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My grocery list and a packing list, on an as needed basis, places I want to drop resumes off at, a list of the three number codes needed to access certain public transit routes in my city (the three train lines and the passenger ferry) and a list of online errands (which I only seem to remember when I'm out and have time to think about what needs to be done on my computer, which is at home, of course), including books I want to add to my Goodreads list (book lovers should check it out,, it even makes suggestions for your next book)

Five Lists I Always Keep in My Phone
5/20/14 02:30 AM

I'm already at my fastest, too.

How To Speed Up Your Internet Connection by 50%
5/13/14 04:26 PM

I live over the garage of a three story house. There are two suites in the house, the upper two floors and the basement and then the garage is in the back alley. I don’t have any outside space, so I spend VERY little time outside: getting the mail and taking the garbage/recycling are it. I dislike the one family VERY much, but due to the way the property is situated, I often don't realize that they're out there until it's too late and I'm stuck in some conversation with the overly chatty wife, who seems like the type to gossip, as well. But thankfully that's only happened a few times, mostly she doesn't know when I leave, even if she's out there because I keep my face averted, eyes down and walk fast. My landlady is also an overly chatty type, but I rarely see her, because she lives in a different part of the city. I've only met the single mother and her teenage daughter who live in the basement once, so I can't speak to what I think of them. But, mostly, I am extremely introverted and socially awkward, so yes I do tend to avoid my neighbours. I also dislike overly chatty people on the bus.

The only people I become chatty with are my parents and because we live so far apart, I don't tire of spending time with them.

Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 03:19 PM

I never realized how much I would miss having one until I didn't (which is my current place, along with no bathtub and only one small closet) and DID have a cat. I'd love to get her outside more often, but my front door opens onto the gravel pad for the cars for the two of the three suites on the property. No back door. Next place, I'm not taking one without a bathtub (try a year and a half of almost exclusively showers. I want to soak on a cold winter's night in bubble bath or a bath bomb with my book SO bad!) and I want a patio or balcony and more closet space.

Living Small in the City: Tips for Coping Without Outdoor Space
4/14/14 09:26 PM

Am I the first one that noticed that he had his name changed, thanks to AT, halfway through the article (just one time, though)? This editor needs more coffee in the morning.

Small Space Lessons: Floorplan & Solutions from Geoff's Southern Exposure Studio
4/12/14 12:50 AM

Here's another unmentioned one, but it's one that only us Canucks will get: Canadian Living (or anything Canadian written, like Kraft Canada or Live Better). I really like their focus on what can be bought in Canadian stores, because we have a much, much smaller selection of what can be bought (our Aunt Jemima syrup and Kit Kat bars taste different, only three flavors of Kool-Aid, not as many different cereals, etc.) in store, especially the brick and mortar type. I also like Real Simple, but more for their articles and features and not for their recipes (I'm a comfort food/redneck type foodie, so things like sundried tomatoes force me to turn the page in disgust)

The Magazine Personality Test: What Your Favorite Food Magazine Says About You
4/9/14 06:03 PM

My Mom's cat loves mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries, bananas and more that I can't remember right now. When she hears the crack of the banana opening or smells an orange being peeled, she runs to make sure that she isn't left out of her favorite snacks. My Mom doesn't like how she isn't allowed to have a banana without sharing, now, though.

11 Healthy Fruit & Vegetable Treats for Your Dog or Cat
3/26/14 11:03 AM

I dry my baking sheets by turning the oven to it's lowest setting, letting it heat up, immediately turning it off and putting the sheets inside (upside down if needed). I don't have any cooking pots I need to do this with, but perhaps it could work for someone else's?

The BurnerAlert Beeps To Remind You The Burner Is Still On Kitchen Safety
3/21/14 08:46 PM

I used to use shortening until I tried with real butter and realized they were so much better. I will have to try this the next time I bake biscuits. My half brother already swears they're as good as the ones his grandmother used to make, I wonder how many more groans this will bring? He might choke on one and die of sheer happiness.

A No-Fuss Method for Tender & Flaky Biscuits Every Time Tips from The Kitchn
3/21/14 08:39 PM

I see your feral cats and mice falling from the ceiling and raise you a skunk spraying under my parents' mobile home late one night/early one morning.

My parents' home sits on concrete blocks about 3 or 4 feet off the ground. The concrete runs about 6 feet deep under the ground, but there's no concrete skirting or anything like that around the edge of the house, so they've had one of their own cats constantly crawling in under there (my Dad thinks it's a good challenge keeping her out of there, he keeps filling her holes with huge cement blocks he can barely move (And he's nearly 80!). Then she moves over a foot and digs a new hole.) and for 8 years, what they thought was the rest of the neighbourhood cats, as well. Strays or whatever, because it's warm under there.

So Mom woke up at 3ish one morning in February and heard something walking under their floor. She laid there and listened to it and all of a sudden, there was this God awfulest wafting up through the vents. They don't know why it went off, just that it did. She woke up my Dad and they jumped up and down and banged on the floors and (they think) ran it off. But all their clothing and coats needed to be washed to get it out and their two poor cats, in the house most of the time due it being dead of winter in Alberta at this time of the year. And the house smelled for weeks after, she said, because they didn't want to have to wash the walls just to get the smell out.

We were even wondering if the "male" was in fact a female and had abandoned a baby when they ran if off and it had died or something because she said something to the effect of the smell getting WORSE after a week or two.

Next horror story?

Help! Mice Are Falling from My Ceiling! Good Questions
3/20/14 11:04 PM

I love your kitchen cabinets! And "Hi" to your cat from me and my cat (Lissie).

Jaclyn's Down-to-Earth Live/Work Apartment House Tour
3/19/14 06:33 PM

You can also do CTRL and left click on some, if not all computers to open a new tab. I do it with pages I shouldn't (it doesn't work very well if the "page" you're opening is a PDF, for example), because I'm so used it.

10 Easy-to-Find Secondhand Staples
(and How To DIY These Thrift Store Finds)

3/16/14 01:40 PM

I only overbuy with things I use a lot (Kleenex, Toilet paper, paper towels, Macaroni and cheese, popcorn, paper towels, butter) and things that are only around for a limited time (right now, I have an extra box of Frosted Cheerios, because I found them at Target after 5 years without). I have a special "corner" of my apartment dedicated to everything but the butter, which gets a certain corner of the freezer, plus wherever I can cram them in. My job stability is never very good and it takes me awhile to find another job when I'm out of work. Currently, I've been out of work a month and a half. So stocking up like this means that I don't have to go without for quite a while.

Store It At the Store: How to Curtail Your Urge to Stock Up Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/14/14 01:56 PM

I have an iHome (it's a dock, for my iPod) clock and they have a setting for the clock light that allows you to have it bright, dim and off. Mine is usually at off. I also have terrible sleep habits, but usually sleep well. I'm not a good housekeeper, so I have clutter all over the place. I eat whatever I want right before bed. And I keep my tablet next to my bed and use it right before going to sleep as well as during the night when I have bad dreams (I find the bright light helps chase away the monsters and using it gives me something else to think about)

5 Things to Avoid for a Good Night's Sleep Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/12/14 10:42 PM

Guess I know where I'm going to be one day in the first week of April

IKEA Releases PS 2014 Trailer Design News
3/10/14 04:51 PM

Despite what the SPCA says, I DO spray mine with water when I want her off the counters. It doesn't have anything in it, so it's no better or worse for her than the water she drinks out of a bowl everyday (especially considering this is a completely unpicky cat who drinks the water left in the shower after I get out and will drink out of the toilet bowl when the seat is left up) We understand each other so well now, that all I usually have to do is show her the water bottle and she's down and running to hide. And the rest of the time? Spray her once and she's GONE. But yes, I know, she's right back up there and on the table, once I go to bed at night. But I always wipe them down before I put food on them anyways.

Tips for Keeping Cats Off Kitchen Counters Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/7/14 11:58 PM

The high point of my name (it has a unique spelling) is when there was 14 of us in the states. Wonderful.

This Interactive Map Shows How Popular Your Name Is Design News
3/3/14 07:59 PM

My entryway is a tiny little space at the bottom of my staircase. Two people can stand on the tiled floor and put their coats on, but that's it. And I have my mother and grandmother staying with me right now! Getting ready to go is fun! I have a row of hooks from IKEA for jackets, my shoes live on the side of my staircase, a whiteboard on the wall and things like keys, my wallet, etc. live on the wide window sill over the stairs.

Create an Entryway with a Partial Wall
2/26/14 05:20 PM

My mother and grandmother are staying with me this weekend, so I made Beef in onion gravy (in the slow cooker) with mashed potatoes for their first night (they thought it was so good!) and tomorrow morning we're going to have an Amish breakfast: eggs, salt, pepper, onion powder, ham and cheese over buttered bread, put in the refrigerator overnight and baked for an hour in the morning. I got it from The Amish Cook's cookbook.

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of February 22-23, 2014
2/23/14 10:49 PM

I liked the wood one (something polished and nice looking, anyways) and the wallpaper one.

A New Headboard by Bedtime: 12 Unusual & Affordable DIY Headboard Ideas
2/23/14 06:49 PM