Massacre on Lincoln

I stumbled into the bathroom last night and discovered a great tragedy!

The cat massacred the box of Q-tips. Poor, poor Q-tips… They were defenseless and unable to fight back!

They were torn from their homeland (under the sink), pulled from their home (the box), massacred, and strewn throughout the countryside (the apartment).

I should have know Strawberry’s predilection as she’s always pulling used ones from the garbage.

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The few remaining survivors have been relocated to the medicine cabinet… Currently a cat-free zone.

London Hospital/Casualty 1900s

I just signed up for Amazon Prime and am loving the Instant Video feature! I have Netflix and Hulu Plus, so I’m looking for new stuff to watch because I only have basic non-HD cable through Comcast.

This week I watched BBC’s “London Hospital” aka “Casualty 1900s” Season 1. I really liked it! It’s pretty gory though. It reminds me of ER from the 1990’s, except it’s set at “The London” – the East End London hospital that treated the poor in the early 1900’s.

It’s pretty cool to see the cutting-edge technology – like Xray’s – being used in their primitive form and the dangers of science (radiation burns).

Money-Saving Laundry Tips -For Renters

These tips are for renters or those people who have to go to a laundromat and pay per load.

I don’t know about you, but I hate not having my own washer and dryer! I had that luxury the first 5 years of our marriage and I miss it!

With each load costing me $3.25 for a full wash and dry cycle, I’ve learned some tips on how to save money WITHOUT giving up your favorite brands.

1. Skip the bleach. Unless you’re disinfecting bodily fluids, you don’t really need it. Twice a year I’ll use it on all the towels, wash cloths, and white undergarments.

For those paying to use a machine, hot water costs the same as cold so use it to disinfect! Same thing goes for the high dryer setting.

2. Use the brand you think works the best.
I use generics for a lot of stuff, but I’m brand loyal to Arm & Hammer sensitive formula, Tide Free & Clear, and unscented Bounce dryer sheets. I have allergies and I know these clean well for me without irritating my skin or giving me headaches from the fragrances.

BUT, I never pay full price for them. And when they go on sale, I buy it so I won’t run out. I don’t have to use more than 1/4 cup per load so it goes really far.

3. Cut your dryer sheets in thirds.
Now, I don’t know if this works on all brands, but it does with Bounce. It works just as effectively. I bought a ginormous box of them on Amazon once and it lasted me 2 years!

4. Wash your pants very infrequently.
If you work in an office, your pants shouldn’t get that dirty. Wash them once a month, but keep them ironed. If you steam iron them, it will keep them fresh.
Wear jeans a lot? Wash them twice a year! Spot treat small stains. Throw them in the dryer with a wet towel to refresh them. But again, unless you work on a farm, they’re probably not that dirty.

4. Always run a full load.
And DON’T overload it.

If you overstuff it, the machine can’t agitate it properly and it might not completely rinse the detergent. (I’ve done this. Nothing is more frustrating than having to pay for another trip through the rinse cycle.)

5. Read the manufacturer’s directions!
Don’t try to machine wash silk or wool or that piece of clothing will be ruined!

Don’t wash darks with lights. Don’t wash colors in hot water.

Exception: wash cotton sheets and towels in hot water to disinfect them.

Ode to My Cold

Boogers, boogers everywhere
As far as the eye can see

I sneeze
I cough
I blow my nose
Yet, still, no relief!

Hot showers are my friend
And tissues a-plenty

Lay down
Sit up
Lay down
Sit up

Oh, the misery!

Happy New Year’s! Hope you’re healthier than I am right now!

Year in Review

It’s been a busy year!

-I had 3 different jobs.
-We moved 3000 miles away.
-We drove that 3000 and saw the country via I-80… Lots of cornfields and windmills.

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-My brother (now a Captain in the Army Reserves) visited me for a week before his 3rd deployment to Afghanistan.

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-I got a cat for my 29th birthday.

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-We saw Fall Out Boy in concert.
-We flew home in October. Boy do I miss PA!
-In November, we moved a little farther north and I “retired” from working.

How was your 2013?

On the 3rd day of Christmas

Happy 3rd day of Christmas! I hope you’re eating lots of leftovers and desserts!

40 And he loveth those who will have him to be their God. Behold, he loved our fathers, and he covenanted with them, yea, even Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and he remembered the covenants which he had made; wherefore, he did bring them out of the land of Egypt.
1 Nephi 17:40 Book of Mormon