Christmas Cooking Disaster

img_1089My wife last night did something she never does. She had a galactic size fit over a baking disaster! She burned the peanuts, Chocolate and Peanut Butter chips desert.

And before I could salvage it… She hurled it into the garbage.

My house stinks now and I didn’t get my Chocolate desert. 😦

What’s your Christmas cooking disaster?

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Disaster drill to prepare Lufkin for anything

Disaster drill to prepare Lufkin for anything

city-of-lufkin-texasLUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Today (Tuesday) the City of Lufkin with host its yearly disaster drill. Lufkin police and fire, public works and various city departments will all participate in the drill. The goal of the drill is to make sure emergency crews are ready for any disaster that could potentially hit the city.

Tuesday’s drill will focus on learning new software, testing different forms of communication and proper decision making.

“How we would as a city handle that event and practiced it and so in the eventuality that something did happen we would be better prepared not only to respond but to recover from that event,” said Keith Wright, Deputy City Manager.

The drill will last all day Tuesday with a four hour response period in the morning and a four hour recovery period in the afternoon. All participating personnel know an event is going to happen but they haven’t been told the specifics so they come to work prepared for anything.

Worst Return From Vacation Disaster, What To do Before You Leave For Vacation

The Good Friends Question of the Day: Have you ever returned home from vacation to find you forgot something important or to a mess? What is your best return from vacation disaster story.
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How to prepare your home – and family – for summer vacation: Having detailed check lists keeps Laura Wittmann sane when she’s getting ready to leave for vacation.  Wittman, a mother of three who calls herself “an addict of all things organizing,” writes the “I’m an Organizing Junkie” blog and is the author of Clutter Rehab: 101.

Q: There are a zillion things to do from shutting down the house to packing everyone’s clothes. What is the answer?
A: Mental clutter is bad news. I’d be lost without lists. I even have a notebook for my lists. I use a 5-by-7-inch notebook and I carry it around in my purse or leave it beside the computer. I write down every single task that is taking up space in my head.  For instance, don’t write down “‘clean out the refrigerator before vacation,” but list the foods to use up in the refrigerator and the freezer. The more detailed I am, the less stressful it is.  I don’t leave anything up to memory.

Q: What is one job you knock off the list far in advance of vacation?
A: We adopted a puppy in December, so I had to break down the details of finding a kennel. I got on the Internet and made a list of kennels. We started interviewing and knocked a couple off the list right away. Then I had to visit kennels. It’s a process, and it does take time, so I recommend starting that as early as possible.  You don’t want to have to worry about your pet.

Q: What kind of lists do you leave for the person checking on your house?
A: I leave a list on the kitchen counter. Again, detail and specific tasks are important. Don’t write “go around the house and water plants.” I put the small plants in the kitchen so it is easy for someone to water them. I’ll put those plants on the list and I’ll also note, “There is a big plant in the master bedroom. Water
that.” And I’ll gather the outdoor plants in one place and add: “Water the outdoor plants on the side of the house.”

Q: Do you have jobs listed for family members?
A: The whole family is going on vacation so the whole family helps us get ready to go. I’m very specific with tasks. I don’t just say, “You need to clean up.” I’ll
say, “You’re on toy duty, and all the toys need to be taken inside and put away.” The kids are pretty good about it. As long as they know what they’re supposed to be doing, it is easy for them to succeed.

Q: How do you prioritize cleaning jobs?
A: Cleaning out the refrigerator is important. The night before we go on vacation I’ll have a leftover buffet.  I don’t go around and clean the house before we go. We head out around 6 or 7 in the morning, and there’s no time to change sheets and wash them. We have a regular routine for that, anyway.

Q: What else would you tell people to add to their check list?
A: Check with your insurance carrier. Make sure you’re following their guidelines while you’re on vacation. Some carriers want people to come in several days a week while you’re gone, even on two-week vacations. You don’t want to find out after something happens that you’re not covered. Also, unplug as many small appliances as possible to save electricity.

Q : Is there a list of things to do when you get home?
A: Hah. Not necessarily, but if you followed the list before you went away, one of the last things you did was take out the garbage. No one wants to come home and find garbage in the kitchen.