The test started at 9:45 and ended at 2:35 with two breaks, one long enough to include a light lunch. the first section was reading and vocabulary, and since this is normally my strongest area, i didn't study all that many kanji or anything. of course, that's why i think i fucked it up. should have looked over that stuff a little more carefully. oh well. listening went a little better, and it was really short compared to the other sections. i think i did okay except for a couple of questions that involved a person describing a graph and you had to choose which graph they were talking about. that stuff can be tricky for me in english, let alone japanese, so those were basically guessed at. thankfully, the entire test is multiple choice, so i at least have a chance of guessing correctly. the last part was the writing and the grammar, my weakest area, and therefore the one i'd studied hardest for. i really feel confident that i did well on that section. there were a couple where i was debating between two of the choices, but none that i had no clue about. i feel like the studying i did really paid off on that one, and being that it's the longest section, i'm really hoping it makes up for how bad i did on the first part. i have to wait til mid-february to find out, of course.
after the test, barbara and i went out into the city to get some good ol' fashioned x-mas shopping done, but we found we were so tired that we spent a less time than we'd planned buying presents. we got some tasty tasty burgers at Wendy's first though, and then headed back home with a brief stop to buy cheese in himeji. carrying all my stuff back has left my shoulders sore and tired, but i'm looking forward to a good nights sleep now. owarimashita.