Simple gestures mean a lot

My GP did the nicest thing the other day when I went to see her – she entered the room and outstretched her hand to shake my hand. It was the perfect thing – it said glad to see you and how can we work through what’s ailing you.

I’ve been through dozens of doctors in the past 6 months passed from one to another. Each sure they knew what my issue was and how to solve it and in some cases made it worse; some it just stayed the same.


It was just nice to feel like a human for a change.

A Job that speaks for itself

I saw this today on craigslist and couldn’t resist sharing:

Head Lice Removal Technician (Boston area)
(Do not reply to this posting. Read through and follow instructions at “TO APPLY” below.)

LiceDOCTORS is looking to expand our staff of head lice professionals in your area. We use only natural ingredients. Our 100% effective and GUARANTEED process was developed by a doctor. We have been in business for 15 years and successfully treated over 20,000 families. You would be proud to represent LiceDoctors. (

We have extensive training in our treatment protocol so you would be confident and ready for your first appointment.

Although this is an on-call, flexible, part-time position, we need you to be very available when our clients call. We pay $30 per hour plus travel expenses.

Respond only if you can pass a criminal background check and answer YES to the following:
• Do you have access to your own reliable transportation?
• Have you seen and dealt with lice before even if informal (such as with your children)?
• Do you keep your cell phone with you at all times so you can immediately respond to text messages?
• Is your schedule flexible enough to offer good blocks of time? (Keep in mind our customers may want us anytime 7 days a week including occasional evenings)
• We go to people’s homes and the process takes about 2 to 4 hours (sometimes longer). Are you amenable to that?
• Our lice technicians are independent contractors who need to buy some supplies like scrubs (hospital-like comfortable outfit), magnifier. The most important supplies to buy and keep on hand are the professional grade lice combs which you will resell to the client at a profit. Does that work for you?

Preferred additional qualifications (not necessary)
You have worked before or work now. . .
• in healthcare (a nurse, school nurse, CNA, phlebotomist, etc.)
• in an on-call capacity
• in a profession where you go to people’s homes
• with children
• as a hairdresser

So many questions come to mind…Is there worker’s comp, medical plan, who are the people that need this service…

Working with an organizer when you are handicapped

Okay, for having been hit in a car by a tractor trailer who drove off, had skin cancer, a stroke, having mom pass away, and the rest of this thing we call life, I’m kind of used to being a person without an organized home.  I don’t do life in a pretty way – papers every where, tasks piled in piles, email runneth over.  I find space where I can to prop up my pc or ipad.  But even with this seemingly endless stream of chaos, I pay my bills, I get jobs, I do life in a fairly reasonable and responsible way.

So, with life seemingly so out of control, I resolved to put some things in order after my mom’s passing.

Okay,  because I have a lot to do, I thought, I should get some help with this organizing challenge.  Okay, I turned to NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) to look for someone to help.  My journey has only just begun and I’m learning a lot about myself and others as a result.  Hopefully, I’ll learn some patience in the process.

One gift of being handicapped is you learn what you have energy for – I’m always testing that limit and sometimes I exceed even my expectations but when I plan my day now I’m mindful that I’m not going to be able to sprint a marathon day after day so one has to decide what’s important to get done today.  I find that frustrating some days but at least my energy is there for the whole day.

This topic  leads me to working with organizers.    Because most of the folks I’ve worked with are not handicapped, they have no idea that I have to painstakingly plan out what’s most important to do – that physical labor usually has to be in the morning, sitting down activities are good for evenings.

I ran into a bit of an issue when my newest organizer scheduled someone to take away some unwanted furniture for me without asking me about it first.  I appreciated the gesture but it wasn’t well thought out.  First some of the items to be donated are stored behind other items. Secondly, she has issues with cat and other smells so she suggested getting rid of the carpets.  Now I’m starting to panic – how am I going to move all the stuff by myself?

I’m starting see there are different types of Organizers:  People who tell you how things should be, Organizers who help withe work and others who want to be directed by you.  So I’ve added this to my checklist of what to ask.  For now, I just have to know my limits and be clear with people helping me whar and when, I can do thinks.

Does it really have to be this hard?

I have some time off right now so to be productive while looking for a new job, I thought I’d take a course – good idea until I tried to register for one online.  You have to give a masonic hand shake, do it on the right phase of the moon and pray to be able to sign up for a couse. 

First tried a regulatory affairs couse and I think that’s an issue of an id problem but then I tried to sign up for a course in the Master’s program at U. of Phoenix – OMG!!  They’ve been bombarding me with info about their program for month – now you have to have a Ph.D to figure out how to sign up!!!  Unbelievable!!  Just another whine…

Getting a new job can be daunting

I had some insight today about what a pain in the butt applying for a new job is and how it could be much simpler to do.

  • Make the on-line application different than the darn resume you’re asking for.
  • Be clear what you do and don’t need in the job
  • Look past the paper – have the courtesy to talk to people – a 5 minute phone call can find you a gem in a sea of resumes.

Now I know why they are banning gas leaf blowers

It’s Sunday after a really rough week for the Boston area – my nerves are still on edge from the bombing at the marathon and subsequent raids, I looked forward to a quiet Sunday reading and doing cleaning- chilling and then the horrible grinding of a blowing motor starts at 10 AM and continues for hours.

Now I understand why towns are banning these noise polluters. 

Real Life Heroes in the Hurricane Sandy

My husband was up visiting his cousins in Rochester during the Hurricane Sandy approach and landfall – he knew we were okay as I was at my mom’s house back from the coast and she installed a generator that was set to automatically start when the power went out and ran on 2 huge 200 gallon propane tanks so we’d be set for at least a month without external power.

We rode out the storm and Chris and I kept in touch throughout the storm via cell until he returned on the bus and we had a wonderful reunion. As I inquired about the family, Chris told me the most amazing tale about his cousin’s Carl’s actions after the storm. Apparently, Carl’s step daughter, Lizza, her baby daughter and husband, Craig, were in NYC, trying to keep themselves safe in the chaos that is NY at this time. Carl decided to to take action. Accompanied by David, Lizza’s brother, they left at 6:00 am and drove to NYC; rendezvoused with the Lizza, Craig and the baby and drove back to Rochester all in one day! Amazing!

We are currently waiting to hear from everyone we know in the area so if you meet Dr. Rich Clayton of Monmouth University or Scott Gursky of Hastings on Hudson, please tell them to get in touch with me.