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A New Year, A New Job, A New Outlook!

Wow! I can’t believe it has been soooo long since I have blogged.  I realized that searching for work is a full-time job and finally after my efforts I landed a position and I am thankful for that.  Although I have been working for a bit, I am still awaiting my first pay check and that will be a happy day!

My position is at the school district so I am fortunate enough to have the last four days off from work and it has been a good time to catch my breath and let working full-time sink in to my mind.  It has been a blessing for me to be able to work part-time while my children have been growing.  I love being home with them so even now a school day off for them will usually be a day off for me too.  My family and I, however, have been so settled in to me being home, running errands, repairing things, lawn care and snow removal master, and just the main chief and bottle washer in all things that we will all need to make some adjustments.  I just hope that they are up to the task!!

So, I will need to work on being  better at delegating, a skill I sadly lack when it comes to home management.  Mostly I lack this skill for two reasons.  One I pride myself in getting it “all done” and freeing up the family’s time and two  unfortunately fell into the “it is just easier if I do it myself” trap.  I know this is not uncommon and we could probably all been happy enough living in this way. However, I know now I will not be able to hold up my end of the unwritten bargain.  Things will start deteriorating as we move into a new chapter.  Well, deteriorate initially at least until we all figure out how to share the responsibilities more evenly.

My husband has always laughed at my ability to fall to sleep when my head hits the pillow.  But because I  rarely sitting down to take a break during the day, even before I started my full-time job, I believe is the reason.  It is called being exhausted!  The only problem now is that I can fall asleep immediately only to awaken a few hours later with visions of all of the things I need to do or am not getting done.  Exhaustion reigns!  Zzzzzzzzzzz!!!

So, for the New Year,I have a couple of resolutions.  First, I will blog at least weekly, probably Saturday or Sunday mornings.  Secondly, I will work on being  better at delegating, before it kills me.  Thirdly, I would like to lose ten pounds and this will be easy or hard depending on how I manage my stress.  If I am in the eating everything in sight stress mode or I don’t have time to take a break stress mode.  I know that neither of those are healthy options so hopefully I will find that balance sooner than later!

I hope that you all have  a Happy New Year!  Hey, did you know in Samoa they skipped December 30 this year?  That just blew my mind, so they get to celebrate the New’s Year first before New Zealand and now their time is three hours ahead of New Zealand instead of 21 hours behind! Interestingly the American Samoa island did not make this change and so you could celebrate your birthday twice a year just traveling the 100 miles between the islands, but of course I am at an age that “why would I do that?”

I would love to hear any suggestions about “the balancing act”, delegating, or about maintaining healthy lifestyles, and finding some “quiet time”, while making major life changes.  Anything you have for me I would be grateful! What works for you?  What doesn’t work?

You Know What It’s Like – Jane



So, What Makes Your Life Easier?

I was going about my daily routine and I thought about how we each have our own little shortcuts, rituals, products that make our days easier.  So I decided to share a few of my favorites with you and I hope that you will each share a couple as well. I think that is some good use of blog space!

  1. This tip is probably more for the ladies or maybe men who enjoy a more hairless existence.  Next time you are out of shave cream try some hair conditioner instead.  Use the inexpensive drugstore or store brand kind and you will discover a wonderful shaving experience.  Not only are your legs shaved closely but they’re smooth and soft as well.  In fact, if you are in a hurry you can actually get away without that after shower moisturizer!
  2. Here is another tip for your personal hygiene.  I am a coffee and tea drinker and although I get my teeth cleaned regularly by the hygienist I still tend to develop teeth stains in between cleanings.  Recently, however I discovered the “magic eraser”. You may have used these wonders to clean around your home and definitely they are magic.  When I open a new box now, I cut off a corner or two and keep them in the medicine cabinet for coffee stain remover on my teeth.  Rinse and brush afterwards, it works great! I buy the storebrand ones.
  3. On to the laundry.  Many of you may own a front loading washer as I do.  I love it because it cleans the clothes well and uses less water.  But after you have these washers they develop an odor.  I don’t care how much you wipe them dry or keep the door ajar they smell eventually.  I know that they have products for cleaning your washer and I have used them but they are costly and they don’t keep it fresh for long.  So I have started adding about 1/2 cup borax (which is a laundry booster) to all of my wash.  Yes, put in your liquid he detergent and then sprinkle the borax on top of the liquid.  The odor is gone and by the way borax is really inexpensive! Voila’!
  4. Another unpleasant odor area may be your microwave.  If you are like me, you don’t wash it out after every single use and well it gets gunky (have you ever check the inside top) eww!  So an easy way to clean it.  I use one cup water mixed with 3 TBLS. baking soda.  Put this in a microwave safe cup (of course) and heat for 2 mins. You can just wipe the inside down easily removing everything.  Just make sure you clean when the time is up, because once it is cooled, well, you’ll have to reheat it!
  5. Here is the best streak free window wash.  Take one gallon of water mix one drop of Dawn dishwashing liquid. I know one drop, right?  This works well especially if you use a squeegee, one sponge side the other rubber.  Yay, you have sparkly windows!

These are  some things that make my life easier.  I hope you will find something here that helps you out in your daily living.  Please share your helpful tips with me.  After all “necessity is the mother of invention” so don’t keep those useful tips to yourselves any longer!  Thanks!

You Know What It’s Like – Jane


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