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Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year

So 2011 is finally here. Yeah! I quit making resolutions a long time ago, since they never lasted past the 15th. I have a lot of goals, some of which actually get accomplished during a year. Mostly I just like to make it through each day as happily and healthily as possible, and try to do one nice thing for someone else every day. It's that simple. Sometimes those nice things are even for me, like take a shower, or do the dishes or have a Diet Coke and read a book that's not about raising kids, disciplining kids, entertaining kids or cooking.

I live a blessed life. Thanks to all of you who are in it and allow me to be me. I will continue to find new ways to save money this year. Thanks Obama for the continuance of Bush Tax Cuts--that would help if the job market and housing market weren't in the crapper. But seriously, Thanks. So with that in mind I leave you with the following dual use product. Happy New Year.

10 Alternative Uses For Alka-Seltzer.

1. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action will help loosen the grime.
2. Attract Fish. Fish dig on bubbles. Fill a tube jig with a piece of Alka-Seltzer and cast off.
3. Clean hard-to-reach areas of deep vessels, such as a flower vase. Fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
4. Polish jewelry. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the soak jewelry for two minutes.
5. Remove burnt food from cookware. Fill your cookware with warm water, then dissolve five tablets and allow to sit for an hour or so.
6. Clean your coffeemaker. Fill the top portion of the coffee-maker with water, then drop in three tablets. When the Alka-Seltzer has dissolved, put the coffeemaker through a brew cycle. Flush with water, then do another brew of pure water for a final wash.
7. Unclog the drain. Drop two or three tablets in the sink, and chase with a cup of white vinegar. Allow the hot water to run for three or four minutes.
8. Cure urinary tract infections. Dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink at the onset of urinary tract infections.
9. Get short-term relief from nicotine withdrawal symptoms.  Two Alka-Seltzer tablets three times a day will help curb the cravings.
10. Soothe insect bites. Dissolve two tablets in  water, and saturate a cloth or cotton ball with the solution, and place on the bite for thirty minutes.

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