Buy Your Loved Ones a Break This Christmas!

Christmas is almost here! I don’t know about you, but even though Christmas has become this commercialized behemoth of a holiday, I still look forward to it almost as much as I did when I was a kid. If you can do your darndest to avoid the traps of all the Muzak, the Macy’s “Blowout Specials” and all of the negative, soul sucking hoopla, Christmas can still truly be awesome.

The potential problem with Christmas lies in the idea that we should just buy, buy, buy, just for the sake of buying. You go to Target or Wal Mart, stroll down the toy aisle and find something shiny to buy for someone – you’re not sure who yet, but someone needs that new Velociraptor Transformer toy, right? OF COURSE THEY DO! THIS IS CHRISTMAS!

No. No, no, no, no. Sure, one of the main ideas of Christmas is to give, not to get, but this idea gets lost when you’re buying something random just to check a person off your list, or if you’re reaching out to your sister in-law asking “what could you use this year?” Do you want to reclaim Christmas and go back to a time when giving a gift really meant something? So do I!

So this year, when you’re thinking of all the people you want to buy gifts, think of what that person could really use in their life. You could make something, anything! A homemade gift, even if it’s not all that well made (but it’s clear that you tried!) will be remembered and appreciated way more than if you just go and grab the same old gift certificate to Sport Authority so he can get his yearly new pair of shoes.

My recommendation? Take some of the burden off of your loved ones, and buy them the present of an organized home, a clean and detailed car, a freshly cleaned carpet, or any other home service that people just hate doing themselves. Imagine the gratitude you will be showered with when your mother opens that huge box that couldn’t contain anything other than a new vacuum cleaner, only to find a tiny but powerful gift certificate for 5 hours of gardening work by her local garden center. Watch that smile slowly slide onto her face as she imagines herself drinking mimosas out on the patio, reading a book while she saves 5 hours’ worth of knee aches. I’m telling you, you just can’t go wrong with this idea.

If you think it over and still want to buy that Velociraptor Transformer, I won’t blame you. I want one too.

 

 

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Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone reading this (all 3 of you! ;)) had terrific, fun, family filled Thanksgivings. I got to spend turkey day with my mom, brother and other family for the first time in years, which is one of the fringe benefits of moving back to Colorado after so long. They live in Boulder, so I headed down there for the long weekend and hung out in my old stomping grounds for the first time in a while.

It was great to see the family. We ate way, way too much food, watched a ton of football and just relaxed. I honestly feel like I shed several pounds of stress from my shoulders. That relaxation was very, very needed. I’m hoping that I can try to host Thanksgiving next year, but I may have to wait one more year or so – we’ll see. I want my place to be all put together and looking great before I host any huge family functions. Clearly, family functions are a different sort of ballgame than throwing a raging house party. I still have beer bottles that need to be recycled from that messy night.

Anyways, I’ve been thinking about what I should do on this blog, and my experience with cleaning up after the party a few weeks back gave me an idea for it. As I’m figuring out everything associated with owning a house, I think I’m going to document the whole process. From shopping for faucet fixtures and kitchen towels to choosing contractors and cleaning the carpets, you’ll find the details here. I know that may be boring to some people, but I think it’ll be kind of interesting and certainly could be helpful to people who are going through the same situation. Stay tuned for more!

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Holiday Party Postmortem

Welcome to the inaugural post on my new blog! I can’t promise anything good, as I have a massive hangover, which is to be expected after the crazy house party I threw last night. To all of those who came and got down and dirty, thanks! It was a great time, and I can’t wait for the next one.

I woke up this morning with a huge, gargantuan hangover. It was the stuff of legends. We all dipped pretty hard into the Bulleit Bourbon last night, so that hangover was to be expected, but hot damn my head hurts!

If there’s one truth to house parties, it’s that people really let their guard down. The beer was flowing, the bourbon was going fast and people got rowdy in a hurry. So it was no surprise when I woke up today and my house was in shambles. Utter. Disaster. Beer pong sure is fun, but damn, it makes a mess!

I’m talking bottles and cans everywhere, stains on my couches, food and gunk mashed into my carpet. I honestly wanted to cry. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to clean up the place along. My awesome roommates were there to help, and for the wine stains and gunk I called the carpet cleaners as I just don’t have the proper tools to take care of these. You have to take care of these issues quickly, or they’ll just be there forever.

Fortunately for me, the company I use was able to hook me up with a last minute appointment for this afternoon, so as I write this I’m sitting on my cleaned couch, happy as hell that the cleaning ordeal is over. The company I use specializes in commercial carpet cleaning, which is one of the reasons I use them. My thought is that if they clean restaurants and businesses’ floors well, a simple 3 bedroom home must be a walk in the park for them.

I got a pretty good deal, as they cleaned the carpet but threw in the upholstery cleaning for my couch free of charge. The guy who came said it was a pretty minimal wine stain, so he didn’t charge me. That was smart on his end too, as I’ll definitely use them again. Between them and my awesome friends, the place is finally clean.

Anyhoo, now my hangover is starting to go away thanks to some greasy Chinese food (General Tso’s is my jam!) and a little hair of the dog. I can’t believe there was even any whiskey left over – I thought we burned through it all last night, but I guess people got so lit up that they couldn’t find the bottle right in front of their noses. Thank god though, there’s nothing that cures hangovers like the hair of the dog that chased you. I wonder where that expression came from.

Aight, I’m going to go out and go for a walk and try to find something to do. I spent so much time prepping for this party that I need to get out for a bit. Sorry if this post is boring – I’ll try to spice it up in the weeks, months and years to come!

Peace.

 

 

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