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08:31 pm: A close knit group
This week has gone by quickly. I boarded a plane early Monday morning and made it safely to Georgia. There were some technical difficulties when checking in, but everything was eventually resolved, and I was able to dump my stuff in my hotel room.

I went across the street for some supply shopping at Wal-Mart. The first thing I noticed was that there were SO MANY plastic bags. Apparently they are still in use here, and I haven't seen many people with their own bags. In fact, when I took some of the bags that I got on that first trip back on another visit to reuse them, the greeter asked me if I had something to return.

The beagle class started right away on Tuesday morning. We had three days to meet the four dogs picked for us and submit ranked preference lists before being assigned official primary dogs on Friday. Amazingly, we each got our first pick. I will be working with Brooke. She's a small female that works very similar to the way Benny did.

Saturday, I decided I should do something productive with my spare time. I did bring a few board games (I even had a bit of a game night with my classmates on Friday, during which I taught them Forbidden Island), but I didn't have space in my luggage to bring a huge selection, so I am trying to ration them. Instead, I decided to teach myself to knit. I visited a number of nearby shops to pick up some reference books and materials, then spent all afternoon practicing. I think I'm making good progress.

This week, we will be acclimating the dogs to the airport environment and preparing for our certification exam.

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From:amilyn
Date:March 14th, 2016 12:58 am (UTC)
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SO awesome!

I'm glad Brooke seems like a good fit!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 14th, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing how she does at the airport.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:March 14th, 2016 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Congrats! Have fun!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 16th, 2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:evil_overlord
Date:March 14th, 2016 11:26 pm (UTC)
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hmm...the Wal-Marts in my area [Missouri] still use plastic bags, so I never really considered that others wouldn't be anymore...they do, however, have recycle bins right by the doors where you can put your old bags.

Yay for getting first pick! Hope Brooke does well for you!!

^_^ Knitting is fun. The internet [especially youtube] is your friend. knittinghelp.com is also a good resource. Knitty.com and Ravelry are good places to go to for fun patterns and such. Do *not* go to Etsy unless you have LOTS of time...so VERY MANY pretty yarns there!!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 16th, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Where I live in California, plastic bags were outlawed at all stores quite a while ago. That's why it's such a surprise to see them.

Thank you for the knitting site recommendations. I've been wanting to learn for years, and I kept putting it off.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 16th, 2016 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Wow, already preparing for the certification exam? How long is your training?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 16th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
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We take our practice exam on Friday and the real exam next week. The fourth week of training is for dealing with any issues that may come up and familiarizing the dogs to the airport environment.

Edited at 2016-03-16 08:32 pm (UTC)
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