Thank all that is good and holy it isn’t 1930 anymore when it comes to housecleaning.

LONDON CLEANINGEver flip through channels and pass by the old school TV shows where it shows a housewife dressed up in a lovely dress, hair done, makeup on and with a vacuum in hand. 9 times out of 10 wearing heels. Looking at her cleaning then taking a look at my house and picking up the phone and calling one of the finest cleaning services in London since there is no woman that looks like that going to clean my house. Especially not me.

On days when I actually care what my house looks like which is few and far between, I prefer to dress for cleaning success. That means my old school AC/DC t-shirt, torn jeans, and sneakers. I guess that means I’m glad to be in the time period I am in now, because I would have been a disgrace to womanhood when it came to cooking and cleaning back in the day. I would have been shunned by the local women for not wearing my hairnet to keep every strand in place before my husband returned home from his day of work. There would be no perfect meal that I had slaved over all day in my dress and heels; otherwise known as daily house clothes back in the day. Not for me.

When I flip through the channels and see something like mentioned above I try to picture myself humming in my dress clothes as I vacuum the house. Picking up the coffee table easily with just one hand so I can vacuum underneath it as if it was a light as a feather which we all know it’s not. I always picture having a turkey roasting in the oven even though it’s nowhere near Thanksgiving and homemade mashed potatoes waiting for my family to sit to dinner in the evening.

I’d do all my cooking in my dress (of which I would be smart enough to wear an apron over to keep any food from getting on my clothes of course) and have a picture perfect Martha Stewart style designer table set up for dinner before my dream family of husband, 2 and a half kids (We’d lovingly call the half kid, Half Pint) came through the door. Oh, almost forgot, I’d have to run and change from my stylish day dress to evening dinner dress as fast as a superhero and be at the door to greet each and every member of the family with our obedient dog at my side while I passed out hugs and they made their way to the dinner table.

Life was different in those days, but in these days, it just takes a phone call and have a staff of housecleaners come and clean. They even get the spaces in-between. That’s right, I’m in the right time and am thankful for that. Once in a while it’s a treat to have someone come and do the fun work for me. Now, where’s my favorite rockin’ t-shirt?

 

 

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Trend or not? Are you a one cup coffee maker zombie yet? As Yoda would say “You will be.”

COFFEE ADDICTI’m on my 3rd cup this morning already. I am typing this out to you at a speed that is so fast it’s taking the letters off the keys. Not just the caffeine though. One cup coffee makers are great for exercise too. Having to get up, walk to the one cup coffee machine, pick a pack of coffee (flavored of course), press a button, wait 60 seconds and then walk back to my desk with my steamy cup of coffee. Phew! What a workout! To think I never had an exercise routine before. I do now and will probably be repeating it within the next hour. I am a lean mean one cup coffee exercising machine!

When these one cup coffee makers first came out I thought it was just another trend. Freshly brewed coffee by the cup. What’s the big deal with that anyway? Then I started thinking about it. Making coffee by the pot was a hassle and some coffee got wasted unless the whole pot was finished. A fresh, hot cup in a minute. Not a bad idea, but it’s a trend, it’ll pass.

Well, as we know, it’s gone beyond a trend and looks like they are here to stay. I have found out first hand thanks to a wonderful gift of one I received, how awesome this product is and have become a big fan. I’m embarrassed to say not only have I signed up on an email list, I visit their site frequently so I can stay in the know as far as all things good and new.

My exercise routine is great. Plus, I have energy through the roof. I’m vacuuming with one hand while I type this with the other. Okay, not really, but you get the idea. Each cup is fresh and hot and on point with all good things a delicious cup of coffee should be.

Now ask yourself this, a site Table Saw HQ has reviews on products that I’m sure table saw aficionados visit and keep up on. Wouldn’t you look do the same thing, except on one cup coffee makers if you were a fan? Look up reviews on the wonder coffee makers since you were interested? It’s a conspiracy and I’ve been drawn in and am in no hurry to get out of it.

Sorry about that last pause, I had to do my exercise and walk to the one cup coffee maker and get a refill. Why is this topic on the cruella.ca site? Because Cruella is known for twisted opinions of the world, and I once thought that the one cup coffee machine was a twisted part of the world we live in. Now it’s a twisted part of my world. The fact I consider getting up to get a cup of coffee a part of an exercise routine?! C’mon, it doesn’t get more twisted than that and I know there’s more one cup coffee zombies like myself out there. Stand up and be proud. There are more of us out there, be counted and don’t get left out. If you’re not a one cup coffee maker zombie yet; “You will be. You will be.”

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Do you remember the days when work was 9 to 5 with an hour lunch?

humorThat’s the way it used to be and boy have times changed. Now you only get 9 to5 if you work in a bank. Before everyone was 9 to 5 and they used to joke around about having that hour lunch be enough time to have what they referred to back then as a ‘3 martini lunch’. There’s even a movie out from the 70’s or early 80’s called 9 to 5. If it was to be put out now it would be aptly named 8 -5 with a subtitle of 30 minute lunch and a martini lunch wouldn’t even make it on screen. We work harder now. Not that we weren’t working hard then, but that extra hour in the morning sure made a nice difference.

People were probably happier back then at their jobs too. The extra sleep made wonders for the morning attitude being a little more chipper than rushing through traffic at 7 in the morning to make it to your job by 8. Well we don’t live in that ideal 9 to 5 scenario anymore so why not spend time finding a job that you actually would like to do. That’s definitely not where you’re at now presumably.

Finding a job that you would like to do is easier nowadays with trade schools popping up left and right pushing traditional 4 year colleges aside to make room to learn more technology in half the time. Technology is where it’s at now too. There are new versions coming out all the time. You probably just got used to Windows 7 and then there was Windows 8 which still one has yet to figure out how all the boxes work.

It’s time to jump into the middle of all this new technology and hit up a trade school. Not only get a boost of some modernized learning in fast time, but find a job you actually like to do which pays what you’re worth and that’s definitely more than you are making now. Take a look at radiation therapy for a minute. A good education, top of the line technology to learn, and then you have got to check out the salary. You just need a good school and there’s one just waiting for you to take advantage of what it has to offer.

You only live once. Don’t waste it hearing an awful news crew waking you up at 6am so you can get ready to hurry up and get to your job where you have to hurry up and work so you can hurry up and eat your lunch in 30 minutes before hurrying up to get your work done before the clock hits 5.

There are lots of trade schools out there now. They are big business and can offer you good training in a short time doing a job that you actually like. That you actually don’t mind fighting the hamsters that drive those square cars on their way to jobs they don’t like. Why not fall into the category of the one who goes to a job they do like. Isn’t it about that time?

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Technology that can help you catch prey

HUMORDon’t you just hate it when animals get in your trash? What about when foxes get your chickens? Oh, you don’t have chickens, well what about those nasty robbers sneaking into your house when you’re not home? These things can be so annoying, but what’s even more annoying is when you put a trail camera out in the woods to catch a glimpse of those magnificent deer that travel through your back yard and it doesn’t catch them. That is so annoying. So what do you do when this happens? Well first off you need to adjust the camera to get all angles. Most trail cameras have a motion detector so when something comes by it snaps a video or picture. This can work great for your house as well. Imagine someone is trying to break in and you aren’t home, well if have a trail camera hooked up you can review the video later and be able to tell the cops about who broke in. This is a great invention for many different things. Not only is it great for hunting, but it’s a great idea to attach them to your business grounds and your home. This type of camera can be very affordable if you check for the cheapest ones, by looking here online you can find the cheapest ones with the best features.

Even though they are sold as trial cameras for hunting they work great for protecting your house, and if you have teens they work great for letting you know if they have been sneaking out of your house at night. Many teens will act up and most the time they have left the house at night while you were sleeping. So to keep tabs on what your kids are doing set up a hidden trail camera outside their windows and the front and back doors so you know if someone is coming or going.

Trail cameras are also great for use with businesses. You have to protect your assets and the best way to do that is to set up a trail camera near the register and the front and back doors so that you can see if anyone is trying to break into your business after hours or if anyone is messing with your cash register when you’re not looking.

Now trail cameras aren’t the only type of protection you need in your home or business. An alarm system is very important. But those can be bypassed very easily and trail cameras are virtually invisible so most the time no one will even notice they are there, which makes them a very secure surveillance device. Not only will a trail camera work for surveillance of the deer in the woods for hunting but it will also work for time stamping if someone breaks into your home or office.

There are many products that are sold for one use but can be used for multiple uses and that is what makes them a great purchase. Anything with multiple uses is far more worth the money that you pay for it than something that has only one use.

Next time you purchase something think about the many uses you could use it for and that will determine if it’s a great buy or not.

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Scooty McScooty or Razor Pro XXX – It’s all in the name… isn’t it?

KID SCOOTERThe first time I saw a kid’s scooter, I thought they had me in mind when they decided to make it by having handle to hold on to, for those like me who had no grasp of how to balance on a skateboard. Now they have mini boards with handles, something that would have been perfect for me when I was younger can now be perfect for those who are young now.

Until I saw the things and the incredible moves that today’s kids can do on one of those things. They do moves on them that have brought it the same kind of respect that skateboarders garner these days. Flips and twists and all crazy kind of in air moves off half pipes and railings. The handle doesn’t seem like it’s for balance, instead kids have made it into an extra way to do extraordinary tricks with it. So I probably would have bombed on this too, just like I did the skateboard.

I’d be the kid using it the way it was intended to scoot up and down the street pass the skate park wishing I could do some if the tricks they did for a moment, then keep on scooting along. I saw one in the store. The name was even wicked. The Razor Pro XXX Scooter. Although I don’t get why they named it XXX that seems so not kid friendly when it comes to name. Also and then it’s a scooter, named Razor. My family wouldn’t have bought me one based on the name alone. The name alone is lethal. Besides what is the name XXX doing on a product geared towards kids. I know it means hardcore, but it has an aura about it that isn’t one I’d put on something geared towards the younger set. Hey it got my attention, and I’m sure it gets theirs so they branded it accordingly to do as such.

One wouldn’t normally think of a kids scooter named with such a name as Razor Pro XXX but with a name like that would sound bigger and badder than a name like Scooty McScooter or Scoot Along Scooter. I would have gone for the cooler name and know that even though I could only scoot on it back and forth up and down the street, I was on the scooter to have even though I couldn’t even do one trick with it. I’d be the owner of the XXX and I’d be the coolest kid on the block, but after the other kids checked it out they’d go back to their own Scooty McScooter plain scooter than had the basics and do their incredible tricks. Soon my scooter would lose its luster when I learned all anyone needs was a pair of wheels, a board, and handles.

Well this is the place for a dark sense of humor and twisted opinions of the world, and I see here that some of my opinions area twisted so the Razor Pro XXX and its cool name will spread like wildfire because of its name and a kid like me that will feel cool on it even if they can’t do one trick and just scoot along down the block. Hey, it’s a Razor. Who said a name can make or break you was on the crew of this project.

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Not So Random Facts

HMOURI remember being a kid at my uncle’s one summer. I was going through those troubled teen years and he was trying to reach out. I always thought he was a pretty cool guy but that day, I just wasn’t interested in what anyone over 20 had to say.

We were in the garage and I was helping him sort out some shelves. Both of us being the strong, silent type, it was a decent way to spend the afternoon. The cleaning and organizing was well underway and I was deep in thought. One shelving unit was sorted and the next was our mission. As I was helping my uncle find homes for things that were out of place, I realized that I didn’t know what a lot of these items were or what they were used for.

Being a city slicker, there were a lot of things we didn’t do in my home. For instance, my father had a car, but I never used it. I had learned to drive a little, but where I’m from everyone takes the subway or their bike to wherever they’re going. Another thing was that my home was in an apartment building, which meant we had a landlord, which meant my father never had to fix much. He knew how to fix leaky pipes and creaky doors but it seemed like I was either not around when he did it, or perhaps I just took it for granted and didn’t pay attention when he did. Other times, my mother would call the landlord and he’d send a guy to fix the plumbing or whatever else was the matter.

Now standing in my uncle’s big garage, I suddenly felt like I had shown up to school with no pants on. I was nineteen and I knew nothing really about a toolbox, cars or repairs in general. I had never taken shop in high school, in fact I studied math instead. If my uncle had a sudden trigonometry problem I would have been on that like a fat kid on a smartie, but this was a whole world I had never known. I mean, we didn’t even have a garage back in the city! And besides, being a girl in auto or shop class was awkward with all those guys around. Learning this outside of school was perfect.

Suddenly I wanted to know all of it. I paused in mid-step and turned to my uncle. He was squatting on a milk crate trying to sort out a box of parts.

“Hey, Uncle Steve?” I asked, tentatively.

“Could you teach me about some stuff?” I coughed. Why was I so nervous?

“Stuff?” He replied, looking confused.

“What kind of stuff you wanna know?” He asked.

“You know, like about cars and how to fix stuff.” There. I said it.

Without a moment’s hesitation he stood up, went to his car, popped the hood and started pointing. By the end of that afternoon I had learned what some kids would presumably learn in a whole semester in auto class. I knew all the parts names, what they did and how to keep them in good condition. I was advised on the best fuel injector cleaners, windshield wiper fluids and tires for all seasons. I never ended up owning a car until I was much older but the moment I did, I popped that hood and saw everything my uncle had taught me. I guess it’s true that you can keep knowledge in your back pocket until you need it. Thanks uncle Steve!

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The new Wonder Woman is going to wear pants?! What is the world coming to?

WONDER WOMANShe’s been wearing her swimsuit type costume or sometimes with a skirt since her first introduction to comics in December 1941. Over 70 years of her most awesome costume that never even came under fire back in the days you would think it would and now she’s going to wear pants instead of her uniform. The creator must be spinning in his grave as she keeps getting reinvented.

For instance, when first created and many, many years after, she had a golden eagle across her chest to represent the United States of America. Now it’s a WW which thankfully a few artists can mold into an eagle like form. Then the rest of her uniform taken from America’s flag such as the red and white stripe on each of her boots to the white starts on the blue bottom of her costume have gone through changes as well. From many stars to just 2, and now pants with no stars. She is a world ambassador now, but she doesn’t seem to represent the US anymore like she was created to do back during World War 2.

Now the new Wonder Woman wears pants. Granted they are latex or spandex or something but they’ve taken 70 years of costume and erased what the creator originally intended. Speaking of something that is actually intended are coupon codes for Checks Unlimited – one of the top check printers in the industry! That aside though and back to Wonder Woman wearing pants as her new costume that seems to be just wrong. Her creator has long passed, but surely if he had wanted her in pants, he would have made her with pants. Yet 70 years later we are going backwards instead of forwards and distorting her version from USA heroine and world ambassador to pant wearing chick who can fly.

The fact she can fly now is pretty cool. Beats the invisible plane. She’s strong like Superman and actually if you didn’t know, and you probably didn’t, she is 2nd to Superman when it comes to powers and strength. That says a lot. The new “modern” wonder woman has changed so much from what she was originally created to represent to a pant wearing, no stars and stripes, eagleless super heroine. Why, just please say why society has changed such a long time beloved character.

It seems the stars and stripes and eagle aren’t as brazen so she can be loved by others across the world, the ones that don’t care for the United States and since she’s a world ambassador now she doesn’t need to show where her true allegiance started anymore. Is it because she’s always had a feminist support group following her that thought she was too womanly since she wore a costume for 70 plus years mind you and needed pants otherwise she was showing off too much womanly wiles? What are your thoughts? Do you support the new Wonder Woman or do you want back the old one who actually represented something besides pants?

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How to bond with the kids- forget the usual stuff!

BONDINGSo you want to teach your child how to hunt? At what age is it appropriate to begin using hunting equipment? Some say as soon as they are old enough to hold a gun, some say 15 or 16. Whatever age you choose to show your child how to hunt make sure they are hunting the right animals. Some kids find it hilarious to shot birds and squirrels out of trees and have no intention of eating them. This is poor hunting etiquette. Some kids even get a little trigger happy and start using BB guns to shot their friends. This too is not proper etiquette and can seriously hurt another person. So make sure your child understands the implications and consequences of their actions.

The best way to teach a child to hunt is to take them to a shooting range or out in the woods with a bow. The best cross bow for beginners is something you will need to find since your child will be a beginner. This may actually be the best weapon to start with beyond the BB gun since the cross bow can be shot at a tree and you can see where the arrows went. Guns can be dangerous when not trained properly with them. To train your child in the proper use of a gun you should take them to a shooting range and teach them target practice. Once they are certified to handle a gun then you can take them to the woods or hunting grounds to learn to hunt. The better they are at controlling the bow or gun the better they will be at hunting for the proper types of animals.

Each season has a different animal that you can hunt. So be sure to get your license for that season and make sure your child understands that if it’d not deer season then they can’t shoot a deer. Some seasons are specially designed for bow hunting and some for fire arms, stress to your child the proper seasons and make sure they are always supervised when handling any type of weapon.

Hunting can be a great activity for a father and son to bond while doing. Fishing is another thing that you can teach your child to do and will not cause any major physical pain to another human being. When fishing you don’t use guns or bows unless bow fishing. Some fathers and sons spend many time bonding over fishing and they don’t even care if they catch anything. Just make sure if you don’t catch anything you have alternative means of food for lunch and dinner so you don’t starve while bonding with your child.

Each child is different and if you see that your child isn’t interested in killing innocent animals for sport or dinner then try doing some other activity that could help you bond with your child. Such activities could be model boat building, water skiing, working on cars, or even working on small engine repair. These are all great suggestions on how to bond with your child.

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Do you remember Joe the Plumber from a few years back? I say only 10% of you do.

JOE THE PLUMBERUnfortunately, he’s one of the few things I remember of the presidential elections, him, and Sarah Palin and John McCain on Saturday Night Live. Also that Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin was spot on and hilarious to the point where I had to watch all the special episodes. That’s saying something when your country is holding a presidential election and all you remember is a big tall guy called Joe the Plumber standing outside in a blue Snuggie and Saturday Night Live skits. I did remember I thought McCain had a great plan to keep Medicare going strong for the disabled, being disabled myself that thrilled me. It was just that fact that he was like 100 years old which meant the chances were high that at some point Sarah Palin would take over and well, that had a lot to do with my train of thought. Oh and Snuggies are the greatest ‘As seen on TV’ invention to date. Now you don’t even have to get that god awful Joe the Plumber blue shade anymore, there’s actual other colors now and even Snuggies for your dogs. Say it with me now… “Aww”

Back to Joe the Plumber, he broke the 15 minutes of fame rule and turned it more into 15 days of fame. He pushed the envelope as far as it would go and gosh darn it, brought fame to the Snuggie, which is if you remember. Like said earlier, only about 10% of us do, but the fact that there are still 10% of us years later in 2014 that remember says a lot. Joe the plumber got a boost to his business, it wasn’t San Diego plumber, or Fort Knox plumber, or wherever his business is/was, it was Joe the Plumber. I would have loved a Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber bobble head to stick on my dashboard. (Only if Joe the Plumber was in that blue Snuggie). Sorry there’s just some reason I can get the fact like other Americans at the time that big bad lookin’ Joe the Plumber was standing in the cold draped in a Snuggie. It was a picture forever engraved in the minds of easily amused people like myself.

So, here we are in 2014 and the presidential elections are just around the corner here in a bit. I hope for a good presidential vote from the people that brings some good to this country that we need so desperately, and another candidate that can be emulated by a Saturday Night Live character as well as they did Sarah Palin. I’d also like to see another nameless citizen bring back Snuggie fever. Hey, you are on Cruella.ca don’t forget. It wouldn’t live up to its namesake of having a dark sense of humor and twisted opinions of the world without people like me and you who at one point knew who Joe the Plumber was.

 

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Help, I’m locked out, and I can’t get in!

LOCKSMITHGone out for a night with the guys or girls, had a great time too. Food, drinks, and good conversation. A perfect evening; that is until you get home. See, you were smart and since you had a couple of drinks, alright, more like a few, you took a cab home. It’s not far and only cost a few dollars and it was worth it since the evening had gone so well. When you get to the top of the stairs you reach in your pocket for your keys to unlock the door and let yourself in and they aren’t there. No problem you think, must be the other pocket, you reach in to check there and they aren’t in that pocket either. Great, now you’re half lit and locked out of your house. Someone didn’t believe you should have a perfect evening after all.

What’s the first thing you do when you get done cursing at yourself remembering exactly where your keys are as the restaurant hostess tells you when you call that they found a set of keys on the table and would hold them for you in the manager’s office? The first thing you do is call a locksmith suggested nearby thanks to your smartphone. At least you didn’t leave that there. You smartphone shows you www.locksmith-capetown.com, a leading security company in the UK. You call and find out they have 24/7 service and you appreciate it because it’s 3’oclock in the morning and your car and keys are at the restaurant and you’re in no condition to take a cab out there and drive home. They come and assure you they can help and they get you inside your house.

So it wasn’t a perfect evening, but it could have been a whole lot worse. If you would have been in the same situation would you of had a reliable locksmith to call upon? Or would you have hopped in a cab and paid to go all the way back and then paid once again to be taken home? Hopefully you won’t find yourself in that situation, but if you do, know what your options are and the best route for you to take.

What would you have done in a world before smartphones? Panic? Go to a neighbors and asked for a phone book and if you could use their phone? If it’s the latter of the 2, hopefully you can find a place that is like the one above that works 7 days a week around the clock for emergencies just like this one. Also you might want to check your pockets before you leave to make sure you have everything such as the keys to your house. That’s a great place to start actually and then go from there with a list in your mind. Such as keys, check. Phone, check. Wallet, check. You might want to keep a number of a locksmith in your wallet just in case your list fails you and you wind up in this situation again.

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