And we have absolutely no plans whatsoever for tonight, and nothing tomorrow beyond having a nice Thanksgiving dinner here at home. My paycheck doesn’t arrive until Friday, so going Black Friday shopping tomorrow evening isn’t really do-able. And even if it was, I’m kind of on the fence about shopping on Thanksgiving. It just seems wrong, you know? Yes, I know that plenty of retailers will be open (supply), but they’re open only because there are consumers who will shop (demand).
Come Friday, however, we will surely venture out, if for no other reason than to snicker at all of the crazed madness. Although for what it’s worth, I went Black Friday shopping with Jason a couple of years ago, and it wasn’t too bad. Then again, we started at midnight, and were back home and in bed before 8am.
What are your Thanksgiving plans?
I don’t discuss the news or politics very often, but that’s simply because I’m not really the debating type. Dan is, and Lord knows I spend a lot of time listening to him and conversing with him, and in most cases, agreeing with him (we’re both pretty liberal in our political stances). But I don’t discuss politics and such online, because that’s simply not me. But I do read the news, usually on my phone at night, or in the morning before getting up and facing the day. So, with that said, here are my thoughts on the following:
Gonzaga students could face expulsion for using gun to fend off intruder: I get that and can respect that the university in question does not allow firearms on campus, and that the students may face expulsion due to this; however, no one can argue that the students have a right to protect themselves, and that perhaps if there were more instances with people being allowed to have firearms on their rented premises, that less robberies and other crimes would take place. (For the record, yes, I am pro gun ownership: Dan conceal carries, and I occasionally do as well.)
School students wear skirts to support agender boy who was set on fire: what happened to this teenager is despicable, and I think it’s awesome that his school turned out in skirts to support him – hopefully this will go a long way in that community, at the very least, in promoting the awareness of and important of equal rights and respect for all, regardless of how an individual identifies in terms of sexuality, sex, and gender.
Boy suspended for wearing purse to school: equal rights and fair application of the rules for all. If this boy was called out and suspended for wearing a purse to school, then every female student had better be called out and suspended too.
I am a super-organized person, but I have to admit, there are a few areas in my home that I just don’t know what to do with. There’s the junk drawer, for example. It’s in our kitchen, as many junk drawers are. It’s the bottom drawer, and thus the deepest one, and thus a catch-all for surge protectors, flashlights, rechargeable batteries, many different types of cables and random bits of hardware. Dan and I seem to tag-team when it comes to spontaneously attacking the drawer and straightening it out, but despite doing this a couple of times a year, it reverts back to being a jumbled mess fairly quickly.
The same can be said for our master bathroom cabinet (the cabinet under the sink, not our medicine cabinet), our closet, and the kids’ bedroom closets. I think part of the problem is that space is at a premium, and no matter how I try, vertical storage just isn’t always as efficient as horizontal storage.
But I suppose that in the end, if the junked up and disorganized areas of our home are limited to a drawer, a cabinet, and a few closets, then I’m doing pretty good, right?
The downside to loving nail polish and being a perfectionist is dealing with the wearing, flaking, and chipping of nail polish. Fortunately, years of experimentation and the following of some basic nail polish guidelines has resulted in me being able to get at least 2 to 3 days of wear out of the majority of polishes. Here’s what works for me — and keep in mind that I work at a computer full-time and do house work — and will hopefully work for you, too:
- Start with a clean slate. Use nail polish remover to strip nails bare. If needed, use nail clippers, a filing board, and a cuticle pusher to smooth out nails and remove ragged edges. Finish up with another swipe of nail polish remover, and a swipe with a pad soaked with rubbing alcohol – make sure you get your cuticles and the skin around the nail bed.
- Apply one coat of clear base coat. One thin coat will be sufficient.
- Wait 10 minutes for the clear base coat to dry.
- Apply one coat of your desired nail polish. Make sure the coat is thin, and watch for pooling around the sides of your nails.
- Wait 10 minutes for the first coat to dry.
- Apply a second coat of your desired nail polish.
- Wait 10 minutes for the second coat to dry.
- Apply one coat of clear top coat.
- If needed (for glittery or textured polishes in particular), wait 10 minutes, then apply a second coat of clear top coat.
- Wait 30 minutes for the 4-5 coats of nail polish to dry. I use this time to check email, read, or simply watch TV.
- Keep nails short. Long nails are fun, but long nails means more edge exposure, which can result in faster chipping and flaking.
- Touch up edges every 2-3 days with additional colored polish, and add an extra top coat.
- Stick with creme-based or glittery polishes, which tend to be more durable. Metallics are beautiful, as are mattes, but both tend to chip very quickly!
For the music lovers, there aren’t a lot of cheap options for gifts – that’s why so many music lovers can be pleasantly surprised at Christmas time, when family and friends get together to give them a really nice gift. For my brother-in-law’s 18th birthday, for example, my husband gave him a nice guitar. And one year for Christmas my husband and I gave our daughter and my brother an electronic keyboard to enjoy. But since not all music-related gifts are cheap, going in as a group to buy a gift is a worthwhile idea. Or, look for accessories, such as the Decimator at musicians friend.
A Decimator pedal is perfect for noise reduction for guitars, and even with lower quality guitars it can help significantly with wooshing and other air-based sounds. And at $134.13, it’s the type of gift just about anyone can give, even if budgeting is a concern.
So we have a snake, a red-tailed boa constrictor named Cynder. She’s pretty snazzy, and Alyssa adores her. That’s a good thing, since she was an early birthday gift that we gave to Alyssa in October of 2012, a few weeks before Alyssa turned 8. Anyway, like most snakes, Cynder eats mice, and like most picky snakes, she prefers live ones. Ick. I feel for the mice. But, nature is cruel and the circle of life and all that jazz. So every week, Dan or I dutifully drive to the one pet store in our area that we know of that sells mice. And after a year of doing these weekly runs, it suddenly dawned on me that driving 50 miles round-trip to buy a $1.29 mouse adds up to a lot of miles (2,600 per year), and a lot of gas money (an average of $290.00 per year, and that’s based on my car’s mileage, which is about 30/mpg – Dan’s is only 23/mpg).
So now we’re going every five weeks, and buying five mice every five weeks. One mouse goes to Cynder, and the other four go in a 10-gallon glass tank (with food and water and bedding and an igloo to hide in; and I give them bits of vegetables and fruits as treats every few days). That means a savings of 2,100 miles, and $235.00 in gas (we’re driving just 500 miles and spending just $55 to do so. BONUS: bringing our own container for the mice saves us 10 cents per mouse). HECK YES SAVINGS.
But while mice are easy to take care of, Ryan is growing attached to them. “But they’re so cute!”, he coos at me. And my personal favorite: “They have Orzo’s eyes!”. Orzo is his albino hamster. While the mice do indeed have red eyes like Orzo, and are white like Orzo, clearly they are not related to her, other than being a part of the same rodent family. And in the end, I’m sure Cynder wouldn’t care if she was given a hamster or a mouse to eat, heh.
When I was a teen and a young 20-something, headaches were my chief complaint. Even up until a couple of years ago I thought I had gotten lucky and dodged the migraine bullet that hit both my mom and 18 year old brother. Alas, that was not the case – the bullet was simply delayed in getting to me. In the spring of 2012, after several weeks of horrid headaches that I reluctantly acknowledged were actually migraines, I went to my doctor, relayed my list of symptoms (severe head pain, often over my eyes; light sensitivity; some nausea), and was given a generous prescription for Imitrex.
Depending on the severity of the migraine, I can get away with two Tylenol + two Ibuprofen + 50-100mg of caffeine (since I don’t drink coffee, soda, or tea, I take a caffeine pill and cut it in halves or quarters – one pill contains 200mg of caffeine, so a half or even a quarter is all I need). But if it’s really nasty, and I don’t mind the knock-out effects of Imitrex, I’ll go for the Imitrex. And since I am dealing with ulcers and general stomach “sensitivity”, I need to go easy on Ibuprofen, caffeine, and other stomach irritants. But it’s worth noting that if you are currently taking an anti-depressant, Imitrex should be used sparingly, and if possible avoided altogether, as there are interactions between Imitrex and anti-depressants (SSRIs) that can, at best, cause unpleasant side effects like chills, heart palpitations, and a sensation of being “off”; but at worst can cause Serotonin Syndrome, which has the potential to be fatal.
In general, a headache is just general head pain, often caused by not enough sleep, stress, fever, or illness. A migraine, on the other hand, can cause debilitating, agonizing head pain along with nausea, vomiting, and light and sound sensitivity. For me, migraines are triggered by stress or weather changes (significant barometer changes). For Dan, it seems like he’s only affected by the weather. And for both of us, plenty of fluids, the aforementioned meds, and rest usually clear up a migraine within a couple of hours.