Years ago, I discovered that there's just enough space between the glass and the frame of my dresser-top mirror to hold a sheet of paper in the corner of the mirror. I've placed many things there (a few at a time) for inspiration that I see every morning and evening: the Girl Scout Law , … Continue reading 7 Scriptures from My Mirror
Month: January 2011
Great source of nutrition and food-safety information!
One of the weird things about being an Earthling these days (at least, in many regions of Earth) is that there are many, many choices of food available and many people talking about what they eat and why and how. It's very confusing! That's why I'm glad the Center for Science in the Public Interest exists.
Zippered Mesh Bags for Laundering
You can, in fact, machine-wash most "hand wash only" clothing in cold water with one of these bags to protect it from the washing machine agitator and your other garments' zippers! Being able to machine-wash nearly all of my laundry saves me a lot of time and aggravation. It also saves water because I can just toss the bag in with a regular load of laundry instead of filling my sink. Also, I've found some other uses for these nifty bags.
When Robots Comment on Your Blog
Sigh. First robots were writing news broadcasts and e-mailing them to me. Then robots started writing blogs and trackbacking to mine. Now robots are posting comments here. For example, here's one that just arrived, theoretically responding to my electric kettle article, from a robot named Woumesque: While a overwhelming seroquel 150mg to bottom of theyd … Continue reading When Robots Comment on Your Blog
My Toyota Prius works for me…but not driving works even better!
Sure, hybrid cars are advertised as saving a lot of gas, but are they really that great in real-world conditions? We've had our Prius for a little over three years, and I've raved about it before, but until now I'd never bothered to add up just how much gasoline we're using to drive how many miles in a whole year.
Mama, you happy?
My two-year-old repeatedly asked if I was happy. What did he mean, really, and how should I respond?
Becca is featured on Maths Insider!
Last year, I posted a comment on Maths Insider, a site about strategies for teaching mathematics to children. My comment has now been republished in a collection of 7 Savvy Ideas from Maths Insider Readers. There are lots of other helpful ideas there--check it out! Later, I wrote more about the strategies explained in my … Continue reading Becca is featured on Maths Insider!
7 Favorite Songs of 2010
I must be getting old. None of the songs I liked best and played most in 2010 were new songs released in 2010! Some of them are decades old. But they're all really good songs, and none of them ever was a big popular hit, so you might have missed them. For the thrifty music … Continue reading 7 Favorite Songs of 2010
I miss my Macintosh!
I have a really nice computer at home, but I almost never use it! I need to work computer time into my busy schedule, I need to feel physically ready for it, and I need my kid out of the way while I do it!
Grocery Spending for a Family of 3 in 2010
Our average spending per month was $320.90. Yet these official figures from the United States Department of Agriculture indicate that, in 2008, a five-year-old child and two parents in their thirties could expect to spend $422.10 per month if they're "thrifty". Our pantry is close to full most of the time, we all eat hearty snacks as well as meals, we make lots of food to share with friends as well as donating to the food pantry, and we're generally very happy with our diet and don't feel we're scrimping. How do we do it on so low a budget?