Thursday, October 15, 2009

ITEM OF THE DAY: Essie Potato Fields

I decided to treat myself to an at home manicure last night since I was still mourning the two deaths of big ticket electronics this week.

I needed something that was subdued, but would stand out enough to say, "Hello, world, I'm back and better than ever!" Not really, but Essie Potato Fields is pretty much the perfect no-color color. Just enough of the potato field color to give your nails a little oomph.

Girls, gotta get it. Guys, get it for your girls. ($8/bottle)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ITEM OF THE DAY: iTrack and iHound

In addition to yesterday's mourning of my dead digital voice recorder, I am also mourning my iPod Touch. I'm not that big into tech devices, and certainly not glued to it, but it sucks to have lost it.

Stupidly, I misplaced my ipod while on a grueling 7 hour bus ride from Plattsburgh, NY to NYC. I had engaged in a 6+ hour Scrabble tournament that lasted till the battery died somewhere in New Jersey (that's right, blame Jersey) at which point I thought I put it into my purse, but it must have fallen under my seat instead.

Anyway, while looking for ways to recover it, I found a slew of applications for ipod Touch and iPhones that help if you ever loose them. If I had known before my trip, I would probably have mine back by now.

So check out iTrack and iHound for your mobile devices, so you're not totally helpless when you loose expensive playthings.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ITEM OF THE DAY: Rapcap mini Microphone

For years I've had a digital voice recorder hibernating in my desk drawer. I pulled it out in preparation for an upcoming event, only to find out it died while sleeping. It's ok, because instead of mourning my loss, I'm celebrating a new addition to my life, the Rapcap mini microphone for ipods by Chill Pill Audio. It plugs into your stereo jack creating and instant mic. I'm thinking it can be used for laptops and a number of different electronic devices.

Say goodbye old technology, and hello to my newest friend, the Rapcap mic from Chill Pill Audio.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

ITEM OF THE DAY: Sudafed 12 Hour

A sweet little sore throat has escalated into a full on attack on my face via my sinuses. The underachieving pharmacist in my neighborhood recommended some over the counter Tylenol Cold and Sinus, which in the past has worked. Apparently my head's been in the sand the last year since our friends of the pharmaceutical industry decided that it'd be better to sell the good shit behind the counter and tease the fools that buy the low doses from the shelves. I got my sweaty little hands on the high dose of Sudafed that people apparently use to make drugs to sell to little kids in school yards, and I never looked back.

Lesson learned: they keep the good stuff behind the counter.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ah, Domestic Bliss

Dear TalkieToni,

I live with my boyfriend, and we have a sink full of dishes. I HATE doing dishes. I do all of the cooking, my boyfriend uses a new glass every time he gets a drink of water, and he never rinses anything off, like it is just going to magically un-crust in the dish washer. I really am thinking of just not doing them and then telling him that HE should always do the dishes, since he eats my food and uses the most dishes. Am I wrong??

Pissed off in Brooklyn

Well, POIB, I've got a few suggestions that will get your man to start cheating on you with that little whore otherwise known as your kitchen sink.

It seems to me that your boyfriend doesn't realize that he's doing anything wrong. Now, I have a lot of respect for good men, but most of them can be kinda stupid when it comes to picking up on subtle hints. A sink full of dishes won't necessarily set off an alarm in his head that he should snap to and get a sponge.

Real life example - I tried this tactic once regarding a bathroom trash can. I left it overflowing and quite nasty for more than 3 weeks before it was emptied. We happened to be cleaning together, and I casually asked "You wanna grab the trash in the bathroom, honey?" at which point he said, "Wow, there's a shitload of trash in here!" I then explained that I had left it to see just how long it would take for him to empty it on his own. His response was to stare blankly at me. Point being, he never noticed.

Your boyfriend may have a case of "The Mom's" which, historically speaking, has never been cured. You know - those guys whose mothers were awesome, yes, but never let their sons clean up after themselves resulting in an infantile approach to household duties. In this case, you need to sit down, and have a talk. Play up the emotions. "I have so much on my plate right now, I just can't live like this! We need to make this work (sniffle) for both of us." This should kick start the faucet, and if it doesn't suggest that he hire a cleaning lady to come in and clean the house once a week. When he complains how stupid and expensive it is, laugh, and whip out your hourly calculations on how much he owes you as his personal maid.

I happen to work in an office where, like many, people think that their dishes are going to magically appear clean after they leave them all crusty on their desks. My answer is always to end out a memo. That's right, a memo. Email the bastard. That's a pretty clear way to get your point across. Email lacks emotion, its a cold hard look at what's bothering you. He'll read it, and come home with a big bouquet of flowers, get down on his knees, and apologize, begging for forgiveness, explaining that he didn't even realize how he was hurting you. Follow it up with some nicely printed note cards above and around the sink with a picture of something cute that nicely says "Wash me" or "I love being with my friends in the dishwasher"

My next tactic would be some good old fashioned blackmail. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. I don't have to get into this, simply said, no pink till he hits the sink.

Hopefully that helps. If not, just let it build up to the point that you can get yourselves on an episode of A&E's Hoarders, and then someone else will clean it for you.

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