Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Favorite Find for the Office

I was just sitting here at my desk thinking about how much I like this little tool I found. And then it hit me...share it with the world! Blog about it! I am slowly but surely regaining my writing strength. More musing on that in a second.

A friend at work pointed out the website ergocise.com. They give tips for making your space ergonomically sound as well as (and this is my favorite) provide a free app that will remind you periodically to stretch. It looks like this screenshot below.



After breaking my leg and getting physical therapy, I was reminded once again how important stretching is. I have to remind myself periodically...and this app does it for me while I'm at my computer! Despite knowing better, I never cease to be amazed at what a difference some stretching makes in how I feel. Whether it's my darn tight hip flexors, my in-knots quads, or my crunchy calves, a little stretching makes me feel worlds better. And I am ALSO amazed at how stretching all of the above positively impacts my back pain. I know this is Anatomy 101, but, it's easy to forget.

I promised I'd muse on about blogging. Well, I don't know about you, but I have information overload sometimes. This is not a new concept. My friend Erin got me a book on the subject for my birthday (which, sadly, I have yet to even read). But, I feel like between Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and every other thing bombarding you with minute details, keeping up with my blog and the blogs of others has fallen by the wayside, which is a shame, because I get a lot from it. Kind of like flossing or taking vitamins. You know it's good for you, but doing it takes a little prodding.

Anyway, you now have a useful tidbit and my two cents...so I suppose I should get back to my paid work?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Best $18 Evah!

I'm on a roll, so no stopping me now! One of the better purchases I've made in the last year was this sprayer. A "Snap N Spray" handheld sprayer. This was one of those purchases that occurs when you are wandering aimlessly around the Home Depot. I saw it and thought "Well, now, maybe that would make cleaning easier." It retailed for $17.98, and it was worth every penny! It's available for slightly less on Amazon. Now, you may have a fancy schmancy shower with a handheld shower built in, but my all-around horrible bathroom doesn't.

It's easy to install. You basically unscrew your shower head, screw on the attachment, and then re-screw your showerhead. The handheld shower snaps in when you want to use it, and snaps out when you don't.

I bought it to make cleaning easier, and that it does. I can easily spray the cleaner off my tile shower walls, and I can also more easily rinse the tub when I'm scrubbing, without turning off the water. Oh, I didn't mention that feature? The water turns on and off with a switch on the handle.

While it's great with cleaning, it has uses I never thought of before buying it. I use it to fill up a basin for hand washing and, sitting on the edge of the tub, to wash my feet if they're dusty from sandal wearing in the summer. I can also imagine that this would be a lifechanging implement for those with dogs and/or children--easier to wash soap off as they squirm.

All in all, another one of those purchases I thought I'd regret and ended up loving!

Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Yeah, it's been a long time! But like a call to an old friend, I'm going to bypass all the "wow, yeah, so what's going on?" stuff and just launch in like there was never a break.

I think a lot of times, we can lament our lack of funds to do big projects, and in the process, ignore all the small, inexpensive things we can do around the house that can change the overall look and feel. One of these things I did recently was getting a new shower curtain rod and hooks. My original rod, as provided by my landlord, was a ridged white tension rod. Ridged. Great idea...a ridged rod. You know, so every bit of grime can sink in and gunk up. Perfect. I had the same roller ball wire hooks forever. Together, they annoyed the crap out of me.



So, I did something about it. I think I dropped all of about $10-15 for the SMOOTH metal tone rod at Big Lots and some brilliant hooks that have two hooks--one on each side--that make it easy to take off and replace both the curtain and liner. Genius. I got those for a fairly cheap price as well--about $10 at Lowe's.


And voila! Less than $20 for a clean start!

[Edit: While cleaning out my receipts, I found that I paid exactly $10 for the rod and $7 for the hooks at Target!]