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This morning, I spent four hours (yes, FOUR HOURS) stuck at the DMV as I attempted to get my North Carolina driver’s license.  Um, yes.  I’m a little late to the party.


It would’ve been the worst four hours of my week, but I was smart and brought along my laptop so I could do some book editing.


After FINALLY making it to the front of the line, I became very nervous that I would fail the test.  In North Carolina, you have to take a written exam even if you have a valid license from another state.  Happily, I beat the computer and made it out of the DMV without a minute to spare before Girls on the Run.


The Husband made me lunch, so I literally ran in, dropped by bags, inhaled this lunch, and we left for the elementary school.


Hummus and sprouts sammie:


Dipped in a potato, artichoke, and leek soup.  Mmm.


Girls on the Run was fun, but I got the sense that a few of the girls felt a little crabby today – I kind of did, too, so I can sympathize.  We tried to boost everyone’s spirits by talking about the fun Practice 5K party we’re having next week.  I know some of the girls are positively going to CRUSH the 5K.


Also, everyone’s foot necklaces are getting bigger and bigger (they get a foot for every mile they run).  Two of the girls have 21 feet already!  Once they get to 26 feet, they get a special charm for ‘running a marathon.’  Pretty cute, huh?


I wish I got a charm for every mile I ran. 😉


Post-GOTR snack was an apple and PB.


Back to work I go!


Did you fail the driver’s exam the first time you took it?  I failed my learner’s written test once and my driver’s practical once, too.  Shameful.



  • April @ Grits & Granola Bars March 24, 2011, 4:11 pm

    I failed my first driver’s exam! Not the written part, but the driving part. Oy. 🙁

  • megan @ blackberries for jam March 24, 2011, 4:12 pm

    I passed my first driver’s test, but I probably should have failed. I hit a cone that was supposed to indicate a pedestrian and I could not back up straight! The fact that I passed says a lot about the other drivers on the road. Thankfully, I’ve improved quite a bit since I was 16!

    Your simple lunch looks delicious! What kind of soup is that?

    • megan @ blackberries for jam March 24, 2011, 4:12 pm

      I meant to ask what brand of soup!

      • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:14 pm

        It’s that Beverly’s Gourmet – a local biz

        • Kristinjane March 24, 2011, 8:53 pm

          How can we get the recipe? Looks so yummy!

        • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:10 pm

          I asked her 🙂 We’ll see what she says!

  • Beth @ 990 Square March 24, 2011, 4:17 pm

    I failed my road test (which was taken on a closed course, odd right?) the first time. The second time I went to take it, I had the same tester. He took one look at me and I looked at him, and he went back in the building and sent someone else out. I passed that time!

    When are you coming to DC?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:20 pm

      I leave tomorrow! So excited.

      • Beth @ 990 Square March 24, 2011, 4:22 pm

        well, be sure to put on here if you want to meet up with people! I’m in Baltimore, and I’m carpooling down on saturday AM (when it’s going to be freezing, literally) with my relay time, but it would be great to meet up!

        • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:45 pm

          Emailed ya!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged March 24, 2011, 4:17 pm

    I totally failed it the first time! I nailed 99% of it but when I went to park, I nicked the corner of the traffic cone…instant fail. FML. I got it the second time though!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 24, 2011, 4:18 pm

    We used to get those feet for jump roping in elem. school and got to wear them on our laces! Congrats on passing the test!

  • Kacy March 24, 2011, 4:19 pm

    I barely passed my driver’s tests, but I passed. If I had to take them again though I fear it would be a different story!

  • SaraK March 24, 2011, 4:19 pm

    I failed my learner’s test once and driving practical twice- I probably shouldn’t even be allowed on the roads 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg March 24, 2011, 4:21 pm

    I passed the written exam on my first try, but I did fail the actual driving test — I drove on the wrong side of the road (it was a closed off test area, so no one was in danger) and the instructor said “well Holly, you need to drive on the right side of the road to avoid oncoming traffic” — he told me I basically failed right there. I cried.

    I passed the second time around — although I cried the whole time because I was so nervous.

  • Ann @ Day by Day March 24, 2011, 4:23 pm

    I failed my test for my permit the first time I took it! I didn’t have to take a test to get my license, since in Tennessee if you take a driver’s ed course, you can automatically get your license. I was so embarrassed that I didn’t tell anyone except my family!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 24, 2011, 4:24 pm

    That lunch looks divine. I can’t believe it took you four hours at the DMV! How dreadful! I’ve lucked out and never had to wait more than an hour. Thank goodness. And I passed my driver’s test with flying colors! Woohoo! I was lucky!

  • Rebecca March 24, 2011, 4:25 pm

    I didn’t get my license until a few months after I turned 17 (HATED driving). I’d practiced with my parents a bunch, and I passed both tests, but the guy with me during the driving part probably shouldn’t have let me pass. He kept pointing out the stuff I did wrong and even asked if I felt I should be able to drive on my own. I cried. But he passed me. =\

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 24, 2011, 4:25 pm

    I passed both the first time, but I was sure I wouldn’t pass the actual driving one… I was sooo nervous! Although technically, I was not prepared to drive and shouldn’t have been allowed to pass. I’m better now, though!

  • Jamie@everydaydolce March 24, 2011, 4:25 pm

    I hate the DMV, just like everyone else. But the last time I went I decided to try and make it as positive an experience as possible. To do this, I treated myself to an iced coffee before, brought a couple of books to skim through, magazines, and texted a bunch of friends I haven’t been in touch with for a while and caught up with them! I felt very accomplished and pleased after the three hour wait, lol. I wouldn’t have been so if I had failed the test, however.

    Have a great day!

  • Freya March 24, 2011, 4:26 pm

    Wow, they’re strict where you are!
    I failed my practical test first time, but passed the theory first (thank goodness – about 6monhts after I passed, they changed the exam to make it harder). One of my friends failed her practical TWELVE times though! At £60 a go, that’s an expensive mistake..!!
    Well done to you 🙂

  • Gavi @ Gavi Gets Going! March 24, 2011, 4:26 pm

    I did VERY poorly on my practical, but the scorer and I saw on a drug deal take place right outside my car during the test, so I think he took pity on me. I passed my permit test on the first try, but I was one point away from failing. Oh, well! I’d like to think I’m a pretty safe driver now! 🙂

  • Rachel March 24, 2011, 4:31 pm

    My fiance most definitely failed the eye exam last time he went to get his license renewed. But the lady was nice and passed him anyway?! I’m all for being nice but this one is kind of dangerous.

    It makes me wonder, how many other blind drivers are out on the road cause of this lady???

    (Fiance has since gotten himself some glasses. Praise the lord!)

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:44 pm

      Oh man… blind drivers are no good.

  • Jen March 24, 2011, 4:32 pm

    My little brother just took his license test today and didn’t pass! I feel sorry for him, but mainly because this means he’s going to have to go back to the DMV! That place is hell. I’m not surprised you were there for four hours.

  • Lindsay March 24, 2011, 4:33 pm

    um, when i moved to nc after highschool i failed that dang test twice. it was so embarrassing! but then my mom failed it three times and i started to feel better about myself.

  • Baking 'n' Books March 24, 2011, 4:34 pm

    I’ve always been embarrassed about failing my 1rst driver’s test so nice to know others did too. It was the practical – and not even anything with parallel parking or anything!

    Nope – instead I ran a Red light…ding ding ding…totally wasn’t my fault. I seen the green ahead – and my dad always used to tell me during practices that I should speed up if there was a green to get before it turned yellow. Well…it was on the verge of yellow, and my foot wasn’t hitting the brake.

    It could have been an accident if I slowed down last minute!! …of course the tester didn’t see it my way.

  • Kimberly @ Healthy Strides March 24, 2011, 4:34 pm

    I had no idea that I had to take the written test when I moved to Indiana from Ohio. Yeah, failed it the first time. It’s a bit humbling to fail a driver’s test when you’ve been driving almost 10 years! I did complain that Indiana had stupid rules and worded the test poorly 😉 Second time around, I got a 100%. Take that, Indiana!

  • Heather March 24, 2011, 4:36 pm

    Oh man. I took Driver’s Ed in summer school because if you passed you were waived from having to take the driving test. So what happens? I miss too many on the test & had to forfeit that waiver as a result. I thought my Dad was going to KILL me! hahaha

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 24, 2011, 4:37 pm

    I took it twice and passed it the 2nd time! the first time (when I failed it) I was about to make a lefty but the light started to change. I panicked, and decided to stop right past the line! haha. It was towards the end too lol

  • Nicole (I have trouble with forward motion) March 24, 2011, 4:38 pm

    I failed the maneuvering portion the first time, but got it on the second try. Could be worse- I think my sister tried twice, failed both times (stupid maneuvering part), and STILL doesn’t have her license…and she just turned 21. It’s not high on anyone’s priority list to make it happen, LOL.

  • Kiran March 24, 2011, 4:39 pm

    I failed written test once in Austin. Sheesh! 😀

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston March 24, 2011, 4:45 pm

    When I moved from PA to OH I had to retake the written exam too! Certainly makes you nervous even though you’ve been driving for yaers!

  • Anj March 24, 2011, 4:51 pm

    NC requires a written test?! Yikes! I’m moving to NC in July so I guess I better start studying….or maybe I could hold on to my TX license for a while 😉

  • Mabelle @ Dance, Love, Dine March 24, 2011, 4:52 pm

    Yes I failed my first driving test and then my second time around they took off 5 points for parallel parking but I passed! lol (Ironic—today a lot of my friends congratulate me on my excellent parallel parking skills…haha)

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks March 24, 2011, 4:52 pm

    I took the permit test when I was 18, passed the first time and then let it expire without ever attempting driving. Fail.

    I took it again, passed again and took driving lessons. My teacher freaked me out and made me super uncomfortable when I drove. When I took the road test, I panicked and made some huge (yet non fatal) errors and I got 18 marks off…you can only miss by 15 points. Fail.

    I was too scared to retry the behind the wheel section and that permit expired. I took the written test again and passed again. I continued to be too scared to take the behind the wheel. The permit expired again.

    Nearly FOUR years passed by and I finally took the permit test again. Surprise, surprise, I passed it again. I took behind the wheel lessons again. When the teacher said I was ready for the test….I didn’t make the appt.

    But the permit didn’t expire. About a month before it was set to, I made a behind the wheel test, then I called my mom and said, “This is it. I need to borrow your car. You need to remind me how to drive.” She procrastinated and we were down to a week and I still hadn’t driven since the lessons. I called her and said, “The test is on Monday. We need to drive.” She said there was no way I could pass the test with such a slight amount of prep. I said I had enough with all of this crap, and I was going to OWN this damn exam!

    The first time out, she accidentally knocked the gear shift with her knee and we went into neutral and I panicked and we almost died on the freeway. But I did not let that scare me. We drove one hour a day for the next six days. I got better. I went to that test and I only missed 3 points! They were all in the last 5 minutes of the test and when we arrived back at the DMV, he asked me what the heck just happened back there. I looked at him like I was going to cry and he said, “No, no! Calm down! You did fine…you only missed three points, I was just wondering why you goofed that last little bit, as the rest of your test had been perfect.

    License managed at age 23.

    And now I’m nearly 29 and I never drive. Go figure.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:44 pm

      Oh my, what a cute story. And now you never drive! LOL

      • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks March 25, 2011, 1:15 pm

        Nope. I think I’ve driven like…10 times ever by myself. I have a car share membership in case I have an emergency, but honestly, driving scares me! I just wanted to prove that I COULD drive, if I wanted to! 😉

  • Gracie (complicated day) March 24, 2011, 4:54 pm

    Well, since our test consisted of backing up, driving around a neighborhood, and parking….no, I didn’t fail. I’d actually only driven four times before I took the test…I knew Louisiana’s test was easy!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) March 24, 2011, 4:55 pm

    Lines at the DMV are the worst!!

    I actually passed both the written and the practical on the first try.

  • Jen March 24, 2011, 4:56 pm

    I failed the vision test when I went to renew my permit (I got it as soon as I turned 16, then was ridiculously scared to drive and had to go renew it when a year and a half went by and I still hadn’t gotten my license; I finally got it at age 19). Never knew I needed glasses until then! haha

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:43 pm

      Aww! I had a moment like that in 4th grade when I figured out I needed glasses.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 24, 2011, 4:58 pm

    I passed the written test… but I hit a pole when I was parking during my driving test. Automatic fail- whoops!

  • Dee March 24, 2011, 4:58 pm

    I would hate to have to take the actual tests again! I failed the written once but got it the second time; almost failed the driving part, but the lady was new to the area and more focused on the fact that she felt lost, and grateful that I knew how to get us back to the DMV, that she let me barely pass. Too bad for CA roadways that day!

  • emily March 24, 2011, 5:01 pm

    I failed my first *two* practicals! I could parallel park with the best of them, but we had to back into a parking space (I’m not from the states) and I just couldn’t do it!

  • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 24, 2011, 5:01 pm

    I passed my first time but I always like to remind my hubs that he didn’t:) He failed once in England (he says it is harder over there, what does your hubs say?) and once here, hehe!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:42 pm

      It’s a lot harder – the Hus says you have to use a stick shift!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 24, 2011, 5:03 pm

    YES! I totally failed the written one the first time I took it! My dad was so mad. I’m glad you got through though.

  • Michelle {Minding our Peas and Carrots} March 24, 2011, 5:05 pm

    LOVE the foot necklace idea!! Too cute!

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes March 24, 2011, 5:07 pm

    During my drivers test, the instructor told me to park on the side of the road…so I did…then he told me to start driving again…so I did…but IN REVERSE! uh oh!
    I did pass though…I think he sympathized with my nervousness…

  • Krista March 24, 2011, 5:12 pm

    I failed the written test once but passed the driving test, thank God! I hated learning how to drive! My instructor made me cry during driver’s ed, it was so humiliating!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 24, 2011, 5:14 pm

    Hooray for productivity! I had to get my license renewed last week, and I was surprised by the hour-long wait and how crazy busy it was. However, I was impressed by how efficient the DMV system really is… they do their best! 🙂 Congrats on passing the test!

  • Alice March 24, 2011, 5:18 pm

    I don’t know what the major differences between the tests are between over there and in England? We have to do a theory and a practical. I passed the theory first time but failed the practical the first time. 🙁 second time lucky though! I failed the first because I almost knocked the side mirror off of a parked car. I was gutted but I thought that was reasonable. 😛

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:41 pm

      The Husband says England tests are SUPERRRRRRRRRRR TERRIBLY HARD. I think the USA ones are just easier. Plus, don’t you have to use a stick? We can do automatic.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 24, 2011, 5:22 pm

    Ugh, i could’ve warned you about the NC DMV… I’ve had hooorrror stories there, having to go back multiple times to get registrations switched over from another state when i bought my new car from my neighbor down in FL. Worst 2 months ever. I probably had to go to the DMV 5 times I’ve learned to get there around 7AM now to be the first few in line. It helps wonders…

  • Kris March 24, 2011, 5:26 pm

    I failed my learner’s permit, but passed my behind the wheel (even though I lightly tapped the car in the lane in front of me leaning down to get the registration out of the glove box — oops). I get tired thinking of how many drivers tests I’ve taken. MN (new driver, written and behind the wheel), FL (moved, both written and behind the wheel), VA (wallet was stolen and then my license expired before I got a duplicate, both written and behind the wheel), and Germany (moved, written two tests, international road signs and German traffic laws). Hopefully, no more.

  • Natalia - a side of simple March 24, 2011, 5:28 pm

    On my written exam I didn’t know what a pedestrian was, and one of the questions involved one. My answer involved not helping them… Whoops! But I did pass the test and my driver’s test!

    I’ve also never spent more than a half hour at the DMV. I’m just waiting for the day I’m stuck there for hours to make up for my luck so far.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:41 pm

      I didn’t know what the exhaust pipe did. LOL

  • Amanda March 24, 2011, 5:40 pm

    I passed my written exam, but the driving test I failed the first time. It’s sad because the actual driving part is down a residential area… *ahem* Totally doesn’t prepare you for driving down a highway AT ALL.

    I think I’ve only spent about 2 hours all together at the DMV. I’ll probably make up for it whenever I move.

  • Marcia March 24, 2011, 5:41 pm

    Congrats on the pass! No failures here, I’d like to keep it that way. Those feet charms are adorable!

  • Christina March 24, 2011, 5:46 pm

    yay on the pass! I have never heard of Girls On the Run. I clicked the link and read all about it- love it!

    Mmmm, I love dunking sandwiches into my soup!

  • Ally March 24, 2011, 5:54 pm

    I passed my learner’s first try, but I FAILED my driver’s test FOUR TIMES. Yes. I haven’t tried again since the last one (like four years ago). Um…

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:40 pm

      So far, you win 😉

  • Rebecca March 24, 2011, 5:54 pm

    I failed my road test twice, but surprisingly I have not been in any accidents since getting my license 🙂

  • Johanna B March 24, 2011, 5:57 pm

    I actually failed the driving part of the exam when I was 16. So embarrassed. Nailed it the second time though.

  • Lu March 24, 2011, 5:58 pm

    I’m going to give myself a present for every mile I run. I failed my driver’s test the first time I took it. I had a hateful instructor that was out to get me. I made it up the next day.

  • Sable@SquatLikeALady March 24, 2011, 6:08 pm

    Um yes, I didn’t fail the written portion but I failed my first road test. ON my seventeenth birthday. And since Mass driving tests are (or were at the time? I live in a different state now) administered by State Troopers…I cried in front of a State Trooper. Ouch.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:40 pm

      ohmigod state troopers scare me!

  • Allison @ OneWhiteTulip March 24, 2011, 6:10 pm

    I studied the practice test my drivers ed course gave me instead the actual book. I bombed pretty hard. I then cried pretty hard – hey, first test I ever failed! I passed the next time…I saved both my tests and my sister studied off of them and passed the first time. Jerk.

  • Courtney March 24, 2011, 6:14 pm

    I passed both my written and driving exams the first time, but only because my parents wouldn’t let me go until they KNEW I would pass! So, a long time 😛

  • Emily March 24, 2011, 6:15 pm

    Not only did I fail my learner’s test, but I also failed my road test the first time! Conspiracy theorists insist there’s a “fail quota”, but I’m pretty sure my driving up onto the curb during the parallel park was what sealed my fate.

  • Katie @ Up Fit Creek March 24, 2011, 6:17 pm

    LOVE the feet charms!

    I’d be a nervous wreck (no pun intended) if I had to take any kind of driving test now. I know how to drive, but it’s so easy to second guess yourself on the written stuff.

  • Renée March 24, 2011, 6:20 pm

    I barely passed the written test, and failed my first time at the driving test. I studied and practiced a LOT but I was so nervous when I took my tests that I forgot a good bit of what I learned!

  • Sara @ Running In Pink Project March 24, 2011, 6:29 pm

    I failed the driving portion not once, not twice, but (wait for it….) THREE times. It was so bad.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:39 pm

      Oh that is painful! All those trips to the DMV.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 24, 2011, 6:39 pm

    wowza – that IS a long wait!!!!

  • Lauren March 24, 2011, 6:39 pm

    Those charms are really cute, where did you get them?
    For the kids running program I help with, we have little runner charms to give them every 5K, as well as little food charms (broccoli, grapes, etc.) if they complete nutrition challenges.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 24, 2011, 7:12 pm

    I hate the dmv!! And I want a charm every time I run too 😉

  • Christine @ Bookishly Boisterous March 24, 2011, 7:13 pm

    The kids at my high school can barely make the mile for physical fitness testing- I love that these little girls are kicking butt!

  • Tracy @ Commit To Fit March 24, 2011, 7:15 pm

    I absolutely love the foot charms. What a fantastic idea to keep the girls motivated!

  • Susan @ Mom Swim Bike Run March 24, 2011, 7:32 pm

    We are starting a run club at my son’s school and I was wondering if you could tell me where you got the little feet charms. I think it’s a great idea and a good way to keep the kids motivated.

  • Erin March 24, 2011, 7:39 pm

    I aced the written test, aced the driving test…failed the eye exam. Had to go get a note from my doctor before they’d give me my license. 🙁

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef March 24, 2011, 7:52 pm

    reading everyone’s comments makes me feel better about myself…i failed the written test and had to retake it. i was so mad because there was a waiting period of 48 hrs or something before you could schedule another test. but i aced the driving test 🙂 i’m dreading the day i move out of state and need a new license. 🙁

    oh- and just something to look into… in IN you can book appts @ the BMV up to 2 wks ahead and it’s a breeze when you get in… maybe other states have that too.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:36 pm

      hahaha it makes me feel better too that other responsible people fail.

      no appts in NC! what the heck!?

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 24, 2011, 7:58 pm

    I almost failed my permit test. I got the max amount of questions you could get wrong before you failed.
    The foot charms are so cute, and your lunch looks good. The DMV is terrible, at least you were smart and brought your laptop.

  • Lauren March 24, 2011, 8:01 pm

    That hummus and soup combo looks so good!

  • Kelly March 24, 2011, 8:12 pm

    I failed the written portion of my driver’s test the first time too! We don’t have to take an actual driving test in Texas as long as you take so many hour of Driver’s Education courses. I don’t remember how many now.

  • Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy March 24, 2011, 8:45 pm

    I had a vege sandwich today too!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) March 24, 2011, 9:04 pm

    I LOVE the feet idea! I’m going to definitely do something like that next season! I was sort of thrown into coaching this season without training so it’s been quite the learning experience!

  • Kristen March 24, 2011, 9:13 pm

    I love that necklace idea! I need to find some motivation……

  • Carol March 24, 2011, 9:16 pm

    I passed my exam, but scary was my first ever driving experience. The main street in downtown during lunch hour. I’d NEVER EVER driven before not even on the practice lot at my high school.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:35 pm

      EcKKK! Super scary indeed.

  • Christy March 24, 2011, 9:17 pm

    I failed my first driver’s test. I was too stubborn to cancel after a huge snowstorm and ended up pulling out in front of another car thanks to a ginormus snowbank– automatic fail. The second driver’s test I had to flu but was again too stubborn to cancel. I think the instructor passed me out of pity.
    P.S. I really love the Girls on the Run program. I am considering starting one in my area. It looks like so much fun!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:34 pm

      Oh please do! You will love it.

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 24, 2011, 9:32 pm

    I failed the written exam the first time I took it! That’s what I got for not studying though! 🙂

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 24, 2011, 9:38 pm

    I love that GOTR idea! you could do a little something like that, like just little beads!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 24, 2011, 9:49 pm

    I didn’t fail my drivers test when I took it – thank goodness. I think this weather is making people crabby!!!

  • Kristin @ FoodFash March 24, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Potato, artichoke, and leek soup sounds like a perfect soup trifecta!

  • Lana March 24, 2011, 10:39 pm

    I’m so sorry about the DMV wait. Your daily eats look soo good. I need to find a man that will make me a hummus and sprout sandwich 😉

  • Adina March 24, 2011, 10:57 pm

    O man, I totally failed my drivers test the first time.. the physical one in the car. (The written one, our entire driver’s ed class cheated our way through because our instructor was to old to notice)
    I guess I am the queen of the “California roll through,” I still have a hard time stopping at stop signs

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 24, 2011, 11:45 pm

    I failed by 1 point the first time, but got 100% the second time!

  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska March 25, 2011, 12:03 am

    I didn’t fail my drivers test when I took it at 17, but did fail it the first time I took it to get my Alaska DL after I moved here. Talk about embarassing!

  • Amanda March 25, 2011, 1:05 am

    I passed the written exam no problem but flunked my road test the first time. I was so nervous! Somehow I managed to get a perfect score the next time… : D

  • gina March 25, 2011, 3:43 am

    Its important to change your diet and workout. If you want to spice it up a little, you might want to consider doing Rebel Race. It is a really fun mud run with obstacles like a wall climb called the Great Wall of Rebel Race. They have another obstacle called Ninja Turle Tunnels. Its time to relive our childhood- lol. The website is http://www.rebelrace.com

  • jassy March 25, 2011, 6:02 am

    love the foot necklace 🙂 maybe i should apply that in other goals in my life 🙂

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn March 25, 2011, 7:03 am

    That last photo of the apple with pb looks abstract and artsy, I really dig it!

  • Charise March 25, 2011, 8:40 am

    The summer before my sophomore year of college, I needed to get a driver’s license in the state of my school for residency purposes (my mom lived there so I got in-state tuition; I grew up one state over but needed to “prove” I lived in-state too). So I made a special 2 hour trip to school to take the text, and I SKIPPED A ROW OF BUBBLES – this was pre-computerized test. So the whole second half of the test was wrong, and even though I pointed it out to the lady and I scored perfect if you took that into account, the lady failed me and I had to drive back AGAIN a week later. Sadface.

  • Becky March 25, 2011, 10:00 am

    Moved to Charlotte, NC about 5 years ago. Didn’t know a written test was required to get my license here. Yeah, I ended up failing it the first time around. I had only gotten my license 4 years prior in PA so it was pretty embarrassing.

  • Stace March 25, 2011, 11:58 am

    I lived in NC for 5 years and when I went to get my license I had no idea I had to take a test! Luckily I passed and was surprised I remembered so much from drivers ed! I guess not knowing about it helped me not have pre-test jitters! I failed the driving part when I first got my license at 16 for going 58 in a 55 MPH zone on the highway 🙁

  • Amber K March 25, 2011, 12:27 pm

    I failed the written test twice when I took it on the computer. I took it a third time and asked for it the paper and passed. Something about taking it on the computer made me go too fast and not truly think about the questions. Plus with the paper I was able to go over it again so I could be sure I picked the right answers.

  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini March 25, 2011, 1:34 pm

    I DID fail the written test the first time!!! I was so upset.. embarrassed.. pissed off! 😉

  • Maureen @ Notes on a Visual Life March 26, 2011, 2:07 pm

    I failed my driver’s test twice :-/ The first time I was just totally unprepared and terrified. The second time I did a great job until the parallel parking bit and even though I made it between the lines the “instructor” got out with a tape measure and I was about 3 inches over the 18″ limit of distance from the curb. He was a jerk and failed me. The 3rd time (haha…when I passed), I had the SAME GUY with the tape measure and I told him about it while I was driving and he passed me. When I moved to California I had to do everything all over again. Annoying! I took the written test (passed on the first try) but it was like I had stepped into 1978! You’d think in Los Angeles they’d have everything on the computer and it would be very 21st century savvy. NOPE. I had to do the test with a chewed up pencil while STANDING in a tiny cubicle with 20 other people right up next to me. Then I waited in line for ages while an 80 year old woman graded the tests by hand. It wasn’t even Scan-tron (remember those?)! Crazy. I’m glad to see that the Charlotte DMV is a little more up to date.

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