Friday, September 16, 2011
Thanks so much for all the suggestions and input.
I had forgotten about Open Office; I had downloaded it and opened docs with it, or used the "viewer" part of it, in Jan on my laptop which has crappy Works. My friend's computer also has Works, so I downloaded the complete Open Office package this time, not just viewer. I am a little disappointed it is only text docs; was looking for a free compatible replacement for Word (my confusion; my mistake). But at least it lets me open & edit my Word docs I sent to myself in email, on my friend's computer; at least it does that.
Next, I am going to look for my Word disc. It's legal since I'm not using it on my desktop. I just have to uninstall it from my friend's computer when I get a job and my own apt, to make my desktop pc's version legal again. I hate the new version; I can install it on my friend's computer if she wants it, but I want to keep and use the old version at this time.
Last night I worked on cutting down my professional resume into a general resume, but I forgot to email it to myself when I was done. Have to go back to McDonald's today, to email it to myself. Then come back to print it here. I might try copying it onto a CD, instead. I don't have any thumb drives.
I found a bunch of vulnerabilities on my friend's computer today, fixed and updated them all, repaired registry, cleaned up, optimized, defragged. She has crappy Norton on it, which is soooooo insufficient; I fixed that but worked around Norton so that my changes are not overt so as not to ruffle any feathers. I was at her stage of "thinking everything's covered" last Christmas when I got malware; I know better now!! So I fixed her up. Her computer has a ton of unused memory; plenty of space. She's all set now. I scanned everything also, found plenty of stuff Norton didn't, plus blocked plenty of threats with passive browser protection, etc. One of the scans, I don't remember which one, caught 7,000 some items.
I have been tired, and am getting back on my vitamins and supplements and fish oil routine today. I really hate taking them but feel so much better when I do.
Speaking of fish oil, heard Dr. Coldwell on Coast to Coast, he is so great!, talking about fish oil blocking chemo, and he was so funny (without meaning to be). George asked him if that's true, and he said, "First of all, thank God that they DO! (block the chemo)". He has healed so many death-bed cancer patients and is soooo persecuted because of it; he is especially persecuted because these are medically proven cases that are documented and traditional oncologists are unable to argue with him (in many cases, because they were the cases the very same oncologist sent home to die). God bless him. He reminds me of the pragmatic way Dave Ramsey strips the lies off the credit and banking industry; Dr. Coldwell is an excellent teacher just like Dave, and Dr. Coldwell strips the lies off the chemo and cancer industry. It's like taking a blindfold off, you smack yourself and say "why did I never see this before". Because no one talks about it, that's why. After Dave and Dr. Coldwell, it feels like "you grew a brain". God bless Dr. Coldwell. I wish I had known all this in time to save my sister.
Still have to work on pedometer.
The high pH index foods I've been eating to alkalize my body are:
raw fresh lemon
Need to get walking though. Without a pedometer works just fine [reminding self].
Here's my pedometer, $22.77 plus tax, which CVS wanted $35.99 for on, "Clearance":
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Did not get my pedometer working, I can't afford another but may buy one anyway. I am soooooooo not into gadgets; give me a complicated computer program, any day, over the simplest phone or device. I'll try it again tonight after 6pm. I kept it in my purse for two weeks before the move, so I wouldn't lose it, and apparently buttons were pressed by purse contents that messed it up.
Monday's foray into local personnel (read: temp) agencies did not go well, I only found one and that one is not open until today; so I spent alot of time Tuesday looking them up on the internet, copying down addresses and phone numbers, using my friend's computer. Created a list, only to find no print capability here at my friend's house . . .
But she gave me her GPS on arrival so I don't get lost in the new-to-me city and state. So I decided I could input all the personnel agencies' ddresses into the GPS. Was bummed about not having their phone numbers, though. Then I went back later and added all their phone numbers on the Name line, when it occurred to me I could do that.
Last night I asked my friend about printing my resume, and she showed me how to make the printer work, which she doesn't keep hooked up.
Yesterday on the radio I heard SpongeBob tv was bad for childrens' brains . . . um, yeah, DUH, do you think?! It always amazes me when "experts" come out with the obvious. Today it was even on SparkPeople . . . shaking my head . . .
Regular readers of my blog might remember this Spring when I was amazed to find what a difference walking with a radio made; IN A BLINK OF MY EYE I had walked my entire 30-min route and was astonished to be back home, time flew because I was listening to and fiddling with reception on, a radio.
Regular readers know that since then I looked at different options, shopped and price checked, and even looked for an old-fashioned Sony Walkman, not buying any of them because I'm unemployed. I put it on my God List of things to be worked out in time.
Well yesterday, my friend brought home two, count them TWO walkmans, old but in like-new condition, for free, for me. Is that an answer to prayer, or what?!!
Healthy things I have put in the fridge this week: cubed a watermelon, made cucumber salad, made broccoli salad, cut up cantaloupe. And today am making homemade chicken broth in the crockpot from split chicken breasts I deboned. I'm still eating the batchcooked frozen homemade burritos and enchiladas from Maryland. They have new-to-me grocery stores here I've never heard of: BiLo, Compare, Ingles, Lowe's Food. Today they all have new ads out, I need to check the sales online, but might not have time.
Last night I unpacked shoes, decided which to keep packed and which to put in my room. My suits are blue, black, and taupe, so I kept dressy shoes of those colors in my room, and summer shoes, and cleaned out three drawers in a plastic tower to put them in since there are no closets in my room. I put the rest , and all leather shoes that cannot be stored in plastic, beneath the clothes rack in my room. Very happy with the result and feeling on top of the shoe situation, which was a problem these last 4 months.
Last night I also put the Bible on cassette tape near my bed, as well as a tape player. Ancient technology, but, hey, it still works. The Bible on CD is on my Wish List, as well as MP3 / iPOD.
Last night I followed verbal directions and drove til I found a park. This park is said to have a 1-mile and 2-mile walking path. It was past dusk when I found it on the way to McDonald's to use my laptop, but, I did see people walking there. So I have a walking place, 2 walkmans, and soon will have a pedometer. It's coming together, but taking longer than I thought it would.
My friend talked to me yesterday about considering elder care (basically babysitting combined with housekeeping) for $2,500 a month, days, for a couple she knows and she talked to them about me. I have alot of ambivalent feelings but of course cannot turn down a job . . . I would still keep job hunting, and would need to be free to interview, including interviews 2.5 hours away one way, and, interviews 7 hours away one way. Would this older couple be agreeable to that? Maybe. Depends on how badly they want to stay in their home vs. going to a senior living center / assisted living center. Depends on if they like me. Depends depends depends. I would be like a housekeeper and cook for them and drive them to doctors' appointments; no bathing or personal care or anything like that. I've never done anything like this before, and think I would prefer straight housecleaning. I am definitely going to meet the couple; don't know when, this week perhaps. I want the job but need to be upfront about going back to work outside of their home, as well. I would like the service aspect, and the cooking aspect; would not like the "asking for permission to leave everytime I have an interview" aspect. I guess I just need to go talk to them, and play it by ear, and trust my intuition. My friend considers it her *entire* job (she is retired). That would not be the case for me, I have twenty years to retirement, and, that difference may make a big difference.
My new "home" here, i.e. My Room, is coming together. I have my books out for the first time in 4 years which REALLY makes me feel at home, I have the Bible on tape set up by my bed, with headphones for my friend's sake, our rooms are directly across from each other, and I have shoes squared away until winter, and about half of my clothes organized.
Today (instead of Monday) I am going to all the agencies, if I can get Word loaded on my friend's computer, and my resume printed on her printer. I think I know where the disk is . . .
Everything takes longer than you plan . . . but I'd be sooooooooo much further behind if I hadn't planned . . .
Happy Hump Day! How is your week?
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I did not hear anything about the Ground Zero cross on this 10th anniversary of 9-11. Did anyone notice the same?
Here are the beams they found, looking remarkably like the cross even with a notice on top:
Here is the cross memorial they made with it:
It is interesting to note WHAT WAS MISSING from the news coverage. I noticed a whole lot of missing, not covered items.
Media bias is nothing new, on MANY subjects. However I've noticed a marked anti-Christian media bias on many occasions in the past & present.
My question is: some of you watched alot more 9-11 anniversary news coverage than I did. Regardless of your belief system or lack therof, did you see any mention of the Ground Zero Cross?
Monday, September 12, 2011
Did you realize there are 15 weeks left til the end of the year?
This morning I weighed, and am surprised I am only 3 lbs higher than my weight 4 months ago. I was bracing myself for 10lbs or so, and had even changed my page up to show that. I am a person who does best weighing once a day, and recording the average once a week. But for the last 4 months my scale has been packed. No more!! I ate salty chips yesterday, which is uncharacteristic for me, so additionally, that could well be water weight / carb weight. Very happy.
Starting a new challenge today, "Lose 1lb a Week til Jan 1st, 2012". So wanted to have my actual weight as a starting point. It wasn't easy to fit in finding the scale, and finding a battery, last week amongst all the frenetic activities. But I'm so glad I did.
Today I'm eating a 500 cal high protein breakfast, 2 boiled eggs and homemade old fashioned oatmeal, to get my day started. When I eat that I have noooooooooo hunger til lunch, and, need only light lunch and light dinner. It works for me.
Another new challenge: re-starting The Step Diet today, I'm determined to get up to 10,000 steps a day by Dec 31st , or die trying, I'm dead serious, no more fooling around; I WANT it, and, I want it THIS YEAR. The Step Diet does it very sensibly, starts from wherever it is you're at, even if you're sedentary (mile or less a day), and in a logical, sensible, sane, progression takes you up to 10K a day in 12 weeks or less. Since there are 15 weeks til the end of the year, THIS IS PERFECT TIMING.
And the most important thing today is I sign up at all personnel agencies today and start The Job Hunt in my new state.
I failed to menu plan this weekend, so I have to do that tonight, and I have to walk tonight. Though I did get a watermelon cubed this weekend. Watermelon is a high pH index food. If your body's pH stays 7.36, fungus and cancer and other nasties are proven they cannot grow nor survive in your body (see Otto Warburg, MD, PhD, he won a Nobel prize for proving this). Cucumbers and watermelon are so high of a pH food that they even balance the body's pH when eaten with a meal containing beef. I also have cucumber salad in the fridge. I love it when nutrition is delicious! Will finish menu planning tonight.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Here is the Pentagon, which I saw burning from the highway:
Most people forget about the Pentagon and Flight 93, because of the magnitude of Ground Zero.
Amidst the devastation, the flag goes up, symbol of hope.
And later, another symbol of hope is found.
Remember the heroes of Flight 93; citizens who had a pop quiz, "what would you do?", and passed the test.
Remember Flight 93, because they prevented this from happening in DC, where there are many, MANY large daycare centers nearby the White House and Capitol Hill.
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