Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Today is My Birthday

This usually doesn't go well.  But today...

I'm at work already, and it's been pretty frigging amazing so far.

Slept a few minutes late (which usually spells disaster), but somehow showered in record time.  Dressed in my cool-ass pinstripe pants with the dangly double-chain on the hip, and my fuschia shirt...silver jewelry.  I don't usually bother with this crap, but it only took a minute and I feel good.  I start my prednisone today (30 days, and I'll be a psycho by the end, and probably fat to boot), so I want to wear them while I can.

Got out of the house one minute later than goal, held up by the 3-year-old grandbabygirl who came running out, tousled and blinking and still mostly asleep because she just HAD to wish Granny a happy birthday before she left.

Hugs and sleepy kisses and I love yous later, traffic is heavier than it's been in forever (today is the second day of the school year) but still speed limit, thank goodness.  I needed to cross two lanes ...both lanes were empty.  Cars everywhere, but not right here.

Every light was green.  Literally.  I did not stop at a single red light, not even the one at the bottom of the expressway where I have to turn left and that's a lookie-lookie-lemon-cookie if there ever was one.  Dropped my girl off at work, and watched an almost-accident in front of me get magically averted without slowing anything down. Still no reds.

Made it to work in record time, and got a call from my 5-year-old grandbabygirl, awake this early because today is her second day of kindergarten.  She wanted to wish me a happy birthday, and  I got another from my daughter before we hung up.

Snagged my regular parking spot (irregular, recently) and made it to my Box without encountering anyone.  The first person who came to see me was my Mami, Mrs H who brought me a hug and a cookie and wished me a happy birthday.  Then an IM happy birthday from Mr K who I love, and then Mrs L who I also love came to the Box with a beautiful native american/tribal card and a breakfast bar and a hug.

The only people I've seen today are people I love and who love me.

I'm stoked about this new CFCI - the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative.  There is an anti-genocide movement, did you know?  I think our kids might change the world.  STAND, the student-led division of United to End Genocide can give you more info.

I've been wanting slow-striping yarn and a rotary cutter and perle cotton and the new Bernat Handicrafter cotton and I wanted it all in glorious colors, so my girl took me to JoAnn's Monday night to take pictures of my wish list, and the kids went and bought it all.  That idea was tops!

And there's my friend G blinking in the toolbar.  :)  So I'll end this and go say hi.

Whatever the rest of the day holds, this morning was beautiful in every way, and I am grateful.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sweat Stain Solutions from Reader's Digest

7 Solutions for Removing Sweat Stains

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things
Rub out perspiration, blood, and urine stains on clothing by dabbing the area with a half-strength solution of ammonia and water before laundering.
Before you give up all hope of ever getting that perspiration stain out of your good white dress shirt, try this: Crush two aspirins and mix the powder in 1/2 cup warm water. Soak the stained part of the garment in the solution for two to three hours.
Baking Soda
Pretreating clothes with a paste made from 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1/4 cup warm water can help vanquish a variety of stains. For example, rub it into shirts to remove perspiration stains; for really bad stains, let the paste dry for about two hours before washing. Rub out tar stains by applying the paste and washing in plain baking soda. For collar stains, rub in the paste and add a bit of vinegar as you’re putting the shirt in the wash.
Avoid expensive dry-cleaning bills. You can remove unsightly underarm stains from shirts and blouses simply by scrubbing them with a mixture of equal parts lemon juice (or white vinegar) and water.
Meat Tenderizer
Tenderize away hard-to-remove perspiration stains. Before you wash that sweat-stained sweatshirt (or any other perspiration-stained garment) dampen the stain and then sprinkle some meat tenderizer on it. Then just wash as usual
Salt’s the secret to getting rid of those stubborn yellow perspiration stains on shirts. Dissolve 4 tablespoons salt in 1 quart (1 liter) hot water. Just sponge the garment with the solution until the stain disappears.
Want to see those sweat marks disappear from shirts and other garments? Just pour a bit of vinegar directly onto the stain, and rub it into the fabric before placing the item in the wash. You can also remove deodorant stains from your washable shirts and blouses by gently rubbing the spot with undiluted vinegar before laundering.