Blogmas 21 … Christmas treat

My favorite Christmas treat …

Lychee

Earlier this week I was in the store and I found these really delicious lychees again. For me … there’s no Christmas feeling without eating lychee.

Normally they are quite expensive here in Belgian stores but this year I found that the price per kilo was okay.

So I was glad I could buy these (one time buy only each year) delicious lychee before Christmas. Guess the price will be higher this weekend.

Yummie !

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Grocery shopping during the Holiday season

Going to a supermarket here in my area is pretty hard for me as an autistic girl. Since we have a new Lidl store here, I prefer to go grocery shopping there.

Last week I was in our local ‘Colruyt’ supermarket, which is always full packed with products, people that are just not fighting to get the last products. For this autistic girl shopping at Colruyt (the shop with the lowest prices in Belgium) is a nightmare.

Doing your grocery shopping there the days before Christmas is HELL ! Like people forget to have some respect for others, they seem to think ‘ I need that, go out of my way I was here first ‘. So horrible.

So yesterday I did my shopping before going to work at Lidl. I guess I have everything bought to get me through the Christmas weekend!

Buying Fruits

Buying fruits … well for this autism girl it’s so hard. Because I littery count everything, and I ONLY buy fruits in pieces of 2,4,7 or 11.

When I need like 1 mango (to make some coockies) I always need to buy 2.

For the lychee I had to buy 11 (yes already ate one), because more it’s not right in my head. The were kind of cheap for lychee, so I could bought more but my head said ” STOP, only 11″.

Yesterday I wanted some oranges, 3 would be okay (because I don’t eat that everyday) but NO again I needed to buy 4 pieces.

I even count my bananas when I buy them. I just can’t go home with 5 bananas.

Here in Belgium most apples are packed in a set of 6. So that’s always a huge problem. Buying 6 apples is so wrong to me.

When I need like 1 advocados and there’s only one left in the store ? I just can’t buy that one piece, I need the option to buy 2. Buying that one piece that was left, is not done for me. It gives me so much stress !

Buying other things by number?

Yess, most of my grocery shopping I buy with numbers in my head. I needed a pack of corn pasta (good for a week) but NO again I had to buy 2 packs, same with pasta sauce.

That’s the same when I need some cat food for my sweeties. I have 2 cats so I always have to buy 2 pieces of food or 4 pieces.

So one week I have a long list of items to buy (because I need to buy more than I need), and the other week it’s a short list with mostly fresh things on it like vegetables.

Question for other people on the spectrum?

Do you also have to count things before buying them in a supermarket? Do you have tips to survive this bizzy days at the supermarket to buy fresh vegetables of fruit?

Everytime I see people that are looking strange when I count every piece I buy.  Beeing on the autism spectrum I have so much problems with grocery shopping. When I’m going to a supermarket on my own (like before work) I need my in-ear headphones to me calm and not freak out about everything around me.

This blogmas is coming to an end, and I still like the idea of daily  blogging 🙂

Love Lucy xx

 

 

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My Christmas wishlist … PLEASE READ ALL !

I making a list, and checking it twice ….

Like so many of you, you write down all the things you like to get from Santa for Christmas. 

Well, here is my list … PLEASE see all THREE pages below. The most important thing to read is on the last page 😉 Thank you !

 

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Some new Timberland boots, a new handbag, new Dr.Martens (high ones and low ones), giftcards from Zara, etc. or a new Canon Powershot for my blog …

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Oh yess, I have more on my list… Don’t be freaking out, here is the rest of my list.
Please read the next page of what I really want from Santa !

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I hope you all know now what I really want for Christmas this year. No fancy presents, just some more RESPECT from the world around me. 

Please ignore my drawnings and handlettering … it’s not easy to drawn and write with a very painfull and tick hand 😦

Many Regards, Love Lucy xx

 

Black Friday … in Belgium

Sorry … blog only in English

First of all … I hope everyone had a very nice Thanksgiving!

Black Friday

Over the years the concept of Black Friday is growing here in Belgium. On Black Friday I used to buy stuff online from US shops, but now you can also find great deals here in Belgium.

I remember from last year that it was a great day in the city and I spend a lot of money. So this year is was very happy that I had to work on Black Friday. If you have to work the whole day from 9am till 7pm then you have not that energy to shop online.

Did I bought something?

The morning of Black Friday I received so many mails from shops that were having a deal for Black Friday. One of them got my attention!

It was an e-mail from The Tutu-shop here in Belgium. A shop that sells tutu’s in every color and every lenght (kids and adults). As I’m so happy that my pink tutu fits perfect and I can’t wait to wear it on the party.

So for weeks I was saying I need a black one to go with my golden Timberland Boots!

On Black Friday The Tutu Shop did a sale of 30% off all tutu’s so I had to buy the black one. It was the perfect excuse now. Safe money on something that was on my wishlist.

Oh … This is THE only thing I bought on Black Friday. For me that’s something great. Working on a Black Friday is the great way to safe a lot of money!

In case you want to see the tutu, here is the link …

Black tutu – The Tutu Shop

Cyber Monday

On Cyber Monday I had an appointement in Mechelen. For that appointement I had plenthy of time to go to the shops at the shopping street ‘Bruul’.

Flying Tiger there is one of my favorite stores. They have so many great & cheap stuff for christmas decorations like nuts and berries, which I love a lot.

After that I had to go to Zara. I just needed one black shirt to wear with my pink tutu. One black shirt of 5,95 EUR. ONLY that shirt … but as you know IT’S ZARA ! So insteat of one black shirt I bought another black shirt. When I went to pay my eye spotted a really nice grey jumper with fake fur. It was calling my name to buy it.

I mean look how cute …

Oh it’s so pretty and I can see myself wearing this at my job to sell shoes and advice parents to buy the perfect shoes for their kids.

Overall I pretty proud that I didn’t spend that much money during the Black Friday weekend.

Tomorrow my new black tutu will be delivered. Oh I can’t wait to try it on and wear it with different kinds of boots.

Love, Lucy xx

I’m doing fine … oh no I’m doing better than fine !

English version … check below

Zoals het liedje van Lauren Alaina ook zegt I’m doing fine, wil ik kan jullie zeggen … Ik voel me beter dan FINE !

I’m doing FINE

Door dit nieuwe leven kan ik voor het eerst weer genieten van het leven !

2017

De eerste maanden van 2017 waren een echte hel. Ik kon niet meer genieten van het leven, was volledig opgebrand, had nergens nog zin in. Eigenlijk was het zo’n vorm van autistische burn-out want ik kon gewoon niets meer.

Toen ik eind maart mijn ontslag kreeg, was dat voor mij heel erg. Alsof er nog maar eens een stukje van mijn leven weg ging. Gewoon foetsie, weg.

De maand mei was dan nog erger met het overlijden van mijn oma, en het gevoel krijgen dat je jouw laatste week op je werk ook niet meer gewenst bent. Pffffieuw zo hard allemaal, zeker voor iemand met Autisme Spectrum Stoornis.

Met de nodige steun van iedereen om weer vat te krijgen op  mijn leven, op mijn ASS, op mijn nieuwe job toekomst enzovoort … ben ik er nu weer bovenop.

Het leven met ASS is helemaal niet gemakkelijk, maar als je voldoende steun krijgt van iedereen rondom je dan kom je er wel. Je moet dan natuurlijk wel toelaten om die steun ook te aanvaarden ! 

Oktober/November 2017

Mijn zoektocht naar een nieuwe job, leverde me in september ook een job op! Een job als verkoopster in één van mijn favoriete winkels, met een fantastisch team enzovoort. Het is gewoon geweldig.

OK, ja wetende dat ik voordien werkte als boekhouder, ziet iedereen dit als een fameuze stap achteruit in mijn carrière. Alsof ik weer van nul ben begonnen, alsof ik mijn leven vergooit heb.

Tja, wat anderen denken hé, daar ben ik nu wel over !

Ik ben voor het eerst in mijn leven ook echt gelukkig ! Hoe meer ik ga werken, hoe gelukkiger ik ook echt ben. Het is zelfs voor mij schrikken als ik mezelf daar in de winkel zou bezig zien. Zo enthousiast, zo meegaand, zo happy en dat voor iemand die de eerste keer in de winkel staat !

Toch besef ik nu ook nog hoe belangrijk het is om op tijd rust te nemen en mijn hoofd wat leeg te maken.

Sinds vorig weekend ben ik elke dag bezig geweest. Was het niet op het werk, dan was het met het leggen van vloerverwarming. Ik had mezelf dus weer even geen rust gegund met de vele hoofdpijndagen tot gevolg.

Vandaag lekker uitgeslapen en nu kan ik er weer tegen. Nu lekker genieten van deze mooie herfstdag en dan verder gaan met wat bakken. Ik heb al sinds Hallewoon zin in zo’n echte Amerikaanse pompoentaart. Dus dat staat straks nog op het programma.

De rest van de week verloopt wat rustiger, maar 3 dagen werken en voor het eerst sinds ik in oktober begon met werken ben ik nu eens thuis op een zondag. Dat gaat nu wel wennen worden om niet te moeten gaan.

Geniet van jullie dag, hoop dat jullie ook zo’n fantastische tijd nog te gemoed gaan !

Veel liefs, Lucy xx

 

Because I have a lot of English followers on my twitter and Instagram, places where you also can find me … I’m starting to write this blog also in English, so above in Dutch below an English version!
Hope you like it ! 

English version

Like Lauren Alaina is singing in her song, wel I can say that I’m doing fine ! Well I’m doing more than fine at the moment. I feel fantastic!

I’m doing FINE

By having this new life, I finally can enjoy my life for the first time in forever !

2017

The first few months of 2017 were horrible, just like living in hell. I couldn’t enjoy life, I was totally out, I couldn’t do a thing at that moment. It was a form of an Autistic Burn-out because I couldn’t do  a thing. I was so used that everything must be perfection but it wasn’t the case.

In Mars I got fired of my job as an accountant. Bad period, bad month. Knowing that you are not welcome at your job anymore is so hard. It’s so hard knowing that you have to stay another few months knowing that the end of your work is coming.

In May my grandmother passed away, more terrible news. I stayed home sick for a week. The week I came back to the office was my last week, but my colleagues cleaned my desk, closets and took away all my work. I didn’t feel welcome there that week, so I was kind of angry that they didn’t had respect to wait till I left the monday after to clean.

I got some great support for my mental problems during that period of time, and in June I just got an amazing support in finding a new job. With all that support I was able to find a new job and build a new happy life!

Living with ASD is not easy, not easy at all! But when you get great support from the people around you, you can have a great life. Never be afraid to ask for help and for accepting help from others ! 

October/November 2017

I found a new job in September as a Sales Assistant in one of my favorite stores (shoe store). When you have a passion about shoes that’s the place to be in Belgium! It’s just a great store, great collection, great team to work with …. everything about it I just love (euh more adore). It’s just so incredible awsome to work there!

Okay, as you know I worked as an accountant before and everybody is seeing this job as a huge fall back. Like starting a new job as a student but not as a real job. Most people are seeing my new job as a way of throwing away my life, I just have to work again as an accountant.

Grr, so horrible that nobody understands the reason why I want to work with something that is my passion.

But who cares! I have a great life now, I’m feeling soooo happy for the first time in my life. I’m so happy when I’m in that store and when I can sell the shoes I even like better than the person who’s buying them.

Like every day with ASD I know that is important that I don’t forget to take breaks from life and have a day with doing nothing. Since last weekend I worked every day (at my job or at my house putting under floor heating) it was time to take a day doing nothing today. Waking up at 11 am, and preparing a healthy lunch etc.

For the rest of the week I only have to work 3 days so that’s good. I even have to work on Saterday which is a bank holliday in Belgium. And for the first time in weeks I have a Sunday of. I going to be difficult to be at home on a Sunday again.

Well I hope you all have an amazing day like mine today and you also have a fantastic life !

Regards, Lucy xx

 

Hope you liked my blogpost in English. Please let me know ! I love reading your comments! Have a nice day ! xx