At our house we live with two dogs and a crazy German barn cat.
Jackson the gooberhead Golden retriever
Some really, REALLY great airport tips from Wired.com.
Before You Reach the Screening Area
1. Wear a jacket, even if it’s warm. They’re the perfect vessel for all the stuff you carry in your pockets. Since you’re required to remove your jacket before entering the body scanner, stuff your wallet, keys, phone, and anything else you’re carrying into the pockets. Same with anything on your wrists. This avoids a mountain of stuff in the bin, the chance of leaving something behind, and lets you get everything back in order on the way to your flight. It also gives you something to keep you from shivering if the plane is cold.
2. Keep your ticket and ID (passport or license) in a separate pocket with nothing else so you can get at them easily.
3. Shoes that slip on and off. If you’re still stuck taking off your shoes, make sure you can pull them on and off with ease. Stash the knee-high Doc Martens in your bag and wear a pair of kicks that take seconds to slip out of.
4. Don’t have your laptop buried. Make sure it’s in a separate pocket or sticking out slightly as you get in line. Nothing’s more annoying — for both you and the passengers behind you — than having to rip apart your carry-on to retrieve your computer.
In the Line
1. Don’t worry about finding the shortest line. Look for people who don’t know what they’re doing. Rookie travelers, people with children, and anyone who looks like a deer in headlights are to be avoided. Trust us on this.
2. Have everything ready. Jacket stuffed. Belt off. Bag open.
3. Grab two trays.
4. Pull your laptop out and put it in the first tray, then cover it with the second tray. This keeps things together and limits the amount of juggling you’ll do before reaching the scanner.
5. Take your shoes off and place them in the top bin. Then add your jacket, then your belt on top. You want to put the items in the tray the same way you’d put them back on.
6. Put your jacket/shoes/belt combo bin onto the conveyer first so you can start putting yourself back together before your other bags arrive.
7. Then the bin with your laptop, then your backpack, purse or personal items, then your carry-on.
On the Other Side
1. Get your belt and jacket on first, then your shoes. It’s easier to get away with the important stuff first and worry about walking in your socks for a few feet.
2. Stash your laptop back in your bag immediately and close it so nothing falls out.
3. Get the heck out of the way. Even if your shoes aren’t on and you only have one arm in your jacket sleeve, get out of the screening area ASAP. Fewer bodies means less congestion for your fellow travelers.
Forget the oven or deep fryer, here's how you should prepare this year's Thanksgiving bird -- in a trash can. It works like this:
One big turkey on a wooden stake in the ground
Covered by a big, clean metal trash can
With hot coals on top and around the sides
Your trash can turns into a giant dutch oven.
The turkey will take about 2 hours to cook depending on the weather.
... Get the recipe here.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP: If your garbage can is brand-new it needs to be "seasoned" before you cook in it. Galvanized metal will off-gas heavy metals! Build a big fire in it first and let it heat way up and cool down BEFORE you cook food in it!
From the moment you announce you’re expecting a baby, people come out of the woodwork to offer advice. But there are some things they forget to mention, as pointed out by a blogger mom.
• It will take you at least five hours to watch a movie at home.
• You will rush through all of your meals as if you were in an eating contest.
• You will compare and contrast your baby against all others and think yours is the Best. Baby. Ever.
• Since your baby wants to mimic you, you will be forced to hand over expensive electronics and pray that they won't be ruined.
• You will become an adult and your non-adult friends will fade away.
• No matter how great your relationship is with your spouse, you will experience more conflict than you ever did before.
• You will be embarrassed and humbled by cleaning up poop, experiencing your child screaming in public and/or being that person who is slowing everyone down/getting in the way.
• You will make noises you did not know were possible in an effort to elicit a smile from your baby.
• You will learn that the symptoms of sleep deprivation closely resemble severe mental illness.
• Your newfound interest in poop will frighten you. When, how much, color, consistency -- you may talk about poop more than anything else.
• You will realize that you never knew this kind of deep love until now.
• No matter how much baby-proofing you do, your baby will find the one thing you didn't baby-proof.
• No matter how good your intentions are, keeping up with your baby book is nearly impossible.
• You are so worried about what your child eats, how much, when, etc. you can forget to eat yourself. Or there is just no time to eat. You may find yourself standing in front of the fridge holding your baby and stuffing string cheese into your mouth.
• It's hard to talk about anything other than baby. If you somehow manage to go on a date with your partner and make a concerted effort to avoid the subject, you will probably be rewarded with some awkward silences.
• You become insanely paranoid. Every toy, blanket, crib, etc. is a potential threat to your baby's well-being.
• You think airport security sucked before?