Mortgage Protection Life Insurance

November 13th, 2020

If you receive a piece of spam mail from Mortgage Protection Life Insurance right after you refinance, just return the postage paid envelope with a note saying, “No thank you.” I’m not sure how they get access to your loan information, but it’s super-creepy.

Glade Plugins are wicked toxic

April 12th, 2020

Watch out for those Glade Plugins. They smell nice, but I would definitely recommend using a drip tray under them in case they malfunction. I had my laptop sitting underneath one whose oils started leaking. Ate a hole in the plastic cover! Luckily it did not damage the screen. I’m actually glad my laptop was in the way because who knows what it would’ve done to my hardwood floors! SC Johnson sent me a $50 check for my trouble, so we’re even.

Discolored aluminum bowl went through the dishwasher

January 5th, 2019

Stupid me, I ran a Dansk “Fjord” polished aluminum bowl through the dishwasher. The detergent reacted with the metal and left it dark and discolored. Tried the old wives’ tale of soaking it in a paste of Cream of Tartar. Didn’t work at all. Found some tips online that “Bar Keeper’s Friend” may work, so I gave that a try. Took a few scrubs with the rough side of a kitchen sponge (didn’t scratch it up too bad), and it looks much better. Not quite good as new (not as reflective as I remember it), but still passable at a future shindig 🙂



Massachusetts RMV stickers

December 15th, 2018

Watch out for the Mass RMV. No matter how early you order your plate renewal sticker, they always send it to you late or never. Has happened to me twice. They never respond to their customer support emails and their support phone number has horrible wait times. I finally got through to someone after driving around illegally for a few months with expired plates and they sent me a sticker in the mail. Just a sticker, no note or receipt. Hey at least it got here.

Where's the beef?

Front-loading washer ruining your clothes?

December 15th, 2018

Our clothes were getting shredded by our Maytag front-loading washing machine. There were bits of shredded rubber in tear marks of the clothing, so it was clear that the bellows (that’s the rubber ring in the door seal) was responsible. Went to a parts store, picked up a new bellows for $50, and replaced it myself. No more shredding.

Old bellows

Tear in bellows

Closeup of tear

New bellows

Careful with those exhaust vents leaving your home

December 15th, 2018

There’s an exhaust vent leaving our condo building, and it’s pointed straight at our car. After a while I noticed that the paint on our car was discoloring in the spot exactly under the vent. I bought a 90-degree elbow to redirect the vent downward.

Exhaust Vent


December 29th, 2017


Heritage Not Hate Remix

December 29th, 2017

Heritage Not Hate

If any brave souls want to wear this around the South (to prove a point of course), be my guest. I am not responsible for your safety! LOL


February 7th, 2017


USPS major fail

December 30th, 2016

So this happened right before Xmas. Gift sent for the little one from a family member. One side of box ripped off. Contents missing. Hmm, was this done by a stranger after delivery? Apparently not because there’s a note attached to the box apologizing for the damage. Why even go through the trouble of delivering an empty box? Return to sender with a huge apology!

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I tried calling the local delivery supervisor. Was put on hold, no one ever picked up. I tried filing a complaint through USPS’s website. No response. Maybe I’ll try the postal inspectors. This is mail theft, correct?