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Daughter Concerns

Friday, August 01, 2014

I can't get my daughter out of my mind. She is not seeking employment while in college. She is quite introverted. She continues to keep her 4.0 GPA, but unfortunately, emoticon that will not result in her being employed if she is not persistent in filling out job applications and telling the employer what she has to offer. She is way too tough on herself. She does not recognize her intelligence as an asset. She feels that she always needs to have THE right answer even when there are numerous correct answer to a situation. She has the tendency to "overthink" things.

  
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LIFE-FAITH 8/4/2014 7:55PM

    Been there done that...she will get there.

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PATSYB7 8/1/2014 7:22AM

    I hope she will utilize the college's career resources.
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SALAM4545 8/1/2014 1:05AM

    I was like this when I was young. I took a workshop on interviewing and it really opened my eyes to the idea that I didn't have to be perfect or right in order to be right for the job. A lot of employment and job counselors offer them.

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Wishing I knew how!

Monday, March 31, 2014

I sure wish I knew how to get my husband to let me clean out the back of our storage areas. Of course he wants me to clean, but when I pull things out to clean/ organize he puts things back so I can't get to the things in the back. SO FRUSTRATING. Yes, I know I am retired but I still run Mom's taxi service for our kids. How do men learn that what women do is valuable and helpful to their husbands too? I must be doing something wrong. Does "HE" not realize it would have been cheaper to hire a made rather than getting married if all he wanted was a spotless house?
Sorry for rambling but it is Spring Break and he will expect results. Feeling so overwhelmed not knowing where to start. Teaching for so many years forced me to neglect our house. Special Ed paperwork drives so many teachers crazy. It certainly did me.
I guess I'll drink some of my coffee, make my son breakfast, and look for things to put in the "give away box" ~ maybe that will make me feel better as if I've made some progress. He seldom notices any improvement. He is too much of a workaholic to notice. I'll throw something in the crock pot so thoughts of what to make for dinner won't distract me.

  
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LIFE-FAITH 3/31/2014 5:27PM

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MARAGRAM 3/31/2014 4:34PM

    LOL, love the comments. It's hard to work with someone like that!

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FRANNIEDID 3/31/2014 3:04PM

    I find that a cast iron pan really makes my husband stand up and take notice! My kids too!

Try to explain what you are trying to do and that it is going to cause mess for a bit but will lead to a better organized life in the long run. My husband is also bad about trying to put things away when I am trying to figure out where to put them. He hates clutter but the cast iron pan works wonders. One day I may actually have to use it!

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DEB62BIE62 3/31/2014 1:54PM

    Just one step at a time. Take time for yourself.

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GEORGE815 3/31/2014 11:33AM

    Keep busy. Do things that you want to do also!

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Does it get easier?

Friday, October 04, 2013

Wishing my Mom was here to remind me of the struggles she faced when raising 4 kids by herself. Or shoukd I say her solutions? Sometimes I think it is tougher for my kids. They inherited the bad habits/neuroses of 2 parents that they need to deal with daily.
Feeling sad and frustrated in not knowing how to help kids. Dad went to bed at 9. It is now 2:12 am. Daughter just went to bed - she was stressing. Time for me to go to bed now. Night Night!

  
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DIANESKATZ 10/9/2013 12:57PM

    Hope you have a nice day today. Life is for sure a series of ups and downs..hopefully more ups we strive for. Take one day at a time. No one is promised tomorrow. It helps me to count my blessings and enjoy the little things in life. When I am stressed or depressed it helps to walk regularly, eat at a regular time and go to bed early. I hope you have a better day today.
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PYNETREE 10/4/2013 2:59PM

    Does it get Easier? emoticon

My first thought was ~NO! Every day is a struggle, and you go to bed unsatisfied at what you've accomplished, and not looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow.

But it does..some days go smoother, stress is less, no one is ill, no big projects looming, and the day just seems brighter,
then, you suddenly notice..this is a good spell.

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So start practicing..Smile! If you smile..it's like exercising...do it over and over and then you get good at it, it gets easier!



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FERRETLOVER1 10/4/2013 7:02AM

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PATSYB7 10/4/2013 5:47AM

    Hope you have a great night's sleep.
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I think our society is adding to the pressures of our kids and the result is an increase in anxiety. Half of my class is diagnosed with anxiety.
Hang in there.
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Healthy vegetarian dishes? Potlucks?

Monday, July 29, 2013

I wish I could find a social group that held pot lucks on a regular basis that shared healthy vegetable dishes.

I need to learn to make more vegetable dishes that taste good, are simple to shop for and prepare and that my family will eat. I also need to learn to organize fresh fruits and veggies better so as to prevent wasting money on foods going bad. I blew it my allowing my family to be "picky eaters". There is no changing my husband. He wants to be healthy but he is a picky eater. His idea of a salad is iceburg lettuce with ranch dressing. Too boring for the rest of us - plus not very nutritious.

My son is similiar to my husband in that he does not like to try new things. My daughter gets bored and wants to try new things. All of them only want to eat what they are in the mood for. This results in my buying individualy frozen burgers, etc to avoid fast food. I am hoping burgers at home are healthier than fast food.

I do read labels more often than I used to in order to avoid things like hfcs artificial colors and flavors. Soda is out most of the time. Maybe the kids share one at the theater because we have the souvenir cup that allows cheap refills.

It is such a struggle sometimes in knowing what to cook as I want to watch my money AND eat healthy. I retired recently and we have a daughter in college. Our son will enter 8th grade this year so watching money is essential.

I am going to get ready to walk on the treadmils with my son now.

Baby steps. Hope I keep making progress and don't give up.

  
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FISHER011 7/30/2013 5:16AM

    DON'T GIVE UP~YOU ARE MAKING PROGRESS!
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LIVEDAILY 7/29/2013 5:33PM

    Maybe try ONE new food a week. Since DH will eat a salad, gradually introduce a different type of lettuce mixed in with the iceberg, say romaine. Once they're used to iceberg and romaine lettuce mixed together, gradually add a little bit of mixed baby lettuces or baby spinach to the mix. Try a couple of different varieties of low fat ranch dressing-Ken's is good. I like the low fat Northern Italian dressing the company makes!

A trick to keeping fresh fruits and veggies fresh is to not buy more than you'll use in a week. It is very tempting to see so much beautiful produce and then buy way too much of it. Keep a choice of two kinds of fresh fruit on hand, and salad fixings - lettuces, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, carrots.

There are a LOT of vegetarian recipes here on SP. You mention burgers, but are you vegetarian?

I would start with the salad first. Just like with young children, people have to be exposed to a new food (even lettuce!) several times before it becomes routine. I wouldn't make a big deal out of it either. Just make it, and present it. Oh - and don't serve it "dressed" - let everyone lut their own dressing on it themselves, that way if a lot isn't eaten, then you can bag it and save it for lunch the next day!!

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BARBARASDIET 7/29/2013 1:27PM

    I wish I had an answer for you. My husband was like yours--he would tell me to buy tofu but when I served it, he wouldn't eat it!! My kids were terribly picky eaters, and now my son eats anything and everything, not picky at all. I guess all you can do is keep putting it in front of them.

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LETHA_ 7/29/2013 1:21PM

    Couple of suggestions. Try www.meetup.com for vegetarian potluck type groups in your area. Healthy recipes that are labeled kid friendly tend to go over better with people who are not accustomed to eating healthy. For example, blending a little spinach into your pasta sauce so the kids donít know itís there. Regarding saving money, it kind of depends on the food plan youíve chosen. I buy 20lb bags of brown rice, potatoes, oats, and dry beans. All very cheap. I buy a lot of frozen fruits and veggies in 5 lb bags from a restaurant supply store thatís open to the public. Corn, green beans, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, carrots, asparagus, mango. Cheaper and they donít go bad.

I buy bananas, apples, celery, red bell peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, & kale fresh and keep them in Debbie Meyer Green Bags. I also add a paper towel to green bags or regular plastic bags when storing any fruits or veggies in the fridge to regulate the moisture and prolong how long they last. Best wishes.


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Weight Loss

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I am hoping/praying that my weight loss is due to healthier eating and the loss of one of my kidneys as opposed to any other health issue(s). I am doing less stress eating. Since I've retired it is easier for me to grab healthier food items rather than relying on the school cafeteria when I didn't have time to pack a healthier lunch.
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FISHER011 7/30/2013 5:18AM

    emoticon KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! emoticon

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BGUMBA 10/17/2012 9:48AM

    Keep up the good work! emoticon

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LIFETIMER54 10/17/2012 9:46AM

  The power of positive thinking... emoticon

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