Hi Sue. So, business is not that good in Texas? Steve and I were thinking of moving back. Maybe we shouldn't! I need to find out where the best place is for business. We can move pretty much anywhere at the stage we're at right now. And money is a huge factor. I hear captioning is in demand but I'm relearning some theory and OMG am I having a time with it. It's hard to relearn something. Even tho I haven't reported in 12 years I still write stuff in my head and translate things into steno in my head! ha Is Barbara A. still at A&A or did she sell?
Hi Sue, for some reason I wasn't able to get a private message to you, so I'll just tell you that I have that same shirt you are wearing in the above picture and I just love it. Looks good on you! See, us Texas gals with no electricity and the same shirt need to stick together!! Just sent you a friend invite....
Reporting... ah, yes, what a conundrum! I likewise have scheduling "issues," where one's free time is truly not free. It seems one has to always be available to the vicissitudes of chance that a job might call in. Then when they do call in, one is swamped, usually rushing, and again must miss out on other aspects of life. I often wonder if other professionals face similar issues. It is tough on an individual, but I have come to learn that it is even tougher on families.
That does sound exciting for Mary! What a great opportunity to see other parts of our great country! I hope her experiences are educational and pleasurable.
Em stays busy, almost from morning to night. Her in exhaustable and sustainable energy now reminds me of our younger days... how we were able to work into oblivion and then go home and play similarly and then get up and do it again. It was life; not much idle time.
Good luck on getting out your work. I likewise will be working this weekend. Did a favor and took an afternoon depo yesterday that went until 7:00 and is not a rush. Oh, well... so much for family time this weekend. Since I am not working Monday, maybe my family can quit everything they have planned on Monday and then we'll have family time. Oh... there's that conundrum again!
Hey, Sue! Hope this finds you doing well. I guess I've got a ways to go before learning how to functionally utilize these type services as I just NOW received your message "on my wall???" from back in April. No, I did not make it to Galveston. I don't recall why now, other than we probably either had taxes or some kind of other family commitment, plus... I have way too many points for State, and I'd just be getting points for NCRA. Since my points start over next year, I think I'll be doing a good many seminars from 2009 or maybe 2010.
How is work going for you? Are you able to work as much as you like, yet not overwork? That is the key question in our business.
Hi Sue! Thanks for your comments. I've lived in DC for just over 2 years and I like it here. It was a big adjustment moving to the big city (I lived in Utah and Illinois previously), but it is fun most of the time. I am in a tutoring class that is taught by a former reporter and I go part-time. I work full-time in the non-profit sector and go to class twice a week at night.
Eclipse is nice, and I enjoy being able to real-time, but there is still a lot I have to figure out! How long have you been reporting?
Dang, Sue! You got yourself a good one there. I don't want to try to recreate it. LOL Are you talking about the Cap, Spelling, Fix buttons? Enlarging the box doesn't help? Does doing whatever you did with the + sign help at all?
Thanks, Sue. I am feeling good for the first time in about four years. I finally conquered what ailed me and am trying to get used to not being a deathly ill person for a change! I just missed seeing you one day a few months ago at the SBISD building. Did they tell you? I saw a Sue Baker had signed in just ahead of me, and I made a comment to the young girl there that I knew a Sue Baker, and when I came out she said that it probably was the same Sue Baker I knew. (I told her you were about my age, so I wasn't sure if she said that b/c she thought you were my age or whether she asked you.) Anyway, this looks like fun. I have been pretty out of the reporting world but actually took a deposition about a month ago. Wow, my fingers still worked. I guess it's like riding a bike . . .
Sue, 3 C's closed a couple of years ago. They just closed down in the middle of a semester without any warning to the students. And because they were not acredited, the students were pretty much screwed. It's tough out there! :)
thanks for the depoman suggestion, I'll check it out.
Hi Sue! I went to MacCormac for a semester, and then I left because I wanted a program that moved faster, so I went to Court Reporting Institute of America (a relatively new school), then the Chicago location closed, so I study at home with Simplysteno now. It's coming along, but I think I'm getting lonely! :)
Sue, if you email me, I'll attach those macros for you. email@example.com My plans changed as of an hour ago, and now I'll be home all day. Well, unless I force myself to do some grocery shopping later.
Those darling cats are my mom's. She lives with my brother Scot an hour and 20 minutes away. After my dad died and my brother Scot moved in, a pregnant cat wandered into mom's backyard. The rest is history. So far she has taken in five other strays. Those neighborhood cats sure do know the best house to go to. As a special treat, she dips her finger into a jar of Gerber baby food and lets them lick it off. They absolutely adore her.
When I took the CRR last May, there were over 100 posts on the NCRA website regarding its difficulty. Everyone was complaining about the use of the word strategic. It came up five times and threw everyone off. This was my first time taking the test, and I thought it was completely in line with the tapes I had been practicing. I took it with maybe 15 other reporters. You should have heard the collective groan when the test was over! I believe there were only 20 reporters who passed it. Only three of us in California. Do you have the NCRA tapes to practice? I may be able to give you some tips regarding your Eclipse dictionary. If you are interested, shoot me an e-mail at jenlug@PacBell.net. Brenda and I brainstorm all the time. She is obsessed with writing shorter, and I appreciate that!
I've been reporting since I found out I passed the Nov. 1977 California CSR. I am one of Eclipse's biggest fans. TM and AB can make me so happy! I also just got my CRR last May after retaking and passing the RPR the previous November. When do you plan to take the CRR?