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drug prevention research paper you regular readers know, Mondays and Wednesdays are Liz’s rant days, and here it is Wednesday and there is  nary a  rant in sight. That’s because Miz Liz in up to her eyeballs in boxes, packing up all of her worldly possessions in anticipation of a big  move into a new house this weekend. A house with air conditioning (HOORAY!) which I might add, would have been really nice to have when I was visiting her last summer and the heat and humidity were sucking the life out of me?  Just sayin’.

Anyway, I’ve got your back, Liz. Take as long as you need, as long as that ‘as long as you need’ doesn’t spill into next week, in which case I would say, “Get your butt back to Coffee Break, you big slacker”. I can say things like that to Liz because we’ve known each other since grade school, and that’s just how we roll.

So, last night I went to a meeting where I was asked to be on a parenting panel to share some of my parenting tips…

with real live humans…while speaking actual audible words…

probably making it painfully clear to those in attendance that there is a reason why I sit alone in my house and WRITE for a website.

My big revelation for the night? None of us really has a clue about what we’re doing as parents, and we can only hope that we don’t scar our children for life in the process of trying to figure out how to raise them. Bet they were all glad they came out for that parenting gem. Maybe I should have prefaced my words of wisdom to them with our family motto, ‘You get what you get, and you don’t make a fit’.  Everyone would have known right from the start what they were in for with me as a speaker, and could have just pretended to get an important call from someone at home telling them their basement had flooded, or there was a small grease fire or little Suzie can’t find her underpants, and then they could have all rushed home in a tizzy, sparing us all.

We are now 357 words into this post and I haven’t even gotten to my main point of writing today, which is that after the parenting panel was finished we had a lady give us some handy dandy cleaning tips. Can I just say that this lady was SUPER DUPER excited about cleaning tips? Can I also tell you it’s safe to say no one will ever be asking me to join such a panel?

Here are a few pretty cool cleaning tips I learned last night. I have not tried them myself, but if I were to judge how much this lady knows about cleaning based on the excitement level in her voice, it’s a pretty safe bet that these tips work.

Cleaning your toilets

Got some tough toilet bowl stains that you just can’t seem to get out?

Just drop 2 denture tablets in the bowl and let sit over night. Clean it out with a brush in the morning and it will be sparkling.

Cleaning your disposal (or drains)

Just pour 1/2 cup baking soda into disposal. Follow with 1 cup vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes, then flush with hot water.

Cleaning a carpet stain

Dab up the spill as much as possible. Sprinkle salt over the spill, covering completely. Let sit over night. In the morning, sweep up the salt as much as possible, then vacuum the rest. The stain should be gone.

Keeping your fridge smelling clean

To keep fridge odor-free, just put a charcoal briquette in an open container on the back of a shelf in the fridge. It works better than a box of baking soda.

So there you have it folks, tips for a cleaner house and as an added bonus at no extra charge, NO real tips for parenting.

Also, I’d like you to know that during the process of slaving away over this story, somehow my 3 naughty dogs snatched my son’s Christmas Eve pajama bottoms from the kitchen chair where he left them this morning  (which is right next to me) and took them outside to play tug-of-war, ripping them to shreds. Clearly, I’m not going to be asked to teach a class on controlling pet behavior any time soon, either. (Have you heard about that time when my dogs ate the couch?)


Enjoy your Coffee Break!

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