinner with my side of the family at our house.

I think they’ll be over earlier, rather than later, so I can probably only squeeze 2-3 hours in between. Sunday may be better, but I’m not overly optimistic as my wife’s sister and brother will be coming over to open Christmas presents with my kids. We gave gifts to our kids on Sunday, since we can’t realistically take their gifts to Europe with us. They are still very young, so don’t think they’ll piece together that we are celebrating Christmas twice (I hope).

I have made it into Chapter 2 and hope to make significant progress during our trip. I will be bringing my study materials, as there’s only so much of my wife’s family I can stand without losing my sanity, so I’ll be relying on Becker to keep me sane (LOL). In all seriousness, I’m thinking I can probably log 5 hours a day while, we are away. I’ll just break it up into 2 or 3 sessions a day. I’m hoping to be through chapter 4 or maybe 5 by New Year’s Eve.


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Allyson 13 years ago

Well... how did you do on AUD? Have fun in Europe. I hope to go one day. I'm sure it is more fun without the exam looming over you head. Merry Christmas!

Jay. O 13 years ago

Allyson - I'm just about to write my weekly update, so you'll have to read it to find out about AUD. (Hint: Jay. O does believe in Santa Claus.) Merry Christmas to you and your family.