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This holiday season many of us – me included – caught nasty cold or flu bugs.
In our area, we have a nifty service called Minute Clinic – you should read up on them to see if they are near you. In a nutshell, they provide medical service for what ails you; they were recommended by my doctor who had no openings until later in the week.
Before I went, I looked up our article on Analyzing Your Symptoms which helped me nail down what I needed to tell the doctor. We were in and out in 15 minutes since I used our ‘cheat sheet’ for describing symptoms.
OK, itPosts‘s -3 in Mpls., MN today. The National Weather Service says the arctic freeze is everywhere.
Here are some things we’ve learned about cold weather:
1. Mittens vs. Gloves: Mittens win re: they seem to keep the entire hand warm. Gloves let the cold divide and conquer.
2. Hats: Need to cover the entire head and fit below the ear lobes.
3. Ladies: No hanging metal earrings, no matter how precious.
4. Dogs: Dogs with little or no coat (think Greyhound, AmStaf Terrier) need a dog parka. And possibly booties. Dogs with coats (Goldens, German shepard) can handle the cold, but bring them in after a few minutes just in case.
According to Merriam Webster, black ice is a nearly transparent film of ice on a dark surface (as a paved road or a body of water) that is difficult to see.
You’ll find it on bridges, over and under passes and, for some reason, on clover leaf exit/entrance ramps. Watch your driving, turning, on/off ramps and braking because I’ve been in two car accidents because of black ice.
6. Ankle boots vs. Above-ankle boots. Winner – above ankle boots. Snow in your shoes just once answers this question.
7. Winter and Health: The American Heart Association has some good tips on winter health here.
Yesterday was Candy Corn Day (crafty candy makers – marketing the day before Halloween so you’re tempted to eat all the candy before the kids arrive…).
Speaking of kids – for anyone expecting little ghosts and goblins at their front door, here are some tips:
1) Clean Sweep
Clear and sweep your walkway and driveway to be sure kids won’t trip over rakes, toys, hoses, etc.
2) Light Up
Keep walkways and front porches well lit. Why? Kids often trick or treat in groups and don’t pay attention to anything except what’s in that candy bowl. In dim light, it’s too easy for an over-excited kid to trip on a flower pot and get hurt.
3) Not Home?
If you’re not going to be home, turn the front lights off. Nothing is more disappointing than expecting to get some candy and then realizing no one’s home. Times are hard enough, don’t let the kids down…
4) Dogs and cats
If you’ve got pets that are feisty or bark when people come around, keep them away from the front door. You know your dog is adorable, but to a child your dog is a big set of barking teeth.
And – it’s a Friday night Halloween so if you’re an adult going out to have fun – designate a driver or take cabs. We recently heard from a reader about a DUI that cost upwards of $11,000 to get through. That’s a lot of cab rides…
We’re getting a lot of airline questions lately – Sarah from DC wants to know – “What’s the least amount of time you can have between connecting flights?”
We checked with Northwest Airlines and they say 30 minutes between flights. I suggest calling your airline and asking what their policy is.
However, I would not recommend 30 minutes between flights. We were leaving on vacation and our flight was 10 minutes late taking off. Yes, you guessed it – we had 30 minutes to get the connecting flight, but our connecting flight had left (on time) before we’d even landed. Think using a travel web site may make a difference? Read one of our WhatHappensNow.com staffer’s layover experience here.
So if at all possible, build in an hour at least – it’s better to wait for 20 minutes to board than throw the entire vacation schedule out of whack….