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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This is just gross

I'm not a germ-a-phobe.  In fact, I think some people are far too obsessed about germs and that the general obsession with anti-bacterial soaps and such are creating more harm than good.  However, a recent segment on the Today show grossed even me, the non germ-a-phobe out. 

Lots of reports have been done about the places in hotel rooms that have the most germs.  This one took it to a different level.  They rented a room and then made it appear as though they had stayed there.  They messed up the linens, poured soda pop in a glass and drank it, then left.  Before they left they had set up hidden cameras to record just what the cleaning personnel did.

Cleaning personnel-that's a joke and a half.  They did strip the sheets as requested by the card the reporter left behind.  But they left the dirty pillow cases on!!!!  I know in my own home that the pillow cases are by far the dirtiest thing when I change my own bed.  You sweat on them, hair oils accumulate, most people drool, etc-yuck.

It gets better though.  When cleaning the bathroom, they put the dirty glasses in the sink and ran water in them.  That's it, no soap, sanitizer, didn't wash them at all.  Then they proceeded to dry them-WITH A DIRTY TOWEL THEY PICKED UP OFF THE FLOOR!!!!!!!!!  I was totally grossed out at that point.  In the one video they had used this towel to wipe off the toilet before hand and then wiped the counter off as well.  OMFG.  And not a cleaning supply in sight.

Of course, when confronted with this, the hotel management claimed it was an "isolated incident".  Isolated my ass.  They checked several chains and this was an issue at quite a few.  Makes me never want to stay in a hotel again.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised.  Basic hygiene practices escape a lot of people.  Common sense does too.  A few times when my washer or dryer have been out of commission, I've found myself at the laundromat.  Some of the stuff people put in the washers together is just unbelievable.  I can't tell you how many times I've seen dish towels mixed in with underwear.  I couldn't help but think "thank god I'll never be going to that person's home to eat".

Bet Jeff Rossen was wishing he hadn't drank the Coke out of that glass!

If you would like to see the full report, go to http://www.today.com/money/hotel-maids-how-much-how-little-do-they-really-clean-1D80287464

Monday, November 17, 2014

Photo of the Week, November 17, 2014

I needed a good laugh and when I came across this photo, it definitely fit the bill!  Do you know about Flat Stanley???  If you don't, it's a project based on a children's book, "Flat Stanley" is mailed to different locations around the world and the recipient takes photos of him touring the area and experiencing different things.  I was a host for a Flat Stanley from Texas a few years ago, this particular Stanley got to do a number of things from shopping, touring the local college and learning about city government.  Here he is with a friend of mine, getting a ride in an electric company bucket truck!  I think it's a wonderful way to encourage reading and also learn about geography amongst other things.  Whoever thought of this deserves a huge thumbs up in my opinion.

Very cruddy week for so many reasons here, one of which is snow, lots and lots of snow.  It is coming down as I type and supposed to continue.  Tomorrow is supposed to be bitter cold too.  This is just too early, I'm so not ready.  This isn't supposed to happen until the weekend after Thanksgiving and only then so the deer hunters can track easier.  Blech!!!  Crazy part is it's going to warm up by the end of the week and be typical autumn weather.  I can't keep up anymore. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Just who thought this was a good idea?????

It's that time of year again, the season where we are hit smack in the face with everything Christmas.  It seems like it gets earlier and earlier each year and sometimes I think it gets tackier each year as well.  I'm somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas too.  Give me a nice tree, stockings, a beautiful wreath and maybe a few knick knack type things and I'm good.  As my sister-in-law said yesterday-"We don't do cute."  No inflatable Santa on our lawn. 

I can accept most of this stuff if other want people want to do it.  I'm very much a "live and let live" kind of person, as long as what someone else is doing isn't hurting anyone.  We have a house in our neighborhood that tends to go a bit overboard for just about any holiday, but I don't make a big deal about it.  I just choose not to look at it as I drive past. 

There is one thing that happens this time of year though that drives me bananas beyond belief...cinnamon pine cones.  They start appearing in retail and grocery stores about now and honestly, I'd like to find the person who thought these damned things up and shove them up their...you know where.  These things are HORRIBLE!!!  I literally have to hold my breath when I'm in the vicinity of a display, and even then I can still smell them.  Unfortunately it's one of those things that once you get it in your nasal passages, it's hard to get rid of.

While I just hate the smell of these "things", I know that there are other people who experience severe reactions to them too.  I have had family members and friends who suffer from problems brought on by overwhelming fragrances, and these damned things most definitely qualify.  I also question the toxicity issue with these as I don't even think the scent on them is real cinnamon, but some sort of artificial liquid.  None of which can be healthy for anyone or anything.

Here's my question--who actually buys these????  I don't know of a single person in my circle of friends and family who likes these, and when you are in the store, I hear nothing but complaints.  I don't know about you, but if I wanted pinecones bad enough, I am sure that I could visit any number of people and pick some out of the yard.  I know, you're thinking "oh, those probably have bugs and such in them."  Well guess what???  Those ones that you buy in the stores aren't bug free either, there was an incident about 10 or so years ago with them, they were advising people to either throw them out in a sealed bag or put them in a Ziploc type bag in the freezer to kill the little critters.  Serious concerns about if they thrived and reproduced, they could wipe out a specific species of tree here in the US.  Ick.  I think I'd rather have bugs from my native country rather than ones brought in from other places in the world, thank you.  But really, I'd rather not have them period. 

My other question-why can't they be put in sealed bags to sell?  Then if someone really felt that they needed to buy them, they still could, without attacking the olfactory system of those who don't like the smell.  We put other things in bags to keep odors in or out, to me this would be the perfect item for a well sealed bag.

I'm done, I've said my piece.  I hate these things with a passion.  I walked past a box of them today while stopping to get milk and about gagged, and it wasn't even a very big display of them.  I just can't help but think that these can't possibly be healthy at all.  If you see a woman at the store holding her breath or her nose during the holiday season, it might be me. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Photo of the Week, November 10, 2014

This is one of my favorite photos of our dog Gilligan, sunbathing in our dining room.  He loved finding a spot of sunlight and on this particular day, the light was just perfect.  I think he slept there for several hours!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Photo of the Week, November 3, 2014

I thought I would share some colors of fall with everyone!  It is my favorite time of year, but when the weather is as hit and miss as it is around here, you never know what you are going to get.  The year I took these particular pictures it was especially pretty.  We've had a very pretty season here this year so far, it's probably getting close to the end, but you never know.  Some areas in the east had snow over the weekend, yuck!  They had threatened some here, but it missed us, thank heavens.

Friday, October 31, 2014


Some of you may remember last summer when I was "Bummed" because I'd broken my tape measure.  It looked like this:
I've been looking for a replacement ever since.  Not too long ago I needed to go to Home Depot to pick up a few things and I decided it was time to look again...

I was so excited!  I could care less that it's a keychain, I just like having one that is small to carry in my purse.  It's definitely an improvement over the larger one I had been using, it tended to weigh things down if I had it with me.  I can't tell you how many times since I broke my old one that I've been somewhere and went to get it out of my purse, and it wasn't there.      :( 
It is the same length, just a little wider.  That's okay, I have noticed it tends to stay in place better because of that which is important when you are trying to measure something by yourself.  And, it was only $4!  They had another one that was some sort of generic, it was $1, but it definitely didn't feel as sturdy as this one.  I'm actually thinking of going and picking up another one so I can always have one in my purse, plus it would be a backup in case one of them breaks.  Thank you Home Depot!!!  You made my week.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Photo of the Week, October 27, 2014

As I was looking through my pictures I realized that I don't have much in regards to Halloween which is surprising because I love the colors and decorations that go with it.  However, if there is one place who knows how to decorate for ANY holiday better than anyone else, it's Disneyworld.  We were there a couple of years ago in October and it was really impressive.  We had been there prior to that for Christmas and it was just amazing, and they pull out almost as many stops for Halloween.  All of the parks are decked out to some extent, but my favorite is The Magic Kingdom.   All of the lamp posts on Main Street were decorated like this, almost made me want to run home and decorate the lamp post we had at the time just like it!