Binge-Watching Netflix in the Snow

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With storm fronts moving in and out, temps dropping, and snow falling my neck is keeping me from being very productive. So I figured if I couldn’t be productive maybe it would make me feel better to watch someone else achieve something! I started by watching¬†enough House Hunters International to make me realize that I will never have enough money to live in a house or apartment in any foreign country with indoor plumbing – even if I win the lottery. So I binge-watched Flea Market Flip and Rehab Addict (LOVE that one) and convinced myself that with just junk people put out for trash day I could build and furnish my own dream home. Of course that was before I tried to unload the dishwasher and had to stop halfway through to take a pain pill and lie down with an ice pack. Maybe I should try Hoarders next.

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¬†We are a nerd family, so Leonard Nemoy’s passing hit us hard. My son was especially annoyed when soon after the gold/white or blue/black dress took over social media. I think his exact quote was, “Who gives a damn about that ugly dress? Spock died!”

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John and I are also huge fans of The Walking Dead and its after-show with Chris Hardwick, Talking Dead. My goal this season is to have one of my tweets featured on the #deadbuzz segment of the show. Talking Dead lets all the fans sort of re-enter their normal lives gradually after the intensity of an hour of The Walking Dead. You can’t just watch a show like that and go to bed. Sadly, other shows have begun trying after-shows as well. Downton Abbey, for example. Don’t get me wrong, I love Downton, but what is there to say that’s different from one week to the next? “That was a real zinger from Maggie Smith, wasn’t it?” “Wow, Mary is such a bitch.” We could argue whether killing off Isis was the right or wrong thing to do, but I will always stand firmly on the side of not killing off TV show dogs no matter what their names are.

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I do have a couple of snow-storm tips garnered from Facebook this week. This one is for small dogs: lay out a tarp before it snows (or before it gets too deep), then pull it back so your dog can go potty without sinking their entire back end into the snow.
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I loved this contraption. It would be perfect for areas that get several feet of snow and have very real worries about roofs collapsing from the weight.

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Anyone else watching Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad off-shoot? My whole family likes it so far, which is great because my husband didn’t like Breaking Bad. He said it was too dark for him. And he doesn’t understand our love of The Walking Dead, either. But he always has the History Channel.

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Lest you think I have done absolutely nothing while I’ve been snowed in I have used my time with a captive audience, everyone on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, reading blogs, and catching up on their email. My Nerium sales are soaring, which is great since April will be here soon, and along with it our very own “Microsoft Moment”! A product is being released early in April from the top research institution in the world. It’s been twenty-seven years and ten patents in the making, but it’s going to be the biggest thing direct marketing has ever seen. It will rock the foundations of skincare and anti-aging, and I’m SO excited that I’ve already got my seat on the rocket ship. I’m ready for something wonderful :D

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Shattered

For the first time in forever I’m linking up to Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop. The prompt I’ve selected is to write a post inspired by the word shattered. Of course now I’ll have that Rolling Stones song running through my head all day long, so you might as well suffer along with me:

Anyway, early in our marriage Michael bought a used 1985 Chrysler Le Baron convertible. White exterior, dark red interior. It was beautiful . . . for about the first twenty-four hours we owned it. After that it was a money-pit, a complete lemon. It was just a few years later that Michael drove it to the junkyard with someone following him, parts falling off along the way like during The Blues Brothers movie.

But at one point while we were still enjoying it we had the canopy replaced because of a tear. Aaron was just a toddler, and he and I were home on a Saturday while Michael had my car at work. I thought we’d put the top down and go to the zoo, our usual Saturday destination. But as I put the top down the glass in the rear window shattered. I’ll never forget that sound. I brought Aaron and our zoo supplies back inside, because obviously I’d be spending the day picking up tiny pieces of glass that might harm my baby. I called to get an estimate on replacing the glass, and the auto glass shop quoted me $600, which was very close to the price we’d just paid to replace the entire canopy!

I laid down on the sofa, curled up, and cried. I was overwhelmed at how quickly a sunny, happy Saturday had turned into a financial disaster (or what I considered a financial disaster at that time!). Aaron, sweet boy that he always was, brought me his favorite stuffed toy, Melvin the teddy bear, and told me I could hold him until I felt better. How sweet is that? Amazingly, he’s grown up to be an equally compassionate adult. He makes me so proud!

I called Michael at work and told him the bad news so he wouldn’t come home to a nasty surprise, and he called the very same auto glass shop I’d called earlier and asked for an estimate. For him? $400. That’s the reason I don’t ever take one of our cars to be repaired. Maybe it was just a fluke, but $200 was a whole heck of a lot of money to us back then and I’m still distrustful of repair-work quotes given to women. Maybe someday I’ll get past it. Perhaps when I can find a female mechanic?

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A Recipe for Dog Shampoo to Keep Your Fur Babies Smelling Great

Barkley with textThis is Barkley, and I’m totally in love with him. He’s my friend’s Golden Doodle, and he’s like a massive teddy bear come to life. Even with all that fur he was sweet-smelling when I cuddled with him last week the day before the big snow storm.My dogs currently aren’t sweet-smelling. I always feel guilty when I give them baths in the winter and they shiver and give me pitiful looks, but when the sofa and the bed start to smell “doggy” you gotta do what you gotta do!

For the last few months of our dog Millie’s life she was often incontinent, didn’t groom herself, and could get smelly pretty quickly. Fortunately, she loved bathtime! But since I was bathing her weekly I didn’t want to dry out her skin, and she had so many allergies I was afraid to try anything with ingredients I wasn’t 100% sure of. A quick trip down the pet store’s shampoo aisle left me with sticker shock – even small bottles of organic, hypoallergenic, moisturizing pet shampoo were much more than I pay for my own shampoo! So I did some research and combined bits and pieces of several recipes I found online. What I ended up with was fabulous :D Try it once and you’ll never buy pet shampoo again!

2 cups Ivory or Dove dish soap (what they use to get the oil off ducks, etc that get caught in oil spills)
2 cups water
2 cups apple cider vinegar (This is the deodorizer!)
4 oz. liquid glycerin (Try the first aid section at your grocery or drugstore for the cheapest option, but you can always get it for a little more at a health food store.)

Mix gently, and it’s ready to use. I store mine in old Gatorade bottles. You can also cut the recipe in half if you have a small dog or don’t need to bathe them often.

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