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My End of Year Doctoral Horror Story

  Hey guys! Ms. Duggan is back! I know it’s been awhile since I updated my blog but as you know I was working in Italy as a mental health clinician on an archaeological dig site. Don’t worry you will get ALL the details later. I’m finally back at work and getting back to my normal busy life and things are going well so far. But around the time I got back into the swing of things I had a major doctoral catastrophe! (Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “My Doctoral Horror Story” where I am looking at the camera with a terrified look.) While I was away, I was still enrolled in two courses that had been going pretty well. I actually finished one while I was in Italy and received an A in the course.   The other course had one last assignment due that I planned to finish once I got back to the states. However, to my surprise it was due while I was in Italy and I was totally not prepared to finish it. (Figure 2: This is a photo of Ms. Jay, an African American male fashion

Adult Daily Living Skills: Unpacking Groceries


Unpacking groceries is my LEAST favorite thing to do especially because I live in an apartment and it takes a lot more effort to get everything in the door. You probably never thought of something this simple as being an Adult Daily Living Skill but it is! Think about the time it takes to organize each item in its correct place while making sure that nothing hits you in the head when you open the fridge. This is definitely a needed independent living skill!


Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my YouTube video on Adult Daily Living Skills: Unpacking Groceries. I have a photo of groceries and a tired look on my face.

I remember watching my mom unpack groceries and thinking thank God she didn’t ask me to help! Now I have to tackle this task all on my own. I utilize a utility cart to get my groceries in the door that I purchased from Sports Academy so I don’t have to make more than one trip and man is it a life saver! Once I get my groceries in the door, I remove everything from the bags and then place my freezer, fridge, and pantry items in one pile.


Figure 2: This is a photo of my groceries on the counter.

Once I’ve gotten everything in a pile I then put the freezer items away since I don’t want anything to melt. While I’m doing this I usually try to throw anything away that looks old and I also reorganize anything that is out of place. I find that putting my items in the freezer is usually like a puzzle because I am constantly moving things around to make sure they fit and won’t fall out when I open the freezer door. Next, I move to the fridge and place all of my items inside before moving to the pantry. Lastly, I organize my grocery bags in my bag dispenser before putting my cart away. 

Figure 3: This is a picture of my neatly organized freezer.

How do you unpack your groceries? Do you use fresheners like baking soda to make sure your fridge stays fresh? Drop down in the comments and let me know! Be sure to check out my latest video below and don’t forget to subscribe!



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