Shock face :O

Woah. It’s been a while since I last posted. Stuff’s happened. You know how it goes. Anyways, major shock face to come back and see that my views had jumped wayyyyyy up while I wasn’t posting. I’m not sure what happened, but apparently someone (lots of someones) really liked my post on embroidery in WWII called Beauty from Horror. I had completely forgotten writing it. :O

Some of the stuffs that have happened: First major thing is that I got a job!!! (skip if you don’t want to read about my accounting nerd stuff ;)) I’ll be an Expatriate Tax associate at BDO. Basically, my job will involve calculating and minimizing the amount of tax individuals living/working abroad need to pay the US and foreign governments. Filing out FBAR and Form 8938. *sigh* I’m so excited!!! Work starts on January 28, 2013, so I’ve still got some time to wait. Most people say “What?!?! Why do you have to wait so long??” I always respond “LONG?? That’s early! Most people have to wait a year before starting with a public accounting firm after getting hired.” I don’t know why it is that way, but that’s the way things work. Probably because I was a campus hire. I think experience hires get to work much sooner. I digress.

I’ve also been doing some volunteer work for the African Children’s Project. I don’t know a ton about Nonprofit accounting, but I do know how to organize the books. It’s been so much fun! My friend Melanie founded the organization a few years ago and is in Kenya right now drilling the first well for the site. Once the well is drilled, the village can be built and the HIV/AIDS orphans will have a home. Then they can go to school and break the cycle of poverty. Here’s the official description: “We build community-based, family-style homes in Kenya from which we provide compassionate, holistic, long-term care for children who have been orphaned as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.” :) We’re praying for water to be hit soon!

Other news, I found a really old computer (like Windows XP with Word 98) and got all my poetry off of it. It’ll be posted soon. I’ve learned to play xbox with my brother. Netflix viewing has increased. I went to Norfolk and made more bleach tees. I’ve taken more nail pics, but have been slack on posting. And…….

Oh yeah! Books. I’ve been reading a lot :D I read the Hunger Games trilogy in three days time. Not much sleep haha. I also read Game of Thrones. A friend recommended it. Not so great. I mean, there was a really awesome story hidden underneath. The language and sensual content was WAY more than I could stand. I had every intention of reading the set, but by the end I was so sick of it that the books went back to the library. The book Wicked was the same way. People were raving over it and I was so disgusted that I put the book down about halfway through. Ugh. Now I’m on to Harry Potter. It’s just so fantastic and I’ve never read them straight through before.

And I think that’s it. There is this game called Quelf that’s pretty awesome, but I’ll let you look that one up on your own.


[day 10] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

Since today was recruiting day my picture is of my recruiting attire. My friend said and I quote “Classyyyy u look like an accountant haha :)” Yes, that was a text message in reply to the picture he asked for. Funny thing is that my mom said something similar the other day. Her’s was more along the lines of “You better say you look like an accountant so you can be an accountant.” The intent behind it was nice, but typed it doesn’t sound that way… oh wells.

Day 10: My recruiting suit :D


Ughhh I’m so ready to have a job. Maybe I’m that big of a nerd. No, I AM that big of a nerd :)

Randomness because I felt like posting ;)

I’ve been doing random things in my vacation time. Recruiting begins next week and there are so many things left to do! I bought the Hunger Games trilogy yesterday so that needs to be read. (Before you slam me for having not read it yet, I was in grad school with a full load and studying for the CPA exam. Slack is deserved.) Tomorrow I want to make a glow-in-the-dark nail tutorial, because I found this really great neon green paint that promises glowification. Hopefully, I can rig up a way to record a video for you to go with the pictures and instructions. Harry Potter still hasn’t been read. AND I’m making my own swimsuit. I might post pictures of that if things turn out well. As of right now, I have some stitching to take out tomorrow. Sadness.

So things and stuff and things about stuff. I’m sure there is a balance between enjoying vacation and getting things accomplished, but I haven’t found it yet. Mostly I’ve just watched Sherlock, Dr. Who, Robin Hood, White Collar, and Psych on Netflix. And played Minecraft. Played a lot of Minecraft. Oh wells. This always happens so I should just keep trying, I suppose. Whatever gets done tomorrow, you will have a glow-in-the-dark nail tutorial, provided there are no natural disasters or unexpected tragedies. I do have an expected tragedy, but that is a whole other post that probably won’t be written. Just sayin’. That’s about it for now.

Ohhhhhh, and this is the picture I’ve been meaning to share with you:

It’s my face :) Now I’m done.

I passed!! DONE!! *happy dance*

If the title of this post wasn’t enough, let me say it again (cause you know I love to!).. I PASSED!! I am now officially in the “passed the CPA exam” club :D I got the score for BEC today. See:


Now all I need is a job and a year’s worth of experience and I will be licensed. Oh the joy!! I’ve said it over and over again… “Thank you to all my praying peoples!! Without them I wouldn’t have passed and without God I wouldn’t have tried.” Life is fantastically amazing right now!!! *happy dance again*

Last one….

In 11 hours or so, I will begin my final CPA exam. I’ve saved the supposed easiest for last, BEC. It stands for Business Environment and Concepts. Basically, it’s my undergrad degree in Accounting plus all the extra business classes rolled up into one pretty little 3hr exam. And I can’t wait for it. I’ve been ready to get this thing over with since Sunday.

I always take the day before the exam off from studying. Kind of a brain break before the intensity of the exam begins. It started on May 3rd, the day before FAR. I had every intention of taking a practice test Continue reading

CPA exam for the win

There’s not all that much to say other than I PASSED!!!! One click of a button can bring such instant relief and that amazes me :) REG was by far the most stressful. The anxiety had me physically ill and in bed most of the preceding day. And the strange part is that I have no idea why! Oh wells. The body/mind work in odd ways sometimes :/ On the bright side, this exam gave me the mist relief both during and after it. I was literally crying from waves of relief when I realized that I knew the answers haha! Ohh it feels so good. Only one left now and I take it Wednesday!


The wait is on!

Today is the prerelease day for cpa exam scores. They might be up or they might not. Either way, waiting on them feels like an anxious tummy ache. AND they might not be posted today at all!! I’m dubbing this cpa exam trauma. That’s a real thing right? I think so.


Life on Becker… Kinda sounds like a drug

The last six months have been filled with Becker classes and grad school. I graduated in June though, so all that’s left is to finish up Becker. I’ve taken and passed FAR and AUD, taken REG, and all that’s left is BEC. Finally!!!! The wonderful end is in sight :D My next and last exam is August 8th and I can’t wait to get it over with. They (the people explaining CPA study effort) weren’t kidding when they said that it would consume my life. It definitely has. Friendships have ended. Family stress has increased. Dates have been avoided. BUT it’s all almost over!!!!! Hooray!!! All I can do is thank God for giving me passing grades on my exams and in my classes. I can do all things through Him and that had been reinforced over and over again in the last six months. Sigh of relief :)



Becker Boredom

Classroom Boredom by laurenichole89
Classroom Boredom, a photo by laurenichole89 on Flickr.

Some things never change and I’m afraid that being totally distracted in class is one of them.

In 4th and 5th grade (yes, both!) I got in trouble sooooooo many times for drawing when I shouldn’t and on things (or people) I shouldn’t. Unfortunately, college and graduate school didn’t change that. In freshman year, I drew on the desk during calculus. In grad school I drew on my soda cup.

In my defense, the art on my soda cup was convincing enough that the professor didn’t notice that I had drawn it. He thought it came that way!! You would think that a cup in the air with a highlighter in one hand would be slightly suspicious, wouldn’t you? Ah well, hats off to Dr. Kerr for boosting my cup design confidence :)