When comparing house cleaning prices with various cleaning service companies, I almost got taken for a ride more than once. My problem is that I’d never hired one of these companies to do any sort of home cleaning before and therefore had no idea how much to pay. Was I paying too much? That wouldn’t be a problem if they did a stellar job. But what if I paid too little and they didn’t do the things I wanted them to do? Most place won’t refund money after they’ve already provided the service. I can’t blame them, either.
So I really had to narrow down my choices and do my homework. It took some time because everyone offers different services and everyone has their we won’t do this or clean that list of exceptions. Continue reading “Prices That Can’t Be Beat”
I fell down nearly three months ago. It was while I was walking on a nature trail at the local park, and I just didn’t see the rock that caused me to stumble and fall. I got up right away, but I could tell that I was going to be sore for a bit. I landed hard on my right side, and the bulk of the pain was in my shoulder. I gave it nearly a week before I finally realized I needed to see a Peoria chiropractor because the pain was just not going away.
I had limited mobility with my right arm, and I could not raise my arm above my head or even close to that point. Continue reading “I Hurt My Shoulder in a Fall”
I am a teacher, but I have found that I don’t want to teach in a traditional classroom. I don’t fault any teachers who do want that, but I prefer spending a lot more time, one on one, with my students. I figured I would be a much better tutor working with one student at a time rather than a classroom teacher trying to help dozens of children. I set up my own tutoring service, then I had to find a company that does door to door flyer distribution because I needed to get customers quickly. Continue reading “I Would Not Change a Thing About My Job”
It seems that when my husband goes away on business trips, something always happens. The last time he was gone for a week, and that is when the toilet decided to act up. I knew nothing about it, and my two brothers were not available to help me either. There was no way I was going to wait until my husband got home to fix it, because we only have the one bathroom in the house. I knew that I needed to look at some good plumbers in Bristol and select the one that would be able to help me in this uncomfortable situation. Continue reading “The Toilet Broke when My Husband Was Gone”
We are thinking about all of the stuff that we need to look at getting right now. I have been trying to get a good price on the installation and monitoring of Baltimore home security systems. Obviously we have to worry about that sort of thing about is what you are going to get for the money. The key issues with one of these systems is what does it protect you from. For instance you want to know what the biggest threats are and you want to know if you can reasonably expect to be protected from them. For instance in some place you have to worry about radon, and if that was a threat you might want to have an alarm that would go off if that was a problem. It is not a problem in most areas and so most people would never think about paying for a system that did it and they would be silly to worry about it.
You have to think about fire and smoke a lot though. Continue reading “How Do You Figure out Your Monthly Budget”
With Christmas quickly approaching it is time to start thinking about gifts to buy for my two young children who are 3-year-old twin girls. They are at the age of being curious about a lot of different things and I feel that educational toys will be extremely beneficial to both of them. Jigsaw puzzles are very educational in that they teach hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills. I have been browsing the puzzle section of every store I go to for a foam floor puzzle but can’t quite find what I’m looking for. I decided to search a couple of websites that I buy from on a regular basis as soon as I get the children in bed this evening.
I was very lucky that the first website I went to had exactly what I’m looking for. I found a 54 piece foam puzzle with soft pieces that would be perfect for the twins. Continue reading “Puzzles Are the Perfect Educational Gifts for Kids”
When I was renovating houses I never knew how involved you could get in the job on a large scale where you are building a city. If I put in a sidewalk at your house, it was a simple process that did not need any more complex of a calculation than to estimate how many yards of concrete the job would take. Now in my capacity as a city engineer, I use civil engineering software to figure out things such as the shear strength of concrete retaining walls used on highways, or to check to see if the footer design of a new building meets our codes for construction of skyscrapers in the city.
Years ago my dad worked in an office where he used a slide rule to make calculations for the same sort of information. Now I have complex software that lets me simulate different construction scenarios to come up with a design plan that is economically feasible and safe. It is a delicate balance of safety, longevity, construction costs, maintenance and aesthetics for anything that gets built in the city. Continue reading “Using Software As a City Engineer”
I needed to look into scanning software after I finally made the leap from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I put it off as long as I could after reading a lot of stuff about how Windows 10 is loaded with deep state tracking software. Friends suggested I hang on to Windows 7 as long as possible, but in the last six months I knew I would be making the transition. The biggest issue is that, as far as I can tell, Microsoft pretty much quit supporting Windows 7. That meant my computer became more vulnerable to hackers, viruses, and malware.
Since I’ve got scads of files on my old computer, mostly pictures I don’t want to lose associated with my photography hobby, that meant the transition would likely take days as I migrated all the stuff over to the new hard drive. It also meant finding a new scanning software program because the old one I understood well and used didn’t have a version that worked with Windows 10. Continue reading “Upgrading My Computer and Software”
I am having the time of my life this year. My parents told me that they would be fine with me taking some time off before I start college to simply have some fun without any constaints. I love going to dance clubs and raves, so that is what I have been doing on many weekends. I wear a lot quirky things like pink platform shoes and metallic silver skirts. There are a lot of websites that sell club clothing. It comes in bright colors like pink, purple, neon, rainbow and lots more. There are even clothes that are glittery and some that light up thanks to LED lighting. I have some of the cutest outfits for my club year.
I was a straight A student all throughout school. Continue reading “I Love the Time I Am Taking Before College to Have Some Fun”
Of course this is a pretty simple job most days, but today the guy who usually handles the scales was out on vacation and there is not any way to get in touch with him. He is out hiking with the girl he is dating, and there is not any phone service out in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. At any rate we have big vehicle scales for weighing vehicles when they come into the dump and when they leave it, so we know what to charge. I had to find load cell suppliers it turned out, or at least that is what they told me I needed. The guy who could fix it was there, but he did not have any spare parts of the sort that he needed. Continue reading “Had to Get Something Fixed”
We got a grant and donations from the community to redo our auditorium at the school. We wanted a modern stage with all of the latest lighting, projection and sound equipment for our student productions. We were getting to be well known in our area for the quality of our plays, and that was mostly due to the talent of our student actors. Contractors renovated our auditorium, and we had a custom audio visual system design installed. I never saw so many cables before in one place in my life. The cable runs looked like a work of art as they snaked around and through the ceiling from the front to the back of the auditorium.
Every light and speaker could be controlled from the production booth. Continue reading “Our New School Auditorium and Its Custom Audio Visual System Design”
Crime is often one of those things that too many people think cannot touch them. I found out that was not true when my neighbor’s home was broken into when they were on vacation. I was just thankful that no one was home, because it appeared to be a very violent group of people who did this, according to what the police witnessed inside the house. I was also glad they did not choose my house because I was home with my two young children when it happened. I did a search for buy CCTV security the very same day I found out all the details, because I wanted us to be protected as much as possible.
I had never considered getting any type of security system before because it just did not seem like something that would ever be of much use. Continue reading “A Security System Makes Me Feel Safer”