Thursday, January 30, 2014

I did not send you that obscene letter

Earlier this month I received a really vile sexually explicit letter in the mail. The return address was the American Safety and Health Institute in Oregon, but the letter was postmarked from New York.

ASHI did not send me that letter.

It’s part of an ongoing obscene chain letter. ASHI wrote about it on their blog here and here.

I contacted ASHI and sent them the letter I received. I thought this was the end of it. Until yesterday.

Yesterday I received a phone call very a very nice woman in a medical office in Nashua. Their office received this letter, and it had MY name and MY business name on it.

I began hyperventilating.

Later that afternoon I received a phone call from Newmarket PD. A childcare provider in their town received this obscene letter with my information on it.

I was hyperventilating, angry, freaked out and upset all rolled into one.

I did not send these letters. These obscene letters are not from me. The return address on those letters is my classroom in Greenland, NH. I do not receive mail there so please do not return to sender. Please contact your local police dept.

If you’re received one, I’m very very sorry you received it and probably inadvertently read it. If you haven’t received one its worse than 50 Shades of Gray. Be thankful you haven’t received it. I'm the person who teaches brownie girl scouts how to apply bandages and treat for shock for a first aid badge. I'm not the kind of person who would write a pornographic letter. I'm just not that type of creative.

This letter is part of an ongoing chain letter that has been around for over a decade. And somehow I’ve been targeted and my business and I are victims of identity theft. There are versions of this letter that have been posted online. I've debated posting a link to one of them, but seriously... it's vile. And I didn't want to entice anyone to read it with a link. If you really, really want to read a version of this you can Google on your own "This letter was sent to my apartment, addressed to my roommate's sister, who does not live here....."

If you received this letter I am very sorry. Please contact your local police department. I’ve already reported this to the police in my town and the postal inspectors office.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

NH's new child safety seat law

On January 1st New Hampshire’s new child safety seat law took effect.

You can read the details at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XXI/265/265-107-a.htm.

Scroll down to part 1b. As of my posting this on 1/4/14 there are 2 paragraph 1b’s. The second is the updated section. I’m sure they will update this soon, probably after we shovel out from all the snow we go on January 2nd.

The new law is:
I-b. No person shall drive a motor vehicle on any way while carrying as a passenger a person less than 7 years of age unless such passenger is properly fastened and secured by a child restraint system which is in accordance with the safety standards approved by the United States Department of Transportation in 49 C.F.R. section 571.213. If the passenger is 57 inches or more in height, the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply. 

There is more to this section, but this snippet covers the big changes. Which are – If your child is under the age of 7 they must be in a child safety seat until they are taller than 57″. How tall is 57″? That’s 4 ft 9″ tall. I’m 5′ tall so any child under the age of 7 who is shorter than say the height of my ear must be in a child seat. This can be a booster seat or any seat.

This is not only important for parents to know, but also for anyone who transports children in their car. I volunteer with scouts. If I am driving Daisy or Brownie Girl Scouts in my van; or Tiger or Wolf Cub Scouts, they must all be in child safety seats. I’m not as versed on all the Cub Scout rules, but for Girl Scouts we might not be covered by the Girl Scouts insurance if we were in an accident and the children were not in approved seats.

There is also a great website I found the other day, The Car Seat Lady, who has a great graphic of how a seat belt should fit a child properly. Basically if you are using your vehicles seat belt the lap belt should span from hip to hip and the shoulder belt should span from the child’s hip to shoulder without crossing their neck. Check out the Car Seat Lady’s pictures of proper seat belt placement.

Car seat safety is important. You may be a really safe driver, but we can’t say the same for other drivers on the road. Drive defensively, safely, and remember children 12 and under should sit in the back seats.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Goals & Resolutions

Happy 2014!  Do you start the year off with all sorts of goals and resolutions?  Do you actually keep them?

Do you make New Year's Resolutions or Goals?

I'm terribly at keeping resolutions. So I don't make them anymore. Instead I look at making small attainable goals and creating good habits.

So instead of saying I'm going to lose 40 lbs I'm going to work towards losing 10.  So if I step on the scale tomorrow and see I've gained a pound (or more with all the Chinese food I've been consuming) I'm not freaked out that I've shot my 40 lb goal.  I'm shooting for 10 and looser fitting clothing.  So I'm looking at losing 11 lbs instead of 41.  See where I'm going with this?  Smaller more attainable goals. So when I meet that goal at some point I'm excited and can make a new attainable goal if I decide I should continue to work on losing weight.  This works for any goal, not just weight loss.

They say (except I really don't know who "they" are) that it takes 28 days to make something a habit.  I can say I want to blog every day, but you know what?  I won't make it.  I get busy, life gets in the way and lots of other things keep me from writing.  I did a 30 day blog challenge once.  I made it 20 days.  (sigh)  Today a snowstorm is creating time for me to write - not something I can count on every day.  So today I worked on my personal calendar.  I scheduled time each week for writing.  I scheduled it on a day I have other things going on so that I won't book an all day class or something on that day.  Will I do it every week?  I don't know.

I've also realized that I need accountability to someone other than myself.  I belonged to accountability groups for my business and I am returning to Weight Watchers.  To help with my fitness and health goals I've joined a friends weight & fitness accountability group.

How many people who make resolutions actually keep them?  According to Statistic Brain only about 8%.

So as we begin 2014, let's cut ourselves a little slack and start with some attainable goals instead of large resolutions we'll probably drop in just a few weeks.