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2/25/17 12:22 A

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I've decided to whip out an application for an Industrial Relations Agent position (mainly dealing with wage complaints) that closes Sunday. One requirement is to type 40 wpm, and the application kindly provides a link to resources including online typing tests. The results have to be from a 4 minute test and taken in the last 12 months. Can't recall when I last did one, so got permission today to go to the computer lab and take one. Since my first test (48 wpm) didn't give the option of printing a certificate (I had to scroll further down the page for that option), I had to take a certificate awarding test again (same material) and got 54 wpm that time. So I scanned it to myself so I can attach to my application this weekend. Luckily we weren't too busy at that point. Spent time dealing with different issues and projects, and got out of work a bit late. relaxing at home with a big salad for dinner, watching Castle's 8th and final season. Sketched answers to the multiple choice questions on the app; only 2 require short essays, and a cover letter to write tomorrow.

Oh, and that emotional weight did come off-- emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/23/17 11:00 P

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Had a successful phone meeting with Tresa, reviewing my assessment, giving her some of the new numbers I had found. Turns out those missing figures from the Dallas Post Office may be due to a separate pension contribution instead of Soc Sec. I do recall I pulled out the cash. Plus, they use the last 10 years of wages for calculating benefits, so numbers from 30-40 years ago would have been moot.

She will send me an Excel spreadsheet for tracking & calculating expenses, and some questions about spending goals, so we can plan to cover the expenses that matter to me into retirement. I'm just so happy to be working on this and starting to get more knowledgeable and comfortable about financial matters, rather than feeling worried and ashamed at my lack of understanding and planning. As I told her, it's both a relief and energizing to be reducing fear & worry and increasing confidence & hope in this area!

I did 2 short stability ball workouts w/ Coach Nicole from Spark TV tonight--and I can feel them! Also doing some little cleaning tasks around the apartment tonight. I let myself get aggravated with some issues at work yesterday, and my weight took a jump. Hoping that as I release some of that mental energy that the emotional weight will drop off and even out. I'll let y'all know. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thursday night and a great Friday!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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2/23/17 1:30 A

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I went through my checking account online and jotted down some regular expenses to add to the list for my meeting with Tresa.

I mentioned that my sick leave balance has been dwindling, but I was up over 3 weeks of vacation, so decided I can take time here and there for fun, business, general de-stressing. I got my birthday (on a Thursday) and the Friday approved to make for a long weekend, actually a week from tomorrow. My sister might be able to join me for some sort of merriment!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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2/22/17 12:26 A

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Managed to get logged onto Dept of Retirement Services and Social Security websites and get some retirement numbers--pretty dismal! emoticon Though what's weird is I made good money working for the Post Office in Texas for 4 years, but my SS numbers don't show that. I've never really examined my report before, so I need to ask someone about it. They say to report problems or bad data.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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2/21/17 12:12 A

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I didn't get around to rescheduling my missed hair appt, but I did get groceries at Costco, Safeway and TJ's, *and* did 2 loads of laundry--3 weeks' worth of clothes. (I had almost run out of socks and undies!)

I've been working on my financial assessment for my phone meeting with Tresa later this week--assets, expenses, risk questionnaire, etc. Only problem is I don't know how to scan from home; supposedly my equipment is capable, but I seem to be missing something, because I can't find the menus that my Google search refer to.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/19/17 9:44 P

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Amy, I am *so* emoticon to hear about his antics, and the impact it is having on you and the girls. Don't know if you'd be open to any protective spells or crystals. I'll certainly pray that you can get some relief through the courts. Also hoping we can both get better work situations--and that you stay safe in the weird weather!
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Mary and I had a light breakfast in, watched a couple more Gilmore Girl episodes, did a Jessica Smith video together--her first time with one, a game, another GG episode, out for different Chinese takeout, then back here for episode 8 while we ate. I put a sticky note to remind us we'll start with Disc 3, Episode 9 on her next visit. I'm glad to share these with her for the humor, the heart, the fallible and lovable people with all their failings, the dialog. She left mid-afternoon, and I'm back to watching Elementary episodes, breaking for timer sessions now and then--and for Sparking.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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2/19/17 9:26 P

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Reading about how frustrating it is when workers don't keep adequate change reminded me of how frustrating counting out tills was when I worked in retail. It drove me nuts when people waited until the last minute to get pennies!

I'm glad the rain is giving you a chance to catch up on work. Down here we are keeping a very close eye on the rivers. It's been a little nerve wracking to see it rise to a level that means boats can't go under the bridges. I walked out by the river yesterday (getting a walk in while I could, between storms).

Things have been okay with the returning coworker, but my boss has been a bit moody lately, and that makes things hard for everybody. I think it's time to start looking into something a little better for the next school year, if not something more immediate.

My ex has been up to his old tricks, which is having a huge impact on my girls. I'm so mad about the way he has started gaslighting them (and lying to their counselor) that I feel like I'm going cross eyed. The girls are starting to recognize it for what it is, but even still, they are pretty powerless to do anything about it. I'm hoping to get another court date, this time requesting that he cannot communicate with me except in safe exchange of the children or emergencies involving the kids, so that we can get a little peace. Fingers crossed!

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2/18/17 1:11 A

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Caught up on a few things in the morning when customer traffic was light and I was assigned on phones, but we got slammed in the afternoon. Of course, we had one person who called in, one who left sick, and one who left early--if the supervisor knew about the last, she didn't tell us, but then she was off today, too. 2 of us finished customers after 5, then I had to count out the last till I had inherited. Everyone used to have their own tills, then we went to just 2 people taking all the cash transactions. We're making plans to expand to 3 tills, plus a change fund again. I'll have one of them then, which is fine with me, as I'm very comfortable with money, and I've been frustrated with how some coworkers don't get the concept of maintaining adequate change.

At home I did a Jessica Smith workout and a few timer sessions. Rewatching Elementary Season 3, in preparation for my request for Season 4 being filled soon. Looking forward to overnight with Mary this weekend!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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2/16/17 11:52 P

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Tonight I'm catching up with some commitments to various parts to spend a little time on different projects that had been ignored. Always love the feeling of pride when I keep those internal promises! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/16/17 12:08 A

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Nobody sick, and our vacationer is back, so a full crew, and somewhat fewer customers (heavy rains). So I've been catching up with work, and completed a couple of small projects, which feels *really* good!

Unfortunately when I went to renew the library book Making Peace with the Things in Your Life, I couldn't because there was another patron waiting. So it went back today, and I purchased a used one through Amazon last night--but it won't show up for a while. emoticon I have an exercise from it to work on, though, as well as a multi-page assessment from Tresa, my new financial planner. (I just sent my first check and a signed contract to her.) emoticon emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/13/17 9:40 P

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I love walking for 10 minutes 3 times a day at work--and it all started with just walking at lunch. Sorry about the work stress and the disappointing outing. I like how you're giving yourself credit for babysteps, and how you're looking at the motivation for change in an uncomfortable situation. emoticon emoticon

Our brand new CSS began today--so happy for another person, and for another African American woman who adds to the diversity of our unit. Not only was it warmer today, but also sunny, so I finally wasn't all the way dark when I left a little past 5:30. On those completely overcast days, it's been hard to tell when the sun's going down!

I got together with my Spark Friend who lives in Tukwila yesterday, and she introduced me to Wii. It was interesting, but I like my Spark videos better for my own cardio and ST. Since she's Sparking on her phone, though, videos don't do much for her.

Only one more episode of Call the Midwife to go, then some bonus feature. I don't know if it's still in production, and if so, if my library system will order future seasons, as their policy is to cut off at 5 seasons unless there is a big demand for more.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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2/12/17 10:51 P

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I'm so glad that you are feeling better after your fall! It's kind of scary as we get older. One of the things I really loved about martial arts was that it taught me how to fall, instinctively knowing how to go down safely.

It has been one heck of a week! I've been back and forth from the infant room to the 3 year olds. I've got some real discipline problems in the 3 year old class, so going back and forth was a problem. Then they re-hired an infant teacher whom I have never cared for. She has always been rather spiteful towards me, bad mouthing me to anyone who would listen. It may be just what I need to get me motivated to go to the school district as a sub, until I can find something more permanent.

Today was rather disappointing. I was going to take the girls up to the mountains to play in the snow, but we had to stop, as rain and floods had washed out the highway. So we stopped in a community called Apple Hill, which is well known in this area for orchards that can be toured, a lot of winery's, and places for kids. Unfortunately, most of those places turned out to be closed at this time of the year. So the girls were disappointed. There was a little farmstand/restaurant open, so we got lunch and some fresh apple items, but since we couldn't even find a place to do some walking, we were really disappointed.

I've been trying to get some walking in at lunchtime, but since I have to give my cat her pill at that time, it depends largely on how long it takes to give it to her. I do manage to get about 10 minutes in most days, though. It does make me feel better that I am doing something.

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2/12/17 12:22 A

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Finished valentines to mail (yes, I know they'll mostly arrive late--sight) & hand out at work. Did a nice workout, a bunch of cleaning timer sessions, and started a wonderful book from the library that I will probably pick up used--Making Peace with the Things in Your Life, by a woman who's a professional organizer and a therapist. So she emphasizes what's happening on the inside rather than stressing this or that activity or system. Fresh approach and inspiring ideas, just a few pages in! And of course I'm watching and loving more Call the Midwife episodes, up to the most recent season--the 5th--in 1961, so things are becoming a little more familiar. But it's fascinating to see how things got to where they did, and some of the challenges involved.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/10/17 11:56 P

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A lot I want to do this weekend, as I didn't manage much last weekend when I was recovering, but I'm taking the night off, watching Call the Midwife episodes, with a little cleaning thrown in.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/10/17 12:08 A

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Yep, as I mentioned in my status, I finally got to walk on the sidewalks today. I usually do a combination of the walkway around the buildings (instead of by the busy, noisy, gas-fumy street), and sidewalks by the quieter streets, but had to stick close to the building for a shorter route since Monday. When the snow plows cleared the road, they threw snow onto the sidewalks, which were covered in deep lumpy drifts. Today's higher temps and heavy rains finally melted them down to pavement, with only an occasional chunk of snow here and there and easily avoided. So I got to do my normal, longer path at last!

After not getting much done after work Monday or Tuesday (to the consternation of some parts), I've made progress in several areas last night and tonight, which is very motivating and satisfying. I'm about to enjoy soup for dinner while watching Call the Midwife. Then I have a least one more timer session in me!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/7/17 11:52 P

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All the crew made it in today except for the one person who's on vacation. I was able to catch up with a few things, which was nice. Since it took me a while to get all the windows scraped free, and to go the long way around to avoid steep inclines, given last night's freeze, I got to work a few minutes late, and stayed a few to make up the time. I actually cleared a few pages off my desk, which felt really good!

I was careful when walking on breaks to not risk slipping, so developed this goofy sort of prance step so that my stride length was short, more up and down to reduce the slip factor. I also noticed that where footprints had gone through the snow yesterday, but then filled with a frozen slush, it was sometimes safer to step outside the previous steps and crunch through snow instead. And I'd hop around to take advantage of patches of clear pavement where I could find them. It was actually pretty entertaining, as well as invigorating!

I neglected to mention yesterday's spill--inside! I had put on Yak Tracks, a rubber and coiled metal contraption that fits over you shoe soles to provide traction, before my morning walk. They were fine on the carpet that covers most of the building, but as soon as I took my first step on the tile in the lobby, my feet flew out from under me, and I hit the floor on my left hip/rear end--right on the hip joint. Ow, ow, ow! It hurts to sit and to stretch and to raise my knees (as in last night's workout). So I switched to my rubber-soled boots for all my other walks, since the snow also soaked my shoes and socks under the Yak Trax! Live and learn!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/7/17 12:25 A

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Snow still wasn't sticking when I got home around 4:30 yesterday, but it snowed steadily, and dumped 6-9 inches on us. I was pretty happy that I got the parking space under the tree, so I would have a lot less to scrape off. But the snow was so heavy on the limbs that branches were laying on my car, and plucked off my knit hat when I tried to get to the passenger side windows! Once I got out of the space, I could finish uncovering the windows that needed it. Drove in ruts until I reached the big street at the bottom of the hill. Passed under one cracked limb that would have scraped the top of taller vehicles.

Got to work ~ 10 minutes late, but they had arranged for opening an hour late: at 9 instead of 8, with me there at 8:40. There was one other CSS there, and we were joined by a 3rd near 9. Our normal crew is 8 people (with a new person slated to start next Monday). Very few customers at first, but almost all the ones who came in were contractors! I registered 3 new ones (45 min-1 hour each), and renewed 2 (20-30 minutes). Only 1 person could go to break or lunch at a time. I ended up having lunch really late, and finished my afternoon break just before the doors locked at 5. Supervisor was at Seattle, & manager told us to go ahead and leave as soon after 5 as we could get cleared away. I was happy to leave a little early! Had a little sun late in the day, and some snow melted into slush. Expected to get down to freezing again, so tomorrow could also be a big mess!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/6/17 10:23 A

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I'm glad that you are feeling better. It sounds like a busy few days. I like Plantation, although I liked Sullivan's Island better. Most of Franks early novels were great (Return to Sullivan's Island had a lot of holes in the plot, so I sort of went off her writing after that).

The kids were at their fathers for the weekend, so I just puttered around the house. We are getting so much rain that it wasn't possible to do much more than that.

I'm back in the three year old room at work, which is a lot more work, especially after having had a teacher that didn't really work with them on anything. So there is a lot of catching up to do as far as learning shapes, numbers and alphabet.

It's Monday morning, but I am already tired!

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Henry David Thoreau


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2/6/17 1:12 A

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Still on the mend. Head seems all dried up--no runny nose, sneezing or coughing, though my voice is still croaky sometimes, and energy is on the low side. Did a couple workouts, both the Jessica Smith upper body and the lower body circuit 1 mile "walks" with weights--mostly 3# for the first time, with a couple moves still with the 2 #.

Did some little timer sessions today in between episodes of Call the Midwife, season 3. I am amazed at how great this series is! If you loved Downton Abbey, you'll likely love this, too. Different time (the late 50s), different class (midwives and nuns living and working in London's East End with horrible poverty and sanitation, but real community spirit as well), a great cast and engrossing, emotionally rich storylines. I finished the DVDs (season 1 had 6 episodes; 2 & 3 have a Christmas special, then 8 episodes), and have requested seasons 4 and 5.

I'm back to reading Plantation, Dorothea Benton Frank's second novel, which my library system didn't have, so I got it through the Inter-Library Loan program. I actually have a couple more ILL titles that have come in. It's a cool option; you just can't renew them.

Took a nap, and after a quick afternoon coffee, headed out to get groceries, and within 2 minutes of leaving home, it started to snow. Predicting snow and rain tomorrow, then gradually rising temps, and mid- to upper-50s forecast for around Valentines!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/4/17 2:40 P

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I'm feeling extremely excited. I had to cancel my lunch plans with a former coworker for today, as I don't feel up to going out, and wouldn't want to pass on any germs or viruses. But I kept my phone meeting with Tresa, the financial planner I found through Katie. We reviewed the proposal she had sent so that I understood the terms better.

I'm proud that I was able to point out a couple of places in her standard explanations where many newbies are going to get confused. She thanked me, and said she was making notes to change some language that would be more clear to the uninitiated or inexperienced client, like myself. I feel extremely confident that she is the right person for me to work with, and I love that she's flexible about how long it will take us to cover the steps we need to take.

She has this cool "Success Cycle" graphic with those words in the center, and going round them in a continuous circle are the steps "Dream > Set Goals > Design Plan > Take Action > Track Results > Compare > Adjust Plan > [Dream]. Pretty cool, huh? I just went to check and see if I could find it on her website, as she should be credited if anyone quotes it--and I found she totally redesigned her site! I'll be checking it out, even though I'm committed to working with her. Here's her link: www.myfinancialdesign.com/

I'm just so happy to be moving forward with this long-neglected area in my life, and with a partner whom I respect and trust.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Yep, I went to work, got caught up on a couple overdue tasks, but couldn't stick it out the whole day, left after 4.7 hours (yes, we do leave for tenths of an hour (6-minute intervals). Swung by the library where the next season of Call the Midwife came in, so I've been resting on the couch watching that. Had my salad I took to work for lunch, and a little bit ago heated some soup. It definitely isn't the flu, just another bad cold. And what's really sad is I rarely used to get sick, and had lots of sick leave built up, but I've used a bunch of it in the last couple years as this constant stress & overwork has ground me down.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Ran 2 errands after work Tuesday--dropped the package in the mail with all the stamps, and paid my Penney's bill in the store. Felt worn out, and called in sick today. Will probably do the same tomorrow, since I'm still sneezing, coughing and blowing my nose. Watched all 6 episodes of Call the Midwife's season one on DVD--really nice. Slept a lot, and started a new Lowcountry Tale novel by Dorothea Benton Frank, Pawleys Island, that is wonderful. Did a few tiny things around the house, but no exercise at all. Hoping for more energy tomorrow, and continued healing.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I was thrilled on a recent Saturday when I went to the postal substation to find they are open until 6 during the week--I had always assumed they would close by 5! So today after work, I left right on time--5:30--and got there ~ 5:40. I took the books and valentine I wanted to mail, found a padded envelope just the right size, bought that and had him weigh them together and write the postage needed. After dinner, I pulled out my many stamps from years ago, and ran calculations, figuring out I could use ten 32s, plus one each 39-, 42- and 10-cent stamps to reach the total of $4.11 postage. It's a fun exercise and I have lots of different designs covering a good part of the right side of the envelope. I'm sending juvenile biographies of Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela to celebrate Black History Month. (Once a teacher, always a teacher!)

The new book I'm reading is quite good, and I stayed up late again reading, so I hope to make an earlier night of it tonight. Want to go do dishes to keep up my cleaner kitchen!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hey, a discount is a discount! Sorry there's so much extra work for you. Thanks for checking in. I like to hear how you are, and understand you don't have a lot of time. Know I'm thinking of you and sending positive energy your way!

Had a fun visit with sister this weekend! She came up after work on Friday. I happened to have the first and third of the new Star Trek DVDs that came in together from the library, and we ended up watching the first Friday night, and the third (the newest one) Saturday morning. (Reviews in the What are you reading/watching thread.) Ate pretty light, took a walk Saturday before the movie, played games, had a blast. Had a busy day today, hitting 4 stores--Costco, Fred Meyer (great price on Ott Light replacement bulb, & actually found blue mascara, which I can't get at Target anymore--every company seems to have 3 or more shades of black and nothing else!), Safeway and TJ's. Then had lunch and took a nap, then did 2 loads of laundry. Just doing little tiny timer sessions this evening, in between longer reading sessions and Sparking.

Oh, and while I don't get to the chat thread daily, I've also been posting on other threads--Success, Gratitude, Reading, Spark Resources to name a few!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I hadn't realized how long it has been since I checked in! I feel bad about that!

I got my computer back from HP (I think they just switched it for another, but I have a working computer, so I am not going to complain!), which lets me get a lot more work done. I have to admit, although I am not crazy about the computer, it is nice to have something with lots of memory.

Things have been a bit crazy. My cat is still pretty sick so I come home for lunch everyday to give her an antibiotic. She growls, I growl back, and then I make several attempts to shove a pill down her throat. Once that is done, I bandage any scratches or bit marks, then go back to work. After work I pick up the girls, make dinner...well, at least something edible...and then give the cat an IV. She growls, I growl back, we finish, I put everything away, and then she demands a treat (Gerbers chicken and rice baby food). I'm glad she's feeling better, but sheesh!

Some people have said they would have cat out of her misery, but after everything my ex did to our pets, I couldn't put my girls through that kind of turmoil. Fortunately, my vet is a professor at veterinary school, so she is giving me a discount as long as she can use our case in teaching her students. I thought it was great until I found out the article she is writing was titled "Can you train the owners?".

I'm giving an IV. I think I'm trainable.

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Between my 2 hours on phones (we're all scheduled 2 separate hours as of yesterday), and a number of customers at the counter, I did manage to complete my wage complaint I got yesterday--at least to the review phase (new process, before we can submit), and 6 minor contractor transactions reviewed and logged, leaving 22. I took a new journal (composition book) to work. I want to be able to write one positive thing I've done to start clearing some space there, or other positive actions.

I worked hard on not focusing or grinding on the things that are wrong and frustrating. A new mantra I developed during one of my walks: "I choose to keep my focus on me, and not waste precious energy." I'm tired here at home though, almost nodding off over the laptop. I may not get to any timer sessions tonight. But I promise to maintain my kitchen OOs!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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It's funny how when my weight was distributed on both forearms in my modified (on elbows/bent arms) forward plank, while there was discomfort, it wasn't painful. But with all the weight on one side/arm, my elbow just couldn't take it. I'm sad, because I do like doing side planks normally. I didn't think of it last night, but I can do side crunches until the elbow is healed enough for planks.

Oh, and we had everyone there today-- emoticon I got to take an hour in the computer lab to work on my week's worth of contractor reviews--from the last week in December. We were short staffed and super busy at the end of December and first 2 weeks of January that I just couldn't get to them I started with 50. After today's lab time, I'm down to 28. I hope I finish before it's my turn again!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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The elbow isn't really affecting my sleep, it just hurts whenever I put any weight on it. I discovered I could do a forward plank on both elbows without too much discomfort, but after doing a side plank on my right elbow, I attempted one on my left, and no way! I tried it on my hand, but my wrist hurt badly at just 5 slow counts, so that was out. I hate being lopsided, and always want to do the same reps or time on each side, but that wasn't to be tonight.

3 (of 8) out at work today, one more than yesterday. But I handled the stress better, and managed to have some very nice interactions with coworkers and customers. More energy when I got home, and I did a few timer sessions, and am feeling productive & satisfied.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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The biggest issue post-fall is in bed--I never realized how often I would lean on my elbow when rolling over, scooting around, whatever, but it hurts every time I do. I'm trying to use my right side more, but it's hard to retrain myself, especially when I'm mostly asleep! Not a lot of bruising, since it hit right on the bone, and there's not a lot of muscle tissue at the impact point. Actually I have a darker bruise on my left middle finger where I smashed it between 2 chairs in the lunchroom the same day as the fall! They bought new chairs a while ago that are comfortable, but too big for the tables they couldn't afford to replace. So I was scooting mine closer to the table, and caught it between my metal chair leg and the one one next to it--talk about adding insult to injury!

I'm really glad I took that long nap yesterday morning when I was so tired. We had 2 people out sick today; I hope they bounce back soon!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I was still tired after my morning coffee--more like exhausted, though I had slept a normal amount. But after journaling, a couple tiny chores and a late breakfast, I ended up taking a 2-hour nap. Felt well enough after a shower and my afternoon coffee to go hit Target, Safeway and TJs. After putting food away, I finally got around to my monthly action sheet for January from The Desire Map. I was pretty uncertain about it, since it's a new way of looking at things, but I found it helpful. I've done a couple timer sessions since, and posted on the Success thread and the What are you reading thread. I'm currently watching the 2nd of the new Star Trek movies, Into Darkness, which I'm enjoying more than I remembered.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Sounds like a positive step forward, which can be hard, but empowering overall. Give yourself the emotional and physical nurturing you need to feel better!

I started my day (after journaling, of course!) with laundry, and happy to report the blood on my top and my jacket came out just fine. Did a Jessica Smith cardio and overall toning with weights (earlier than the 2 new ones I tried this last week) workout, had brunch, and took a nap! After afternoon coffee, hennaed my hair. Kitchen tasks of chopping a head of red cabbage for adding to salads, then starting a pot of veggie trimmings to cook into broth. The emoticon trimmings turn the stock purple, and I season it with the dry soup seasoning packets that halve in order to reduce sodium when I cook those up as a kitchen sink meal.

Then after rinsing the henna out, I finally got a good look at my elbow--having only taken the twin bandaids off in the shower--which is starting to bruise. Turns out the scab is going to be wedge-shaped instead of round, like it first appeared before covering it up. I've been doing little timer sessions with cleaning, mail, and will continue to catch up with little tasks. Hope everyone is having a good Saturday, and that your Sunday will be filled with happiness, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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feeling lazy - I have work to catch up but a bad cold.
feeling kind of blue but a little meh at seeing two real estate agents in 2 days, and, based on their feedback officially giving my ex an offer to buy out the house. Feeling almost a little relieved that I've taken that step, despite the "blue-ness" it brings.

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My big news is that for some totally bizarre reason (given that last night's low was supposed 40 or above), the parking lot between my apartment and my car turned out to be icy, and I took a spill. Fell on my left leg--jeans were wet from butt to below knee--and left elbow. Gathered everything I dropped, carefully made my way to the car, wiped down windows--didn't need to scrape at all. Checked my jacket to see how wet the arm/elbow was, and saw a bunch of red spots: blood. So much for zipping to work. Back to the apartment by a different route that wan't icy at all. (??) Not quite dime-sized circle of scraped skin right on the point; wiped off, smeared with antibiotic ointment, put 2 bandaids going each way to stick better, cover more and sop up more blood. Set fleece jacket sleeve and wash cloth soaking in cold water w/ a little soap (hooray, it worked!), and then drove to work.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Forgot to post this yesterday! emoticon Another crazy day at work. Ran by the library afterward, picked up a few new books that came in. Spent a few minutes planning, and have checked off several of the items I came up with. I'm enjoying this little routine. And still maintaining my 2 little kitchen OOs for 18 straight days! emoticon

Then as I mentioned in my status today, I'm enjoying spending just a few minutes jotting down a few things I want to get done in the evening--including making dinner & prepping the next day's lunch for work; it's so much easier & saves time in the morning--which is less stressful, so Yay!

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Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I had some unhappy parts during morning journaling today. Yes, I got a few big items done yesterday, but let a bunch of little things I had intended to get to slide. So I proposed sitting down soon after getting home and planning out what I would intend to accomplish tonight. I got run so ragged at work that I took a longer time to relax and read that originally planned, but I came up with a list, and have checked off several items. That feels good.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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emoticon about the battling siblings. Think it was related to being with their father? Did you check out my book reviews on the reading thread?

Today the big projects were groceries & gas at Costco, Safeway and Trader Joe's, the big litter box clean--washing the box and snap-on top, changing the pad and towel behind, under & on the side of the closet, and reviewing the proposal Tresa, my financial planner lady, sent. It took me a while to get to the latter, and I realize I have questions, as the whole process is so new. So I'll need some clarification to understand it all before committing to services, schedules and payments.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I got bored with my usual authors, so I'm reading a few new ones. So far, I haven't read anything so good that I want to post about it, but I'm hoping that will change soon.

Because I have been giving the cat medicine several times per day, she now runs every time she sees me. Sigh.

The girls have been fighting non stop since coming back from their father's, and they are driving me nuts. I finally blew up at them. Both apologized, which was a bit of a shock, but a nice one.

Got a call from the vet: they want to put the cat on a different antibiotic. This is getting really expensive, but hopefully this will do the trick.

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emoticon Oh, boy, our 3rd play of the season was it a hoot! The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with a very tall and talented Frank-N-Furter. The costumes were risque, the band loud, and the energy was so high--makes me want to do the Time Warp! emoticon (Rats, no sparkly high heels or platform shoes--or underwear, either!)

Did a Coach Nicole workout this morning, a few short timer sessions this evening, and I'll probably end up finishing the book I reviewed in the What are you reading thread tonight, or with my morning coffee. So happy to have a holiday on Monday!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I'm so glad your session with Katie went so well. I admit, I struggle a little with using the timer, but I think it's because I don't plan my tasks well.

I took today off from cleaning and work. I had originally intended to work today and then do something fun with the girls tomorrow, but the laundry room was very busy, and I am very tired, so I decided that tomorrow I will have the girls do chores while I work with them, and then we will go do something fun in the afternoon/evening. Maybe ice skating or a movie.

My cat is doing a little better, although the vet warned me that a stone is the first step in kidney failure. The vet said it wasn't very advanced, though, so we may have a few years. In the meantime, she has to take antibiotics for a bacterial infection. I had to make the decision that we were just going to try to keep her comfortable for the rest of her life, as she has a heart murmur and a bad back, so the vet believes she could not survive any surgeries.

I had a long talk with her (the cat) about what was happening with her, so she is being a lot more forgiving when I give her medication. That has taken a lot of the stress out of the situation.

In the meantime, I haven't been getting as much exercise as I had hoped. I'm looking into getting the wristband on my pedometer fixed, but it's hard to find a place that will do it. I looked up places that do watch repair, but most are not open on weekends, so it's rather difficult.

I am excited though, as apparently HP has fixed my computer, and I should get it back this week!! Hooray!

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I read late, finished a new book I rather inhaled, and slept in past 8 am, for more than 8 hours sleep! (I'm more a 7 hour girl, and usually fine with that.) I did a long/combo routine from my Coach Nicole--warm up, 20 minute workout w/ weights, then a 12 minute body weight workout, then cool down for a total of 42 minutes. Then breakfast combo--tomatoes and fresh veggies and an extra (small sausage link, then a combo of 2 previous soup pots.

I'm planning on laundry coming up here, hopefully while game is on, so less traffic and competition for the machines. Mainly want to work around the house today, catching up and making progress. I'll report back later.

Well, I got those 2 loads of laundry done--oops, not put away yet; I'll work on that. Something else for the old timer! I got the tall Xmas box (a moving one for a lamp, I think) with paper rolls in it, wrestled back into the balcony closet, as well as the wreathe holder. Still a few boxes to return. I've done some timer sessions with paperwork filing and clearing the table. It's funny, when I was catching Katie up on how I'm doing, and mentioned my timer sessions, she said I'm her first client who has been successful with a timer. I assured her I *love* using my timers. One is set for 5 minutes for cleaning and sorting, & I often reset it for another 5 right away, but sometimes 5 minutes is enough at a time; the other is set for 10 minutes, mainly for reading, though sometimes on the weekend, I know I want to work for that long on something. I use the counting up function for recording ST minutes, pausing between reps so I'm only counting the actual exercise, and try to use it to see how much time I'm Sparking or playing Spider Solitaire--though I tend to forget and leave it counting, and wear down the batteries that way!

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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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This has been a good day. emoticon I did that new workout (1 mile, 21 minute low-impact walking and upper body sculpt) with Jessica Smith (second time this week), and I like it. Used the 2# weights again; plan to try 3# just for the first biceps moves next time. www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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I saw my wonderful therapist Katie at her new office--a house with other practitioners, each in their own room/office--a block from a Trader Joe's store. (Of course I dropped by after my session for a snack & restroom visit!) It had been close to 4 months--since back in September, I think. It was wonderful to catch her up on my meetings with Tresa (the financial planner whom she recommended based on colleague referrals) and share my work in The Desire Map, which she had also recommended. I described my regular journal sessions and how my ongoing parts work has been keeping me on a pretty even keel mood-wise, and helping me stay in a more creative and less reactive mode. I shared that I don't think I really "need" to see her anymore, though I may want to occasionally check in to update and see if there is anything I want guidance on. I did score 2 new book recommendations that I will be checking out, and made her laugh when I shared some details from this morning's conversation between parts. As she observed, she gets to celebrate with me: she's been with me on the journey and witnessed my work and my struggles, and can see my growth and progress very clearly. She also asked a great question. Not only was she curious about which Core Desired Feelings I had chosen or articulated (my CFDs), but she asked if I was tuning in to when I was feeling them. I realized I've been using them more as desired qualities to manifest, or guides to goal setting and taking action, but that I was forgetting to notice when and how I am experiencing them throughout my days. A truly rewarding visit!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Ran out of journal time this morning, so postponed checking in with parts until after work. After a brief rest (Dora play, snack and reading), I checked in and mainly got everyone's task wish list. Got to almost everything, often with my trusty timer. Feeling really good, because there's progress and balance in different areas.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Hope the emoticon woes are resolved soon, bug glad you can still Spark. emoticon on the good week and on the lottery win! emoticon Any prize amount is emoticon

Finally got some timer sessions done Sunday and today after work. And I've maintained my 2 little kitchen OOs every day this month, so 9 straight days! emoticon Very proud of that! emoticon As energy has come back, also been getting back into some ST or cardio workouts at home. Though w/ 3 of 8 people out again today, still running ragged with no chance of catching up. Spent too long on Spider Solitaire, but also spent some productive time on my most desired tasks.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Sounds like you had a busy week! Your weight gain sounds like water weight...I often have a slight gain at the end of a stressful week, and it's gone by Sunday. I don't think that it's food related so much as tight muscles, and the body holding water as a defense against the stress.

My week was mostly good. The computer my mother got me for Christmas was a lemon, though, and died within 2 days of being set up. My mother is sending me the receipt, so I am hoping Office Max will take it back. Otherwise, it has to be sent to HP for repair. Bummer. Unfortunately, my old notebook is on it's last legs, so that may cause some issues for me as well. Fortunately, I can still do my Sparking on my kindle, so that is still available to me.

Other than that, it was a pretty good week! I took the kids to see the new Star Wars movie, and it was really good. My Girl Scout meeting went really well.Also, I had bought lottery tickets on New Year's Eve, and won $57! Not bad for my first time playing.

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Energy wasn't great, but good enough to return to work. We never know what kind of customer we'll get when we call the next name on the sign in log. I happened to get 3 new contractor registrations--a complex, multi-step process that generally takes 45 min or more--in a row. I was really ready for lunch, which I began 30 minutes late, after finishing the 3rd contractor. Only had one more new one after lunch. Finally managed to get a wage complaint submitted that was on day 9 (I had started it on Tuesday); we're supposed to do them in 3 days, but with the avalanche of complaints right at the end of the year & with so many people off, it just hasn't been possible.

I got to the library a few minutes before closing. None of my requested books had come in yet (requested 4 on 1/3, so had hoped for 1 or 2), but the first new Star Trek DVD was there. When I saw the 3rd movie this fall, I couldn't recall exactly what had happened in the first and the second, so wanted to see this one again (which I enjoyed greatly, as opposed to the second). Looking forward to seeing the third again; I'm on the list, and with ~150 copies, it won't take much longer to get to me.

It's been so cold that the snow from New Year's Eve and New Year's morning hasn't all melted. Here in my neighborhood (on a small hill) there are patches, around work there are just small ones, but on the big hill near the library, there's a lot more ground covered in white still. Wednesday, when I got in my car to go to work, it was 26 degrees out; before I got out of my parking lot, it dropped to 25, and at the light at the bottom of the hill, it was 24! Maybe it was warmer closer to the apartment building? This morning it was 21 from the time I got in my car to when I got to work; 31 when I left work. I think we've got rain and warmer temps in the forecast. What's it like where everyone else is?

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Dang, I forgot to post last night--here's what I posted on my other 2 teams: I was pleased that despite a bad mood day, I slept well last night. As I journaled, and then as I walked on my first break, saying affirmations, I reminded myself that I get to choose how I want to feel and what I want to focus on. And I did have a better day, mainly dealing with contractors and wage claims, with time out for doing an inventory on 3 styles of agency envelopes around the building, then showing a coworker how to order them, and taking a new shredder bin person around the building to where our 8 bins are that needed to be emptied.

After work I ran by Barnes and Nobles and got a half price pocket/purse planner, plus some early reader books for a friend's child to celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday this month and Black History Month in February. (You can take the teacher out of the classroom, but . . .)

And here is today's update: I stayed home, just felt so worn down this morning, on the edge of getting sick. So I've rested the entire day, just doing a tiny bit of kitchen cleaning after fixing food. But I've kept my OOs intact since the first of the year, so emoticon emoticon

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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We're still running on a too small crew with an extremely heavy workload, which really got to me today, so I was out of sorts at work and exhausted when I got home. Rested a little, played with Dora, read, then put in some timer sessions and did some exercises and some PT exercise research--which helped me feel productive and positive here at home. So I'm on a more even keel, and will do my best tomorrow to take my own advice to Choose Happiness as an Act of Rebellion!
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I got my regular hair trim today, then after a short nap & my afternoon coffee, I hennaed. Paid a bill, did a little filing & cleaning while the henna soaked in. Did a 20-minute Jessica Smith cardio workout this morning, and some ST this afternoon. After a late dinner of soup and salad, did some dishes and spiffed my stove and cutting board OOs. That's day 2 of my new habit for January.

Oh, and I was dismayed when my weight jumped up a pound, back over 147 on Saturday. I was relieved when it dropped back down a pound on Sunday, and astounded when it dropped another pound and a half to just over 145! Not sure what's up with that. I've been thinking about aiming for dropping 2 pounds each quarter, in order to hit a healthy weight range this year. Not certain where I'll be maintaining this month yet.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I like your plans for the weekend! emoticon

You might check with colleges and see if they have a department or counselors for adult, returning, or working students. At least some colleges recognize the need to accommodate working people who are trying to change careers. It's worth some phone calls to colleges or the teacher's union or district offices/HR. Somebody should be able to help! emoticon

(Forgot to come back and add this yesterday) I've been having fun at home and glad I didn't have any errands to run since my car will need the snow brushed/scraped off all the windows before driving. Nice, sweaty Coach Nicole workout, more black-eyed peas and greens (my special kitchen-sink version!), finished the Christmas thank yous, kitchen cleaning, took an hour-long nap, started a new (to me) mystery series I found in the library, wrote a new blog for the new year: Intentions and Habits.

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Whew! It sounds like an exhausting week!

I've had a bit of anxiety, as my cat had a kidney stone. Fortunately, we caught it and the infection before it was too late, but it has still been frightening. She is currently on painkillers and antibiotics, but I am still using a hypodermic to make her drink water in an effort to make sure she stays hydrated.

I'm also now using a fancy new computer that my Mom got me for Christmas. It's going to take some getting used to. I hate to say it, but I miss my little notebook.

I am also trying to find out about getting my teaching credential for KG and Elementary school, but it seems like all the classes being offered are during working hours. I keep wondering how anyone is supposed to get a credential if they aren't rich enough to go to school during the day. Why on earth would colleges schedule classes for teachers during the time that they are supposed to be teaching?

So my big plans for the weekend include cleaning/decluttering my house, napping, and some self care. Woo Hoo!




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I've got the black-eyed peas and collard greens cooking, I've been working on my last 2 Christmas thank yous, and I'm breaking up my work sessions with reading. (What a surprise! emoticon ) I managed to put together my Ott light, which I love--and is shining its full-spectrum light on me and the laptop right now. I finished my tarot transcription and have been working in the Desire Map book. No surprises there--the number 1 intention that touches all my core desired feelings, and all 5 life areas she looks at--Livelihood & Lifestyle, Body & Wellness, Creativity & Learning, Relationships & Society, Essence & Spirituality--is Getting Free: clearing the clutter, creating an open, functional, welcoming environment unencumbered by excess, junk, stagnant energy or out-of-date items that don't support me living a vibrant life. Now to set monthly and weekly action steps to get there!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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When a coworker (conveniently, and according to pattern) called in sick after her vacation days and before a long weekend, that combined with several people with scheduled time off left us with half a crew--4 instead of 8, as the wage complaints over minimum wage retro pay from the airport continued to pour in. Seattle took 6 complaints from last week, and Everett in the region north of us took 18 complaints to enter (from the 25 that came in in a single day), but with more coming each day, I now have 7 in my inbox to submit--and I only manage to get one entered in the last 2 days, what with processing industrial insurance checks in the morning, occasionally answering phones, and helping customers at the counter--including construction contractors (30 to 60 minutes each on average), and more incoming wage complaints. We managed to close the doors on time tonight, but I was way too tired to run the errand I had planned after work. So I came home, relaxed with a book and a snack, then did short sessions on my tarot transcription,my Desire Map exercises, hand washing, bedroom and bathroom cleaning, making veggie stock, with short reading stints in between. Oh, and I attempted twice to reschedule my hair cut from tomorrow to Monday or the following weekend--though I never got a call back, as requested. Soup smells like it may be ready! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Did a few timer sessions & a 21-minute cardio workout from Jessica Smith. Reading Pulled by the Moon by Elizabeth Berg--interesting. Finished Anne Bishop's Marked in Flesh last night. I have to wait almost 10 weeks for the next one, Etched in Bone to come out. I hoped the pre-order discount would be bigger, but will probably order it ahead to get it fast, while I read the new Mercy Thompson book that will come out the same day.

Tired and off to bed. Everyone have a great day tomorrow!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I'm so glad you had a good time with family! And emoticon on those final papers! I can well imagine how relieved you must be to have that piece done and complete. emoticon

Today started slow at work, but got crazy busy with at least 25 wage complaints handed in (we have to review for completeness and legibility, date stamp all pages, make copies, print business information on employer--at least the great majority were all from one employer), and a few more handed out and explained to folks who will bring them back.

I'm just a few pages from the end of the 4th and most current novel in the Others series (urban fantasy), but I took time out to work on my tarot transcription and to start my goal exercises in The Desire Map. After you explore, revise and articulate you Core Desired Feelings, she has you ask yourself What do I need to do to feel the way I want to feel? You look at different life areas, and do an exercise where you write out "If I want to feel [my core desired feelings], what do I want to do, experience or have in order to feel that way?" It gets you thinking about goals in a very different way.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I was out of town, and off line, since Friday! Had a wonderful time with my family, loved seeing my aunt and "niece" Olivia, and the girls had so much fun with their cousin. But I'm glad to be home. The cats have almost forgiven me for leaving (the bunny is still undecided). Oh, and my final divorce papers came on Christmas Eve!

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Sister and I had a nice walk at the cemetery this morning. I got groceries as planned on the way home, and was able to find some half-price ribbon at Target--though I forgot to pick up a replacement step counter for the one I lost last week. Christmas check from my father will pay for that. I've been having fun alternating between reading sessions and mini-work sessions cleaning, putting away food and overnight supplies, writing my first Christmas thank you. I did my first ST challenge activity in a week or 2, and am generally feeling productive, balanced and satisfied-- emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I'm full of quiche and fresh veggies, and Mary suggested I Spark while she puts the kitchen to rights, since she knows where everything goes. emoticon It's looking like instead of a movie (she realized with schools out, there would be a lot more kids and noise for many features), we may do a morning walk and then some after-Xmas sales; she needs wrapping paper, and we both need ribbon. Still planning on groceries on the way home, so will get a list written at some point. Weather was perfectly clear and a nice easy drive at midday today. Visits are always lovely, and I was charmed by generous and thoughtful gifts from family and friends.

Hoping you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday, and that you are looking forward to the new year with hope and determination. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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After an easy day at work, with fewer customers and a chance to update our office phone list (after many months and numerous staff changes), I stayed up past midnight, finishing Book 2 in the Others series by Anne Bishop, Murder of Crows. emoticon (Finished Book 1, Written in Red, earlier in the week, about am halfway through Book 3, Vision in Silver, right now. I just *love* this series!)

Got up a little before 7, took my time journaling (with short reading breaks in between segments), did a 40 minute workout w/ my Coach Nicole DVD emoticon , then did 2 loads of laundry. I was happy to see we have 4 dryers again--last weekend there were only 2! Took a nap in the afternoon, and I've been doing little holiday & other chores with a timer, including short reading breaks. Several parts were pretty insistent this morning that I not lose myself in hours of reading without getting things done. So I've broken up mini-reading sessions with mail, dishes, finishing my gift wrapping, adding ribbons and tags, putting cards up on my door. I know they are late getting up, but I get to enjoy them for a while now every time I leave my apartment.

So I am enjoying a restful day, with tiny spurts of activity. I called Mary to check on when to come down tomorrow. I'll be able to have a leisurely morning before driving down to join sister and BIL for our traditional crab quiche emoticon & sharing our few gifts (definitely down-sized this year!). I'll stay over and DS and I plan to hit an early movie Monday, then I'll get groceries on the way home. A low key and relaxing holiday--Whee! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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12/23/16 12:28 A

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Things were a bit less crazy, though plenty of odd things to keep me busy. More people are off, so even though there's less customer traffic and fewer calls, there are fewer of us to handle it, plus the other tasks where we are taking on assignments for our out-of-office colleagues. There's a lot more sweet snacks about. I will often take one thing to try--and then not getting around to eating it. I think I'll have the dark chocolate nut clusters someone brought in today as my dessert here while I read before bed.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Caught up with a few things at work, which always feels good! I've been enjoying wearing my holiday jewelry and showing my spirit. Did a Yule /Solstice tarot reading, with a puzzling spread. I look forward to reviewing the cards and tilts and meanings and seeing if there is wisdom hidden there that wasn't immediately obvious. Enjoying re-reading the Others series of novels by Anne Bishop, now that I finished the 5 lovely Lucy Valentine mysteries. Enjoying all of the little steps I'm taking, even though progress is slow. And appreciating the slightly higher temps low-to-mid 40s instead of 20s and 30s.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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12/21/16 12:26 A

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Glad it sounds like things have been mostly good, with challenges--which seems to be the norm. Happy you used the girls' overnight to get some wrapping done--always a challenge to try to keep secrets if you don't live alone like me. emoticon

I drove down to Mary's on Sunday afternoon, had a delicious dinner made by BIL--beans with pork in a crock pot--I think they baked for 4 hours. Spent the night, then sister and I went to Group Health for joint mammograms. Had a great tech who was friendly and adapted well to both of us in the room together. She didn't rush us, but we were done quickly. She knew what she was doing and used humor well. Only DS had to repeat one x-ray. No PTSD triggers at all, which was lovely. And we agreed this is a pretty nice way to have something to look forward to--lunch together after back-to-back appointments like we did. This may become a new ritual for us!

I got the last card into the mail on Monday, and today delivered my work cards, so that holiday task is complete. Hurrah! emoticon emoticon

We got slammed so bad Friday afternoon that I didn't get my out-of-office messages done for Monday, and had a couple items to take care of when I got in today. Of course we had a couple crazy things happen with the computers and credit card readers that required a bunch of fiscal corrections and documentation. And I discovered I had been assigned a wage complaint that came in Thursday afternoon (which I never saw on Friday), and since we are supposed to enter and submit them within 3 days (yes, including weekends, if you can believe it!), it was already late--on day 5 today. I did get that one completed, and took in 3 more from customers today, including 2 in the last 15 minutes. Luckily the other 4 friends with them decided to finish theirs and bring them back tomorrow!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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12/19/16 12:51 A

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The last few days have been so busy with holiday preparations! Shopping (my family gets a little crazy with gift giving, as we really don't do it much at any other time of year), cleaning, the preschool Christmas show (3 weeks of preparation, for 20 minutes of performance, and most of our kids got the flu the week of the performance. Murphy's law at it's finest). My kids had an overnight with their father, so I cleaned like crazy, then started wrapping gifts, so the house is a mess again. At least it's a happy type mess, I guess. I've been watching Star Wars movies all weekend as well. One channel was showing them all. I'm very excited about taking the girls to see the new one, and I got to see the ones I had missed, so now everything makes better sense.

I've been trying to take some classes so that I can go to work for the school district, but all the classes offered are during working hours. Because I am now in the infant room, I can't take classes during those hours, because it would mean either giving up my job or the class being out of ratio. It's a real catch-22.



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12/18/16 2:39 A

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I had tentative plans to go walking with a Spark Friend today, but she called to cancel. That was fine, as it gave me more time to finish my holiday cards to mail. I had hoped to get the Oregon ones out (California and midwest cards mailed a few days ago), but was able to get all but a couple local ones signed, addressed, stamped and stickered, many with a holiday letter. Of course when I got to the Post Office a little before 3, I discovered that while I had library books to return, I had forgotten the cards! I hurried back and got them to the pickup box at 3:05. I'm hoping they were busy enough (I could see a long line in the lobby) that they hadn't emptied the box while I was driving; I would think it would take them at least 5 minutes to transfer all the mail at this time of year.

Ended up taking a late nap, which is why I'm Sparking so late, but I'm headed to bed in just a few minutes. Wanted to get a few more Spark points tonight! Wishing everyone a great Sunday!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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12/16/16 1:13 A

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I took a break from work to go give blood (the state even offers a special leave for that). And because they run low on volunteers at this time of year, there was a special offer for all volunteers who gave and made their next appointment, they could enter a drawing (at each location) for a $75 Amazon gift card. (Hope, hope! emoticon emoticon ) And my helper gave me a festive dark green arm wrap with an extra little red bow. I like advertising for blood donations!

I had a surprise in mailbox tonight: One of my dearest Spark Friends sent me a copy of The Desire Map! She knew I had returned the library copy, and really have enjoyed working in it. I can't wait to do the last exercises I hadn't gotten to--and to reread some of the awesome poems and quotes--though I've promised myself to wait until I've mailed all my holiday cards, which I'm still working on.

Hope everyone has a lovely night and a fantastic and festive Friday!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Oh, wow, I'm sorry for all that drama and stress--and the cold that may have been prompted by it! emoticon

That last calendar to mail did arrive today, and I picked it up from the office before they closed at 6. I got it wrapped and found a padded envelope of the right size to recycle. It's now addressed, with a card and letter inside--hey, saving postage where I can! Did a couple little timer sessions, and got an email from King County HR letting me know I'm still active in their candidate pool (though no jobs have been offered through it yet), and listing 3 current openings I might be interested in applying for separately. I thanked her and assured her I will check out the links.

Still playing catch up at work, but less stressed due to both relaxing and getting things done on my vacation, as well as feeling less financially strapped without that car loan payment to make each month. I've also been playing with the list of core desired feelings I came up with from my Desire Map work. When I played with them on my first break yesterday, I realized I didn't have them quite right, and ended up changing several. (Did I already share about this? If so, sorry for the repetition!) I've been using the new ones, and they feel good--energizing and motivating.

It's funny. No major accomplishments, but I'm feeling pretty content. I'm doing the right things, taking positive steps, it's enough for now, and I just feel good. Pretty cool. emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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12/13/16 10:42 A

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A December staycation sounds like a great idea. Getting stuff done without the pressure of going to work probably wards off a lot of sick time too, since you don't have that added stressor.

The week has been rather crazy for me, and unexpectedly emotional. The two teachers that have been in the baby room have what I will call incompatible styles. Basically, it was getting to be a toxic environment for the children, and was leaking out to the rest of the school. I came in nearly ate one morning and found them arguing (I have to go through the infant/toddler room to get to the 3 year old class). Later they argued more, and I had to shush them during naptime so they wouldn't wake the preschoolers. After our director left, they argued some more, bringing it out onto the play yard in front of the kids. My co-teacher (who is in charge whenever the Director leaves) was sort of blindsided. We had to call the director at home, and the next day the Director called me in. Even though I didn't want to leave my class, because I have worked really hard with them, I told the director that I would be willing to step into the baby room until she could find a solution to the issues in there, thinking that it would take a few weeks. Instead, I may have been moved permanently. At least, there is not any evidence that we are getting any new teachers. The 4 year old teacher, my (now former) co teacher, is rather ticked off, as we have worked really hard to make our partnership work, but she understands the need. The hardest part is that my 3 year olds don't understand, and they feel betrayed. One in particular, whose family is homeless, is really struggling. I spend time on my breaks with her, but she is still having trouble.

I promptly caught a cold.

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Sadly a calendar came that I ordered for me, but not the one I still need to wrap and mail. Still waiting for that. Work was fine--busy, but not crazy. They missed me, because there are things I know and do well that nobody else really understands. So I was helping solve some issues besides helping at the counter and on phones, and never got to my week of piled up emails. I may ask for time off the floor to do that.

I did a number of timer sessions yesterday evening, and again tonight. I really enjoy these short focused activities. I had to return The Desire Map to the library, having renewed it twice already. So I spent a while reading and writing last night, pretty much covering the rest of it. I realized yes, I do want to buy my own copy, as it's a process I will want to do again periodically. I had come up with my list of core desired feelings: 4 pairs, plus one extra, even though she recommends up to 5. As I was trying them out as mantras while walking this morning, they just didn't seem ON, so I ended up changing almost every word and keeping just one pair. Now to find activities and goals to help me experience them more in my life!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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12/11/16 1:56 A

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Today was laundry, a movie (enthusiastic review of Hacksaw Ridge in What are you reading/ watching thread), library, writing my holiday letter. A good day.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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12/10/16 1:34 A

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Well that last calendar I ordered won't arrive until Monday (hopefully), so I'll have one last package to mail. Got all the others done today. The gifts were wrapped, but I added ribbon, a tag, addressed the mailing envelope, signed a holiday card to slip inside, sealed and stickered and taped up the packages. That feels very good.

Tresa, the financial planner came over and we had a very good talk. She was making notes on her laptop, she read over my list of successes w/ money or finances. I had written out per her assignment. I had the book she recommends to clients--The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Personal Finance by Morris and Morris (a small book of less than 200 pages, tall but skinny, with plenty of graphics)--and she gave me just 10 pages (skipping around in the Investment section) to read.

She reminded me of one of her philosophies from our phone conversation, that you address financial security before pursuing financial freedom or independence. We'll focus on a spending plan first, then a retirement plan, when we begin working officially in January. She's done a lot of self-help training and exploration, and it informs her work--and we got off on a number of related tangents. This really feels like a good thing for me to be doing now, that fits in with other goals, activities and developments.

Even though it was kind of late after getting back from the package mailing, I took a nap after the intensity of the day and being out in the cold (mid-30s). Did a couple new (for me) workouts on Spark TV by Desi Bartlett--a 9 minute warm up, then a 30 minute total body workout that had me sweating by the end (as in sweat dripping off my hair). She's pretty good, though she doesn't lead as well as Coach Nicole. She does build up the moves, but she goes pretty fast, and while she'll mention some possible modifications partway through, the two women working with her hardly ever demonstrate different levels--you have to figure some of that out on your own. She also has a nice flexibility and stretch routine that are on separate videos, that I wish they had included so the workout doesn't end so abruptly without any cool down. That's one of my complaints--that Spark doesn't always do a good job of dividing up the routines, or offering an entire one, where you don't have to call up each segment separately.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Realized as I was leaving the dollar store (had hoped for ribbon, but hardly anything except for 2.5 inches wide; just picked up 2 things) that I left my package to mail at home. So drove back, got that plus 2 of my wrapped calendars of different sizes to figure out the cost of mailing. The clerk saved me money by having me get a slightly smaller padded envelope that was still big enough, but went at the large envelope rate, instead of the package rate. In addition to the padded envelopes (2 medium, 3 small), she weighed them with the wrapped calendar of the right size and sold me the appropriate stamps, so that most of them can be addressed and sealed and ready to mail. Brother's APO will probably need a customs form, and the one mini calendar that is going with a plushie for an early January BD will need postage figured and added--hopefully I can do that tomorrow and have it done.

Unfortunately I have one calendar on order that hasn't arrived yet that will need to be mailed. And if I read the UPS tracking page correctly, it's been sitting in Texas for 2 days! May need to take some time off to hit the post office next week--rats! Ah well. I got an early delivery today--hadn't expected the new Nora Roberts (#3 in the Guardians trilogy), which only came out on Tuesday, to arrive until tomorrow. So I've been reading for 10 minutes, then doing housework or holiday tasks for 5 or 10 minutes. It's been working well. I have the door wreathe up and ornaments up in the window of my bedroom that overlooks the walkway. I told Tresa (the financial lady who's coming tomorrow morning) to look for those decorations to find my apartment, so needed to get them up! Won't get my table topper tree up until the wrapping and cards are mostly to all done.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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12/8/16 12:02 A

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If you don't know, this staycation is a yearly thing--I think this is at least 4 or 5 times that I've taken a week in early December--usually the first full week, though last year with a late Thanksgiving, it ran into that (since we have post-Turkey Day as a holiday; we traded Columbus Day for it). That was 11 days off in a row. This year, I took my Personal Holiday (1 day per year, to be used by 12/31) last Friday when we drove part way down to Shafer Ladies, so it will be 10 days off. Sweet!

Today I started on the holiday tasks that I like to get done this week. I wrapped all the gifts I have so far. I'm waiting for 2 more to come by mail, only one of which needs to be mailed. Haven't got ribbons and tags on all yet, nor mailing envelopes made out yet. I made my list of cards I'll be sending. And I pulled out my holiday CDs that I've started playing. I do love the sounds of Christmas! Decorating starts tomorrow. I won't finish everything this week, but will get enough done that I won't feel overwhelmed. And that's the point!
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Oh, I had a nap today for the first time this week--too busy with errands the other days. Another delight of the staycation! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Yep, got laundry done--just linens, but met a couple ladies in the laundry room I hadn't spoken to before. (I tend to run into other people on the weekends.) We had a little snow on Monday morning (I saw it falling around 8 or 9, but not for long), then today was clear, but it dropped to the 20s last night--same for tonight. Most of my windows were iced over, so I made sure no cars were around, and backed up and then pulled into a spot where the sun would melt the ice--which it did nicely before I went to do errands.

Hit the bank to get a cashier's check for just over $6K, then took it to the credit union to pay off my car loan. I think the loan balance may have been just under 6, but there was some sort of title transfer fee. It'll be weeks before the title gets to me, but I'm just glad to not have that $210 payment to make every month! Then I hit Costco for groceries. Spent some time on mail and file consolidation. And after my afternoon coffee, while it was still light out, I got a few holiday boxes out of the balcony closet, including the music CDs & wrapping paper & cards. I'll be juggling holiday & household/organizing tasks the next couple of days.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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