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14 January 2005 @ 02:20 am
I am in love with these colours  

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'Silk scarf' by sophyQ

Last week I finally had to go see someone from Social Security to discuss my reintegration. Even though I had to wait for an hour before being called in, due to him having me mixed up with somebody else who had cancelled an appointment, it was all right. He turned out to be a really nice guy who readily agreed with my scepticism regarding the big reintegration bureaus they work with. He suggested an IRO for me - Dutch abbreviation for Individual Reintegration Agreement -, where I can pick a bureau of my liking, that will cater to my individual needs. The idea is that the bureau and I will make a reintegration plan that will get me back to work for at least 6 months within 2 years (a bit odd then that it is not allowed to do a course or training that takes more than 1 year, but logic isn't exactly the strong point of the ones who make the rules).

The plan has to be ready by 8 February. Deadlines tend to have a paralysing effect on me, especially when I think they are too tight, so when I came home I dropped the documentation I had received somewhere in a corner and did not look at it again until the weekend, when I finally sat down to read everything through. On one of the websites mentioned in the documentation I found lots of useful info, and an organization of smaller, more reputable bureaus. I selected 5 that operated in Amsterdam, and called them on Tuesday. One I particularly liked was full at the moment, one I did not like I crossed off my list, with two others that seemed good I have made appointments (no strings attached), and another one, that seems to have a rather spiritual approach, I have to call tomorrow.

I'm not so tense anymore. I have a good feeling about the two I'm seeing. A great difference in style, but both sounding very professional. One of them said that he has coached 120 people so far, and for only 8 the reintegration had not been successful. If that is true, it's an impressive track record. Well, who knows. Maybe my reintegration is really going to work (no pun intended).

In other news, I have, at last, succumbed and bought a tub of Big shampoo: Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Never mind that I already have 5 other shampoos in the house... my hair has been looking a bit dull lately. I washed it with Big this morning and I do believe it has more shine now!

Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: Sugar mountains - Neil Young / Mockingbird - BJH
trop_vaniteusetrop_vaniteuse on January 14th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
Those colours are quite lovely. I'm following the link to SophyQ as we speak.

Good luck in your reintegration process and congrats on the new shampoo. :-)
Mnemosyne_lethe_ on January 20th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
Thanks, ma chérie! :-)
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Mnemosyne_lethe_ on January 20th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
*hugs back* :)
Jackie: naughtyankhgrl49 on January 14th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)

It's so cool to see someone else who is just as crazy as bath products as I am, my new one is this Alba shaving lotion, it is THE BEST!!!
Mnemosyne_lethe_ on January 20th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
Sorry, nobody touches my Big. ;)

And today I splashed out on a L'Occitane hand cream and lip balm, and the shop assistant gave me a little bottle of cleansing water and a pot of body cream. Lovely stuff. :)
heartofdavidheartofdavid on January 18th, 2005 11:34 am (UTC)
I washed it with Big this morning and I do believe it has more shine now

I like a product that thinks big. Says it all. I'm using some cheap Lavendar/Mint shampoo. Sort of smells like motor oil. Good shine though.

I like that those colors too, especially the purplish blob in the center with the pinky-red streaking from it.

The IRO sounds like a pretty good plan; hope it works out for you. *hugs*
Mnemosyne_lethe_ on January 20th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
Hmmm, lavender and mint smelling like motor oil? Maybe you stored motor oil in an empty shampoo bottle? It would give a good shine, I suppose. ;)

Pretty, isn't it? I especially love the blue.

Thanks, dear! *hugs*
heartofdavidheartofdavid on January 20th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
Maybe you stored motor oil in an empty shampoo bottle?

So does that mean the soapy bubbles coming out from under my car's hood are caused by shampoo? So that's what happened! Thanks for solving that mystery for me!

Mnemosyne_lethe_ on January 20th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
Aw, poor Peep! He must have wondered what he had done to deserve having his mouth washed out with shampoo!
heartofdavidheartofdavid on January 20th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
I made Peep very happy today. I filled up his tummy, got a pear-scented car freshener for him, took him for a ride in the falling snow. He likes fresh, clean snow the best. His eyes were all shiny and bright!

Then I took him to the grocery store and filled up his trunk. He was very dignified and proud, he likes being useful, likes to know that he's needed.

Such a good boy! I rewarded him by playing Duran's Wedding Album cd!
Mnemosyne_lethe_ on January 21st, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
Aw, that's so sweet! You are a good mommy. :)

I understand it is very cold in Chicago at the moment, or is it not that bad?