I'm going to compare my studying this time to what happens to a Thanksgiving turkey after everyone has eaten and it's time to clean up the kitchen.
The first time everyone was sitting down to eat, you carved the nice big meaty parts of the bird because there was plenty to cut and it was easy to get to. This is equivalent to studying for the July 2007 exam for me. There was plenty to study and everything I picked up was useful because it was all fresh.
Back to Thanksgiving now... When the big eaters came around for second servings, you had to dig a little deeper and poke around a little more to find enough meat to satisfy these two-timers. This is me in February 2008. I had to make more of an effort to find study material that I hadn't already consumed on the first attempt.
And now, the holiday guests are leaving and you're trying to pick the bones clean because you know that if you don't send a little bit home with everyone, the leftovers are going in the freezer, never again to see the light of day. Well, this is me now. I'm picking at the bookshelf, digging into the corners, in an attempt to find resources that were hard to understand, or too difficult, or too cryptic, or too boring the first two times I hacked at that big ol' body of study material. But the difference now is that the stuff I'm finding is proving very useful. It's the foundational material that I assumed I had a good grasp on back in June of '07.
I'm pretty sure this stuff is the key to my success. I hope it is. Because if it's not, I'm going to have to start again with the turkey analogy. But this time I think I'll have to try something different. Maybe one of those Tofurkeys.
Or, maybe a nice ham. Yeah, that's the ticket!