Tuesday, May 24, 2011

In Defense of the Snooze Button

I'm a snooze button hitter.  I hit it like 6 times a morning.  And man, does it drive the people who share my bed with me nuts. 
My son came into my bed last night after a bad dream.  No big deal.  Then the alarm starts going off.  By the 3rd time I hit snooze, he was angry.  I told him to go sleep in his own, perfectly fine, perfectly safe bed, then.  He didn't.  But he sighed quite audibly every time the alarm went off.
My boyfriend hates it, too.  I think his resentment of it stems from the fact that he has to get up early and I don't.  His child, who is utterly clueless in the morning, has to catch her school bus pretty early, and if he doesn't get up to ensure she takes her medicine, gets dressed, makes her lunch, etc., she'll sit in front of the tv with her mouth gaping open like she has no clue what she needs to do each and every morning.  This isn't my problem, as far as I'm concerned.  I don't have to leave my house until 9:00. 
But I set my alarm a little earlier than I have to, because, frankly, I enjoy laying in my bed half asleep/ half awake.  It is during these moments in between snoozes that I plan my day.  What is so wrong with that?  It's when I decide what I'm going to wear, what I'm going to eat, and all those other pressing concerns one has in the morning.
My bed is the most comfortable place on earth.  Why would I want to think these things at the kitchen table or something lame like that?
I don't begrudge others their morning routine, and mine works for me, so why should I have to change it?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I've found another product worth blogging about.

These "One Scrub Does It All!" things are seriously amazing.

I bought them after I had slopped paint on my hardwood floor and my dear friend suggested I use a dish scrubby to get the paint off the floors.  I didn't have any scrubbies so I went to my neighbourhood Home Hardware to get some.  I almost cheaped out, but then I settled on this product, at $6.29 for a 4-pack of "cleansing pads."  It was important for me to effectively and safely remove these paint drips so the "Removes stains and marks from wood, tile, linoleum floors and walls without scratching the surface." claim sealed the deal.

On the way home, I read the package over and over again.  There were so many promising claims on one box:
  • Scours without Scratching
  • Multi-Purpose
  • Antibacterial - Stays Fresh
  • Takes on the Toughest Jobs
  • Works Where Others Won't
  • Lasts Long and Stays Fresh
I was skeptical and excited all at the same time.  The packaging was rife with information, diagrams, uses, even their website address so you could see "recommended cleaning solutions for any situation"  There were general instructions on how to use my new One Scrub, at the end of which I was assured,
"One Scrub lasts a long, long, long time."  That's three "longs!" I was so stoked.

Then I got home and I assure you, gentle reader, that my elation has only grown.

They've worked brilliantly at their intended purpose, the only reason there are still lots of paint drips on my floors is that:
a) I dripped A LOT of paint
b) I'm lazy
I've also found many other uses for it.  It takes cooked food off teflon frying pans like it's nobody's business - nary a scratch or scuff in sight.  It makes my porcelain sink white again, and the drain sparkles too! It's really good at getting soap scum out of the tub. (I ashamed to admit how soap scummy my tub was, but I've been really, really, really busy up until four days ago.  That's three "busys!") 

Fact: About a month ago I had a candle burning on my mantle and I don't know why the hell this happened, but the wax splattered onto:
1. My freshly painted wall
2. My wood mantle
3. A picture frame (silver and glass)
We're talking dried wax, here people.  My One Scrub handily removed the wax from all surfaces.  By handily I mean efficiently, effectively and safely.

Fact: I bought the box of One Scrubs in March.  It's May.  I am still on my first scrub, with three fresh ones still awaiting me in the box.  I have used this thing all over my house.  You might think that's gross, but you can put these things in the dishwasher which, as far as I'm concerned, kills as many germs as I need killed.  AND- they totally keep their shape in the dishwasher.  No shit.

So, I seriously suggest you buy yourself a box of these One Scrub Does It All! things. They are good value for your dollar because they work - safely on anything and also, they are relatively green since they last forever, and for many jobs you don't even need to use a cleansing agent, just good old tap water.

Claire Monet recommends pairing your One Scrub Does It All! cleaning experience with a Jack Daniel's Lemonade King Can for a rainy Tuesday afternoon like no other.