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Exasperation Level Reduced by $700

May 27th, 2015 at 06:22 pm

The clarinet was found in our house. I took it in for repair to pads and replacement of cork, costing $86.70. So that's a few hundred saved. The retainer is... I don't know where. It's difficult for me to believe it's outside the house.

I've reduced my waist by an inch. My tops hang better now, no shaming skin bordering the hem and bottoms. The sad things are that my macronutrient intake is not sustainable, and the diet requires a greater outlay of $$ after week 3, but it's good to know that I can reduce my waist. How'd I do it? I upped my caloric intake and consumed more nonhydrogenated saturated fats, introduced digestive enzymes and probiotics, ate eggs daily. I avoid grains, sugar and milk. Sugar is especially bad for me as I wake up in the dark with dry mouth and night terrors. I'm sure I'd have made more progress with exercise.

The dairy I do have are yogurt and butter. It may have merely been water weight or glycogen stores that were flushed away, but hey, one inch went, plus! I have no salt cravings. The disappearance of salt cravings means potato chips with their salt and starch don't tempt me, so only nutritious calories go in. If I need salt I can use potassium iodide or pink Himalayan salt.

7 Responses to “Exasperation Level Reduced by $700”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Hooray for the clarinet.

  2. snafu Says:

    Wonderful news! Hope DS gets better at coping with hormonal jags. We had a plateful with DS1 at 18 y/o and were flummoxed when DS2 repeated the same Jeykelll/Hyde junk when he hit 18 y/o.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Great news!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Glad the clarinet turned up! The retainer is smaller -- many places to hide. Could he have removed it at a fast-food place and left it there? My nephew did that.

  5. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    Sounds like the prodigal son (clarinet) never really left home?! So happy to hear it has been found, saving some major money. I'm on a 10-Day Green Smoothie diet - totally natural - I'm hoping to get to total natural/whole foods one day. This is at least a step in the right direction. Smile

  6. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Hi hi... the retainer is clear plastic. He and I will have to look for it, or rather "feel" for it. I lost my retainer about three times. I suspect we may have to get another anyway because if he's at his peak growth velocity that's got to mean his mouth expands too.

    I suppose this is better than "Mom I crashed the car" or "Mom I got a girl pregnant" or "Mom I crashed the car because I was trying to get my passenger to miscarry my child." I am grateful and heartened by the "been there, paid for that" responses.

    My child and his father respond, "I am/He is a teenage male. Keep your expectations low, and your blood pressure will be too."

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Glad the clarinet was found!

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