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  • Friday, December 31, 2010

    My Dead Pool List For 2011...

    Okay, here goes...

    1. Penny Marshall
    2. Aretha Franklin
    3. Michael Douglas
    4. Peter Tork
    5. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    6. Clint Eastwood
    7. Larry King
    8. Steven Tyler
    9. Jerry Lewis
    10. Dick Clark

    Anyone else care to play? Post your list in the comments before midnight tonight.

    Thursday, December 30, 2010

    Do I Have To?...

    I don't want to go back to work on Monday. I've been having so much fun at home with the kids. It's going to be quite an adjustment for all of us once we go back to our normal routine, whatever that was.

    I love winter break, especially since we're all off at the same time. However, going back to the daily grind is always so hard. It's been a great two weeks, so far. I don't want it to end and I know the kids feel the same way, too.

    Oh, Monday...how I loathe you.

    Wednesday, December 29, 2010

    Digging In...

    I was able to get a little "Me" time yesterday and I found myself at the bookstore, of course. I got my hands on Keith Richards' autobiographical book, Life. I am loving it! I don't know what made me want to buy it, but I knew it would be a great read. I just knew the minute it came out that it would be something I'd want to read. So, I found myself in the checkout line with it. So far, it's pretty addictive. No pun intended.

    Now, if I could devote X amount of time a day to reading it, or anything else, I would be in heaven. I don't often read books like this, but once in a blue moon, I like to delve into something so different than what I normally read.

    I need to go spend a little time with my friend, Keith, now. See ya!

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010

    Leia The Bear...

    Oh. My. God.

    Leia has GOT to be THE fussiest baby that ever lived. Nothing makes her happy. I'm thinking that she's on the egde of a major developmental milestone. Howevah...could the fussiness possibly last THIS long? Months? She's killing me and I've only been home a little over a week.

    Perhaps it's because Liesl is so laidback and easygoing, almost to a fault. Nothing bothers Liesl and if she cries, it's something to take note of. She rarely cries or gets upset, but if she does, that means there's something really, really wrong in her world. Leia, on the other hand, gets upset about everything. You leave the room, Leia flips out. You close the bathroom door, Leia acts as if it's the end of the world. The only thing that pisses Liesl off is when you shut off the TV, which we do a lot now because she won't leave the room if the television is on. Leia could care less about TV; she wants to be wherever the action is. If you're taking a shit, that's "action" to her and she doesn't want to miss out on it. Ugh.

    Hubby used to tell me how fussy Leia would get when I was at work and I didn't believe him. I just chalked it up to him having thin skin, which just isn't the case. Now that I've been home, I see exactly what he means. Leia is a real bear and she can go on for hours.

    Whatever it is, I hope it's just a dreadfully long phase. Yesterday, Leia napped for about 45 minutes and continued to make life unbearable for everyone in the house until 6pm, when she finally went to bed for the night. It's not teething; it's not gas; it's not her just having a bad cold. She's just like this no matter what. This is her temperament and it's a killer. She's fiesty and fiery and loud and bossy and playful and funny and commands your attention at all times. This is just who she is. Liesl is the exact opposite; she's quietly observant, taking it all in and making her moves when no one is looking. Leia has a mop of raggedy hair, while Liesl has a shiny, perfect mane even when she wakes up. Leia is often rubicund and ruddy, while Liesl has the complexion of a porcelain china doll. The two are like night and day, physically and emotionally. Leia is fierce and assertive, while Liesl is quiet and complacent. Leia is more like Liv and Liesl is more like Jack in so many ways. All four kids are very different, but there are similarities that stand out.

    Leia is such a fighter. I hope she succumbs to this new milestone she's on the edge of or it will be the death of all of us. And hopefully, Liesl will reach that same milestone without a hitch.

    This is really good birth control for anyone even remotely thinking about adding a fifth child to their brood, not that I am thinking that at all. This baby factory is closed for good. Leia is making damn sure of that.

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    Waving The White Flag...

    Okay. I give up. All SIX of us are sick now. Jack probably has it the worst, so far. He's the only one running a fever, plus he's a real bear when he's sick. Liv had it first, so she's probably the one who passed it onto the rest of us. Gotta love that Preschool Plague. Grateful it's not rotavirus a.k.a. the "wiggly poos."

    I've never seen so many boogers in one family. It's disgusting. The only silver lining is that I'm on vacation and I don't have to use any sick days or unpaid days to be sick. Ugh.

    Bleh. That's all I have to say right now. Bleh.

    Sunday, December 26, 2010

    Deflating...

    I'm so glad the Christmas hullaballoo is over. I love family get-togethers, but they really wreak havoc on my children, especially Jack. He has such a hard time calming himself down once he gets overstimulated. I know it's the autism speaking when he gets wild. He just can't help it, but not everyone understands that about him. It's not easy being him, nor is it easy trying to settle him down once his body goes haywire on him.

    It's much easier to control the overstimulation at home, which was why Christmas Eve at our house was great for him. Going to two different places on Christmas Day was pure hell for him, not to mention the babies. In fact, all four kids have a bad cold and they're not in the best of spirits. The amount of boogers coming from eight nostrils is unbelievable. I could've filled a gallon jug with them in just one hour. That's why I'm glad the trekking around is over with now. It was a lot for our family to deal with.

    Today is a jammie day. There will be no drama, no rushing around, no sea of wrapping paper, no dressing up. It will be a day of a whole lot of nothing, which is fine with me. I don't even care if I take a shower or not. I'm just going to hang out with my kids, cuddle their colds away as best as I can, and look forward to "taking down Christmas" next weekend. I think we've all had enough of it.

    Christmas is like a wedding day. You look forward to it all year long and when it finally gets here, it's over just as fast. Right now, I'm deflating. I think we all are, to some extent.

    Saturday, December 25, 2010

    Ho! Ho! Ho!

    Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

    Friday, December 24, 2010

    When Out On The Lawn, There Arose Such A Clatter...

    We're having a HUGE feast today! My side of the family is coming over, minus my Kansas family who will be here in spirit. We have quite a menu planned. Let me elaborate...

    Brie with crackers ( I simply CANNOT do Christmas Eve without brie!)
    Rumaki (liver and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon and baked)
    Meat and cheese platter
    Hot buttered rum
    Another appetizer my cousin is making, but I can't remember what it is

    Beef tenderloin a la Hubby (he makes the BEST, especially when it's seared and stuffed with garlic!)
    Pancit Bihon (my new specialty rice noodle dish celebrating my Filipino roots)

    Broccoli (our favorite veggie)
    Creamed corn (for my uncle)
    Caesar salad
    Fresh bread
    Mashed potatoes with gorgonzola cheese and pear juice


    Pumpkin pie and/or cheesecake
    Homemade kolaczkis

    There's probably more, but I'm forgetting because there's still wrapping to do and last minute cleaning to do. Yeesh. It's going to be AMAZING! I spend all year long looking forward to this day. We have cookies and milk to set out for Santa tonight and reindeer food to leave outside for Rudolph and his friends. I'm going to enjoy the hell out of myself and my family. That reminds me...I better make sure the batteries are charged on the cameras!

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Thursday, December 23, 2010

    And Mama In Her Kerchief...

    Today, we're cleaning, wrapping, and I'm doing a little cooking in preparation for our feast tomorrow. Mmmm...rumaki...pancit...ahhh! I can't wait for Hubby's special beef tenderloin tomorrow!

    I'm so excited...I think I'm going to puke!

    Livie is sick as a dog. She has a terrible cough and lots of congestion and boogers. I've spent the last three nights sleeping in her bed with her. Leia seems to have a touch of it, too, but nowhere near as bad as Livie. Poor girls! Livie took a nap yesterday...first time in ages. She's been good about taking it easy and not playing wild with Jack. He's also respecting her "right" to be sick and understands her need for extra TLC. He's also been eating like a pig these days. He seems to enjoy going poo. Amazing! I bet you anything he actually eats the beef tenderloin tomorrow.

    I must say it's been nice being home with the kids and Hubby. I look forward to lots of jammie days next week, too. Cross your fingers that Livie gets better soon. She's got me worried.

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    The Stockings Were Hung...

    All the baking is done. The presents still need to be wrapped, but that's no big deal. That will get done today. Grocery shopping needs to be done for our big Christmas Eve event. It's going to be HUGE. All that food...

    I'm hungry just thinking about it all. Yay! It's Christmastime! Eeeeeeeeee!

    I don't know who's more excited...me or the kids? I can't wait to see them all open of their presents! Come to think of it, I better make sure the batteries in the cameras are charged.

    Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    What Time Is It?...

    It's Dead Pool time, folks.

    Yep. It's that time of year again when my family and I pick our Dead Pool candidates and put them on our individual lists. Ten lucky people will make it onto my list for 2011. I wonder if I'll pick good ones...

    I'm doing some serious thinking about the health and lifestyles of some high profile people. There are some no-brainers. While I wish no one ill, I'm hoping I can create a kickass list for 2011. Heh.

    One person's misfortune is another person's Dead Pool points.

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    Full Of Surprises...

    I don't know who this boy is that is living in my house. I don't know what he did with my son. All I know is that I like him...a lot.

    Jack has gone through some serious transformations in the last few weeks. He poops on the potty regularly out of his own free will, after spending years terrified that his penis would fall off if he pooped. He eats like crazy now. And he's communicating so well with us. His eye contact has drastically improved, he asks questions about everything, and he looks at us when he speaks to us. I couldn't ask for more. I don't even know where to begin with him anymore. It's as if he's become a completely different boy.

    After almost six years of picky eating, Jack has decided that food is his friend now. He's eating everything we put in front of him now, even foods he previously turned his nose up at. I don't get it. My guess is that he'll probably be going through a growth spurt soon. And now that he's no longer scared to poop on the potty, he's eating as much as he can because he knows it'll make him go. Pooping is his new cool trick and he does it as often as he can. I never thought I'd be so happy about skidmarks in the toilet.

    Whatever it was that brought about this metamorphosis in my boy, I like it. My little man is just that...a little man. I can't hug, kiss, and squeeze him enough these days.

    Sunday, December 19, 2010

    The Antidote...

    This is funny, but I won't dare show Liv this cartoon. I don't want her to get any ideas.
    *wink*

    Saturday, December 18, 2010

    Ahhhhhhh...

    I am officially on Winter Break, as are my kids. There's going to be a lot of jammie time, cookie baking, and snuggling. I can take my time doing whatever it is I'm going to do at any given moment. There's no mad rush to get out the door in the morning; no deadlines to meet; no pressing matters that need immediate attention. There's no schedule, which could be a good thing or a bad thing. I'll try to keep things relatively normal, but I know that we won't be limited by our routines.

    I'm sure they'll be sick of me by next week. Heh.

    Friday, December 17, 2010

    Nuts!...

    These Christmas cards are making us nuts! Every time we print them, the kids look like old people or their lips are freakishly red. I may have to just send the picture to Walgreens and let them do it for us this year. Printing them on our own has never been a problem in that past. I suggested to my husband that we change the template of the cards, hoping that maybe that was the problem. We're going nuts trying to print the right card with the picture we want. Ink is NOT cheap!

    It's frying my nerves right now. I think I need to step away from it for a while and go back to it later. Time is not on our side right now, though. I think I might go crazy because of it.

    Gah!

    Thursday, December 16, 2010

    Our Official Photo For Christmas 2010...

    Happy Holidays from the House of Eatmisery!

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010

    Oh. My. God...

    I am soooooo busy making kolaczkis for Jack and Liv's teachers that I don't have time to write a decent post.

    Sorry.

    Oh. My. God. I'm so tired.

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    Could It Be?...

    I'm not sure if this is going to be our holiday picture or not. It's pretty good, though. Leia looks like hell and her cheeks are so red, but what else is new? Three out of four isn't bad. Jack looks incredible. Liv looks kind of scary, if you stare at her eyes long enough. Liesl's nose is orange. I'm not sure it gets any better than this. I'll try again, though. If I don't get a better picture, this is it, folks.

    Monday, December 13, 2010

    Fresh For The Holidays...

    Everyone, except the babies, got haircuts today. I cut Hubby's hair, then a friend came over and did the rest of us. Jack's got a nice short cut and he loves it. He was so good for it, too. Livie has a wedged bob. And I have a really dramatic wedge.

    We're all so happy that we have fresh hairdos for the holidays. It's been a long time coming. Now, I can snap a picture of all four kids and make a Christmas card out of it.

    Easier said than done. Heh.

    Sunday, December 12, 2010

    'Tis The Season...


    I tried to mail you something cute for Christmas, but the mailman told me to take the stamp off my ass and get the hell out of the mailbox!

    Saturday, December 11, 2010

    The Greatest Gift...

    Jack has given me the greatest Christmas present ever. He is officially pooping on the toilet on his own now. It may be something people take for granted, but I sure don't. It has taken a lot of hard work to get him this far. None of it came easily.

    He's no longer yelling at me or trying to hit me or himself when he sits on the potty. He no longer asks for a Pull Up. Sure, he wears a Pull Up at night (just in case), but he ends up taking all of his clothes off anyway; he likes to sleep naked now.

    Something clicked. At times, toughlove was necessary, but it worked. My boy shits in the potty now and is no longer afraid of it. He does not think his penis will fall off anymore if he sits on the potty to go poo. And he doesn't think his blood is going to come out, either. I know it sounds strange to fear these things or think they're going to happen when you go poo, but my boy's high-functioning autistic mind does not think like everyone else's. He really, truly thought these things were going to happen if he pooped on the potty. He told me so.

    Yesterday, he actually came up to me and told me he needed to go poo. I told him that it was probably a good idea to do so and told him that I'd go into the bathroom with him, if he wanted me there. In a matter of minutes, he'd emptied his bowel and asked for his usual reward...a Tootsie Roll. I gave him three.

    Jack has come a long way. Fear once got in the way of something so basic that we take for granted sometimes. His ability to recognize that he has to go poo, verbalize that need, and his willingness to do it on the toilet are the greatest presents I could ever receive for Christmas. And it's nothing money could ever buy.

    My boy has reached this milestone on his own timetable, just like everything else he does. I'll never forget it for as long as I live. I couldn't be prouder!

    Friday, December 10, 2010

    Shop At Sears...

    I know I needed this reminder, since Sears isn't always my first choice. It's amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and Sears hasn't withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?

    How does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military duty? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up for active duty.

    Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years.

    I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears at least once, and be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement & feedback it well deserves.

    Pass it on.

    I decided to check this out. So I sent the following e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department:

    I received the above information in an email and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it's cheaper at that store.

    This is their answer to my e-mail:

    Dear Customer:

    Thank you for contacting Sears. The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback.


    Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.

    Bill Thorn
    Sears Customer Care
    webcenter@sears.com
    1-800-349-4358


    Buy just one thing at Sears this holiday season and know that you're doing a good thing by supporting a company who supports our troops and their families.

    Thursday, December 09, 2010

    Not To Be A Downer...

    You should know this. These are nineteen facts about the deindustrialization of America that will blow your mind away. I think #17 is startling. Please read:

    #1 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001. About 75 percent of those factories employed over 500 people when they were still in operation.

    #2 Dell Inc., one of America 's largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.

    #3 Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem , North Carolina in November. Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.

    #4 In 2008, 1.2 billion cell phones were sold worldwide. So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States ? Zero.

    #5 According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.

    #6 As of the end of July, the U.S. trade deficit with China had risen 18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.

    #7 The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000.
    #8 According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.

    #9 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output. In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.

    #10 Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul , Minnesota. Approximately 750 good paying middle class jobs are going to be lost because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota does not fit in with Ford's new "global" manufacturing strategy.

    #11 As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing. The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.

    #12 In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.

    #13 The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

    #14 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use. Today it ranks 15th.

    #15 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

    #16 Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products. Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.

    #17 The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States .

    #18 One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

    #19 The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.

    If your kid wants to take a foreign language class, it should probably be Chinese. He/she is going to need it, especially if China takes over the world. Gah!

    Wednesday, December 08, 2010

    Brrrrrr...

    It's fucking COLD here the past few days. REALLY cold. BITTERLY cold. My bones are cold. I don't even want to let the dog out because I'd have to open the door to do that, which will let in a gust of cold air that will give me a chill. We bundle up and that's all we can do. It's only the beginning of December, but this is late-January cold. Wow.

    After such a hot summer and so much time in the pool, the transition to winter has not been a long one. I have a feeling it's going to be a very cold winter. Technically, it isn't even winter yet. Yikes!

    I can only imagine what the end of January will be like. Of course, I'll have plenty of candles on my birthday cake then to keep my old bones warm. Ugh.

    Tuesday, December 07, 2010

    Practice, Practice, Practice...

    Liv has been practicing her heart out for the last few days. Her class is putting on their "Pre-K Extravaganza" on the 14th. The kids are getting on stage and performing rock songs and routines for all the parents. It's going to be something very special. I can't wait!

    Here are a few songs they're performing:

    Queen - "We Will Rock You" (can you hear the stomp, stomp, clap...stomp, stomp, clap...)
    Van Halen - "Jump"
    Bruce Springsteen - "Born in the USA"

    ...and many more. It's a medley of rock music with the kids doing routines and "playing" instruments. Livie is on the keyboards (THE most important instrument in "Jump"). All of the kids aren't on stage, but it's no surprise to me that Livie is. She's got that flair and everyone can see it, not just me. The neat thing about this is that she's got Jack doing the routines and songs with her. He just loves it!

    I'm so excited about her debut on stage! She's going to be filling up our house with classic rock songs coming out of her mouth. There's nothing cooler than hearing her sing my old favorites. Rock on, Livie!

    Monday, December 06, 2010

    Keep Your Mind Sharp...

    Can you see the ten faces in this picture? I'm a sucker for a good optical illusion.

    Sunday, December 05, 2010

    Some Days Are Like This...

    One need not have PMS to feel like this. Heh. Thankfully, today is not one of those days.

    Saturday, December 04, 2010

    Got Baking Soda?...

    Did you ever know how much you could do with baking soda? It's amazing when you think about it! Check this out, people.

    In the Bathroom

    1. One part baking soda mixed with two parts of ground oatmeal makes a great scrub for your face. Just mix together the two ingredients and add enough water to make a paste. Gently rub the paste onto your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave the facial on for a few minutes. Then, gently remove it with plenty of cool water and a wash cloth. Your face will feel noticeably soft and smooth!

    2. Is your skin suffering from a case of Poison Ivy or Sumac? Or, do the kids have Measles or Chicken Pox? Add a half cup of baking soda to a bath tub full of warm water. Soak the entire body. The baking soda will help relieve the itching and irritation. It will also help to soften skin!

    3. There are many teeth whitening products on the market today, but the most natural is plain old baking soda. Simply dip your toothbrush into some soda everytime you brush! Not only will it help whiten your teeth, but it will help to clean your breath as well!

    Baking soda can also be used to safely clean dentures, partials, and other dental apparatus.

    4. You can use baking soda just like a dry cleanser to clean sinks, bath tubs, and toilets. It works especially well on chrome fixtures! It rinses off easily and you don't have to worry about scratches either.

    5. Hairbrushes and combs pick up not only loose hair, but they also get oily.
    Clean yours once a month by soaking them in a solution of warm water and a teaspoon or two of baking soda. Scrub them with a soft brush, if needed, then rinse them with clean water and let them air dry.

    6. Is your hair dull and dingy? Maybe you have a build up of shampoo, spray, mousse, and other products in your hair. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in with your shampoo the next time you wash your hair. The soda will remove any build up and leave your hair soft.

    In the Kitchen

    7. A pan with burnt food in it can be cleaned with less effort if you soak it in baking soda and hot water first.

    8. To open up a partially clogged drain, pour a half cup of baking soda into it. Follow this with a cup of vinegar. Allow the solution to bubble for several minutes, then run hot water down the drain.

    9. Do you love dried beans, but not the gas and bloating they cause? Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in the water when you soak beans. Oila! No more digestion problems!

    10. You don't need a store-bought cleaner to remove dirt and insecticides from your fresh produce either. Just mix a quarter of a cup of baking soda in a sink full of water. Wash your fruits and vegetables in the solution, then rinse with clean water.

    11. Baking soda makes an effective cleaner and deodorizer for your refrigerator too! Sprinkle a little on a damp sponge and clean the inside of the appliance as you normally would. Rinse clean, and see and smell the difference!

    12. Your oven is another appliance that baking soda can easily clean and deodorize. Mix some baking soda and enough water to make a paste. Use a sponge
    to spread the paste over the inside of your oven. (Make sure that you don't touch the element if your stove is electric!) Allow the paste to set undisturbed for several hours. Then, scrub your oven clean!

    In the Laundry Room

    13. Do you need to use a laundry booster to help get your clothes clean? Then pour in a half cup of baking soda to every washer load of laundry. You can also use baking soda with bleach too. Your laundry will look brighter and smell fresher!

    In the Living Room

    14. Carpet and cloth-covered furniture make beautiful additions to your house. But, they do tend to hold body odors, pet smells, cigarette smoke, and other unwanted aromas in your home. To freshen your carpet and upholstered furniture, sprinkle them with baking soda. Allow them to sit undisturbed for a half hour or so. Then, simply vacuum the baking soda up.

    15. Fireplaces can also help make your home warm and cozy. But, the soot can also give your house yet another unwanted odor. To help freshen up your fireplace, clean the ashes out, then place a bowl of baking soda in it.

    In the Bedroom

    16. Fill a pair of old socks with baking soda. Tie a knot in the top of each sock. Then, place the socks in a pair of shoes or slippers that you want to deodorize and freshen up!

    17. Are there light water rings on your finished wood nightstand? Mix together a paste of baking soda and toothpaste. Dip a soft cloth in the paste and rub the water spots away!

    In the Garage

    18. A paste made up of baking soda and water will clean and polish the chrome on your vehicles!
    19. A box of baking soda can make an effective extinguisher if a small fire erupts in your garage.

    20. Baking soda works better than one of those hanging pine trees in your vehicles. If your vehicle smells musty or smoky, fill up the ashtrays with baking soda. The soda will absorb the odors and effectively freshen the interior.

    21. Corroded battery terminals can make your car, truck, van, or SUV refuse to start. Eliminate this problem by periodically cleaning the terminals with a paste made of baking soda and water. Wipe the paste and grunge off with a clean rag.

    Elsewhere Around Your House

    22. Does the smell of the litter box in your house announce to visitors that you have a cat? If so, you can remedy the problem by starting with a clean box. Then, pour baking soda in it until it's a couple inches full. Finally, add kitty litter as usual. The soda will help absorb the ammonia smell.

    23. Ants in your house? Keep them out by mixing up equal parts of baking soda and salt together. Then, sprinkle the mixture wherever you see the intruders coming in at.

    24. Do you need to fill in some nail holes in a plastered wall? If you don't have any spackling handy, you can simply mix together some white toothpaste and baking soda. Fill the holes in completely, then allow the mixture to dry. If you want to match the wall color, add a drop or two of food coloring to the mix before you use it.

    25. And finally, many flowers, fruits, and vegetables need to be planted in acidic soil in order for them to grow to their fullest. If you're not sure whether the soil in an area is acidic or not, then perform this test: mix up a quarter of a cup of baking soda with two cups of water. Then, stir in a cup of the soil. If the mixture foams up, then the soil is acidic.


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    Friday, December 03, 2010

    A Good Day, I Hope...

    Today, Jack and Liv are home from school. It's a professional development day for teachers. That means that I have to go to work, but I won't have any students.

    All-day meetings are a breeze for me. Hubby, however, has all FOUR kids home with him ALL DAY LONG. I hope it's a good day for everyone. Heh.

    I suppose that if no one pukes, no one has diarrhea, and at least two of the kids take a nap, it'll be considered a good day. Ten years ago, you never would've heard me say that. My, how life has changed!

    Thursday, December 02, 2010

    Christmas Came A Little Early Here...

    It's a good thing that I got my Christmas present early because my desktop seems to have crashed. I'm sitting here typing this on my new laptop, even though I wasn't even thinking of using it until after Christmas. I'm pissed about the desktop, though, because that was going to the kids. The whole idea behind me getting a laptop was so that I could let the kids use the desktop if they wanted.

    Gah! Let's hope Hubby can fix it. It worked just fine on Tuesday night. I could not, for the life of me, get it to turn on and boot up on Wednesday night. It figures, right?

    I'm just really, really glad that all my photos of the kids are on a separate hard drive. That's all I care about.

    Wednesday, December 01, 2010

    Meth Lab...

    Heh. Enough said. You can thank my sister for this gem.