Wrath Of The Bed Bugs

I still shudder at the thought of bed bugs….I had the extreme misfortune of dealing with them.  You thought Al Qaeda was hard to get rid of?  Bud bugs are crazy!  The amount of times I washed the sheets, vacuumed the mattress, steamed the mattress and had professional cleaners, short of burning my house –…

When You Can’t Reduce Your Monthly Bills

So you’re trying to get your budget on track.  You went through your monthly expenses and you really can’t cut back any more, bills are overwhelming and nothing is being saved.  Well if the expenses can’t be cut, then the income needs to be ramped up.  It’s never an easy thing to make extra money…

Make the winter palatable, break the routine

Living in the northern hemisphere (far north), a harsh winter (and fall) is usually shrugged off as just another season.  But I can easily be depressed, blue, extra tired, and bored while I live through it.  It’s even worse for kids.  I don’t want about a third of my life to be lived and wasted…

Thinking of creating an App?

So you have an idea for an app, you experienced that “A-ha” moment of “why isn’t there an app that does that?” Great, that’s typically the hardest but cheapest part of the whole process. A great app is one that takes an everyday problem and trues to solve it. So then what? Here’s a quick…

Religion and the Environment – A Thought

I don’t consider myself a practicing environmentalist, but I certainly do my part and have deep concern for the current stage of the world, and being a traveller that is inevitable when you see the full beauty of this planet. I also do appreciate the impact that I as a person have on the larger…

Before you sign for that new home

So you’re deciding to buy a home, if it’s the first time you do might want to consider a few things as you look for that perfect home. If it’s not your first one, typically you learn from your mistakes and already know some of these, but might be worth reminding yourself if a couple…

15 Songs worth hearing (or re-hearing)

In pop music now pretty much anything goes, but with the crazy volume of music out there (some really good) hidden gems get lost along the way.  Especially if they aren’t as heavily promoted as what you get incessant in the radio station play circuit.  Here are my hidden gems – worth a listen. Juanes…

Some good reads for those with short attention

I’m not a big book reader, but the few books (and some cases magazines) that catch my attention, I really latch on to.  It takes a lot for books to get my attention but when they do I’m all in. Here are some of my recommendations (of the last year (2018-2019) for some interesting reads…

“Out there” housewarming gifts

So you got invited to another housewarming party, whether it’s someone you know well but has “almost” everything – in which case stay good friends with those kind of people, or someone that is more of an acquaintance than a close fired, inevitably you will run out of the usual kitchen ware, paintings, plants, or…

File Hierarchy – Backing up your MP3s

So following a lot of positive feedback I got in my post for organizing photo files (check it out here), I decided to expand my OCD related 15 minutes of appreciation to detail out my MP3 organization method. Personally, I think it’s less necessary to save all your MP3’s because they can be easily accessible…