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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。

上次的五个条目:

  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。

其他三条还是蛮成功的。全广不迟到大约花了一个月就基本上做到了。现在还不是每天能做到。但是比开始的时候强了很多。就算迟到也就是两分钟这样子。这次还列出来。希望自己能够真的做到每天都不迟到。一分钟也不迟到。

每天吃正经饭也慢慢开始实现了。我又开始做饭了。有时候还挺认真。所以继续列出来。希望自己做饭的认真程度能够恢复到2007年。哈哈。恢复到十几年前的水平。好好照顾自己。好好照顾自己的身体。身体很辛苦。

iPad的使用时间也大幅下降。现在就是每天早上起来看新闻的时间。以前其实也不是在爬网。比如写日记。现在把写日记当成在电脑上完成的任务。用iPad的时间自然就少了很多。更加重要的是,其实用电脑写作的速度要快很多。所以也省了时间。

前面几个星期太hectic了。现在才把这个夏天的善行条目定出来。希望夏天能够继续进步,把自己的生活管理起来。

  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
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今天听了一个talk。很受鼓舞。觉得也要开始每天记录善行。现在我的问题可能不是善不善行的问题。我的问题是需要好好地把自己的每天生活管理起来。不要松松垮垮的。

  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)

https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i2555

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

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4024804-does-california-accept-the-foreign-earned-income-exclusion

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

http://usexpatriate.blogspot.com/2012/10/avoiding-california-state-income-taxes.html

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

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/3865288-how-do-i-know-if-i-m-accurately-filing-ca-return-as-someone-who-lives-abroad

Deciding whether you are a California resident:

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2016/16_1031.pdf

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/filertn/nonresidents-part-year-residents.shtml

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

1. 早睡totally做到了 一年基本上都是十点多睡觉吧 除了有时差的日子 早起还是有点困难 目前九点吧 希望能再早一点儿!

2. 早起诵经 做到了半年?大半年? 但是拜忏只做了几次 所以差得太远 而且还都是小礼拜 差得就更远了 我打算以后开始大礼拜的说 这个拜忏的部分一定要加上来啊 净罪就靠它了

3. 家里未完成的手工project 一年都没有找到时间做:(

4. 收拾house 该扔的扔 好像也没有大规模的做到 :(

5. 身平安:身体的某些方面比去年好 这是好消息 但是小病不断 八九十三个月大病一场 还是肺的问题 然后十月还食物中毒了两星期 中间不要提还低血压了两三个星期 每天头晕晕的 只能精神两三个小时 剩下二十个小时睡觉 所以有变好的地方 但是好像其他的一点儿都没有好 老公说 你怎么越歇越差呢??

6. 心平安:年初考虑了一下下就quit了 后来好开心 但是到了年底 以为给了时间就会发生的事情们都还没有发生 压力马上就build up了起来 明年干什么 这仍然是个好大的问题!

总结:好像新年决心实现得相当不怎么样哈!


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