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on May 16, 2009 - 10:58pm

Today is mine. Every year I get to recount the miracle of my birth, my mom always says "I'm so glad you were a fighter." Whatever. It's not like I was the one doing the fighting.

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on May 14, 2009 - 9:15am

Rain, rain, I love the rain. I notice it's been affecting my mood more often these days. I guess Ishould be more consistent about taking my vitamin D.

Since I wrote my last entry I feel the chaos surrounding his issues has calmed. I think his parents were really fearful that it was something they were doing wrong that made Ryan act this way, but now that they've read up on the subject more they realize most of the problem is just the way Ryan is. They're going to go to a specialist (not a psycologist, but more of a pediatrician who has more experience treating OCD). With the exception of the paper incident that happened when I was taking care of him last Sunday I decided I will not make a big deal out this and I won't try to stop him from hoarding unless it's something completely outragous. I think he just needs some compassion right now. His parents are always worrying about him, and though their worries are not unfounded I've decided to be the non-worrier. It's not as much my job anyway. I know he's going to be just fine.

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Kids and OCD

on May 4, 2009 - 9:21am

Yesterday I was dealing with a frustrating situation with one of my charges (I don't know what else to call the kids for whom I am a nanny). That's what my journal entry had been about before it was erased. This is a more condenssed version.

Anyway, I've mentioned his issues in my journal before. He's a very smart, highly creative child and he loves to recycle things. He's also very sensative when it comes to getting rid of toys. The kids really do have too many toys and sometimes their parents will get rid of a few. They might donate them to charity or some of the smaller, cheaper ones they throw away, but then one of the boys will find one and ask why they found a toy in the garbage. They don't even play with half of their toys and they certainly don't NEED all of them. Lately, Ryan asks me to buy him something at least once a day, but usually more. Yesterday it was a sports jersey, and Connor wanted a certain toy dog. The only thing I tell them is that they don't need all those toys, that they should feel lucky that they do have so many when a lot of children only have a couple of toys. Basically, they're going through a really greedy phase where they feel entitled to everything. Anyway, Ryan must be too used to hearing "yes". Last night he was obsessed with wanting to recycle of piece of red construction paper that had been thrown away, the reason being it had glue spilled all over it. Ryan threw a huge tantrum and demanded that I let him retrieve this piece of sticky paper out of the garbage. I said absolutely not. This was after dinner and throughout pajamas and stories he tried to sneak downstairs 3 or 4 times to get the paper. Even this morning he continued on this ridiculous mission. I told his dad when he got home, and he agreed with me, that I had done the right thing. I just wonder what is making Ryan so OCD about recycling. I wonder if because of the way the world is, that maybe at school they've made the kids too aware of the whole recycling thing. Maybe he feels like if he doesn't recycle he's a terrible person? His parents occasionally let him keep toys out of the trash if he finds something he really doesn't want to throw away. It's not like they throw toys away on a regular basis. Usually it's something that is broken. But Ryan tries to take even the most broken pieces of things and create something from them. I do admire him for that, but the line has to be drawn somewhere and I draw it at gluey paper.

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on May 3, 2009 - 9:53pm


Edit: It's my fault of course, I started writing and then went away from the computer to do something else and came back to finish it. Still. Very frustrating, but good for all of you, because now you don't have to read it. Oh well. Happy Monday to everyone tomorrow :)

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ugh, sick

on April 10, 2009 - 10:11pm

Everyone I live with is sick, and I've caught it...yay (not). A couple days ago I woke up with a froggy sounding throat, then yesterday I felt a little worse, and today I know I feel terrible. I feel tired, and achy, sore throat,'s so irritating, I don't feel like doing anything, just sleeping!

Also, when I bought my laptop it came with a free tiral of Microsoft Office. Now the tiral has expired and I need to upgrade to the full software, but it won't let me just click the button and upgrade, it says some computers can't convert and I'll have to uninstall the trial and download the full version seperately. So, should I back up all of my pictures and documents for when I uninstall? I've looked online and it all seems like such a hassle to have to pay for and download the full version, but without it I have no way to type my spreadsheets or charts.

On the plus side I'm FINALLY back into exercising. I signed up to do the FOJG Fitness Challenge, and it's sad to admit, but it's taken me until now to really get back to exercising again. It's miraculous though. I have a terrible sugar addiction, but ever since I've started exercising which was about a week and a half ago I have not craved sugar. It's simpply amazing how exercise curbes apatite. I almost can't believe it. Every morning I've gotten up early and done at least 30 minutes of cardio, and then every other day I do weights too. I took today off because I can barely climb a flight of stairs without wheezing (being sick will do that ha) but after this bug passes I'll be right back to exercise. You know every time I start exercising again after having not for a long period of time Ialways wonder why I didn't just start again sooner. Why wait? At this point I don't feel like I've lost any weight, but I know I'll start feeling it by next week. I'm really excited at the prospect of getting into shape again. :) Next month is my birthday and I'm determined to not spend another year in this state of health. Oi! I'm so tired. Goodnight. Hope everyone is well and good :)



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