Advice - Life Tips

Some of these might make more sense than others:
Have standards. If you settle for 85%, someone will try to offer 75%. Aim for 120% of what you want.Be nice. In a doorman building, say hello and goodbye. In a restaurant, chat with the servers. You get the idea.Look out for dog owners. In my experience, dog owners know all the best shortcuts from point A to point B.Speak up for yourself. Speak up for those who have no voice. Make sure people know how you feel.Borax does wonders for laundry stains. Buy a large container, add two tablespoons for a regular size load of laundry. For stubborn grass, chocolate or blood stains, cover the stain with water, add borax and let it soak before washing.Baking soda works for carpet odors and as a scouring powder. Sprinkle on carpet before vacuuming. For pots, sprinkle on sponge in addition to dishwashing detergent.Love does not mean surrendering to an invasion. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice yourself, to be in a relationship.Whenever something ends, …

Kitchen Tips and Tricks

When I was a single mom, my daughter and I discussed, debated and negotiated how to organize the kitchen. To this day, we agree on most of these:
Keep things where they make sense. Spices might go in the pantry, or in the cabinet by the stove. Bread might belong in the refrigerator, or on the counter. In your kitchen, you decide. Clean out leftovers and expired foods from your fridge the night before garbage pickup. Wipe your fridge after emptying it, go grocery shopping while the water evaporates. When unpacking groceries, put new unopened packages behind the ones you already have. Rinse containers to reuse or recycle them. Store garlic in the refrigerator. Buy a head of garlic, smash and peel each clove. Put all the cloves into whatever oil you use most, seal the jar and store this in the refrigerator. When you need cooking oil, it will be infused with garlic flavor. When you need garlic it will already be peeled. For garlic bread – smash a clove of garlic from the oil jar in the fri…

Hidden Valley Ranch - at Grand Central Station!

After meeting face-to-face on Tuesday, March 9, Lisa was kind enough to invite me to Veggie Central. As soon as I read "Hidden Valley Ranch", my response was "when and where?". Like many others, my teen doesn't always jump for healthy foods. Good thing she enjoys Hidden Valley Ranch. Put it on steamed veggies and step away from the teenager. Throw in Jeanne Pinsof Nolan and Jennie Garth - well how could I miss this?Upon entering Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, it was easy to tell this is the right place. Salad dressing and vegetables EVERYWHERE!
Yes, I grabbed a skewer of veggies to poke into the ranch fountain. Yummy! As we moved past the fountain - my feet were dragging - we saw three classrooms worth of kids, I'd say 3rd to 5th graders. All the kids were sitting and listening to Jeanne Pinsof Nolan's presentation, paying attention and trying for a chance to help plant some seeds.
When Jeanne asked a question, hands and bodies flew up to a…

$300 haircut for FREE?! Well ...

By now it's not news - I'm a recession statistic. Lost my job last spring. Let's get that out of the way because since that time, daily life is a combination of job hunting, volunteer activities, social networking on Facebook and Twitter, watching news on TV and keeping up with "signs of recovery". Sometime months ago I saw an item about a certain salon offering free haircuts for anyone unemployed. I submitted my information and sat back.

Earlier this month, I got a phone call from the salon receptionist. There was an opening. I was excited to get some "me" time, really looking forward to the experience. The day of the appointment, I was just a little bit late. Got to the salon five minutes after the scheduled time, instead of ten minutes early where I could sit, catch my breath and enjoy.

Suzanne (an alias because I forgot her name since then) led me to a private room where I traded my layers for a robe, then she "checked" my bag and jacket. Re…

Yankees Celebration and Posada Signing

Friday, November 6 was the ticker tape parade for the World Series 2009 championship - below is a picture collage of our day.
Saturday November 7 Jorge and Laura Posada had an event for their book "Fit Home Team" at Montclair State University.
These are some pictures of the campus - we didn't really explore much, since we took the campus shuttle to/from the Yogi Berra Museum.


I don't know if you have family or friends in the affected locations. I don't know what it's like to experience such a thing. My closest comparison would be 9/11/01, or the power failure of August 2003. Both times I was able to go home and hide until the worst passed. Both times I saw how strangers can come together to help.

But a hurricane is different from buildings getting hit by planes, or a blackout. The news shows people stranded, with no place to call home. Women holding their babies and wondering that to do next.

It makes me sick to think what if that was me? Go to the Red Cross website Habitat for Humanity - if you can volunteer your time, or make a donation, these organizations will be grateful.

From Unicef website :

In recognition of the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Katrina on hundreds of thousands of American children, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will direct half of the proceeds from the 2005 Trick-or-Treat for UN…

Weekend Update

Miss L and I had an outing this Friday August 19 to see the Staten Island Yankees. After rain delay of about an hour they started the game. Final score 3-0 Yankees win. After the game there was a mini-concert by Oro Solido. We were close to the stage but not close enough to get pulled up.

A couple of the players came by, did some dancing. Just before we left the stadium I asked if they would pose for a picture. We got home at 4 AM!