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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Today I was noticed a cache of old letters from my single days in the 1990s. I read a few of them and it was great to read little missives from my mom and friends from back then. The ones that wrote me letters then are still friends today. I reached behind this box and thought I saw a wad of lint or a rock or something that I thought I'd throw away. It turned out to be a long-lost earring! This was an earring that I really really liked back in my 30s and was pretty sad to have lost. I still held onto the mate thinking that I could even make one or something. Funny the things we hoard. So these earrings aren't really my style anymore, but I'm wearing them right now! They are just hunks of amethyst wrapped with a bit of wire that is attached to one of those earring hooks. I hardly ever wear earrings anymore unless I'm off to an interview or church or some special event.

Not sure when I'll start my new job. I am thinking next week. To prepare, I've done some reading on the subject of autism. I bought a novel or memoir from Amazon for my iPad for a start about a man with an autistic son who learns about therapy and such throughout. The story reads like a novel, but is likely based on truth. Also there are books books books on autism and teaching and parenting and on and on. I am always grateful for the skill of reading as it has served me well. I have to remind myself that reading about something is not a substitute for actually experiencing something, but it is great preparation!

Not doing great at all on my weightloss journey. I have been physically active, but eating is not under control at all. Hopefully being busy will get me to bed earlier and thus cut down on night snacking. I think I will still be active with my fitness routines.

I am so excited about earning money again! I am going to bank a lot and hopefully take a vacation in Europe in 2014. We are still planning to vacation this summer to SEattle. We may have to modify it some because I have a job, but we are still planning to go.

A few days ago I ordered a dryer cleaning kit from Flylady.net. A friend posted on FaceBook that she had a dryer fire and it wasn't her first. I had just recieved my kit. Today I used one of the brushes to loosen accumulated lint from the walls of the lint trap and used the vacuum attachment to get it out. Don't ignore this potential fire hazard in your own home! The kit also has tools for cleaning out the hose that goes outside. I am going to get my husband to work with me to clean that. I'm sure it will be an eye-opener to discover all the lint that will surely be there. Lint is very flammable! It's a good thing to start a fire with if you want to use it for something besides filling your trash can.
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    Good luck on the new job.

    I like the flylady products also. I signed up with their site but they inundate users with way too many advertising e-mails in the guise of hints and stories. I would rather use the original book the flylady site is based on. It's great.

    There was a fire at a company where I worked which started in a dryer in the laundry room so it can happen.

    3019 days ago
    Congrats on the job and know you will do well. Changes can threw us off but hang in there. emoticon
    3022 days ago
    Sometimes I eat when I'm upset and sometimes when I'm happy! I would bet you are a bit anxious no matter how prepared you are. I bet you will do a wonderful job and I am happy you will be back in the making money mode!

    Good luck.

    3022 days ago
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    good luck with your job- what you will find is there are so many degrees of disability on the autism spectrum- the children can all seem very different and need different kinds of support but they all need patience and understanding which I know you have.

    So great that you are making plans for trips and fun things to do- I should be more planful about things though with my parents' many health problems and their depending on me it will be very challenging.

    Keep up the exercise- maybe the night time eating will diminish once you are back working and are tired from exercise and work. emoticon emoticon
    3023 days ago
    Have a wonderful and successful future on your new job. Have a wonderful start at making a healthy life for yourself. Do make some small changes and move toward the future for a healthier life - you don't have to make it an all or nothing prospect - make one or two small changes that are easy to do.
    3023 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    You are doing so well! I feel so proud of you!! It will be awesome to have a little extra money and I think your job will prove very rewarding. Happy about your long term goal to Europe! Very Neat!!

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    3023 days ago
    I hope that you emoticon your new job. It should be very rewarding.
    emoticon for the info on the dryer kit. I am definitely going to order one.

    3023 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Yes dryers sure can get linted up, all the vent tubes. Mine are always hard to reach and take apart, esp now in this tiny overstuffed room of many uses. But it is worth it. I started out eating light but did terrible at lunch. There is always dinner to do right at least.
    3023 days ago
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    Nice blog! Enjoy your new job and your "new" earring too.
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    3024 days ago
  • MINEA999
    Congratulations on your new job! That's very exciting - and hopefully you'll be off to Europe next year. I love Europe - try to get over there at least every other year. Last year I was in Greece and Croatia. I'm thinking about going back to Scotland next year but we'll have to see.

    Good note about the dryer cleaning - I try to get to mine every few months. Granted, I live alone and don't do much laundry so the lint doesn't pile up too quickly but it's still a fire hazard!

    Keep at it, you're doing great!
    3024 days ago
    Good stuff going on for you.
    You will do it! Have you stocked your house with good legal (for you) goodies?
    One of my first rules...have what you need. Get rid of what is NOT what you need.
    You can & will do it!!
    Great luck with the job!!
    3024 days ago
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