Why does my dryer say “DR80”

So that’s the question, why does my dryer say “DR80”

What does DR80 mean?

Once upon a time… when I was a younger lass, my family was out having a picnic at a local park. My mom was just finishing her lunch when she got a call from our neighbor. Apparently our fire alarm had been going off for about 15 minutes and she was wondering if we were okay. So we rushed home and in a nutshell, our washing machine had flooded our entire house! Ever since that day, I have had a sort of PTSD of washers and dryers.

Now imagine me, sitting here taking my laundry out of the washing machine and putting it in the dryer. I pushed the start button but it didn’t start, it just beeped at me for a second and showed, DR80. My heart leaped. I kinda had a panic attack. What did DR80 mean? Here’s what my mind did,

Why is it saying that 80 Drunk Raccoons are infesting the house?

Why is it saying that Deadly Robots are invading reality 80?

Why is it saying that there’s a Disaster in Relative space on the 80th planet?

My mind went to some dark places… so I did what a reasonable person would do. I called my handyman in St. George and he helped me figure it out. DR80 actually means that my dryer vents are 80% clogged! Hello fire hazard!!! Thank heavens for my handyman. He really is the best.

Anyway, that’s what I learned!

There are some things you can’t do. Deal with it!

So, today’s blog post may seem like it is coming out of left field, but just hear me out.

I guess I’m getting ahead of myself. I should probably let all of my readers know (Hi mom), that I am okay. I know it’s been, what…22 months since my last post…yikes.

Anyway, I’m fine and as you can imagine, a lot has happened. A lot. And I don’t really want to go into all the details, but I will tell you something I learned. You can’t fix everything. And to make a 22 month long story short, let me tell you about an experience I had.

A few weeks ago I was awoken…awaked…woken up….

Something loud woke me up a few weeks ago. I freaked! It sounded like a gun. No joke. I thought someone broke in and was shooting something or someone. Needless to say I grabbed my phone and dialed 911. But then I waited. I wanted to see if I heard anything else. After what seemed like hours (but I’m sure it was only a few minutes) of silence I decided to check it out. I know, I know…I’m that stupid girl in the movies who goes to investigate the mysterious sound and gets eaten by the monster.

Good news…it wasn’t a monster.

Bad news…I didn’t discover the source of the sound…right away at least. I searched every room in my house 3 times but couldn’t figure it out. I tried to get back to sleep buy my mind was racing with possibilities. After a sleepless night I got out of bed to get ready for work.

And that’s when I discovered the source of the sound. I got in my car and tried opening the garage. But it wouldn’t open. I thought the batteries in my car clicker were dead, so I got out and hit the button in the garage. No dice. I couldn’t figure it out at first, but after closer examination I saw that one of the springs on the garage was broken in two. It wasn’t a monster, it was the garage door!

It wasn’t a monster, it was the garage door!

Now, here’s the point of this seemingly pointless story. You see, I’m the type of person that really wants to be able to fix everything myself. But there is NO WAY I could even begin to know how to fix a huge spring like that. So, I had to google, “garage door repair st george, utah” and call a guy who CAN fix it. Oh, and by the way, I found a great guy to fix it. He was relatively inexpensive, very friendly, and did the job quickly! But I digress…. The point for me is that it’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to let someone else fix stuff for you. I hope you can see the metaphorical implications here, but this experience has really helped me. It has caused me to reach out for help in other areas of my life. Areas where, just like the garage door spring, there is NO WAY I could even begin to know how to fix it for myself.

So, there you go. I hope you’ve already learned this lesson, but if you haven’t, beware. You might get a loud, scary, rude awakening.

I’m still here…

Well, if you read my last post, you’ll surely recognize that keeping this blog more active isn’t one of my New Year’s resolutions.

And don’t worry, this isn’t going to be another post about resolutions…kind of.

You see, I’m realizing that time management isn’t one of my fortes. I’ve constantly running around feeling like I’m doing a ton of stuff but not really getting a lot accomplished.

So, I’ve done a bit of research and here’s what I’ve come up with: Make a graph like this:

Ignore what I’ve put in the graph (that was just stuff I work on for a side job of mine). The point is that you need to organize the tasks you have to do every day into things that are Urgent vs. Not Urgent. Important, not as important. Then fill in the grid. It sounds simple, right? Well here’s the thing….If you are anything like me you spend too much time each day making a to-do list then not knowing where to start on that list. Using this graph (or something like it – feel free to tweek it till your heart’s content) will make the process a lot easier to digest. You know exactly where to start: With the Urgent and Important tasks first. Then move on to Not as Important but still Urgent.  Next work on the things that are Important but Not Urgent, and finally take some time working on the Not as Important and Not Urgent set of tasks.

I’ve also found it is helpful to break down the quadrant by time. For example, I will give myself 30-40 minutes to work on a task. Sometimes it’s only 20. I set a timer and as soon as it goes off, I work on something else within that quadrant. It helps my brain stay focused. I notice that coming back to a task after being away from it allows my subconscious to continue working on the problem so that when I come back to it, I’m fresher.

Hope this has been helpful!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

I’m sure the blogosphere is blowing up with posts, memes, and heartfelt articles about New Year’s resolutions.

So here’s one more…kind of. It’s more of a “how-to-keep-them” thing.

If you are anything like me, New Year’s resolutions just end up making you feel like a loser. I do great until about the end of February (and that is probably being too generous), then I fall off the wagon, under the wheel, and get crushed to death.

But, here’s how I succeed:

Simplify and Specify.

Instead of saying, “This is the year I’m going to lose weight,” make it simpler and more specific. Maybe something like, I am going to cut out soda this year. I don’t have to find a crazy diet, invest in workout videos, join a gym, and ask all my friends to do some weight loss challenge. I just have to give up soda. That is much simpler and a whole lot more specific than saying, “I’m going to lose weight.

Why not say, “I’m going to go without a Starbucks every Wednesday and put that money in a jar,” instead of, “I’m going to save money”. Again, much simpler and specific.

“Help Others” becomes, “Do the dishes for my mom each Saturday”.

My personal favorite resolution (A.K.A. “Depression Maker”) “Live life to the fullest!” What. The. Heck?? That is the most pointless, asinine, set-up-to-fail, recipe for disaster I have ever heard. And yet every year it makes the top 10 for New Year’s resolutions. Seriously. Google it.

If it’s even gonna come close to working you have to simplify and specify. Think about what areas of your life you want to live more fully. If it’s your relationships, pick ONE! relationship for the love of all that is holy, and work on that one. Don’t be stupid (sorry this is quickly turning into a rant) and say, “This year, I’m going to better my relationships!”

“Knock, knock.”

“Who’s there?”

“Horrible idea.”

“Horrible idea who?”

“No stupid, that last resolution was a horrible idea!”

“That’s not much of a knock, knock joke.”

“You’re right. But you know what is a joke? Your New Year’s resolution!”

Ouch. Shots fired. Aaaand we’ve crossed over into rant territory. Okay, deep breath. It’s out of my system. Thanks.

As I was saying, why not say, “I’m going to pick up a surprise for my dad every Friday as a ‘today’s day’ gift”. Simple and Specific. I’m telling you, it’s the only way to do New Year’s resolutions.

For Giftness Sake

So being a young, super broke college student it can sometimes be hard this time of year to think of gifts to give to friends and family. You want to give them something they will love but you don’t want to spend all of your life savings and more on presents. I mean if I got gifts for all the people I wanted to I’d have to end up selling one of my kidneys or something! And if you have the same problem as me you also just want to spoil yourself with Christmas presents…am I right?

So for about a month now I have been racking my brain for gift ideas. I looked on pinterest…DUH. I looked on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace. lol is Myspace even a thing anymore? I remember I had one when I was like 12 or 13 years old and I thought it was THE coolest thing ever. I wonder why my mom let me get one?! ANYWAYS I finally came up with the best idea (personal opinion)

Okay so for one of my family members that lives far away from me I thought about just a soft blanket or something. I mean you can find one at Walmart for like $20 then attach a cute note saying “to wrap yourself in when you are needing a hug from me” or something cheesy and cute like that. Mom’s will eat that crap up.

For friends or coworkers I found this cute little thing that said “I’m tickled pink that you are my friend” I love this idea because you can keep it so simple and cheap or you can make it a little bit bigger and nicer. So like for an acquaintance or someone you could like give them a pack of pink bubble gum or pink nail polish. Then you could go a little bit bigger and go with fuzzy socks and candy and nail polish and just cute little pink girly things. No, this idea probably would not be the best for a boy but you could switch it up. Use your imagination!

Well I hope you all have a super fab time shopping for Christmas gifts this year and I hope this helped you out at least a little bit!!

 

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How was your Thanksgiving?

I thought this Thanksgiving was going to be a dud. A real dud. Believe it or not, my brother didn’t invite me to his house in Denver. You don’t really know me but that should shock you. Me and my brother are pretty close. Anyway, I was a little hurt but then decided to look on the bright side…. A little piece and quiet. Time to catch up on reading or projects around the house. But life rarely goes the way you want. Instead, I was invited to 2 different Thanksgiving dinners. I know, poor me, huh?!

I think the best thing about going to that many dinners was the left-overs. At each dinner, I left with lots of turkey. So my friends, today’s post will be…drum roll please…what to do with left over turkey!

You’ll have to look up the recipes on your own, but here is a list of my favorites:

  • Turkey Pot Pie…trust me!
  • Turkey A la King…when was the last time you had that?!
  • Turkey sandwiches…Miracle Whip, Turkey, and Cranberry Jelly…mmmmm.
  • Turkey in a Blanket- I know I told you to look up the recipes but this one is awesome. Buy those rolls in a can from the store then wrap up the turkey and some cranberry sauce. Cook, then dip in gravy!
  • Turkey-Grilled-Cheese Sandwich

You know what…I’ve gotta stop. I’m hungry. I’m going to make myself a sandwich, I suggest you do the same!

Happy Holidays!

The Holidays are here. You know what that means…

Christmas Fireplace

I love this time of year! There is so much to look forward to. Time with family, catching up with friends, yummy foods, sweater weather….

Aaaaand cleaning…yuck.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a slob. But I’m also not keen on all the cleaning prep that needs to happen before all the visitors that inevitably show up around the Holiday Season.

So this post is for all those out there who are looking for a few tips and tricks as it pertains to holiday cleaning.

Let’s start in the kitchen:

  • If you’ve got coffee or juice stains on your counter, use a little hydrogen peroxide in some water. Add a few drops of ammonia and viola! Coffee and juice go bye-bye!
  • Small scuff marks on your stone countertop? Superfine dry steel wool. We’re talking SUPER fine. Like “grade 0000”
  • Dingy looking tile floors/backsplash? 1/2 cup baking soda + 2 gallons of water. Use a sponge and you’ll be good to go.

Onto the bathroom:

  • I’ve really only got 1 tip for this germ-fest. Dawn dish soap + vinegar! It works like magic. Pure magic I tell you! Just mix equal parts soap and vinegar. (Ooo, I think if you heat the vinegar it works better. Just nuke 1 1/2 cups vinegar for about 60 seconds then add the Dawn)
    • Here’s a little tip. Add some Lavendar essential oils to get rid of the vinegar smell.

Carpets:

  • Call me lazy, but I’m just going to refer you to a professional for this one. Check out this carpet cleaning site for some great DIY tips on how to clean your floors.

What to do about Basic Clutter:

  • Start with a trash bag and don’t stop until it’s filled. Painful? Yes. Therepuetic? Yes! Trust me, you need to do this.
  • If a full garbage bag scares you, start with what some have called the 10-10-10 rule. Find 10 items to throw away, 10 items to donate, and 10 items to be returned to their proper home (admit it, that book doesn’t really belong to you).
  • A variation on the 10-10-10 rule is the 4 box method. Bring 4 boxes with you as you declutter. One box will be filled with trash. One box will be filled with things you want to give away. One box of things  you need to keep, and the last box is things to relocate. Each and every item laying around in a room has to go in one of the boxes.

Hey, take a deep breath. I know that even typing this stuff causes me a bit of anxiety, but you can do it. And remember, the holidays aren’t about having a perfect place to get together. It’s just about getting together! Hope you have a great Holiday!

I promise I’m not a foodie…

So, I must be hungry these days because the next thing I want to teach you is how to make Shrimp Scampi. However, like the title of this post suggests, I swear I’m not obsessed with food and promise you that not every post will be encinando you food related things.

The thing I love about this recipe is that it is so stinkin’ easy (15 minutes to put together) and pretty healthy. Anywho, here is a great recipe for Shrimp Scampi:

  • You need 4 cloves of garlic (possibly one of the best smelling ingredients of all time) diced up
  • Cilantro (my mouth is watering already. Can we just agree that the combination of Cilantro and Garlic is heavenly?!)
  • Boil your noodle of choice (I prefer Angel hair for this pasta dish). Don’t cook it all the way. You want it al dente, which means that the noodles are almost done but still a little stiff.
    • IMPORTANT: Don’t drain off all the starch water from the pasta. Keep 1/2 cup for later.
  • Olive Oil. See, I told you this recipe was a little healthy. Use about 2 Tbs of oil.
    • Add the shrimp and garlic to the olive oil and saute.
  • Season with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Next add The Celestial ingredient…BUTTER! I know I said this was a somewhat healthy recipe, but this is butter we’re talking about! BUTTER!
    • Let this cook down until the sauce is about 1/2 what you started with in this step.
  • Add the juice of 1 lemon and 1 Tbs of lemon zest and let it simmer for 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  • Combine the sauteed shrimp to the pasta
    • This is where you add the 1/2 cup starch water and toss it all together.
  • I like topping it all with a little parmesan cheese.

My mouth is watering! I hope you enjoy it!

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Life Hack Anyone?

Here we go with my very first “life hack” post. I hope you enjoy it.

So, I was drawing something the other day and I needed to draw a perfect circle. I searched high and low for something I could trace. A cup, or bowl, or something like that. Then I came across a cool video on Instagram that teaches you how to make a perfect circle using nothing but your own hand (well obviously you’ll also need paper and pencil, but that goes without saying).

So basically you grip the pencil between your thumb and the side of your pointer finger. Just those two fingers. Most of us hold a pencil between our pointer finger and middle finger and use our thumb to balance it, but don’t do that! Just your thumb and pointer finger. GRIP TIGHT!!!!Here’s a pic:

perfect-circle-hack

Next, you will use the bigger knuckle on your pinkie finger as an anchor. So, while anchoring with your pinkie knuckle, and GRIPPING TIGHTLY with your thumb/pointer finger, simply spin the paper and voila! You should have a perfect circle.

DISCLAIMER: Okay, so it’s not quite as easy as it looks. BUT I mastered it after 5 minutes of practice so just do it a few times to get the hang of it!

As promised…

chocolate-chip-cookies

Okay, last time I promised you the absolutely best recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

So come closer. Closer. That’s it, just a little closer. I don’t want the secret to get out. Ready?

Here it goes:

  1. Grab a bag of Nestle Toll House semi sweet chocolate chips.
  2. Follow the recipe on the bag.
  3. Enjoy the heck outta those delicious cookies!

Okay, I was only half joking.

You can argue all you want, but I think the Nestle recipe is the best. It’s the best, that is, if you add a couple little tweeks. So just follow the recipe with these couple little tweeks:

  • When adding the wet ingredients, add 2 Tbl of water. Trust me. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but that extra bit of water keeps the cookies more moist.
  • Instead of butter, use butter flavored Crisco shortening. I know, I know…”Butter makes everything better!” Well here’s the deal: Butter actually makes your cookies crispier and flatter. The butter flavored Crisco lets you keep that great butter taste without having your cookies go flat and hard. And this is absolutely imperative, so pay attention: USE CRISCO. Not all shortenings are created equal. Crisco is da best!
  • If you like a little variety, I will use semi-sweet, milk chocolate, and butterscotch chips too.

Mmmmm…I wanna cookie!

And there you have it. I know my cookie skills may not be the most original, but the cookies they produce are bar-none the best I’ve eaten.