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Samsung washer, displaying “nd” on its panel. A more official explanation.  The same nd error happened to me in 2017. Read for reference.

I did two things:

  1. find the plug near the bottom of the washer. find a shallow pan. unplug. water would rush out. Might be a lot of water. So be prepared. In my case, water even came out of two places. So my laundry room floor is flooded still. It would be a good idea to lay down some towels around the washer and dryer next time.
  2. find the hose behind dryer. It is together with another two cables. The two cables are screwed in. The hose is placed loosely. Adjust that hose, so there is no pinch or anything.

Then start an empty cycle to test out if water can drain out of the washer. Finger crossed it would.

二月份听了超级inspiring talk开始每天用善行记录的方式管理自己的生活。有些成效。


  1. 全广不迟到
  2. 每天吃一顿正经饭
  3. 每天iPad screen time少于两小时
  4. 诵经
  5. 晨起皈依

其中诵经totally没有做到。可能诵了三四次吧。完全没有到Daily routine的地步。晨起皈依我做了两个星期就停止了。因为变成念诵之后,我觉得简直是在培养我对佛菩萨的没有感情。就停止了。但是法师说其实应该具体讨论一下究竟怎样修。所以这一条我要等到机会请教究竟如何每天修习皈依之后再说。另外我发现念诵其实不是师父说的方式。师父说的方式是观想。平时可以先练练观想。





  1. 全广不迟到
  2. 每天吃一顿正经饭
  3. 每天iPad screen time少于两小时
  4. 诵经
  5. 拜忏
  6. 每天iPhone screen time少于五小时
  7. 供水


  1. 全广不迟到
  2. 吃一顿正经饭
  3. iPad的screen time少于两小时
  4. 诵经一卷
  5. 晨起皈依

IRS instructions for Form 2555 (Foreign Earned Income Exclusion)

Does California Accept the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion from Federal Return?

How to Avoid California State Tax when Working Abroad (and other useful information for Expats)

Part-year California residents – How to invoke the Safe Harbor rule

Deciding whether you are a California resident:

Click to access 16_1031.pdf

I have fixed two problems for our Samsung washer in the past few months.

First, “SUD” is the error code displayed. Solution: pour white vinegar into the detergent drawer and then start a full wash cycle. Then it is gone. Very easy.

Second, “ND” is the error code. This is a way more serious problem. It means water is not draining from the washer. Of all circumstances, the washer went into this shocking state (together with flooding water for the entire laundry room) the night before I left for a Germany trip. So frustrating. You can Google and Youtube for tutorials. In short, the reason can be twofold: (1) the washer itself isn’t draining water; (2) the standing pipe that is connecting to your washer to the sewer system isn’t draining water. To fix the first problem, you find a low and shallow pan and open up the hold at the bottom of the washer. I realize there is such a hole during this fix. Never before did I pay any attention to that part of the machine. Open the hose and drain water. Finger crossed hoping your machine would work after this fix. You can start a wash+spin cycle after this to test it out. Better yet, check if the standing pipe is having any connection issue. Turned out that I had accidentally pushed off a heavy bottle of something off the washer and it knocked the standing pipe off a little. And that was the reason.

It is not easy to find that out. Because given the size of our laundry room, to check the standing pipe you have to move the washer and dryer out first. And that was some REAL work, for one person. In fact, I only cleaned up the floor of the laundry room, lay out the wet clothes to dry before my Germany trip. And came back to fix it. After two days, I tentatively started the wash + spin cycle, only to discover it did work, with me only draining the washer itself. But a few days later, the ND error code came back. And this time, with the hubby home, he moved the two machines a bit, and discovered the culprit bottle of things.

The washer has been reliably working for eight years. What a mess when it broke down. Here is for its continuing health for another ten or twenty years!

One of our front lights was dead. The other has been intermittent, which means it would be on for a while, such as fifteen minutes, then it would be off, but next time it would be on again. This has been going on for nearly two years. And I have been turning on high beam for night driving all this time. The reason? It would be too damn expensive to fix it. According to dealer and other run-of-mill mechanic, I would need to replace both the hid light bulb and the ballast, the computer control unit of the light. The hid light bulb, mind you, is quoted at $275 not from dealer. From dealer it would be $290. The ballast unit would be about $200. Replacing the ballast would require taking off the entire lamp component and therefore the labor cost is at two hours, making the total for a single side ~$675. Having both lights fixed would be ~$1350. And this is not a dealer quote.

We recently decided to fix this problem since we are getting on a trip to a more remote place and it might involve night driving a lot. Apparently, the way to reduce cost: 1. buy OEM light bulb; 2. buy after-market ballst; 3. do it yourself. Luckily for us, once we replaced both light bulbs, all are fine now. We bought the bulbs off Amazon, them being naked-eye identical with the dead bulbs they replaced. So the $50 per bulb solution sounds so much more attractive than the $275 dealer version. You can check out the bulbs here (D4S, 42042).

1. 建立morning routine: 诵经+拜忏

2. 收拾房子 该扔的扔 未完成的手工projects要至少减少一个 该装的东西比如画 窗帘 洗衣间的架子装至少一个

3. 能够决定自己以后要干什么以及怎么干

May 2020


  • is loving shelter-in-place, in fact 2 days ago
  • is sleeping much better during shelter-in-place 2 weeks ago
  • is emotionally ready for the next chapter of life 7 months ago
  • is memorizing Himalaya keyboards and learning to type Tibetan. So exciting. Chinese, English, Spanish, now my fourth language Tibetan! 8 months ago
  • this is a special summer 11 months ago

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