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We don’t usually anticipate cleaning emergencies — landlords dropping by unexpectedly, a get-together getting relocated to your place at the last minute, your crush texting to say she’s in the neighborhood and can she come by. That’s why they’re emergencies. That’s why you should keep the UFYH emergency last-minute cleaning guide close at hand; better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Tomato season is drawing to a close! Do you have a tomato bounty that you need to do something with, quick? Here’s how to can them, duh.
A hot tip from Laneia:
“I’d like to share that if you have frozen bagels that are uncut and you absolutely must eat one right now, you can defrost them by running them under water real quick, then putting them in the oven for about 5-10 mins at 400 degrees, then you can cut it open and put the cut sides up under the broiler and BOOM. Toasted bagels that were frozen less than 30 mins ago, what a wizard you are.”
Just FYI, light roast coffee is actually more caffeinated than dark roast; the roasting process actually cooks out some of the caffeine, and so you lose more the longer the roast.
Here is a Detroit Tigers fan to show you how to untangle a necklace chain.
Do you have a whiteboard that’s had marker on it for ages and ages and now the marker just won’t erase the heck off, no matter what you do? The thing that’s always worked best is Bon Ami, rubbed into the whiteboard surface with a damp cloth. The marker comes right off!
I just spent 45 minutes on the phone with somebody from my credit card company! Live a better life than me. Here are tips on making customer service phone calls as painless as possible. When you’re done, please remember to explicitly thank your customer service rep, who is just trying to do their job, not make your life harder! It’s best if you can use a full sentence with their name in it — “Thanks so much, [name], you’ve been really helpful,” so that their manager hears it in any recording of the call. If the person you talked to really went above and beyond, you can ask to speak to their supervisor just to tell them that they were great.
Haven’t found the exact right planner for you in the vast universe of planners? Why not just create your own?
Winter is coming. Here’s what you should do to get your place of residence ready.