Archive for the ‘asides’ Category

finances

December 21, 2007

i am always looking to lower our bills, whether it be from scouting around for less expensive car insurance, or watching the amount of water or electricity we use. i have been pretty proud of myself lately. it really is amazing how much you can save by turning off lights in rooms you’re not using. one other thing i always look at are warranties, especially an auto warranty. that can save so much money down the road if something happens and repairs are needed.

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online backup

December 21, 2007

it’s important to backup data on your computer. joe and i keep talking about needing to backup our writing and pictures, at the minimum, in case our computer every crashes. we have yet to do it. we’ve been thinking about putting everything on flash drives or cds, but there’s also the option of online storage where we can backup a lot of things on our computer online. that would make things a lot easier. accounts are supposed to be monitored 24/7, and security is supposed to be good. that’s something that’s important to me when i’m thinking about putting things i don’t want to lose in an online storage system.

produce bags

December 21, 2007

i have a problem with fruit and vegetables i buy going bad before i am able to use them all. i think a lot of it stems from the fact that i put them in the crisper bins at the bottom of my fridge and forget they are there. i’m notorious for doing that. that said, i think i might try reusable produce bags. they are supposed to keep fruit and veggies fresh for up to 30 days. it’s worth a shot. there are two sizes — medium and large — and there’s a deal now to get 20 for the price of 10. i figure if they don’t work i won’t be losing too much!

designer sunglasses

December 20, 2007

i love designer brands, including designer eyeglasses and sunglasses. i’ve really been wanting a pair of kate spade sunglasses. the only store i can find them at here is bloomingdales, and i really can’t justify spending that much on sunglasses! i love browsing for web sites and finding those with discounted prices on designer products. they are plugged as being the real thing and not knock offs, but that is something you have to take them at their word on. it’s a trust thing. i like to give people the benefit of the doubt, at least at first. and, if you’re willing to try it, these deals can’t be beat.

swimsuits

December 19, 2007

it can be hard to find bathing suits that fit correctly. swim suits sold at stores don’t always fit full busted women. there are some web sites where you can buy full busted swimwear with each piece of two piece suits sold separately so you can get a suit that fits you perfectly. that is such a great idea and makes swimsuit shopping, which can be a pain and a hassle for some women, much easier and less stressful. i would think that at some point department stores and other shops would follow suit and sell swimsuit pieces separately to give women more of an option.

acne help

December 19, 2007

i wish many of the resources available today were around when i was a teenager, especially those regarding acne. like most teens, i had acne, and it was a pain to cover up and deal with. the only option i had was to go to the drug store to see what kind of treatments they sold. now, there are web sites offering treatment tips for people with acne. information offered on the internet include types of acne, the causes and effects of acne, and how to prevent and treat it. prevention measures include hygiene, diet, stress, cosmetics, exercise and hormones, among others.

avian flu

December 19, 2007

the Avian Flu used to be a big story in the news. i remember having a state news story about it almost every day. the avian flu, or bird flu as it is more commonly called, is still a big issue. there hasn’t been much news about it in the united states, but just in the last few days cases have popped up in hong kong, indonesia and canada. according to the new york times, a man from the united states traveled to pakistan and visited relatives who were among the first humans in pakistan to contract the disease. after arriving home, the man tested negative for avian flu.