Tuesday, February 5, 2008


How many of these did YOU know about? A sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmmmmm...) ============================================ Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to. ================= =========================== For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. (wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)============================================ To remove old wax from a glass candle holder put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The wax will fall out.<> ========================================= Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!). =========================================== Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel. ======================================== Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately t ake a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. Now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get 'sharpened'' this way! ========================================= Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time! (Now, where to put the body?) LOL================================== Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry t too quickly and will probably streak. ============================================ Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on. ============================================ Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen. ============================================= Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior
to burning. ============================================= To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag an d add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm! ============================================= To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap an d enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top. ============================================== Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.============================================= Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks. ============================================= When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.============================================= Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. ============================================= Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces ........ Left over wine? What's that? :) ============================================= To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the areaand you will experience instant relief.============================================= Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So, get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.============================================ Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine. ============================================ When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and& nbsp;then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily. ===================================== Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer........ Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China. ============================================ Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets. ================== Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes. ============================================= Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary). ================================== =========== Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then run the hot water. ============================================= Do your friends a favor. Pass this timely (and some not-so-timely) information on to a friend! I just did.Makes you wonder about ingesting Alka Seltzer, doesn't it?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Blogging before life, right? Well, why is it no one updates but every other week? I can say I am not addicted to blogging but I love reading others. Because at 6:00 am there is nothing to do but look at blogs from work. I am glad you all understand.

I had the best dinner of all time on Sunday. My brother and sister in law (Trent and Jackie) made this roast beef french dip kind of thing. But the sauce, I still cant get enough of it...

I have asked for the recipe, so if you read this, EMAIL it to Brit. I loved the spice. I cannot wait to make it very spicey for myself. I guess having 3 croc-pots is about to pay off. Is it crock? Crok? or Croc? Oh well, who cares. You all get the point.

I really never have anything to say on a blog. I just start typing and what ever sticks, I post. I never have an objective. I notice most people do. BAH @ YOU!

Ok, time for me to go read everyone elses blogs. UPDATE THEM. All of you. I only have like 5 I actually look at. I don't know anyone who blogs....I am a closet blogger, DONT TELL ANYONE I do this....I have a strong rep to keep, duh!


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

It's over, you DRESSed?

Well, the Buckeyes fell short again. It's good to say we again made a title game. Sadly, we beat ourselves. 6 personal fouls. WOW! 4 of those 6 on third down. One on a punt...not so good. So I will look forward to another year of being called over rated while making the title game. We lose 2 starting seniors. Boy, the NCAA has to love the Bucks. The largest school in the nation as well as the largest budget in the nation for athletics. Hate them, love them, they are domination at its finest. I will not admit they were beat. They were not beat, they gave that game with stupid fouls. I can say my team made the title game. Regardless of if they deserved it or not, we were there, was your team? Ahhh I cannot wait for the responses on this. I know you'll blab away about how how over rated OSU is....6 straight BCS bowls? 4 wins, a national title and EIGHT Big 10 titles in the past 10 years. Over rate that buddy.

Man it feels good to lose but know that we are having the best recruiting of the year, of any school.

Did you know Urban Meyer, Pete Carroll,Bob Stoops all coach at Ohio State? Not bad huh? GO BUCKS!

So I had a bet that if the Buckeyes lost, I would wear a dress at work. Pictures soon to come.


Moving on with life....

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Oh boy. Bite my tounge. Ok, done.

I have nothing to post about. I think things, but post about them? Some things are better left unsaid. I will do all my talking in January. Good luck and happy holi.....MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Nice season

So the Sundevils lost. Great year guys. 9-2. I hope you get to 10 wins.

And now everyone can sing it with me "Over rated" "Over rated"

I kept my mouth shut all year. Didnt say a word when OSU lost. Took the beating from people in AZ and now when you thought roses were in your future, I can just slam you with what you slammed me with.

And if we lose the national title game or the rose bowl, at least we made it. We played 5 ranked teams, beat them all....lost to a team who is now ranked in the top 20, how is that over rated? We also have the nest defense in YPG in the NCAA. Held Michigan to 91 or 96 yards, not bad for over rated. See ya in Pasadena.


I hope ASU makes it all the way next year. I wanted to see ASU vs OSU. Now we will get Oregon. Bring on the Ducks. If Dixon doesnt play the bucks will KILL them. If he does, itll be a heck of a game.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


I love life. Its this time of year. Makes me happy. I get to hang out with family, the loved ones. Having them come from Utah and Texas to see us all. I dont express my love for them. I do love hanging out with them all. As I have said in the past I dont say alot. I observe from the back if you will. I am excited to see all the little kids. Then even more excited to find a baby sitter to rid them woo!!!

So my last post had a couple comments. Shelly, I was not pointing blame at anyone. I've seen him treated differently in the past. Not a big deal. Then again, being a parent you become biased. Maybe it's just me. Either way, we love your kiddos. Without them, my kids are the only crazy ones. WE NEED MORE LOMU'S!

Jacob is so excited to see his best friend Tyson when you guys come down. Those 2 can do what they do best, get into trouble and blame the others. Love them two boys!!

Mike, thanks for the early morning email about my birthday. Of all the people in the family minus Brit, you were the first to say Happy Birthday. Thats awesome. I had no clue you even knew. You have always been the silent type that watches, kinda like me but, you amazed me with the email.

Holidays yay. The boys are going to have a good christmas. We are thinking of getting Jacob and Ty-Ty a car they can drive. Let Jake drive it. VROOOOOOM. And no Mike, you CANNOT drive it.

I am unsure as to what get Brit. I think I might need to call Aunt Debbie and Uncie to help me with the gift I am thinking of. I know what we are getting Mom and Dad. We are soooooo stoked to get there gift. Just the look on the faces of the family will be priceless. Heck, I want what we are getting them. Yes people, we are going all out to make some smiles happen. I cant wait to give our gifts.

At the end of the day though people remember, this is about our savior and lord Jesus. He loves all of us so much. Think of him every day. Think of the sacrifice and unselfishness and the love he had and still has for us all. A plan and knowledge to get back to our father in heaven. Thinking back on all of this life to date, isnt it amazing the way everything is set up. For instance, if the tilt of the earth was off 2 more degree's we would all fry. Do you think this is heavenly fathers first Earth? No way. I am trying to get back to him. It is VERY hard. I of all people and you all know, am not perfect.

I would like to bear my testimony on this blog for you all. I know Jesus is the christ. I know heavenly father lives. I know there is a plan of salvation. I know if you guys all read the book of mormon and open your hearts, it will guide you in the right direction. I do believe in our first estate. We had a choice and chose to follow our father and his son,our eldest brother. I know the gospel was restored for us on this earth, at this time. I know if we pray and read our scriptures that we will be blessed and most of all, if we serve others, our father in heaven will make sure we are more then taken care of. I love what I do for a living, the people I serve and serve with but more importantly I love what I am working for eternally. I again love my family. My children, my dear loving wife with whom I would not be here if it wasn't for her. My inlaws, who have shown me that you do not need "earthly" things to be happy. All of them have in there own ways shown me what life is like if you live it correctly. They all amaze me. I pray you all keep motivating me and I hope this modivates you to do the same. I say this in the name of our savior and redeemer Jesus Christ, Amen.

Sunday, November 4, 2007


It's rough trying to find time to blog. Honestly, I do not mind it itself. It is just where do you find time? I work from 7 am to 4 pm. Talk to executives all day (Or try to) then when I get home, I want to crash out and not talk to anyone. Now before you say well, that's not fair to your wife, I talk to her all the time at work. She is good about finding out what kind of day it is early on and playing it by ear from there. Anyway, I should address some things for you others.

First of all ASU is not that good this year. Being and living in AZ I have heard it all and have told several people Oregon is the 2nd best team in the country. They are a great program this year. Don't get down Devils, this is Erickson's first year. NEXT year you guys will be smoking good. I hope you guys make a BCS bowl. GO DEVILS.

Next up, family. This can be a rough subject since most of our family reads each others blogs. How about I just lay it all out on the line here? Before I start, Britney has no clue I am typing this. She is putting the kids to bed and reading something online. First of all, little Jake gets the blame for everything. He should be treated like all the other kids. That means before you go blaming him for anything investigate. I do it here at home. Most of the time it is Tyler that does what ever it is and Jake is just in the room. Listen to Jake. He is very honest. During Thanksgiving I would like to talk to everyone about Jake and who he is. I am still learning. But I do know he is VERY honest and will admit when he does something. You just have to ask the kid. Teach your kids about Jake. Go online and read about autism. I would encourage EVERYONE to watch Mozart and the Whale. Josh Harnett is in it. Great movie based on someones life that has what Jake does. Don't think for a second that Jake is not smart. I have seen him blow peoples minds. He knows things some others don't. I know, all kids are the smartest. Ok, I get it. Just don't under estimate him. Treat him with respect. Show him the same love you do all the other kids. He will test you with his ADHD. He test me everyday. Just keep in mind he is not doing it to annoy you. He is just being Jake. Without him, my family would not be complete. He is our number genius. I don't know of many 5 year olds that can speak semi fluent sign language and count to over 100. Maybe I just don't know many kids. Jake is the man. This isn't pointed at any one person. If it was, I would call you out. It is just a reminder to all. Most importantly, Ive watched kids play with Jake. They all ask him whats wrong. Why is he not normal. And Ive seen them push him away. That breaks my heart. I remember once at a Halloween party he went to play with 3 kids. All about 5 years old. They pushed him down and started kicking him. Why? Because Jake wanted to play with them and they didn't understand, he is normal. He just has a social disorder.

Next topic, Work. Man Do I love my job. I have been told not to talk about it to much. I can go on and on. What do I do? I WORK FOR A COMMERCIAL COLLECTION AGENCY. Booo yaaa. How can I be so excited? Well, I love what I do. Best part is, I am ok at it. I know most of you would never admit to doing my line of work if you did. But think of it this way, I am not the one who is placed for collections. I'm not even the collector. I am just a sales rep who makes friends on a daily basis. I look at it like I am the middle man in a exchange of money. That's all. Its nice to be good at what you do, paid alright for it and like what you do. Those are 3 hard qualities to find.

I don't blog topics like everyone else. I just go with the mood. I was listening to something calm for the Jake blog and now its RUSH, LIMELIGHT. Not bad....

I was asked by a client recently how I ended up in commercial collections. That brought up a good story. I will post it. Grab a pillow....

I met my wife at 19, back then she wasn't my wife though. Amazing, I know. Things with the family, well, didn't go so well. DON'T HOLD IT AGAINST ME!!!!! I love my in laws. All of them. Great people with all kinds of personalities. anyway....

So I was working at a HVAC company. Well I ended up doing something stupid and lost my job. So I worked at a club. That sucked and I wasn't making any money. Britney ended up moving in with me and I needed a job. Britney picked up the new times or employment guide and found a place called Starwood. I went in for a interview and it was setting appointments to view timeshares. I took the job. Within 2 weeks I was the #1 rep in the company. Held that title for 18 months. Then my brother in law got me a job at a IBM outsourcing place. I ended up landing 2 big accounts. Georgia Pacific and Coca Cola. Moved to Texas after a year there to do Leasing. Was the #1 rep there and the company didn't pay there bills so moved back to AZ. Went back to the IBM outsourcing place and didn't like it anymore. Britney once again finds a place called VeriCore. I go in for a interview and thought "Collections?" I'm better then this. Britney said to do it anyway. I got along great with the 2 people who interviewed me. They spoke about football. I was in love with the company from the first NFL sentence.

So I joined up with them. 3 MAJOR players in my branch ended up moving into management or going to start there own firm. I landed some solid accounts and went on commission 11 months after I started. Haven't looked back and am now ranked #1 in primary sales and #3 in fee. This is out of about 50 reps. Not bad.

Reading over this I am thinking you all with think wow this guy is cocky. It is not that, I just want you guys to know who I am. I do not talk much. I am pretty much to myself. Give me a phone and Ill stand anyone up. That's when I am most comfortable. Well folks, kinda a serious email but hey, I hope you all got to know me. GOT? Wow, pathetic!