Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

I always feel that the "real" New Year begins not in the cold, dark depths of winter, but right around now, as we prepare to go back to school.  Now seems the right time to start fresh routines, and make resolutions towards achievement and success. 

Itty Bitty begins his final year of high school on Tuesday.  Whoa!  How did this happen?  My last baby...his last year of school...   I don't return to school until next Monday; my last year of undergrad.  Not exactly true...I'm thinking of going to school this afternoon to get some reserve readings at the library, and actually, next Monday, I'll be at the law office where I'll be doing my 4th year Practicum!!! 

I'm so excited!  I had my interview on Wednesday, and ROCKED it!  The woman who interviewed me had made up her mind immediately that I was going to be a good fit, so she gave me a tour, introduced me to all the lawyers and support staff, showed me where my office would be, etc.  I got official confirmation in an email this morning.  They had been wanting a social worker here for some time, because the clients of this law clinic (funded by Legal Aid) often have issues much bigger, and more pressing than their legal concerns, and need someone to help identify their areas of need, and connect them to other agencies and social services in order to find supports and resources.  This is PERFECT for me - I like to be busy, and think creatively, and be presented with new challenges. I wish I was already there!  I'll be working here three full days a week, for the next eight months. (Oh, and FYI: any posts I make about my practicum experience, will be labelled Law 'n Order)

Word on the Simple Abundance Project...a tragic thing happened yesterday.  We ran out of toilet paper!  I had stocked up on sale priced TP, applied coupons of course, and filled our linen closet to bursting back when there was still snow on the ground!  Throughout this summer, I've avoided "stocking up" on things in the spirit of living a "less-is-more" lifestyle. Imagine my shock and dismay, when confronted with the empty paper tube, and then finding "my cupboard was bare"! As the kids would say: EPIC FAIL!!!!  Luckily, I found 3-ply Royale double roll 12 packs on sale for $4.99 (reg. $8.99) and had $1 off coupons too.  I even shared my extra coupons with the cashier who was obviously envious of my super savings.

Also in the stream of Simple Abundance news, I weighed in today, and I've lost 25.2 lbs.  Sometimes Simple Abundance works great... and sometimes you're outta toilet paper! 

 Thought I'd better share a picture of just how happy I look:


  1. So happy that things are working out so well for you - the practicum, the weight loss, etc. I think there are some things it is OK to stock up on. When you run out of butter or milk, you can often substitute another ingredient, but I don't think there is any substitute for toilet paper!

  2. Good job on the weight loss Nancy!! You could always use newspaper like in the olden days when you run out of toilet paper LOL

  3. What a fun post! I'm sure we can all identify with you! Except...for the pounds we keep hoping! Hugs and congrats on the new job...good luck and happy back to school!

  4. I like to stock up on loo paper and in the supermarket once someone asked me if I had a problem!!!! No, I just like a well stocked cupboard. I am thrilled for you that you got the placement you wanted. Sometimes you have to have a bit of luck on your side. You go for it. I shall look forward to hearing about it in the future.

  5. Congratulations on the Simple Abundance Project and the new job. Looking forward to hearing about Law and Order.

  6. I love that I have the power of the toilet else can buy it but me and only me!!! and when its gone I know where the emergency tissues are and how to get more :0).

    Congrats on rocking that are gonna grow and change so much with this practicum....pray for strength and guidance to do the best you can for your clients, also for loving support from your family when you have nothing left to give.

    Happy New Year! I couldn't agree more its a new beginning.