Motivated? No.

5 08 2009
  • I’m supposed to be packing for a camping weekend. I’m not. I have no desire to. I’m not sure why except that I’ve become super lazy as of late.
  • I did pack a little bit. I know where my tent is. It’s in the midgie. The air matress and most of the clothes I’d need are in my camping pack already. Same with the crappy sleeping bag I have. I still need to find and maybe clean some blankets since the sleeping bag is a big fail. I have no idea where either pair of boots I take camping are. Not even a tiny clue of where I may have thought to store them.
  • I have no idea what food I’m taking. I really don’t. The best I can tell you is CPG and I are going to try to re-create Uncle Crappy’s nifty grill idea that he used at the Bucco Game Tweet Up. My fire gloves will be packed, don’t worry. So at least I can reach in and grab at the grill or the camp fire without worry.
  • I need to get my car inspected. The Midgie. However, a recent series of posts by Angry Scottish Man has me literally terrified to take her in. See, the Angry Scottish Man and I own the same vehicle. Although I’m quite sure he doesn’t call his “Midgie” and might kill me if I referred to his car as the “ASM’s Midgie.” (Only kidding ASM!) I know she needs tires. And new windshield wipers. If you follow me on Twitter, that’s no big surprise. But the rest of it? Terrifying. Also terrifying is actually finally calling and making the appointment. Man, I’m lazy lately.
  • I have decided to reward myself on Friday for the “day” (inside joke? I think. We’ll see if y’all figure it out.) And drink the Southern Tier Mokah that was brought back from NY for me by Uncle & Mrs. Crappy. Probably the second the car is in park. Hey. It’s my “day.” I’ll do with it as I choose. I might share a sip or two with two certain people, but otherwise, it’s a gift to myself, as it is the only beer I like right now. And since I can’t find the darn stuff anywhere… I intend to savor this bottle o’ beer for my “day”. (Who’s proud of me out there? I know, your little ‘I don’t like beer’ girl is growing up!)
  • Otherwise, it’s going to be my standard. Rum & Coke. And maybe American Honey too, if we can find it in the liquor stores around here. Seems to be sold out.
  • Ugh. I’m done. Wacked out random issues this week have me fed up and refusing to deal with anything. I probably won’t post tomorrow night, but stranger things have happened. I hope y’all have a great weekend.
  • Yinz Team Softball has been moved to Sunday this week. I. Am. So. Excited. I was kinda bummed I’d miss it for camping!! Yay!!!
  • Stop back on Sunday and leave a comment on the post for Lili that I’m working on. It’s her birthday on Sunday and she’s fantabulous. And cute as a button.
  • And I’m sorry. I still can’t get this song, or this show, out of my head. Sept. 9th folks. Me and all the other dorks will be watching. (For the love, I’m such a music dork.)

(hate those random boxes that pop up on there, but what can I do…) Enjoy. That’s an order.





EPIC Fail.

10 07 2009

Yeah, I said I was quitting or something like that… But we all know even if I didn’t blog for a week, a month, or a year, eventually (probably within a week, let’s be honest) something would piss me off to bring me back.

In the last three days a lot has happened – and I have been needing to rant. Even about things I haven’t & won’t rant about on here! Imagine…  And when the current topic happened this evening, I found myself so fired up I went back to wanting to break someone. Again. (@Calipanthergrl, @UncleCrappy & @BurghBaby no, I won’t do it, but for the post, it sounds good! *insert evil laugh here*)

Anyway, when I was in Florida my sister and I saw ads on TV for this product… “Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets.”

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Woa. Not only detergent and fabric softener in one product, but anti-static too? Being the lazy person I am, and buying a wealth of fabric lately, on top of having to wash my own stuff, I thought this was a product sent directly from heaven. So I managed to find sales/discounts/coupons and went and bought myself some fancy new Purex sheets.

And after the first use, on just purchased fabrics, I started to iron the fabric. And I thought I saw a few “spots.” It was a printed fabric and eventually I convinced myself that my eyes were playing tricks. Then I used them again on newly purchased fabrics and here & there noticed spots. Some solid fabrics and some patterned, but way more than the first time.

Convincing myself I either must have let the fabric come into contact with something that stained it (yes, I know, new fabric directly out of the Joann’s bag & into the washer… How could that happen? It can’t.) or I was nuts to be seeing these things, I washed my own clothing with these sheets. Just jeans, socks, rugby stuff, tshirts. (None of my “good” clothing – ones that need washed in cold or hot ONLY and hung dry were washed with this. Whew.) Obviously I don’t iron these things immediately, if at all, so I have no idea what their condition is…

Tonight, I decided to work on a little sewing project that will end up being the Little C and Me logo in fabric and BIG. Kinda like a sign. So I washed a few recently purchased fabrics, including a “fat quarter square” (which is black, unfortunately for this story.) Besides the black square, the pieces were 8″ and 10″ x 45″ widths. When I retrieved them from the dryer and started to iron them, you can’t even imagine my shock when I saw spots ALL OVER the first small piece of fabric.

Excuse the lack of focus in the pics. My camera and I had a big fight over this tonight.

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this, boys & girls, is a 8" x 13" area of fabric. count the spots. do it. do it now. I know I did it for you, but still, count for your self... that's a pin there in the middle. for reference.

close up on the spots. camera was misbehaving, thus the circle and button to help us with size etc.

close up on one of the spots. camera was misbehaving, thus the circle and button to help us with size etc.

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Wow, Purex. Your product is AWESOME. I’m lying, in case you haven’t felt my anger coming at you like death rays from this post.

So I looked at the product packaging,which recommends rubbing any spots with bar soap and re-washing in warm water. Well, first, I already did wash in warm water. (Each wash or dry cycle costs me $1 each, by the way.) And did you see that 8×13″ area? You want me to rub bar soap on all of those spots, and the ones I didn’t manage to capture on the camera? I may as well coat the entire 8×45″ piece in bar soap. Are you out of your freaking mind? Product = FAIL, Major. Fail. You want me to spend $4 to wash and re-wash fabric I paid $1.00 and $0.58 cents for? Are you psychotic?

And then I went to the website, where I submitted a review telling them how much they suck. I intentionally skipped the “give us stars” part and hit submit. OOOOOOOOOOH. Purex’s site won’t let you submit without giving them at least one star. I guess at this point in the fail log, I should be happy they let you submit with only one and don’t require three or four.  (death rays. right at ya Purex.)

And finally I went to the FAQ for this craptastic product:

Similar to other softeners like liquid fabric softeners or dryer sheets, spotting can occur when the fabric softener ingredients are unevenly distributed on fabric. Spotting is usually temporary, especially if the spots are treated properly.
It should be noted that with certain fabric materials (including polyesters or other synthetic materials) spotting is more likely to occur. These fabric materials tend to attract more of the fabric softener ingredients than natural fibers (like cotton).
We recommend the following to minimize spotting:
  1. Always check your garment care tag for any special requirements related to fabric softener use.
  2. Do not over fill your dryer with laundry.
  3. Use medium heat rather than low or high heat settings.
  4. Use the auto dry setting vs. timed dry (using auto dry will also save energy and ensure your laundry is not over dried.)
  5. In some situations, large laundry items, like bed sheets, can create an environment prone to spotting since large laundry can rap around the laundry sheet trapping it from moving freely in the dryer.
If spotting occurs, rub with bar soap and rewash with warm water.

In defense of my rant:

  1. You can go ahead and bet that I WILL check to see if these spots are “temporary.” I’m going to say no based on the earlier washing experiences.
  2. Every. Single. Fabric. that I washed from Joann’s was 100% cotton. As in Kona cotton, folks.
  3. Before I even used these things, I actually read the instructions and started the washer and added the sheet long before I added any garments. And repeated for every subsequentload.
  4. Nothing was over-filled. And three pieces of small fabric? Over-fill isn’t even possible.
  5. My dryer does not have auto-dry. But I’m picky and I like to iron my fabrics when they are just a little bit damp. Therefore I only leave them in the mid-setting dryer cycle for 50-75% of the time…

My final decision is that these sheets are the product from HELL.

I’m going to stop now. Because whatever else I might say will NOT be nice. And this post has been as nice as I can be. Purex, you suck.





Today

20 11 2008

Today sucked. Don’t worry. I’ll recap it for tomorrow’s post.

I’m now going to settle down with a slice or two from Pizza Sola and my good friend Calico Jack. We need some quality time together.

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