Thursday, May 30, 2013

It Isn't That I'm Not A People Person

I've never considered myself a people person. I'd rather sit at home then deal with crowds. I'd rather be left alone than go out to a party with people I don't know. Classic signs that I wasn't a people person. Then I got to thinking about the jobs that I've had. I was always around people and it was rare that I ever wanted to seriously harm any of them. It was then that I realized something.


What classifies someone as stupid? Oh the list could go one forever but here's a short version.

- Those who think I need to hear the conversation they're having while I'm eating at the table next to them.
- Those who cannot wait to call someone and tell them about the day they're having so they do so in their car.
- Anyone who texts while driving. ANYONE!
- Me monsters. (Watch THIS)

Like I said this list could go on forever I just don't think anyone would care after a couple paragraphs. 

Are you a people person?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Why I Blog

I've been thinking about this question a lot lately. I used to be someone who always wanted readers. I wanted to make money and then I came to a couple realizations. I blog for me. Here's why.

I have a horrible memory!
I've never been one to remember anything for very long, unless it's a huge "thing". If you ask me what I had for dinner yesterday I'd have to refer to my husband. He would know, I wouldn't. I'm not saying I don't have childhood memories but they're scattered. I have friends who will tell me about something that we did as children and I lie about knowing what they're talking about because I'd feel horrible telling them I don't remember. 

Getting things off my chest!
I'm not saying there isn't someone here, in my home, that I can vent to but when I plan out my thoughts and write them down I feel so much better. I don't know what it is about writing things down that makes them leave my system. I know, thus far, I haven't ranted as much as I normally do but, trust me, when the time comes I will have a lot to say.

I blog because I enjoy it!
I've had quite a few blogs in the time that I've been blogging. It all started when my grandfather had a stroke and I just couldn't grasp that we might lose him. I cried to my husband, I cried to my mom, but nothing helped until I started writing things down. Since that first blog, on LiveJournal, I've gone through 5 blogs. Each time I end up shutting it down because I think I'm over blogging. Each time, obviously, I come back because I just can't fathom not blogging.

I want to tell the truth!
I may blog about every topic under the sun, and every topic I blog about is something someone else blogs about, but I am so tired of reading about things that are wonderful and then being horribly disappointed when I try them and they're horrible. If I can save just one person from buying something that really isn't worth their money I've done my job. I've bought makeup on the request of people I've never met and hated it. Telling someone else my experience, and it being the truth because I'm not getting paid to say what I say, will at least give them another point of view.

All in all I blog because I truly love to blog. It may be "out of style" and "a 20 something game" but I'll probably be blogging until I can no longer type.

Monday, May 20, 2013

My Bad Habit

I have a really bad habit of not sticking with a design once I've chosen one. You'll now notice that my header is in the sidebar. I'm not sure that I like it there and will probably change it again soon. To what, I'm not sure.

Stick with me as I feed my need for change.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Influenster - Palmolive Soft Touch

Back in January I signed up for a website called Influenster. If you're not sure who they are here's a little description straight from their website.

Influenster [in-floo-uhn-ster]


An exclusive online community where tastemakers and trendsetters (such as yourself) come to share the latest and greatest news, places, products, and reviews with each other. 2. The hotspot you just bookmarked on your web browser that turns your social influence into sweet rewards.

Basically, Influenster is a place for culture junkies to come together and share their unique opinions of products and experiences. Active members of Influenster get exclusive access to deals, promotions, and swag from brands that thrive off the input (the good, the bad, and the ugly -- they just want to know what's up).

Each time you get a box from Influenster there are mandatory and optional tasks for you to complete. One of the optional task was to do an unboxing video so I thought I'd do that.

Like I said in the video I've already used the pink one. They're both designed to be softer on your hands than normal dishwashing liquid. I'm always hesitant to believe those claims because I've yet to find one that doesn't leave my hands feeling dry after hand washing the dishes.

The first thing I have to say is that this dish soap does not lather up as well as I'd like it to. It took quite a bit to even produce suds. After washing the dishes I dried my hands and noticed a marginal difference in how soft my hands normally feel afterward. Generally I have to put lotion on to keep my hands from feeling like they're going to crack. The urge to put on lotion, after using the dish soap, wasn't as strong as normal but I still felt the need to use some lotion.

My overall opinion is that it works but not as well as it could. I wouldn't purchase the Palmolive with Vitamin E.

 I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Beauty All Around

It's always been hard for me to admit that I live in such a beautiful state. As long as I can remember I've wanted to leave Utah because of how boring I think this state is. I always take for granted the beauty that has been placed around me. Here are only a few examples of what I'm talking about.

I live 30 minutes away from this.

Zion National Park: Source
I'm two hours away from these.

Bryce Canyon National Park: Source

Grand Canyon National Park: Source

Lake Powell: Source

Arches National Park: Source
There is so much more that I could list (among them are Canyonlands, Monument Valley & the Four Corners, and Moab) so why do I always think I live in such a horrible place?

Is there something you take for granted in the state you live in?

On another note you're probably reading this while I take my mother here for her mother's day present. (This is only 2 hours away)

Las Vegas by Night: Source

Friday, May 10, 2013

DIY Grout Cleaner (Pin Tested)

Every time I go onto Pinterest I see a million "the most amazing homemade cleaner I've ever used" captions under photos. I've taken to trying quite a few of these and, over time, I plan to tell you the truth. I've already posted about the orange vinegar cleaner and I'm here to tell you about a grout cleaner.

I know you can purchase grout cleaners at the hardware store but I'm always up for making things with stuff I have at home. I found this recipe online and thought it sounded simple enough. The woman's site I pinned this from had horrible grout lines and hers came super clean. Here's the obligatory before photo.

My grout lines aren't all that dirty but they aren't as clean as they should be.
So here's the deal. You mix equal parts vinegar, salt, and baking soda (which is fun because the baking soda reacts with the vinegar and, yea, I'm getting off track) mix it well and spread it evenly over your grout lines.

I admit I put quite a bit more than I probably should have but it made up my mind after I was done.
Wait 20 minutes and scrub. The original post said that a scrub brush, originally used for laundry, was the tool. I didn't have a single scrub brush so I used a semi-old medium bristle toothbrush. I scrubbed each line for almost 5 minutes and then cleaned up what was left. Now for the always shocking after photo.

This was taken hours after so the grout had a chance to dry.
Wait, that's not very shocking is it? While I can tell that they are a little bit cleaner I think they should be a lot cleaner considering how long I scrubbed. This specific grout line no longer looks filthy, it just looks spotty. I attempted to clean another couple of spots with absolutely no luck. You can still clearly see the spots in the grout.

I'm assuming this is actually stained, now that I look at it, and not just dirty.
While it does get the grout lines a little bit cleaner I don't feel it's worth the time on my hands and knees cleaning. If you've got a small amount of tile in your home this might be worth your time. In my home, however, I would assume there's 1000 (+ or -) sq ft  of tile. This could take days, if not weeks, in my home.


Have you tried a DIY grout cleaner that works? 
Have you tried a commercial grout cleaner that works? 
I'm not one for using bleach on grout because it is porous but have you used bleach on colored grout with good results?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Stop Blaming The Gun (& Other Gun Related Stuff)

I'll start this post with a couple of warnings. I'm an avid gun lover, gun owner, and detest the assault that's going down on my second amendment rights in this country right now. If that's not something you're into then please feel free to leave right now. You're not going to hurt my feelings. I'm also not going to be quoting any laws or making myself look like I know more than I do. I'm simply going to state my opinion, give you some links you can visit, and leave it at that.

WHY IS EVERYONE BLAMING THE GUN??

When you know someone that's been in a car accident do you blame the car? Not likely. It wasn't the car that got drunk and drove into oncoming traffic. It wasn't the car that was reading that text and swerved off the road plowing into a tree. It wasn't the car that couldn't pull over to take care of the crying child in the back seat. It was the person inside the car. Blame them.

When you see someone that's grossly overweight do you blame the spoon/fork/food? Nope. The fork didn't shove it's way into their mouth, force them to chew, and make them swallow that 5000 calorie meal. It wasn't the spoon the shoved the ice cream down their throat night after night. The food didn't magically appear in their mouth holding a gun to their dangly thingy (yes dangly thingy) making them eat. They put the food in their mouth, they ate it, and they didn't care to get up and work it off. It's the fault of the person who's overweight. Blame them.

When 9/11 happened did you blame the plane? The plane didn't kill the pilot and mysteriously make it's way to NYC and crash into the World Trade Center towers. The plane didn't choose who was on it when this tragic event happened. It was the people who hijacked the plane. Blame them.

If you're reading this and you're opposed to what I have to say then you're probably shaking your head saying that these mass shootings and 9/11 have nothing in common. All I have to say is you bet they do.

Without the distraction the likelihood of any vehicle accidents happening is greatly reduced if not eliminated. The vehicle was only a tool.

Without the drive to get up and work off the calories they intake there would be no reason for a person to be overweight. I know. I am overweight. It's my fault.

Without the hijackers those planes would have, MORE THAN LIKELY, made it safely to their destinations and we wouldn't have lost thousands of people who didn't deserve to die. The plane was only a tool.

Without the individual behind the gun at Sandy Hook/Columbine/Aurora you would have had an overpriced paper weight.

The last point I have to make is a simple one. What makes you think that eliminating high capacity magazines and banning these horrible weapons is going to make any criminal stop and say "Well, they're not legal now so I guess I have to stop using it." If you think that's the case you're only fooling yourself. Did you know, and this is a fact I know, that Columbine happened during the Clinton administrations assault weapons ban? I don't care how he got the gun the fact of the matter is he got it. He got it illegally. That's all that matters. 

IF YOU OUTLAW GUNS, ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE GUNS

If you're up for watching some videos or reading some specifically chosen pieces (and yes I only chose things that back up my point of view) then follow any of the links below.

Women using a shotgun vs using an AR-15 (I'm a big woman. I can't even use a shotgun without hurting myself.)
What Liberals Need To Understand About Gun Guys - This is from the point of view of Jewish Democrat and a former staff writer for The New Yorker
The Truth About Firearms & Suicide - It seems that everyone likes to lump suicides into the gun death toll
This mans son was killed at Sandy Hook and he's still pro-gun.

Monday, May 6, 2013

What To Expect When You're NOT Expecting

I get it all.

"You don't want kids? Why? What's wrong with you? There's a hole that can only be filled by having children!" I've even gotten a "You know you can't get into heaven if you don't have children, right?" No, seriously, someone had the nerve to say those exact words to me.

Let me start by stating the obvious.

I DON'T WANT CHILDREN. 

This has very little to do with being afraid of bringing a child into this horribly sadistic world. I simply have no desire to change the life I've got now. I have a wonderful husband, a life of leisure, and money to spare. Why would I want to mess that up?

I would also raise my child the way I think a child should be raised. According to most of society, however, my methods are horrible and abusive. I would spank my child which I do not believe to be a form of child abuse. All this "go to your room and think about what you've done" crap does NOT work. My child would not have any gaming systems. They would have outdoor activities and outdoor activities only. They wouldn't get a cell phone, I'd never buy them a car, and they'd have to wait until they were 18 to get their drivers license.

I don't want to wake up in the middle of the night to the smell of crap. I'm not in the mood to change my alarm clock tone to the horrible barfing sound. There is NOT a hole in my heart/life/world because there aren't any children in it. I WILL get into heaven without the presence of a eighteen year long, money grubbing, shit factory in my life. I will not apologize for my way of thinking when it comes to children. 

People of the world ... those who want this can keep this!!

Attribution
As long as I can give them back when they start crying, stinking, throwing up, or doing anything other than smiling and laughing at me I absolutely adore children.