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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

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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:

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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!


1. 前面十天在中国 老公meet了一个deadline之后 终于有点儿时间周末能陪我一下下了

2. 回来马上就是法师参访北加 听了很多

3. 然后没有两天 太后就驾到了 太后是不会做饭的 所以现在我每天负责两顿饭

4. 一个多星期 我们就爆发了一场战争 战后和老公complain 老公说你就顺着她说话啊 老公说得对 我还是不要妄想让太后明白一些道理了 虽然我的目的是希望她以后的人生 下一生能少受些苦 但是她听不懂 讲了也是白搭 还不如什么都是是是对对对 营造一个温馨的气氛为先

5. 太后认为我跟她不亲密 并且和她人生中所有的问题一样 这个问题是因为我做得不好造成的 我好想说 太后 您为什么不想想您自己都干了什么呢 您牺牲了我解决了房子问题 老公问题 现在您想起亲情来了 您牺牲我的时候 没有想过亲情也被牺牲了吗?

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

December 2020


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