Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

Everything was fine until my clones started fighting over our wife... All of it could have worked out if she'd let us clone her too, but nooo.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Too Lazy to Scrub?

The kitchen is one of the messiest places in the home. Food splatters, crumbs, oil splatters, spills, condensation and the funk that accumulates in cracks and crevices.

One frustrating kitchen chore is scrubbing out the trash can. The best way to do this is to take it outside and use a long-handled scrub brush and a garden hose.

Living in a apartment, I don't have a back yard or hose. Millions of people live in apartments, and have the same problem I do.

So - new from EtchCo! The StackCan!

This trash can is made up of a series of stacked parts that fit together into a sturdy, rigid can for daily use.

Every few weeks, simply unstack the can and arrange the pieces for a quick wash and rinse in your dishwasher! Too 'green' to use a dishwasher? The pieces are easily scrubbed in the sink, and dry quickly!

On the left is a normal can - on the right is a can 'unstacked' into a series of easy-to-wash parts.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gearing up for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo starts on November 1st. I've got the outline for my book about halfway done. This means I have the main plot down and a few minor threads established, along with most of the characters.

Seven days until November 1st.

There's still a lot up in the air, and as usual I have realized that there is a lot more to the subject matter than I thought, meaning I could spend months just researching the thing. I guess that's why books can take years to write, right?

Good luck to my fellow NaNo's!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Newspaper Run

Early Sunday mornings I drive - not run - to the local Kangaroo gas station and quickie mart to get the Sunday newspaper for the much clipping of coupons. Two papers, actually. $3.00 is well worth it.

Michelle does a better job exploiting the coupons than I knew was possible - it seems if you play your cards right, stores will pay YOU for the privilege of taking stuff off the shelves and into your home.

Anywhoo - I always spot this sign for Mary's Cuban Kitchen, and I cannot help thinking that 'Pasteles Y Cake' is a local Cuban folk band made up of forty-something Moms.

Maybe the band performs every Saturday night and is a big hit in the community. Once they even solved the mystery about those unpleasant people from that place that one time (it's safer if you don't know).

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Office Supply Woes

I love office supplies! But I'm really picky about what I buy and use. So using three different highlighter brands, with different form factors and marking tip widths tries my patience. I'm using the supplies that my workplace provides - what can I do? But still, fun was had with the highlighting and categorizing. Wheee!

Friday, October 08, 2010

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Real Life Conversation #54

Dude! Stephen J. Cannell died!


Stephen J. Cannell - he created and wrote for a bunch of shows - Greatest American Hero, 21 Jump Street, The A Team, Hardcastle and McCormick, Rockford Files...

Huh. That's too bad.

He died of melonoma. You should get checked out.

But I don't even eat melon.


I don't even eat melon! Ha ha ha! Did you hear me?

I heard you.