Not me.. for Demaree. She had to take her State Board tests for Cosmetology to get her license.
First.. let me tell you about the rental car.. I ordered an intermediate size one and they had to give us a free upgrade because there weren’t any left, there were 5 people ahead of me when I got there.. so we got a 2009 Buick Enclave.. it was beautiful, it was brown metallic, it was awesome! But we hated the back, the trunk… it’s NOT for a family or for traveling and luggage, it’s more for just jetting your kids to school and getting around town.. There isn’t a trunk, it’s just a small hatch that you can actually get to from the very back seat. It has two seats right behind the driver and then a middle walk-through to the back bucket seat, that is very tiny and not good for a car seat.. we had to put Mackinzie on the side, not the middle, but that was ok because the door isn’t right there anyways, it felt safe and secure. I let Nathan drive up and back and I rode in the back with Mackinzie, he’s a great driver. The Enclave is a great drive, great luxury, but what a shame on the space for groceries or luggage.
We left my house about 7 p.m. Mackinzie slept most of the way, up till we got to Lodi, which was our turn off of Highway 99. We fed and changed her, went to the bathroom ourselves, then got back on our way. She stayed awake for the rest of the ride, I entertained her with the flashlight until we got there, LOL She loved it, she was fascinated by it and even talked and cooed to it, it was so cute, I cried, LOL
Nathan slept on one bed with Mackinzie. Mackinzie sleeps on a pad that you put on the changing table, at an incline, LOL That’s the only thing she will sleep on.. so they brought it.. she slept above Nathans head and me and Demaree had the other bed. I didn’t get much sleep.. I kept hearing her ALMOST wake up, ALOT, but she never did, it was just her noises that kept me awake.. About 4 a.m. I woke up fully and couldn’t go back to sleep, then the 4:45 wake up call came, uggg.. we had to be at the Rent-a-Kit at 5:45 a.m. for a demonstration then the models (ME) had to change our shirts into this terri cloth thingy, then we had to register and wait. We got in the testing rooms at 7:00 a.m. There were only 7 students, 7 models to a room with a Teacher/Tester lady. There were 7 stations, like when you go to get your hair done, the same chairs, mirrors, etc. just like she was working at a salon.
The test was like this.. Each girl/boy had their big huge kit, they had 5 minutes to unpack everything onto their station, get everything setup like they were at work. Then they had a huge binder that the teacher changed to a page, then you read it to find out what procedures you are doing. She called them appointments.. it’s like you are at work and your model is the client. Each student has from 7:30 to 10:20 for her first 5 appointments. The students couldn’t talk, the models couldn’t talk, it was only hand gestures, like to get up to go wash hair, etc. It was so quiet in there, just hearing what the girls are doing with scissors, water, and walking around. So guess what.. it was quiet, warm and I was tired.. what do you think I was trying NOT to do about the last hour… from like 9 a.m. to our break, I think I almost fell to sleep three times, LOL My eye lids were going crazy, it was horrible!!!! When the break came, she was almost done with her last appointment.. but had to stop. The lady walks around the whole time taking notes and checking when each girl is done with something. We had a quick 20 minute break, my hair was still gunky.. they use gels and some kind of foam for their pretend hair colors, perms, etc.. and Demaree didn’t quite wash them out each time, because of the time limit, she wanted to hurry..
Then when the break was over, it was another 4 appointments til 12:00 She barely finished my eye brow waxing, which was real by the way and thank god, when the end bell rang. It was noon. So, they had to pack everything up, and the models had to leave the premises. Then Demaree had a 20 minute break, then on to the 2 hour written test. OH and by the way.. I was feeling drowsy and tried to keep myself awake AGAIN!
When I left, I had so much gunk in my hair, it wasn’t even funny, LOL Anyways, I got to the hotel, took another shower, then Nathan took everything to the car, they let us check out at 1:30 p.m. We checked out, went to have a lunch, because I was almost going to throw up from not eating, then we went back to the testing place and waited for Demaree.
We saw her walking towards us, she was smiling, it though YAAAAY, she passed.. but guess what… she past the written test, she failed the practical by 9 freaking points!!!! And now she has to go back to that place and do that practical all over again!!! When we had our break, we talked to several girls and lots were there taking that part of the test again.. they had failed the first time… The first test is paid for by her tuition.. the next one she will have to pay for AND rent that kit again.. The test will be $75 and the kit is $100 non refundable.. damit!!! And for me, it was so gruelling, just sitting there, soooo tired!!! I feel bad for her.. but she can’t take me again unless her test is going to be about 2 months from the first one.. I honestly don’t want to go through that again… If she had failed the written test, she could take it in Fresno.. but not this part, the practical has to be done in Fairfield or Glendale.. which some of the girls said don’t take it there because they are mean… I don’t want to do it… and I know Demaree doesn’t either… she was upset, but didn’t show it.. After picking her up, we went to get her something to eat, and started on our way home.. we left about 2:30 p.m. Got back home around 7 p.m. I think.. just about the same time we left, LOL So needless to say.. no license..
I was happy to be home and see the girls even though I did talk to them on my cell alot while we were going there and then coming back home.. they wanted to know exactly where we were because they were tracking us on Google earth, LOL I had the map in the back and told Nathan were to turn when we got to Lodi, etc… I was the navigator.. LOL The ride home was nice because we got to see the surroundings we didn’t get to see on the way there.. nice area.. very hilly ride, LOL