Monday, April 16, 2012

New Winners of the I Choose to Live Award, and cleaning my apartment!

First, I am excited to report that there are no less than 17 new winners of the I Choose to Live Award! This is the largest number of blogs I've ever given the award to at once. The award hadn't been given out in a long time. There still may be some of you with blogs out there, or blogs you've read who deserve this award so be sure to shoot me an email on the address on that page and let me know if this is the case. I love giving out the I Choose To Live Award!

Next, I am happy to report that I've been cleaning! Yes, cleaning. It's not all done, but I have definitely made progress. My case manager bought me a new vacuum cleaner with money from the community mental health center, because somehow my case is still open even though it was supposed to have closed by now. So I was very pleased with that. I got to pick out the vacuum I wanted, so I get a bagless one, and I really love it.

Ribbit walking on clean floor.
The lovely new vacuum cleaner.

I've also declared war on my fruit fly problem in my kitchen. So I have some tips for you, in case you ever get an infestation of your own:

  1. Get fly strips to catch and kill the buggers.  I don't believe in murder, but in this case a mass slaughter was necessary and welcomed.
  2. Spray, you can either make some non-toxic stuff or just go straight for the chemicals like I did.
  3. Make traps, which I've read you can do with apple cider vinegar, and I learned that it doesn't work with white vinegar. You put a piece of fruit in a cup under plastic wrap along with the apple cider vinegar and a shot of dish soap, poke holes in the wrap with a fork, and wait for the suckers to meet their death.
  4. Pour boiling water, or bleach or vinegar, down all the drains in your house.
  5. Let your mom (or go yourself!) buy you Hot Shot Pest Control Strips to hang in your kitchen. These are simply miraculous.
Problem solved!

I've been also following the Fly Lady site, so thank you all for that helpful tip!

I have been feeling quite productive and rather extraordinarily happy lately. I'm doing pretty well with things. It's not perfect, but who is perfect? My mom thinks I'm on too much Prozac, and I'm getting hyper. But I think it's working and I am not usually ever prone to mania anymore, so I don't think I have to worry about that starting, but I will watch it just in case. Overall, things are going well. I don't like the things my mom has to say to put fear into me, about how I'm going to get evicted or end up in the hospital because of the state of my home, or how I'm going to get manic and hit people. Sometimes it's best not listen to my mom. I am managing well.


  1. I think you're doing great. Sometimes people misunderstand when someone gets a little more energy or function and they automatically assume a mania. I think you are wise not to listen to your mother in this instance. My heart rejoices for you right now. I know how good it feels to have a little more success in some area that you haven't been able to do justice to in a while.

  2. Thank you, Ethereal Highway. I think you're right. You have to consider the source. My mom has been VERY prone to mania her whole life practically, and when she gets manic she gets violent and bitchy and horrible. I have never been like that, ever. I also have never been very prone to mania. Plus, the whole reason my mom thinks I'm on too much Prozac, is that her psychiatrist won't let her take more than 20 mgs of it because she'll get manic, so she's actually assuming this is the case for everyone. This is not the case for me. If I was manic, I think I'd be acting manic, and I'm not. I am not my mom. She sometimes fails to realize medications don't work the same on everyone.

  3. Thank you so much for the award, Jen! I put it up on my blog and I am going to figure out something to write about it. You've opened the door for me to share, which (depending on who you talk to) is a good thing! Hey, you can't share too much, right?

    And it's so pretty. I love when I can add pretty things to my blog.

    Of course, the fact that I am here to write about it is the best reason to have the award.

    I think you're doing awesome. And I am drooling over your vacuum...we need a new one REALLY badly!

  4. Thank you so very much for the award! I have it up now, and with a post to say how happy I am. I also put in a bunch from a recent post of yours, so people can see how amazing you are, and how you give so much inspiration. I hope you like it. Thank you for being an inspiration for me, through hard times and easy times.


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