House Stuff

I recently ordered a new wireless mouse and keyboard for work off Amazon. I spent hours going through the hundreds of offers available and picked out just the one I wanted. I’ll be honest I was swayed by the one that came with Super Saver Shipping because who really wants to pay for shipping? So I order with Amazon “One-click”, which is always dangerous, and bam it was on its way.

Only problem was my “One-click” settings do not add the Super Saver Shipping automatically so I stuck paying about ten bucks to ship the package out to me. I tried to cancel the next morning (literally 9 hours late) and the order had already been processed and moved to shipping and Amazon informed me via e-mail that cancelation was not possible. Usually I am very pleased with this kind of speed but now I was put in a tough spot. So I said screw it and eat the ten dollar fee…

However when I got the package it was not really what I was looking for (despite all the research you just never know) and I decided I wanted to return it. I followed all the easy steps out of my order window and printed out the UPS return label in a matter of minutes, which again was speedy and convenient, but it also informed me that ten bucks might be taken out of my return to ship it back.

Now I didn’t think this was fair, although I  was the one who didn’t go through the motions correctly and didn’t want the product anyways, I still felt I deserved my full refund.

So I called up the Amazon costumer service line and got on the phone with some chick most likely on the other side of the country and explained the story just as I did above stating I thought I deserved a full refund. To which she replied:

“We’ll yeah, that is our policy, sir.”

Amazon is great.

Managing a house hold can be super hard and stressful. With five family members constantly in and out and four pets our house gets a lot of traffic and a lot of mess. This can really pile up and the leave the house looking like a dump. While assigned chores and routine clean up can make a major dent in the task of keeping a house hold tidy, something it’s the little unnoticeable things that make a big difference.

I got my mother a Lampe Berger Fragrance Lamp this year to help add a fresh scent to our family room. My mother just loves how it blends into our decor and more like a room accent than an air freshener. Their fragrance lamps come in a variety of shapes an sizes for any home or budget and also make great gifts! Make sure to check out these and more great home ideas.


Losing weight and being healthy, something new for me. I have come to the realization that I need to get myself in shape, first step is dropping some pounds. I’m down 6 pounds in one week, but seriously fighting off more cravings for food than I did when I gave up pop! If I write a book about this diet, I think it should be called “Fighting the craving for pizza another day!” That has been the biggest issue, but then again I usually had pizza 2 to 3 times a week.

You wouldn’t believe how much free food has been offered to me in the last few weeks as well. People come out of the wood work when you’re trying to be healthy; to either tell you their secret or to offer you food! I had to work a few different events for the radio station I work for. Each one had something free; pop, bagels, hot dogs and pizza!

First question I had when I started this diet was how? I googled some diet ideas at first, then after talking to a few friends realized it all comes down to calories. In. Out. It gets to be pretty simple if you just remember that and focus on doing a little more exercise. And by simple, I actually don’t mean simple at all – but the concept is pretty simple. Oh, Man! Another pizza commercial on TV, there seems to be more and more of those commercials when you diet too.

I was meaning to write this the other day, but forgot all about it until I opened my box of frozen Thin Mint cookies tonight! Since when did Girl Scouts stop going door to door to sell their cookies? You wonder why our youth doesn’t learn anything, they won’t even go door to door to learn a valuable life lesson (I really don’t know which lesson, but it is). The other night I bought some girl scout cookies from too young girls who had a stand set up at the local grocery store. Very smart idea, if they had come up with it on their own, which I highly doubt! Thanks mom and dad; or worse, the corporate Girl Scout plan! Honestly, I started thinking about it though, when was the last time you saw a girl scout going door to door? I know in the 5 previous years I have bought my girl scout cookies from a girl scout’s parent! I don’t think I’ve even seen one dressed in any sort of uniform in a long time.

Now not to make it a battle of the sexes (between pre-teens nonetheless), but I know the Boy Scouts are making their rounds the next two weeks to collect nonperishable food items for those in need. I have also seen those kids in their uniforms in recent months, their packs come by the radio station for tours of our building from time to time.

Now that I’m done complaining about it, I’m going to eat my Thin Mints, thanks Girl Scouts.

Wow, it has been a beautiful day! Could March 6 be the start of Spring? I think so. It has been a great day, so much so I totally forgot about blogging until just now. Steaks and burgers were on the grill and the roommate made some potatoes and beans! Today, I made my way home from work and made the stop at Hy-Vee to pick up all the proper items. It was a debate between which meat to have, so I decided on both!

Grilling is one of my Top 5 favorite things in the spring and summer months, there is something special about it. The food is always great, but actually, better than that is the friends that gather around as it cooks. We always talk about each others day, a crazy story from the weekend, no matter what it is, that’s the best part. Well that and munching on chips and peanuts.

It really was a great day, even before the grilling tonight. Nothing makes me feel better than driving in a freshly cleaned truck on sun filled day, put a good song on the radio and we’re set! I might have took time out of work to wash my truck, don’t judge.

Happy Grilling!

I think that when it comes to innovation and space economy, we could take a lesson or two from the Europeans. They have much less land, so expansion is not really an option, and they have more of a reverential attitude toward buildings. They try not to demolish or destroy esxisting buildings. So, to accommodate more people, they convert old buildings, such as water towers, into homes.

Frank Lloyd Wright Floor GlobeDesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1900s, this floor globe is a concept that was intended for one of his Prairie Homes but never came to fruition until now. Made by Replogle Globes, crafters of fine terrestrial globes for 79 years, the floor globe is based on a sketch found in the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation archives.
The globe stand exhibits the form-follows-function principle, strong horizontal lines, and simplified geometric forms that were hallmarks of the Prairie School movement. The globe is painstakingly handcrafted by artisans and the solid maple frame is carved, sanded, and stained by hand, and finished with a deep walnut stain.
It has antique-style parchment colored oceans and shows 4,100 place names as approved by the U.S. government. Additional cartographic features include raised relief mountain ranges and shipping routes that depict famous voyages including Charles Darwin’s journey to the Galapagos Islands and Christopher Columbus’s expedition to the New World. The 16″ globe rests at a 23.5° angle, replicating the earth’s position in relation to the sun, and has a full-swing, die-cast metal meridian.

Globus ScriptoriumThis is the desk and chair ensconced inside a pod, providing flexible yet unobtrusive working space. By Dutch innovator Michiel van der Kley, who took his inspiration from examining the eclectic designs conceptualized by 1930s futurists, the 2 1/2′ diameter pod is comprised of two durable polyurethane hemispheres that, when opened with its built-in handle, forms a seat and a workspace.

The foam-molded seat swivels 180°, and is padded and luxuriously upholstered in leather, placing users 1 1/2′ from the base for comfortable, relaxed reclining while working. The workstation’s sturdy volkern plastic desktop unfolds and extends from the front hemisphere, supported by a hidden steel bracket; small items may be stored underneath the work surface. Requiring a mere 8 3/4′ sq. of floor space–roughly the size of a large ottoman–the 3 1/2′ L x 2 1/2′ W powder-coated aluminum platform supports the pod with two sturdy aluminum uprights that allow the pod to support up to 1,500 lbs.