Friday, February 27, 2009

Lie to Me

Stimey is watching Lie to Me on Fox. It's all about this team of "deception experts" who get hired by the government to "read" people to find out who is lying and who is telling the truth. Also to do things like pick out assassins before they assassinate. It's kind of totally ridiculous, but I love it. I think it has a lot to do with Tim Roth, whom I've loved since I first saw him in Reservoir Dogs, which is still one of the best movies ever made.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste

My complaint about this toothpaste is not so much with the actual toothpaste, but more with the tube. I have been a Crest toothpaste user for years upon years.

I do remember using Aim when I was a kid, but I don't think I have ever bought a brand of toothpaste other than Crest as an adult.

Last time we were at Costco, we bought a four-pack of Crest Pro-Health toothpaste.

This is possibly the worst designed cap that could possibly ever have been created. Unless the goal of the toothpaste manufacturer was to create a giant puddle of grainy turquoise toothpaste on my bath counter. If that was the goal, then Mission Accomplished!!

No matter if you put the tube on its top or on its side, toothpaste will leak out everywhere. We had it on its side for a while and it did not stop leaking. It was absolutely disgusting. We have to very carefully place it with its cap facing up to prevent it from getting all over.

In fact, just to take these photos, which meant I opened and closed the tube once, I got goo all over my hand.

And lucky me, I still have three tubes left.

Then, after I started looking up the toothpaste to write this review, I found that many people have complained that this toothpaste actually turns their teeth brown.

And lucky me, I still have three tubes left.

And there are lots more reviews that reference "slime" and skin irritation and other horribleness.

And lucky me, I still have three tubes left.

I may throw it away and go shopping for some Aim.

Depending where you buy it, Crest Pro-Health toothpaste retails for $2.99 to $4.29 a tube.


Stimey is finally getting around to watching Michael Moore's Sicko. I kinda don't care what you think about Michael Moore—I don't know how you can't be appalled by how sick people are treated in this country. It's not necessarily shocking, because everyone knows it's what happens, but it's horrifying.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

BusyBodyBook & Staples Desk Calendar

I have long used a desk blotter type calendar to keep track of my schedule. I tried lots of different ways before I decided upon my current system. I put the calendar on the wall in my kitchen with a little bucket of Sharpies next to it. Every morning I look at the calendar and take note of what I have to do that day. I write appointments, lists, and reminders on it.

If it's not on the calendar, it's not happening. And if Alex and I both have things we want to do on the same night, it is almost always the person who writes it down first on the calendar who gets to do what she (you know, or he) wants to do.

The biggest problem with this system is that it is not portable. Because I don't have my calendar with me, it is difficult to make commitments when I am out. I've tried to find a portable solution that I like for a long time. I think I have finally found one with the BusyBodyBook.

This book works for me for several reasons. The reasons are simple, but they work. First of all, it has a plastic cover and is spiral bound. I like spiral bound books, and the plastic cover keeps the paper from ripping out or getting damaged.

But the best thing is that there are multiple columns for each day on the page. These are meant to be used to keep track of the schedules of multiple family members. I use them to keep track of different parts of my own schedule. I have a column for my appointments and commitments. One of the columns is for menu plans and another is for workout goals. (Those two columns are often blank. Cut me some slack; I'm working on it.) Lists for quick shopping trips, or things that absolutely have to happen that day go in another column.

Each two-page spread includes the calendar page on one side and an entire page for lists and notes on the other side. It's a perfect place to put to-do lists for the week, or shopping lists, or reminders for things you need to do. It also gives you space to staple itineraries, directions, and more right in the book. And because the book is slightly larger than an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper folded in half, it's easy to put those things in. There are also pockets at the front and back to hold things.

The only thing I think I would recommend on the BusyBodyBook is that the company perforate the top corner of each page so the user could rip the corner off, making it easy to find the current week. I currently have to cut the corners off each week.

The BusyBodyBook retails for $17.95, but you can find current year versions on sale at their website. The Staples desk calendar is $5.29.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

SKINN Dimitri James Lip Gloss

When I win giveaways—and for some reason I've been really lucky lately with giveaways—I try to remember to put up a review to say what I think about the product.

I was really excited to win Jessica at A Parent in Silver Spring Reviews' lip gloss giveaway. I don't wear a lot of makeup, but I do like lip gloss (when I remember to put it on). SKINN Dimitri James sent me their Fire Opal Wet Shine Lip Gloss, and it's really pretty.

See the shine?

Thanks, Jessica!

SKINN Dimitri James lip gloss retails for $12.50.