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Comments Off | Posted by Wease on November 29, 2010
Comments Off | Posted by Wease on September 20, 2010
GOT JEANS?… DON’T WASH ‘EM… AND THEY’LL LAST FOREVER
The director of brand concepts and special projects for Levi Strauss & Co. is revealing secrets to keeping your denim looking good.
Here it is…DON’T WASH THEM SO MUCH!
Putting jeans in a washing machine agitates the denim and makes the fibers on the cotton fabric swell. That can also lead to color fading or shrinking. Plus, putting them in the dryer damages the quality of the denim!
He wears jeans everyday, whether its a social or professional reason, and he admits to only washing his jeans after 6 months of wearing them!
Dry-cleaning isn’t an option either because they come back too stiff. They should fit to your body and resemble your personality.
Another secret: he hangs his jeans on the back of the bathroom door and lets the steam freshen them, but make sure you hang them by the loop so that their shape is preserved!
After 6 months of wear, he fills the tub up with room temperature water and gentle liquid soap. Laying flat, he then dunks the jeans under water. He doesnt’ scrub them, he just lets them soak.
He wears them in the sun when they are almost dry so that they re-gain their shape back.
Comments Off | Posted by Wease on August 20, 2010
COSMO’S THINGS MEN WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND ABOUT WOMEN
- She thinks it’s fair that he sleeps alone because he didn’t notice she’d gotten a haircut.
- She orders a huge salad with low-fat dressing, then eats steak and french fries from his plate.
- Why she cares whether or not laundry is folded.
- Why she wants to know everything about his ex-girlfriends but not wanting to meet them.
- Going from crazy-screaming mad to weepy to icy calm in the space of 60 seconds.
- She can watch one channel and just stay there, even through the commercials.
- The concept of nighttime outfits and daytime outfits.
- The fact that she can’t wash her face and body with the same kind of soap.
- If she’s having a fight on the phone and hangs up on him, he’s the jerk if he doesn’t call right back.
- She feels fat when she’s gained 2 pounds.
- It isn’t enough just to ask what she wants for her birthday.
- The idea of buying a raincoat that can’t get wet, a winter coat that isn’t warm, shoes that aren’t comfortable and panty hose that run.
- Doing a full makeup job when she’s only going out for a loaf of bread.
- She can’t wear the same dress to her office Christmas party two years in a row.
Comments Off | Posted by Wease on July 28, 2010
THERE’S A RIGHT WAY TO ARGUE…. AND IT CAN BE GOOD FOR RELATIONSHIPS
Every couple fights… but, research shows it’s where, when, what tone of voice, what words we use, and whether we hear each other out fairly that’s critical in a fight.
If we argue poorly, we may end up headed for divorce court. But, if we argue well, we actually may improve our relationship.
One psychologist’s research shows that couples who had negative communication before marriage, like criticizing each other’s opinions, rolling their eyes, and leaving the room, were more likely to end up in divorce court.
Research also shows that the biggest issues couples argue about are money, sex, work, kids and housework.
Here are some tips:
• DO IT: The problem will not go away if you don’t talk about it.
• COOL OFF: Pick a time when you can return to the argument with less emotion-ideally, within 24 hours and in person.
• DON’T ASSUME: You probably don’t know exactly what your partner is thinking, even if you think you do.
• FLEXIBILITY ISN’T WEAKNESS: You can change your position without “losing.”
• SEE THE OTHER SIDE: This is the best way to downgrade a heated conflict into a momentary disagreement.
• HOLD HANDS: Sit close, make eye contact, which can help make your interactions more positive.
• ARGUE IN FRONT OF THE KIDS: Do this only if you’re modeling good argument techniques.
• AGREE TO DISAGREE: Recognize that you are in a partnership. Look for the middle ground.
• CHOOSE YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY: You can never take them back.
Comments Off | Posted by Wease on July 19, 2010
1. The Vodka Gimlet
The drink says: “There is no way I’m coming up to your place later.”
This drink is all about caution. It’s the drink to order on first dates because it communicates a restraint and seriousness that will serve you well if you want to take things slowly.
2. The Reposado Margarita
The drink says: “I want to hear about how much money you make”
By asking for top-shelf reposado-style tequila, you’ll set yourself apart. A high-end margarita shows that you know how to have a good time, but you aren’t going to be fooled into making any compromises, either.
3. The Black and Tan
The drink says: “You can treat me like one of the guys (except much better)”
This is basically a fancy beer drink. It’s a half-pint of pale ale topped off with a half-pint of porter or stout. So it shows that you’re laid-back enough to drink a brew, cool enough to order a drink with some pub credibility, and demanding enough to ask for something special.
4. The Mojito
The drink says: “Marriage … babies … “
Herbs and citrus make men think fertility. It’s a drink that suggests you are full of life and ready to make more of it.
5. The Champagne Cocktail
The drink says: “I’m up for anything! Sweep me off my feet!”
If you happen to be on a date with a good guy, ask for a classic champagne cocktail. This will tell your date that you are excited for what’s coming next , whatever that may be.
Comments Off | Posted by Wease on July 6, 2010
A recent survey from Web MD shows which office-based jobs host the most bacteria. Here is the list, going from careers with the most to least germs on workspace surfaces:
- Radio DJ
- Television producer
Comments Off | Posted by Wease on June 29, 2010
SEVEN MYTHS ABOUT GRILLING A STEAK
Cooking instructor and author of Planet Barbecue Steven Raichlen debunks a few grilling myths that’ll help make your weekend barbecue that much better.
Myth 1: A steak is a steak is a steak.
Fact: Not all steaks are created equal and each requires its own special way of grilling. Thin ones, like skirt and flank steaks, should be grilled quickly over a hot fire. Thick steaks, like a porterhouse or T-bone, require a two zone fire – the hot zone for searing, the medium hot zone for cooking the meat through. Tough, fibrous steaks, like flank steaks, should be scored on the top and bottom to tenderize them and thinly sliced across the grain when served. Lean steaks, like filet mignon, require added fat, either in the form of an oil-based marinade or a wrapping of pancetta or bacon.
Myth 2: You should bring a steak to room temperature before grilling.
Fact: Leaving meat out at room temperature is a formula for disaster and there isn’t a respectable steak house in the world that does it. Steaks (indeed, any meat) should be kept ice-cold – and bacteria free – until the moment they go on the grill. (When you’re working over a 600° to 800°F fire, it takes mere seconds to take the chill off the meat.)
Myth 3: Salt toughens steak. Don’t apply it before grilling.
Fact: A generous sprinkling of salt (kosher or coarse sea salt) and cracked black peppercorns applied just prior to grilling gives you the savory crust and robust flavor characteristic of the best steak house steaks. Grill masters from Florence to Florianópolis back me up on this. Season steaks right before they go on the grill. Just don’t season them hours ahead or the salt will draw out the meat juices and make the steaks soggy.
Myth 4: A barbecue fork is the proper tool for turning a steak.
Fact: Stabbing a steak with a fork serves only to puncture the meat and drain out the juices. Turn your steaks with tongs.
Myth 5: Turn the steaks often while grilling.
Fact: If you watch really top steak masters from around the world, you’ll notice they turn a steak only once. Why? This produces a better crust.
Myth 6: The best way to check a steak for doneness is to cut into it with a knife.
Fact: Again, cutting the meat releases the juices. The best way to check for doneness is to poke a steak with your finger. A rare steak is soft and squishy; a medium rare steak is yielding; medium is gently yielding; medium-well is firm; and well-done is hard and springy.
Myth 7: Steak tastes best sizzling hot off the grill.
Fact: Like most grilled meats, a steak hot off the grill will taste leathery and dry. You need to let it rest for a few minutes on a warm plate before serving. This allows the meat to “relax,” making for a juicier, more tender steak.
Finally, for flavor, sheen, and succulence, don’t forget to drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil, melted butter, or beef fat over your perfectly grilled steak before serving. Think of it as the varnish on your masterpiece.
Comments Off | Posted by Wease on June 16, 2010
JUST SITTING AROUND THINKING HOW GREAT SUMMER HAS BEEN SO FAR & WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SUMMER!
1. ICE CREAM !!
2. The River getting sun!
3. Patio Bars!!
4. The Hatch
5. Running through the sprinkler!
7. Hot Dogs
10. Car windows down & music cranked!
11. Taste of Buffalo
12. steaks on the grill!
13. Clams & franks hot sauce
Comments Off | Posted by Wease on June 8, 2010
Meet A Mate Week — June 7-13. Time to get out and meet your special someone. The idea is to get enough people around the U.S. to get out there so they run into each other. A recent Internet survey for Chanel of 1500 college students ages 17-21 and young professionals ages 22-29, revealed that while a majority are willing to take chances to meet the love of their lives, the rules of the dating game have not changed.
- 58% believed in love at first sight
- 31% said they would take a chance on love
- 23% said they would take a chance on traveling around the world
- 18% said they would take a chance in owning their own business
- 61% prefer to ask someone out in person, 18% prefer to ask someone out over the phone and 7% via e-mail
- 61% of young adults wait 2-3 days following a first date to set up the second.
- 35% cite hair as the most important physical factor in the search for love, while 24% consider fragrance to be the most essential date item