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Wishlist: A quiet place to continue and finish writing my book[s]
I always wanted to study Anthropology, but I got hung up with the "what are you going to do with that?" syndrome
when I was in college. So I found free courses through MIT, and looking for free courses elsewhere.
A decent digital camera or time to master using the crappy one I have. I still mourn the loss of my Nikon Coolpix that was
stolen by an aide in the early days
Wish I could: Hire someone to go with me once a week to the city for a few hours, just to explore
Hire the PT once a week to stretch me out and massage me, and maybe just exercise me a little. I said good-bye
to her on Wednesday, because Medicare/Medicaid won't pay for her anymore, due to the fact that I do not have the
kind of illness that can improve, and even though I have actually gained strength, according to the PT.
Just get all my pictures sorted out so I could just scan the best representatives in the computer.
Connect with more old friends and family members to clear up some fuzziness of memories, or should I
write from the fuzziness? [might be an interesting effect]
Find an author/mentor to guide me in this journey of writing this book.
Find someone to just do some things the aides don't do, i.e. clean windows, behind furniture, under things, clean and
soak bunny litter-boxes with vinegar weekly.
Hire someone to remove the bathroom hamper, retile that part of the wall, and replace the vanity/sink with a wall-hung
sink. Although first I need someone who can measure the dimensions of the shower/tub-slider chair. You see, I am sure
if I do those two little modifications, I could use the tub-slider. Better yet, if I do those two things, there might
just be a small enough transfer chair that the aides can use to wheel me into the bathroom, at least part of the way.
I now: Have a handle on my financial situation, and know what I have to do. This doesn't mean I have more money,
just that I know that I had to contact my creditors and make a plan, and NEVER be late on a bill again! Suze
Orman says that is what everyone must do now!
Am totally committed to not buying anything but the barest necessities UNLESS I HAVE THE CASH!
Feel completely okay with being alone to accomplish my goals, above. I just wish I had access to some minimal
help with some things I can't physically do.
Know the direction of my first book, or books, but I wish I could decide if it's going to be one book or two. So
what I am doing is writing the chapters of both, and figuring out if I can somehow ibtertwine the two to make
sense, i.e. memoirs segue-waying into present.
Until 2004, I was an independent and active woman -- a former airline sales exec and then a high school educator. Then my body kept betraying me. I was finally diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease -- confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. With life at a slower pace, I learned to live a more conscious and mindful life -- buying, eating and other choices. I listen instead of talking, and I observe instead of running and rushing.
Monday, October 6, 2008
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