Life, the Universe and Everything

Safeway Monopoly – Surprise!

Safeway Monopoly started Wednesday 2/6/2019. Which I discovered 2/5/2019. NOOOOOOOOO. I thought it started next month. I haven’t had Spring Training: no run through all the aisles to remind myself what’s where; no eating down the staples. No making room for the frozen pizza. I wasted a purchase when I bought the chocolate on 2/5…

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Tour a Recycling Plant

How’s this for the ultimate reduce, reuse, recycle? Take a tour of a recycling plant! I had no idea this was possible. My thanks to The Woodinville Weekly, for its February 4, 2019 page 5 article, “What happens after the bin? Behind the scenes at the Recycling Center” giving us a glimpse behind-the-bins at Waste…

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No escaping. No escaping.

Today has not been a great day for many of us in the Seattle area: snow, cold, resulting accidents, power outages. My professional society had to cancel tonight’s meeting, which is achingly disappointing because the speaker, Marilyn Paul, was one of our most-anticipated of the year. And now, as I try to chase away the…

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1-800-Got-Weird

1-800-Got-Junk is playing a radio ad about the weird things its team members haul. The 2017 list is here. The eclectic selections include a large statue of Gentleman Jack of Jack Daniels lineage, TV personality memorabilia, and a small boat. The ad amuses and frustrates me. Yes, the stuff is sometimes unconventional. But in context,…

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Marie Kondo, a peer-reviewed compendium

I make no secret of disliking Marie Kondo. I’m gonna link to proof here and here. And I watch very little television these days, follow the news through secondary sources (Facebook, the Weather Channel) and trace it back to primary sources (The New York Times, Washington Post, reputable websites, etc.) as needed. It’s not ignorance,…

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Rituals and Routines

I haven’t had a regular subway commute since September 1997. Started them in April 1986. And I still don’t really like cars: I’m hardened against my distaste after many long years of necessity. I’ll never be one to suddenly exclaim “LET’S GO FOR A DRIVE!” In fact, if I’m ever heard to say such a…

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Day of Service 2019 NAPO Seattle Area Chapter

My chapter of my professional society, the Seattle Area Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) tries to coordinate a Day of Service every year in honor of January, GO (Get Organized) Month. This year we are highly motivated to find a worthy candidate – Governor Inslee declared January 2019 Get Organized…

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The Happiness Project, a Gretchen Rubin inspiration

I am writing this while cold, hungry, caught up in the vaguest beginnings of a headache, and superbly grumpy after suffering through administrivia all afternoon. Because, of course, taxes. THBBFT, to quote Bill the Cat. Blustering through the puzzles was the only rational option. I don’t remember who taught me “administrivia,” but it is one of…

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Hometalk

Hometalk is dangerous. Downright evil. A Vermicious Knid of the Internet, snarfing up the attention of anyone  – or at least me – foolish enough to take a glimpse.   Am I a DIYer? NOT EVEN CLOSE. This NYC kid grew up in apartments, and learned from an early age that janitors are your best friends…

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