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Foul! / Home shopping

I am in a positively foul mood today. This is because I didn't get enough sleep last night. Lack of sleep gets me very irritable. The only thing that makes me more irritable is lack of eating (being hungry for a long time). If you happen to catch me when I'm both tired and hungry.. let's just say it's best to steer clear of me. (grin)

Fortunately as I write this I'm beginning to cheer up. I just ate a Snickers bar and the sugar rush is waking me up. Temporary fix but at least it keeps my mood in check.

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Since last week I have been scanning the real estate listings for homes. Been looking at big ones, little ones and ones inbetween. Also been looking at mobile homes - a nice cost effective option. I would prefer a "regular" home with a basement but I don't think I will be able to afford it.

Some of these mobile homes actually aren't bad. Some have 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths with almost 1200 square feet of space. Some are even larger. Not bad a'tall. Additionally they're well under $100,000 in price. Also good.

What I have to do is eventually tour one of these homes. The space requirement is there and the price is right.. but I have to go inside a few before I make any decisions - especially considering I would have to get a big-ass loan for one of these things.

Whether I will feel comfortable with one of these things I don't know. Guess that's part of the adventure. I'll have to find out.

Han shoots first

I received my copies of the original releases (as in the versions before the "Special Edition" was released in 1997) of Star Wars episodes IV, V and VI. Some of you out there will know these as the "faces" editions, meaning the ones with the large character faces on the VHS covers.

Last night I watched the first one (A New Hope). I had almost forgotten what the movie looked like previous to 1997 and it was very good to see it in its original form with none of the "fixed" stuff. Personally I thought it was great. In all honesty I can understand why certain things were originally cut from the originals now; the film just has a much better flow throughout. I also thought the end battle scenes were way better in their original version because there was a much more organic looking (meaning better looking) feel to it.

I'm happy I got them. This is how I remember the movies. (grin)

On Laundry

Someone called me this afternoon and suggested I do a "On Laundry" blog entry. Sounded interesting. Here it is:

Sunday is usually my laundry day. I usually do it at the last minute and go to bed late. Today however, I was reminded to do it early and get it done.

Most people do laundry wrong. They will mix in clothes that shouldn't be together and ruin a lot of clothes quickly. I mean seriously, clothes are expensive. I remember when you could get a really good cotton t-shirt for 4 bucks. Now you can't find one with any style to it for under 15(!)

One thing I consciously do when I shop for clothes is pay attention to the material they're made out of. Basically put, if it's not made out of something I can easily wash and not worry about - I won't buy it. Also - if the article of clothing in question requires "special" cleaning, forget it. I won't buy that either. The last thing I need to do is spend (read: waste) my time cleaning one piece of clothing at a time.

I separate my laundry into three categories: lights, darks and jeans. And we all know what happens when you don't separate the lights and darks; you get little fuzzies all over your darker clothes. Mix jeans in with the lights and you suffer the same fate.

Ironing is something I also can't stand. Currently (and hopefully forever) I have the luxury of getting my clothes out of the dryer right when the cycle completes. When you do this you don't have to iron - or at least I don't with the current clothes I have. Most clothes when hot will not wrinkle. However I will iron when I have to go to some special function, like a job interview for example. That is what I call "worthy" ironing.

Fabric softener sheets (a.k.a. dryer sheets) are also something I swear by. I don't use them for softer fabric out of the dryer. I use them because it kills all the static electricity on the clothes when the dryer is done with its cycle. Unfortunately I have run into the problem of running out of dryer sheets.. which sucks. Everything sticks to everything. Blah. Oh, small tip: It does matter what brand of dryer sheet you buy. Bounce sheets are the best. Generic brands rip apart in the dryer. Nasty.

I have just finished my 2nd load (darks) and will move on to the jeans and then I'm done. Hallelujah. (grin)