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Tuesday, July 27, 2010


concepts jump into my head when i'm awake.
plotlines develop in my dreams. i got a new one last night. i could write it, but i actually suck at ending stories or doing anything with them. i mean, if i WROTE them i'd have finished the one i had when i was 15.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

keeping pointy things off the floor

really, it's all about keeping pointy things off the floor. i'm terrible about that otherwise. most of the pointy things i own have steel or iron in them. magnet bars, as it turns out, are surprisingly affordable and easy to obtain if you don't need them to be pretty. yes, i originally considered ikea's grundtal knife rack but that was too expensive for me to be buying a whole bunch of them. the house came with one normal wood and magnet one for knives in the kitchen. already owning a few knife blocks and not being short on counter space, i opted to store my teapot there instead. and all my kitchen shears. so here are a few things i use magnetic bars for.

welcome to my bathroom. also known as the room i can't store towels in. or rather, couldn't before 20 minutes ago.

minimizing "raw meat hands"

just a little tip for minimizing 'raw meat hands' when mixing meatballs [or meatloaf or sausage blends] this also reduces the dishes you dirty and the exposure of kitchen surfaces to raw meat.

halfway done: the wasp trap

my carport is full of wasps. i was content to live and let live as long as the were building paper nests in the far corners away from my door in places several feet above my head.
and i don't even mind mud daubers that much because they aren't aggressive but they started building on my doorframe. um... not cool. they tend to fly in the house every time i open the kitchen door. this ends badly with wasps in my sleep, cats chasing wasps and the dog snapping at them. and the inevitable finding of wasps dead in weird places.


Monday, July 12, 2010

freezer food storage hack

whether i'm buying in bulk or opening a single can of food, i'm still a single person living alone. unless i want to eat the same thing three days in a row constantly, i need to preserve and store food all the time.