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Daily Challenge: Move your alarm

Thursday, August 28, 2014

How to do it
Move your alarm clock so it's across the room from your bed, or at least far enough away so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Be sure to test the volume to make sure you can easily hear it from bed!

Why it matters
Are you getting late starts in the morning because you continually hit snooze when the alarm goes off? Moving your alarm clock across the room, or far enough away that you have to get out of bed, will make it more likely you'll get up and stay up. You might as well get up right away and use that time to prepare for the day! You'll feel less stressed and may have a calmer start to your morning that way.

I moved my alarm so I would have to get out of bed years ago.
It doesn't help 100% of the time.
Mostly in the winter when I want to get back underneath the warm covers.
I have this awesome Way to wake up in the morning. I have a Dawn simulator. It slowly gets light in my room and then by the time it's full sunlight I'm awake. It does have a back up buzzer that goes off. And I know if I wake up with the booze or I'm not getting enough sleep.
I absolutely love it! Hate to be woke up with a horrible beeping noise or buzzer or somebody loud talking to loud music you don't like . The new alarms on some alarm devices or cell phones are nice.
You can get one relatively cheap to add to your own light fixture.
I have one with the special light that I can sit in front of for 'sunlight'
I used to sleep with my cell phone on my bed stand.
I do not anymore.
I had heard it can cause headaches. So I moved it away and now I hardly get them anymore. I have it at the end of the bed and across about 4 feet where my on simulator alarm is.
If you don’t do that and you frequently get headaches or migraines you really should try it.

Things went smoothly at work and I wasn't hurting as bad as I was on Tuesday when I got out of there. Plus Helene was not rude in any way today. That was a good.

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WUMPASTAR 8/29/2014 9:52AM

    Mine has always been away from the bed ever since I started using one when I was a teen. But most of the time I get up, turn it off, and go back to bed -_- I think the dawn thing you have is AWESOME! I totally want one now!

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GINIEMIE 8/29/2014 7:42AM

    I like the idea of the dawn simulator. I have a double alarm I use when I have to get up, but since I'm retired I set only one to take my meds. I'm going to move my phone for the night too, we'll see if I have less morning headaches too. I know it doesn't even pay to have it near-I don't hear when someone calls after I'm asleep.

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UMBILICAL 8/28/2014 8:40PM

  Great idea

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Daily Challenge : set a recurring alarm / Update on work and knee

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Set a recurring alarm that will remind you to start preparing for bedtime.

How to do it
Set a recurring alarm on your watch, cell phone, computer, or kitchen timer to go off 30 minutes before bedtime. (If you aren't able to set an alarm to go off each day automatically, write a note to remind you to set it, and stick it where you'll see it each day.) Get ready for bed as you normally would, and spend a few moments doing something relaxing, such as reading or taking a warm bath or shower.

Why it matters
Powering down, winding down, chilling out ... whatever you choose to call it, slowing down 30 minutes before you hit the sheets is an important part of a good night's sleep. If you're busy right up until it's time to turn in, it can be very difficult to instantly relax on command. This can make you feel stressed and prevent you from dropping off into dreamland. But when you give yourself time for bedtime rituals, your body will respond by getting sleepy.


This might be something good to try.
I don't always get to bed at the same time and I know it's better for you can keep it generally at the same time.
Also giving up the same time every day is a good idea.
Don't think I've ever done that my entire life.
You got to five days a week that you either go to school or you were in the other two days are different.
Only time I ever went to bed and got up about the same time it was when I worked second shift.
Those are my kind of hours.
Starting early as 10 -11am I can keep pretty regular hours seven days a week.

I am working on not using the word try. “Do or do not. There is no try.” Yoda

So I am going to give this a trial period and see if it can help me keep a better schedule.
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I was so happy to go to work today and see that the steam/boiler was fixed.
We were super busy for lunch.
I am home, with my legs up and ice pack on my knee.
I took a good drug to help with the pain.

I was thinking by the time lunch came I should have scheduled the surgery for today. I might call and see if there are any openings for Friday and if there are see if I can change it. Plus check with work to see if they can accommodate that or give me a even less walking station. Although there are not many stations that need a full time person. I worked the one with the least amount of walking So I am not of what option I can do. I will just have to talk to them. My doctor had said “the sooner the better. It is going to just get worse.” Boy was he right!

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LE7_1234 8/28/2014 1:26AM

    Ouch! Sorry the knee is worse.

My work schedule varies a lot--which leads to a lot of variation in when I wake up... or go to bed. I do feel a lot better overall when I aim for a consistent wake-up time.

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GINIEMIE 8/27/2014 7:43AM

    I have been knitting before going to bed, and when I do that it helps. What I think I need to wean myself from is television till past gone to sleep time. I set a timer for the TV to go off so I don't wake up to it when I get up. I started that when my DH passed away, but I really think/know it's a bad habit.
Nice blog Char, interesting. So I'm looking forward to hearing that you are having that surgery, I know you are in a lot of pain.
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SHAMROCKY2K 8/26/2014 11:37PM

    Great advise on getting to sleep. I just read an article here on that but didn't think of the alarm as a reminder.
Are you talking about a knee replacement?

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Crisis at work

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I work at Notre Dame University at the South Dining Hall. All kinds of interesting things happen while you're feeding a bunch of people. There have been football games or regular meals where we haven't had any electric. Those are usually a short term problems.
Yesterday we had something happen that's going to take some days to get fixed and it's very troubling to me.

I'm not sure how things work on campus. Yesterday we our boiler went out that creates our steam that the dishwashers use to sanitize. A couple minutes after we opened for 2000 to come for lunch it happened.

Other times were you had no electricity and we've had to use disposable dinnerware. This time we had to change it over while we were open. That was hard enough.
I got to go on break after we close two hours later. I went to dispose of my items. Found out everything was going in the trash.

We are fortunate on campus that we can recycle paper products, plastic, and Styrofoam. there's a lot more things that we need to be able to recycle and hopefully that will be coming.

This is a new group of people there don't know what we can do on campus. We're feeding the freshman and their parents.

I understand this is a last minute thing but at the very least they could recycle Styrofoam cups. Styrofoam cups have been the biggest @#$% of mine for several years because they were meant for the students to be able to take things out with them. So many students and employees use them while they are at the dining hall. And then they go in the trash.

Our one time use, disposable society, is not going to last.

Broiler is old. They can't find a part for it yet.
Are we dining hall, alone, serves an average of 10,000 meals a day. Multiply that by the other dining hall and other facilities on campus. This is a crisis.

Sustainability on campus is an ongoing projects. In retail, especially food service, it's hard to repurpose let alone reuse a lot of items. So you have to recycle.
Recycling is last thing that people need to be doing and is the first thing they usually do. Myself included. I started recycling in the 1970s.
You have people that don't know what can be recycled. That's easily fixed.

What's hard to fix our lazy people, that won't walk the extra couple of feet to throw things in the proper container.

Then you have the people that just don't care.
This I don't understand. If we don't have A healthy environment there is not have much of a life, if there's life at all.

Ideas how to make people care. Please let me know.
This past week is been very stressful for me in a lot of ways.

I am praying for you and for me:
A new week for happiness, positivity, productivity and peace.

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MILLISMA 8/25/2014 9:29AM

    I have a real hard time with folks that don't/won't recycle. In our township, we have recycle bins called single stream.....all things can go in with no more sorting. Have some neighbors that refuse to recycle. Wish they would start giving them some type of fine.

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GINIEMIE 8/25/2014 9:06AM

    Since I was raised with feet on two continents I appreciated recycling since 1954, the first time I stayed with my grandparents in Belgium. It was an experience. We didn't use much disposables back then, but I've tried for recycling or re-purposing ever since.
It's not just the people using who don't care it's manufacturers. Do you know that new refrigerators have a life expectancy of 8-10 years. Back when I was a child the life expectancy was more like 25 years, when I got married 15...see where this is going.
I don't know what you can do except point out the recycle bins, or make colorful signs by the trash cans that shows what should go where with arrows to redirect.
May you have a blessed peaceful week.
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WUMPASTAR 8/25/2014 7:16AM

    I am with you 100% here. I'm on a war with trash. People tend to think that recycling is the solution to everything when there are 3 things they should be doing first (reduce, repair, reuse). But obviously in such a big dining hall, I can understand why recycling is the only available solution right now, and I do feel and totally understand your frustration to see people not taking the 3 steps they should take to recycle a simple cup!
I often find recyclable trash on boardwalks or public places and my friends think I'm weird for taking them home and recycling them, but I think every step counts.

I hope you too have a very positive and peaceful week!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/25/2014 7:16AM

    you hit the nail on the head a nation of clueless wandering selfish people that only thing about themselves......

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Daily Challenge : share an experience/ details on Lead problem

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to do it
Think back on something you bought that gave you the chance to have a new experience. Did you purchase equipment to try a new sport? Needles and yarn when you learned how to knit? Camping gear for a trip with friends? Whatever you purchased that led you to something new, share it here.

Why it matters
Researchers have found that people who spend their money on experiences - or items that create an experience - are happier overall. Reflecting on a purchase that let you do something fun can remind you of that experience and give you a new way of looking at your spending habits.

I was thinking I really haven't bought much lately except for my dress for the wedding.

But two months ago I bought two things that I haven't used. One is a fusion fit disc to work my upper body. it will be easier to use than a kettle ball or weighted ball because it has a place to hold it. the other was a band to use to help strengthen my legs and ankles. Maybe if I had used them I wouldn't have the problem now with my knee but I really doubt that.
Only losing weight and getting stronger will help me prevent a lot more problems. I am healthy except for the weight and the HBP it is causing.

I was wanting to put off my surgery until December but the Dr thinks I should have it as soon as possible so I scheduled it for Sept. 2. I won't miss all of football season so I will be able to get some overtime once I go back. which will help.

My lead name is Helene and we have had problems ever since I came on day’s full time. When I first started as an on-call she was very nice to me. I am not sure what happened. I think she thought I wanted her job. I don't. Most of the time she does a good job at her position, Just not with me (and probably a couple of others) Part of the problem is I think she may be a little predigest because I am not the same color as she is.

I know I mentioned this a little bit ago that I was trying not to take things personally. I had even intended on apologizing to her about that. I would take things wrong she said or did personally when it wasn't meant to be pointed at me as a person. But yesterday- 4 things happened with her. and I was gone for 4 hours of the day and she left an hour after I go back to work after leaving to help serve breakfast for the football team.

first thing was I was talking to her at the time clock and she just walked away from me.
After I cam back I was talking to someone and she interrupted and told me to quit telling people what to do. She then went to complained to the manger. Later I went in to the office and this particular manager didn't even ask me what happen just told me not to boss people around.
I used to have a problem with this because I work with so many people so are lazy and unobservant. But i have successfully gotten rid of that.

Then I was in the bathroom and I went into a stall that ended up not having any toilet paper in it. I heard someone come in and I called for help several times. No help came. So I came out and looked to see who it was it was Helene. (I said that figures) and went to another stall to finish.

Afterwards I started to walk out but then I went back and asked her why she was so rude to me.
She said something to the effect I shouldn't ask her for something first thing in the morning. ( now mind you she usually get there 20 min or more early and just sits so I don't consider 6 am first thing) She said she has gotten complaints that I bossed people around over cleaning time and when she is not there And IT HAS TO STOP. Concerning the bathroom she said he did not have to do anything for me in the bathroom. Which is true but still it is not nice or respectful.
You don't have to life someone to be nice or respectful to them. When you have to work with others there are some things that you do just to make life more bearable. So she said we will have to go talk to Mark about me.

OH-oh she also told me that THIS IS 2014 and we don't do the same things that we used to. of course I checked with the manager and concerning this thing we are doing the same.

So that was yesterday. Before I got the news that I need to do surgery asap.

Besides all that once (14 hours later) I finely got out of bed I was in a good mood. I went to the dentist for a cleaning. I had been having a little pain so knowing I have a cavity was a little surprise. I thought it was coming from under my back crown. But it is not- it is coming from the two in front of it. In a perfect world he would recommend getting two crowns. For now I am only going to do the one I have to and get the other repaired.
Then next year I will in one I had done years ago replaced and the one I am getting a filling in I will just wait until something else happens.
All this with having surgery and only have a week between vacation and sick time to use. Life is going to be tough for a while.
Thank you all for listening to my tale of woe. Life WILL get better.

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LE7_1234 8/22/2014 8:05AM

    Sorry you have to deal with the work situation and dental work on top of the surgery!

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GINIEMIE 8/22/2014 6:29AM

    Okay Char, Now I know I'm being presumptuous, I dont' know what your feelings about prayer but I will share with you how I would approach the situation. I'm going to suggest you try something. Start praying for Helene, pray for her to find peace, then pray that the Lord show you where He wants you to be and how He wants to to react/act. Also trust Him that you will be able to make it with no work for a while. Yes it will be difficult-all of what I'm asking you to consider, but both my sister and I have done this when we have had difficult people to work with and it works. Also compliment her on what she does well. We all like to get compliments and if they are sincere-that means don't sugar coat-we feel better about ourselves and we tend to be nicer to others.

Next think about how you tell people to help with the clean up. Maybe you should ASK them to help you do certain tasks. As you said you don't have to like a person to be respectful. My youngest sister tends to give commands and is very hurt that we told her that she IS BOSSY. She is a very hard worker, but she also expects others to work as hard as her. I told her that I like it much better when she asks me to help with something rather than tell me to do something.
Last of all vis-a-vis work, and I suggest that you wait until after your surgery, if these suggestions do not work, as the very last resort ask the manager for a meeting with him and Helene to discuss how the work environment and morale can be improved. Do not bring the others into it, if they have a complaint then maybe a larger group meeting would be in order.
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My Daily Challenge- Sit and squeeze/ a very challenging and emotinal day.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How to do it
Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on the seat of the chair outside your hips and bend your elbows slightly. Squeeze your knees and buttocks together. At the same time, push your hands into the chair, straightening your arms. Release your muscles, bending your elbows again. Repeat 9 more times.

Why it matters
Doing exercises like this one can help build strong muscles in your buttocks and inner thighs. A strong lower body keeps the joints in your hips and knees healthy, protecting them from injury and damage over time.

This is a good challenge for me I always needing to find new ways to strengthen my leg muscles.
It was an extremely rough day today.
I had three things that Helene,my lead, did that were disrespectful to me and then I asked her why she was so rude to me and then she sort of went off. More about them tomorrow

I don't know if any remember I gave up pork because I'm extra sensitive to it. Today I helped serve breakfast for the football team and I was the lucky one that got to carve a honey baked ham for 2 1/2 hours.

Then I go to the doctor. I need surgery the sooner the better.
I was really hoping I could put it off till December.
On top of feeling hands of about the surgery. I feel bad about leaving work suddenly because in the last week two other full-time people are off for 5-6 weeks. One just broke her hand at work and the other had a baby three months early.

I just thought I could wait till December and do it. But he said to me is a better.

So I didn't get a nap today. I'm real emotionally wiped out.
So off to bed I go.

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XRSIZE16 8/21/2014 10:39AM

    I'm sorry you had a rough day, but congrats for doing things to strengthen you physically. I hope things work out with your lead and that she's able to treat you respectfully in the future.

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WUMPASTAR 8/21/2014 7:41AM

    I know when you're very dedicated to your job it's hard to think about yourself first. But if you need this surgery NOW, staying at work until December won't help - and maybe your problem will get so bad that you won't be able to work anymore. I too don't like skipping work when I have to do things for myself - but I'm lucky to have a very comprehensive boss. Hope you're doing fine today and have an awesome day!

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GINIEMIE 8/20/2014 9:45PM

    Hugs Char,
Praying tomorrow will be better. I was trying this exercise as I read.
Deep breaths, maybe your lead person was having a bad day too, with two people out and she probably knows you're suffering.
I wasn't aware of you being sensitive to pork, I guess we haven't been friends long enough or I'm forgetful, sorry.
Now let us know when you are having the surgery so we can be praying for you that day, during and after the surgery. I started yesterday, but I'll keep it up.
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