As a new pet owner I do one of two things (and I ask my guests their preference): I can either crate or pen the puppy with a treat, or I can hand them two lint rollers (one for each hand) as they head out. And more than likely I'll have $1 travel-sized lint rollers for them to take with in case they catch a stray one. » 4/21/14 8:22am Monday 8:22am

I've given recipes for really popular dishes before. To my triumph, each of them have come back to me with "It was great, but not as good as yours." Muhahahaha. Partly it's because they either rushed through the recipe a la TL;DR, or didn't use an oven thermometer to see if their hardware really is at 400 degrees, or… » 4/16/14 9:23am 4/16/14 9:23am

I pay for doggie daycare. I drop the little furball off in the morning, and when I pick him up after work, he falls asleep in the car and takes at least a two-hour nap at home. Puppy gets lots of exercise and socialization, I support a local business, and I don't feel guilty about leaving the dog at home crated all… » 3/20/14 12:12pm 3/20/14 12:12pm

Good customer service and good manners go a really long way. I can tell someone that their account is incredibly past due and try to get some amount of payment, but whether I get yelled at and hung up on or actually get some money depends on whether I continue to treat them like a human being. » 2/20/14 7:09am 2/20/14 7:09am

Sleep is very important to me. If I don't get at least seven hours, I can't function at my day job and I'm very cranky. So I put up blackout curtains in my bedrooms, and for the past ... five, six years now, ever since I got an iPhone I've used the default app as my alarm clock. Weekdays either me or my spouse gets up… » 2/17/14 12:45pm 2/17/14 12:45pm

Fold laundry, brush or entertain the puppy with toys, clip and sort coupons, clip and sort recipes, stretch, leaf through a magazine, dust the living room. The spouse is often fitzing around in Facebook, online or doing something with LCGs. » 1/27/14 9:10am 1/27/14 9:10am