And maybe sick.
But the good news is...I may stand a chance. It's only a chance, but if I can make my way through the other of the hours-long programs I was supposed to have already done (me having pulled a modified all-nighter to get the other one done), then I'll have that chance.
Basically, I'm relying a lot on luck, help from my parents, and my own talent as a master illusionist. I feel utterly incompetent. I feel like, in online terms, a newb, as far as lifeguarding goes, all over again, in spite of having gotten my cert two years ago and having a year and a half of practical experience.
When it comes to this training, I'm barely scraping by. To pass, I'll not only need to do the training I should've already done, but do intense studying to memorize rules and regulations, which are my achilles heel as a lifeguard; I'm a really good tactile learner meaning that I learn how to do stuff incredibly well with experience, but rules have to be memorized and I still consult with my superiors on rules, even though I'm reasonably certain of the answers.
Heck, I'll ask guards that are technically less experienced than me questions about the rules, because I am that bad at retaining them. And now, my career is dependent on me having those rules drilled in well enough for me to pass a written test. (Multiple written tests, in point of fact.)
Also, fun fact, this has been happening for a while, but the monitor to my original computer is possessed. What I mean by this, is that the original computer I owned, before all other computers I have owned, was a white desktop, with one of those white monitors. It was equipped with Windows ME, back when that seemed like it could possibly have been a good idea somehow. (XP was not out yet, yet alone Vista or 7.) Through heavy usage in a not-exactly-very-clean room, dust built up inside and it had to be cleaned to keep working, but after the second time doing this, it...well, stopped working because we couldn't properly reassemble it; it broke.
But the monitor was, and still is, still there, in perfect working order, connected to the power strip. If you turn the monitor on, it tells you to "check signal cable", or something like that--in short, it works, perfectly fine, no power interruption, nothing; it's just waiting for a computer that hasn't been on in ages because it can't go on anymore.
...The possession comes when you turn the monitor OFF, its default and originally normal state. But as of recently, it has this weird thing it'll do: it's as if the monitor is in VERY rapid succession turning on then immediately off, and the pattern is as far as I can tell approximately every two and a half seconds: green light on, then off, making a click noise as it goes from one to the other. (Not sure if the click is on, or off.) Keep in mind, this monitor is OFF.
And it is 100% fully functional when ON.
Yet when off, it's doing the above. If the monitor had problems when it was on, I would suspect some sort of power interruption. Or maybe I'd suspect the monitor was going bad. Yet like I said, it's entirely functional as it is, albeit unused.
I'm sure there's a rational explanation for it, but the far better sounding explanation to me is that it's possessed.
...And now that I've typed all of the above, follow-through on my troubleshooting. I tried restarting Firefox. No luck. I tried bringing up Internet Explorer out of desperation--seemed promising, that maybe it was just a Firefox thing. Except while a basic google search works, nothing more advanced (say, TVTropes) does. It's exactly as I originally described, either in my blog or to my family: it's like a pseudoconnection, where my computer is connected to the internet well enough for processes to recognize I have a valid internet connection, but not actually being able to load anything that's anything.
I'm going to attempt a workaround with a reboot, which right now I'm attempting to kill two birds with one stone, via windows updates. (This may or may not actually work.) It looks like it will take a while, though, which is highly...bleh.
I know that on this computer, the temptation to use it for leisurely activities is higher, but I still need the internet for work. I also can't go hijack the computer in our living room, because it's anime night, and frankly, the dubs for watching online kinda suck, so I can't exactly skip a night and have the same experience. (There may be exceptions to this, but that IS the general trend. Subs you can find plenty of, done well, not laggy, not pixelated, not filled with junk, and generally well-translated, but dubs? Not so much. Some you can, the ones actually airing you generally can't. I have no problems with subs, it's just that when I'm watching a show, I prefer to stay in the same language watching that show, so if I watch subbed, I stay subbed; if I watch dubbed, I want to stay dubbed. Thus the reason why it's better to watch live than gamble online.)
Soyeah. I'll get to the Davos screenshots when I can.