7/31/11

Carefree Maintenance

We had our carefree maintenance checkup for the van at VW this weekend. There is one recall on our car so they also included that. We dropped off the car around 8:30 am and they called us up to pick it up around 1pm. Additional job they found to be done: change the rear brake pads. 

7/27/11

I Need A Better Anti Virus

Two kids plus my daughter were busy playing computer games on my laptop over the weekend. I have allowed them to use my computer with a promise that they will not go to any website without my permission. They all said YES but every time I come at the play room to check them, they are on a different website playing another game online. So what happens after I got back my computer? I saw several games downloaded with a lot of pop ups coming out. I know my free antivirus program that I installed on my computer lacks all the features to prevent pop ups and all the viruses so I immediately did a clean up to get rid of unnecessary downloads the kids made.

I need to get the best antivirus for my computer. I am just lucky I never got any threats by just using the free antivirus I downloaded online. Whether I am the one using the computer or the kids, it does not matter because viruses can strike anywhere. I have so many files on my computer that I cannot afford to lose.  Are there any suggestions for antivirus? My friend is using bitdefender. Is that the best one?


Car Registration Renewal

Finally I was able to renew my car registration yesterday. I left work early to go to DMV and lucky enough, I was out the door in 20 minutes. I can do my renewal online but I thought I won't be getting my registration card in the mail before the end of the month which is my last day but my coworker says I can just show the cops (in case I get pulled over) the receipt I printed online in lieu of the new registration card. That is a good idea but I really don't want to take the risk. Now I have the new and another year to go.
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7/24/11

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7/21/11

Insurance Is Too Expensive

The younger step daughter used to drive my old car when she goes to school and work. My car is 9 years old and if you are young, you do not really want to be driving my old car anymore. So that is what the stepdaughter probably felt. When she was able to save a little money for down payment, she bought her own car. It is a 2 door car with sunroof; almost brand new. We did not know about it. We were surprised when we saw it parked at the drive way one day.

After few weeks, the statement for the auto insurance came in the mail. I almost passed out when I saw the monthly premium she pays. It was more than her car note! We asked if she was aware of the amount before she purchased the car and she said she requested a free insurance quote but because of her age and being a first time driver, her insurance would really be high.

There is no way you can escape a high insurance premium when you want to get a car at a young age. It is expensive to be on the road if you are a teen or new driver and living in NJ. Be careful also not to be in any accident to avoid points in your license. That would add up to your insurance quote too.

7/14/11

Goodbye Red, Hello Gray

I use a mouse for my laptop. For simple browsing and surfing, I can do without it but i find it difficult for dropping. Yesterday, my old mouse dropped on the floor like three times. When i tried to use it after dinner, the cursor was not moving. I thought the battery was just low. Changed it, still nothing happens. It was dead. I looked for old corded mouse for deskstop but can't find any. When i checked the time, it was 9pm. I grabbed my car keys and off i went to Walmart (closest to my house is like 5 minutes away). Bought a brand new one, same brand. I like logitech so i better stick to it.

Here is the old and the new.



7/12/11

I Got My Tent

I ordered a tent online before the 4th of July weekend. It was really an as soon as possible thing because the tent was supposed to be used during the holiday weekend. I was already in the computer searching where to buy cheap scrubs when hubby called me to stop it first and look for a tent instead. I just bookmarked http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/categories/Scrubs/Scrubs-for-Women/  so that i can easily go back later. Off i went to look for a tent that i can buy then pick it up at the store. This is not my first time to do this so after i placed an order i left to pick it up. Normally it would only take 20 minutes to finish the order but when i went to pick it up the store computer shows it will not be available until the 7th. Do not ask me how pissed i was so i ended buying another one ( a bigger one) but i did not cancel my order. Came Sunday, the supposed camp day, it rained the whole day!!!! The kids were all disappointed but what are we going to do, right?

Yesterday was our rain date. It was a perfect weather to be at the beach. The original tent is finally mine and was up. When the kids get tired in the water, they run inside the tent to play and have a rest. It was a breeze putting it together. We did not get home until 8 o'clock at night. It was a good weekend.  I was tired but happy.

I Wish I'm At The Lake Today


Today is going to be a very very hot day. How I wish I am back at this lake to swim. We will be expecting the temperature to reach above 100 degrees starting by noon time with high humidity. Heat advisory is all over the tv. Stay cool everyone!



7/9/11

Cleaning Time


Have you started with your spring or summer cleaning yet? I started with mine already but only the bedrooms are done so far. But before I forget, does anybody know of some leather furniture cleaning tips? Our couch and car seats need cleaning badly. If I can do it at home, I will be saving a lot of money compared to having it done professionally. Anyway, back to my cleaning blues, I have plans of calling http://www.thesteamteam.com after I am done with the living room and basement. I can do all the work but I want professional cleaning on my carpet. I always have the carpets cleaned during summer time when the weather is hot. Drying is better and faster during this season. This also reminds me to do some research on hvac cleaning service. This is not for my home but for my friend who lives in Dallas, Texas. She hopes that the cleaning will Improve her cooling system otherwise she might need to replace her 10 year old furnace.

I hope all this cleaning will be done before we leave for vacation. I want to come home to a clean and fresh house. A relaxation is needed before going back to work.



7/7/11

How Safe To Send Cash Thru Mail?


I sold something online and the buyer does not have a paypal account. Before he bought the items, he asked me if i accept money order instead. I agreed. I know that m/o is never issued unless it is funded. When i got the mail after five days, i surprised to see cash instead!!!! Everything was in tack, nothing is missing! Is it safe to do this?

7/5/11

Getting excited for Disney's Animal Kingdom



Guest post written by Charlie Dexler

I've always thought that zoos would be that much better if they had theme park rides in them. Now, I really love zoos and animals. I take the kids to the zoo pretty often and quite frankly I think I enjoy it more than they do. Well, I thought that it sounded like such a neat idea when Disney opened up the Animal Kingdom part years ago. I thought it sounded like my dream vacation. But we're just now getting around to going to it because the kids are finally old enough now to enjoy going to something like that.

I've looked up just about everything that's possible to learn on the internet about Animal Kingdom. A few weeks ago while I was doing just that, I ran across the site www.WirelessINTERNET.net. After I looked through it a little bit, I decided to sign up for one of the internet packages for our home that I saw on there.

The part of the park that I'm looking most forward to is the Kilimanjaro Safari. You get to actually see the animals like you were on a safari, which will be really amazing!

7/4/11

July 4th Fireworks


Taken last night during our town's firework's display.

Happy 4th to All!

7/3/11

On A Rainy Sunday Morning

Planned beach: cancelled. It's raining.

Some things happened for a reason. Now, I got the chance to watch the Wimbledon Championship between Nadal and Djokovic. I am watching it live over a cup of coffee and a bagel with cream cheese from Dunkin Donuts.

For tonight: Watch the 4th of July Fireworks.

Happy 4th of July!