Grammar Nerds Unite

Weird Al released his latest satire, entitled “Word Crimes,” and it’s brilliant. Set to the the music of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” he roasts the internet on the most common grammar mistakes. Leave it up to Weird Al to stay relevant.

Life Hack: Outdoor cushion cleaning

Outdoor cushions get some use around my house. I have four dogs, which means 16 potentially dirty paws. You can see the damage below. This was after a winter under a covered area and a week of rainy days.

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These are technically machine washable. The covers can come off. I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever think I’d get them to go on quite the same again. So instead, I wash them outside with a soft brush and Tide laundry detergent.

I hose down the cushion first. Try to remove as much dirt as possible. Then, I pour some Tide on the brush and scrub away. I scrub in different directions and add extra detergent to any areas that are extra soiled. Then, rinse well with a hose. You may need to do this more than once. This is the same cushion. It’s still wet, so the color is a bit darker, but it’s nice and clean! They’ll need to sit all day in the sun to dry, so I wouldn’t recommend starting the process at the end of the day.

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Disney for adults

I’ve now been on two cruises with Disney Cruise Line. One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “Isn’t that just for families?” I admit, I asked the same question. I was afraid I’d be bombarded with children on vacation. I adore children, but I don’t have any. I didn’t want to spend a nice chunk of change on a vacation with hundreds of children, contained on a ship. I feared no escape.

I was wrong. Yes, wrong. While I have not been brave enough to cruise during peak season, when kids are out of school, the ship was not overrun with small humans. The few exchanges, at dinner or in the family areas, ranked on the cuteness scale. The youth activities team is very talented. The occasional fit I witnessed were mostly due to kids wanting to go back to kids’ club, rather than be with their parents or go on a port excursion. Yes, the kids are in their respective kids’ clubs or with parents at the family or toddler pools.

Most of my time was spent at the adult pool and attending adult activities on the ship. The crew is watchful to make sure children are not in these areas. There are places for quiet, if that’s what you enjoy, but it is Disney. Don’t be surprised to hear a passerby singing softly to the Disney music heard in the hallways and family areas. I like Disney music; I chimed in a few times myself.

There’s a variety of entertainment. You can go to the Broadway-style shows Disney has produced, attend a show by another entertainer, or skip it altogether. The ship is impeccably clean and kept up. The crew is friendly and, if asked, always excited to tell you about their home country. Mistakes happen, but I found the staff wanted to make things right.

I have never cruised another company, but Disney has taken care of me. I don’t choose my travel on price alone. I like a deal just like anyone else, but I look for quality. By choosing the time of year I travel, I have been able to get both. I’m single and have never cruised with kids. If you’re guessing I’d cruise Disney again, you’re right. I’ll be on the newly announced Hawaii sailing in 2015.

Disclaimer: My two sailings have been on the Disney Wonder. The company also has the Disney Magic, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Dream.

My Sept. PopSugar box

My September PopSugar Must Have box arrived today. For those of you unaware, this is a grab bag collection of items for $35 a month. I never know what will show up. Some months are better than others. Here’s a description of this month’s box. You can decide for yourself.

P.S. You’re invited by Erica Domesek
This is a blog, turned book. Her blog, P.S. I made it, is filled with DIY charm and just flipping through the book it looks like some winter craft projects may be in the future.

Barr-Co Original Scent Reed Diffuser
This is a mild vanilla scent. The bottle and label are country chic. I’ve already put it out and so far so good.

Rifle Paper Co. Coaster Set
These are very flowery and not really my style.

Kitsch Headbands
They came in a pack of 5 and look pretty cool. I can’t wait to try them.

Shoptiques Gift Card
The materials say that “Shoptiques is a marketplace where you can shop amazing boutiques from all around the world in one place.” Despite the poorly written description, I may check it out.

The box also included 2 food items: a That’s It. Bar in mango and apple flavor and some Sharkies energy chews.

Bahamas: The Dream

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Blue skies, clear water and swimming pigs seem like a whole lot of fun. The Exumas in the Bahamas are the object of my obsession. The picture above is of the view of my dreams. This is my future.

The iPhone 5C Helps Make a Strong Argument for the iPhone 5S

I couldn’t agree more on the iPhone 5C. Still the year-old model, but now in a cheaper case. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to the new 5s. I’ll be up early on the 20th.

Tech

Even though Apple’s iPhone 5C was well-expected ahead Tuesday’s press event, it still managed to be a surprise in one area.

At a starting price of $100 on-contract, or $550 without a subsidy, this is not the inexpensive iPhone that pundits and analysts anticipated.

The price isn’t low enough to stand in for the iPhone 4S, which now becomes the least expensive option (free with a two-year contract, $450 without), and it doesn’t address unsubsidized and prepaid phone markets in a way that previous iPhones haven’t. Instead, the iPhone 5C will represent the middle price tier, while the new iPhone 5S will become the top-shelf option.

Why did Apple even bother with the iPhone 5C, instead of just downgrading the current iPhone 5 to mid-range status like it has in previous years? Let’s first consider Ben Thompson’s take, written before Apple announced the 5C:

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