March 8, 2013


Great infographic on what successful people do vs. what unsuccessful people do.

Can I use my brief notebook as my journal??? :)

Happy Friday, all!  Hope you have a good weekend!

~ Christine (Steno Nerd)

March 7, 2013


 Get well soon
I decided to stay home today since I've been fighting a bad head cold since last Friday without any real rest... plus it was raining this morning.  We Angelenos are terrified of rain! :) Walking about from class to class in the cold at school doesn't sound like fun either when you're already struggling to get out of bed because of nagging, constant headaches, cough, and nasal congestion.  No thanks!  I'll take at lease one sick day!

But of course, since Spring Break is looming in the distance and I really, really, REALLY want to pass Qualifiers before then (please, GOD, help me???), I'm on my steno machine at home... and I'm working on briefs, which I haven't worked on in a while since I've been focusing lately on speed and reading through my sloppy notes in order to produce a transcript (trying to pass that Q!!!).

Anyway, here are the briefs that I've gleaned in the past hour.  I know a lot of them already but only through text... not muscle memory yet, which is where I need them to be. If I find out later that I simply cannot get my fingers to write out a brief, I'll scrap it and find another way... or simply write the word out.

In no particular order...

handgun: H-G
handguns: H-GZ
horizontal gaze nystagmus: HORG
police car: PLAR
particular: PLAER
particularly: PLAERL
police vehicle: PLAOEK
patrol car: PRAR
patrol vehicle: PRAOEK
police unit: PLAOUNT
patrol unit: PRAOUNT
pertinent: PERT
microphone: M-F
miles an hour: MAF
miles per hour: M-RP
traffic conditions: TR-NS
based on your: BOUR
training and experience: TRAEG
discover: DOFR
discovery: DOIFR
bilingual: BLEL
blood alcohol: BLAL
blood alcohol level: BLAOEL
certify: KREFR
certified: KREFRD
certifies: KREFRZ
certifying: KREFRG
certification: KREFRGS
something like that: SLA
something of that nature: SAOFP
rephrase: RAIRZ
rephrased: RAIRDZ
rephrases: RAIRZ/Z
rephrasing: RAIRGZ
the witness has identified the defendant: TWOIFD
raise your right hand: RAIZ/RAIZ
raise your right hand to be sworn: RURDZ
pertain: PRAIN
pertained: PRAIND
pertains: PRAINZ
pertaining: PRAING
pertaining to: PRAINT
pregnant: PRANT
pregnancy: PRAENS
prance: PRANS
if your Honor please: FORP
for the purpose of: FURP
for the purposes of: FURPZ

March 6, 2013


Hi, guys.

I'm so sorry I haven't been blogging... in forever. :( But I just wanted to pop my head in here real quickly to give you an important link.  (Another sorry for not blogging about this earlier.  I've had a really bad head cold for several days, and I haven't been on my computer at all.)

CCRA (California Court Reporters Board) is offering Mock CSRs to be given at three California schools on March 16th, Saturday, from 8:30AM to 12:00PM.  

In addition to the skills portion (live panel of 4 voices at 200 wpm... just like the real CSR), the Mock CSRs will consist of two WKTs (Written Knowledge Tests):

1) English
2) Legal / Medical / Vocab

Grading won't be done on site, but participants will be given materials to grade their transcripts from home.  Also, a minimum transcript review will be given.  (I've heard of CSR test-takers getting an automatic fail simply for using an incorrect format.  Yikes!)  At the end of the session, there will be a Q&A with a panel of professionals.

The three schools where the Mock CSRs will be held are:
Northern:  College of Marin, Novato, CA
Central:  Humphreys College, Stockton, CA
Southern:  Downey Adult School, Downey, CA

I also heard that my school (Downey Adult School) will have professional vendors on site to talk with students about their products (steno machines, steno software, etc.).

Cost is $30 for Student CCRA members and $40 for non-CCRA members.  If you pay the $40 as a non-member, that fee will also INCLUDE a ONE-YEAR Student CCRA membership!!!  Win-win!  Such a great deal!

Here is the important link:

Today is the LAST DAY to register... so do so today!!!


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