You know what you want. You’ve seen those smug, gloating people over in the “TSA Pre-Check” line, looking down on the rest of us, and you want to be one of them. But then you see that there are half a dozen different trusted traveler programs, and everyone seems to be telling you to sign … Continue reading Travel Better: Choosing Between TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, and NEXUS
A muddler is an essential bar tool used to smash ingredients for cocktails, releasing the essential oils and/or juices of fruits, herbs, and spices. The PUG version is larger than what you might find in the local store, which gives a little more purchase and leverage for your muddling efforts. It's also made from solid … Continue reading Favorite Things: PUG Muddler
If you’re like me, you may be able to think back to a time when driving was a different experience than it is for you today. Maybe backing out of the driveway or merging onto the freeway got your heart rate up, knuckles white, and palms sweating. Or maybe you thought you were the “king … Continue reading 5 Easy Steps to Win the Credit Card Game
With Auto-Pay and Paperless statements you can manage your expenses on your own terms, without having them barge in on your precious personal time and space. Take control and make your bills work for you!
Changing your spark plugs is easy - if you can use a wrench, you can change your spark plugs. It may be one of the easiest ways to save yourself over $100 in under one hour! The Civic shown is a 2006 LX, but it will be exactly the same process for any (non-hybrid) civic … Continue reading How To Change Honda Civic Spark Plugs (With Pictures!)
When I was in middle school one of the “life skills” I was taught was how to balance a checkbook. By hand. As I grumbled and scratched out the arithmetic with my pencil I thought to myself – I’m never going to do this. And I was right. I never did balance a checkbook, and … Continue reading Investing In Your Digital Life
A new year, a new city for Rachel and me. A lot has happened in the last few months. With Rachel’s teaching licensure program set to wrap up in January, we were ready to move out of Minneapolis. Mostly, the place was just too cold. 🙂 My job search couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Just a … Continue reading Seattle!
Update: Since a number of teachers have been asking for this, I have posted the Words Their Way PSI and ESI Graders for download. About a month ago, Rachel, who is student teaching in a 1st grade classroom, was sitting in our living room grading a spelling test for her students. She explained that grading the … Continue reading The Education Analyst
It is hard to believe that it has been two years since I last published a blog post - and nearly two and a half since moving to Minneapolis! A lot has happened since then: Rachel and I have survived two Minnesota winters, one brutal and one mild. We’ve learned to make sure our hair … Continue reading Two years!
My latest obsession has been coffee. More specifically, espresso. My coffee setup includes a Rancilio Silvia espresso machine outfitted with an Auber PID with steam control, and a Baratza Vario grinder. I've gotten some fantastic coffee out of it, and I thought I would share a few pictures of the process. Rachel gets all the … Continue reading Coffee! (With Pretty Pictures By Rachel)