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I am a Midwestern lady who has taken "the scenic route" through life. The term "intellectually promiscuous" to describe those of us with wide and varied interests, archaeologists of the past and present, readers of all sorts of things, thinkers of deep thoughts, and open minded enough to look at many different view points, cultures, values and opinions. I will also marry for a green card and a full relocation package to a Democratic Socialist country with a strong safety net and great cultural opportunities. I am not kidding.

12 Stylish Solutions for Ugly Cat Furniture

Bland beige post unhappily marking your living room territory? Scratch that with rakish kitty condos, perches and staircases

by Becky Harris of Houzz.com

Houzz user bridget1312 has asked a question that plagues all cat owners: “Does anyone know how to make a cat tree in the living room not such an eyesore? I love my kitty and want to buy her a new cat tree, but they are all so ugly and ruin the good look … Any suggestions?”

It’s true, Bridget — when I think of cat trees, I think of depressing beige wall-to-wall carpet wrapped around poles and stapled into place. Cat lovers are finding or creating trees with much more style and creativity, though; some are even turning to their architects and builders to come up with some really fun custom solutions. Here are a dozen ready-made solutions in a range of styles, including Zen minimalist, nautical, contemporary and even Eartha Kitt.

Check out the whole article HERE.

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How to Lay Out a Master Bedroom for Serenity

Promote relaxation where you need it most with this pro advice for arranging your master bedroom furniture

by  Vanessa Brunner    Staff Writer, Houzz.com

It might seem simple enough at first — what do you really need in your bedroom besides the bed? But a master bedroom can be as complicated as a living room or family room to plan and lay out, mainly because of precisely that one big feature: the bed. Make the process easier with these suggestions from design pros.

Check out the entire article HERE.

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ENOUGH ALREADY!

“On Thursday afternoon, CNN showed footage of Vice President Joe Biden meeting with gun rights groups and talking to reporters about his ongoing efforts to curb gun violence in the United States. Biden said that he would present his recommendations to the president on Tuesday. But before Biden could finish his presentation, CNN cut into his remarks to report on another school shooting. This morning, “at least two people were shot at Taft High School” at 9:00AM and the shooter has reportedly been taken into custody. ”  From BeingLiberal.com – entire article and video there.

WAKE THE HELL UP. Guns everywhere, a cop for every student in the school, not gonna solve this. Limit the clip/magazine size, tax the ever-loving hell out of every bullet sold and every mag/clip sold, enforce the existing registration laws, have massive gun buy-backs, reinstate the assault weapon ban, and throw as much money as possible into mental health services for the poor and under-served. A gun in your home is NOT going to protect you from an intruder – you are many times more likely to shoot someone in your family or to have the gun used against you. Unless you are a trained marksman with combat or police training, your chances of using a gun effectively in any confrontation are less than 20% according to studies. That means 80% of the bullets you fire are going to go somewhere you don’t want them to go. How many more kids and adults have to die over this stupid bullshit?

Stop the Killing

Taft Union High School 1-10-2013. Stop the Killing!

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cuilr – The cooler way to get web traffic.

{cuilr} – The cooler way to get web traffic.

Monetizing your site is the big deal, and the best way to do that is to get people to go to your site or to check out your tweets.  {cuilr} is a free service that works with your Twitter account, getting others to notice your tweets and then to get retweets of your posts. This introduces more people to your site and builds a social network following. Growing your network on Twitter and getting more followers continues to help you gain content and finding quality friends. Users offer other users credits for retweeting messages and following them. This gives people incentives to check out your tweets and profile. Users who want to boost their visibility more can purchase credits to get retweets by adding credits to their tweets.

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{cuilr) Grow your network                       get retweets

 

 

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Still More Great Organizing and Storage Stuff from this Week on Houzz.com – Part 3

 

Organizing Starts at the Door

 

You don’t need fancy bins and containers to keep your entryway tidy — just a system that sticks by Beth Zeigler

Usually, the size of your entryway dictates what’s stored within it, but there are a few items my bite-size one can’t function without. Pick and choose what works for you and your home. The point of having a hyperorganized entryway isn’t to impress your type A friends — if it’s set up properly, it acts as a filter to keep things from piling up in every room of your home.

 

 

How to Work With a Professional Organizer

 

An organizing pro can help you get your house together. Here’s how to choose the right one and gain your own clutter-clearing skills

by Lisa Frederick

 Raise your hand if “Get organized!” topped your New Year’s resolutions list (again). Now put it down if you’ve already fallen off the wagon. Don’t feel bad: It happens to most of us. But if clutter is taking over your life and making you crazy, it may be time to hire a professional organizer. Read on to ensure a smooth experience from start to finish.

 

Contemporary Home Office design by Dc Metro Interior Designer Kelly Porter

 

 

 

Top 10 Unsung Organizing Tools

 

Look no farther than your drawers, closets or purse for the best and cheapest ways to keep your home neat and organized

by Laura Gaskill

In our quest for fresh, beginning-of-a-new-year, organized perfection, it’s easy to get a bit carried away in the organizing or office supply store. While specialized sorters and doodads surely have their purpose, more often than not they just add more clutter to our homes. Commit to getting it right this year (and saving a bit of cash in the process) by sticking with these 10 hardworking but often overlooked helpers that are probably sitting in your home right now.

 

 

Your Total Home Organizing and Decluttering Guide

 

Take it slow or be a speed demon — this room-by-room approach to organizing and storage will get your home in shape no matter how you roll by Vanessa Brunner

Party’s over, folks. It’s that time of year — now that the stockings have been taken down and the confetti has been swept away, any excuse to hold off on decluttering your home is long gone. Take advantage of the new year and give your home a fresh start. We’ve compiled some of the best cleaning and organizing guides from Houzz, room by room, to help you start off the year with a clean slate.

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Best of the Week from Houzz.com – Part II

Houzz.com is one of my favorite sites. This week’s list of best Ideabooks is one of the best in a while.

 

Small Steps to Organizing Success

 

Take care of bite-size projects, and your home’s big picture will be an organized dream before you know it   by  Beth Zeigler

Even though I’m not a teacher in the traditional sense, I love assigning clients homework — tasks I’m confident they can do without me present — during the organizing process. I do this for a few reasons, but my main objective is to process as many items as I can with clients during a session. Homework gives us a better chance of smooth sailing without distractions. Read on to see what items you might set aside as homework the next time you’re organizing a room.

 

Small Changes to Simplify Your Long-Term Storage

 

Conquer your attic and basement storage in more than a day, with these easy, bite-size steps for sorting, storing and protecting your stuff

by Laura Gaskill

With the holidays and colder weather approaching, now is the time to trek into attics, basements and storage sheds to retrieve boxes that haven’t seen the light of day since last year. Unfortunately, these spaces have a way of accumulating endless layers of stuff until it’s nearly impossible to find anything: long-forgotten memorabilia, old furniture, broken toys, home repair project cast-offs, nearly empty paint cans and oh, yes, those ornaments you were looking for. Just looking into an attic or a basement can feel overwhelming; forget doing anything about the mess. That’s why I think it’s best to admit right from the start that this problem won’t be fixed in a single day (or maybe even a single season) — but by committing to making small changes throughout the year, you can remake your space, step by step.

 

Meet Your Desk: How to Create a Workspace That Works

 

Ask yourself: What should live on your desk and what can live elsewhere?

by Beth Zeigler

Working with clients in their home offices all over Los Angeles, I see a lot of good working habits and some not-so-good working habits. And while it’s fairly obvious to me when I’m looking at a workspace why an individual may not be performing efficiently, most don’t realize how to create a workspace that flows.

I started my professional organizing career teaching a workshop called “Meet Your Desk.” It was a play on the fact that a lot of us work day in and day out without noticing the piles of paper that accumulate. The end result: Most of us wouldn’t be able to tell you the last time we saw our desk surface clean and clear of clutter.

Take a journey with me where we’ll look at desks that are getting it “right,” while also looking at creative ways to store the stuff you don’t need and that is cluttering up your workspace.

 

8 Incredibly Clever Organizing Tricks

 

A tension rod under the sink; wire and nails in the closet … these storage and organizing ideas are budget friendly to the max by Samantha Schoech

It would be lovely to have a professionally designed closet or a spacious laundry room with a custom organizational system. But most of us are dealing with small spaces, limited funds and big imaginations.

Oh, and stuff. Lots of stuff.

The first trick to good organization is to purge (you can call it curating if that feels better) often and ruthlessly. If you have not used it in a year, out it goes (unless, of course, it has true sentimental or monetary value).

Once you get your stuff down to a nice, manageable pile, you’re going to need a way to organize it. Here are 8 clever, cute and inexpensive ways to do so.

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Best of This Week on Houzz.Com – Part I

Houzz.com is one of my most favorite sites for home decorating, organizing, design and dreaming. You can make your own “books” of ideas from their pictures and information, for reference during future design projects. It is like Pinterest in the creation of personal boards, but the posts do not necessarily go public. Others can view your boards if they know to look for you. I love love LOVE this site. Here are some of the best boards of this week – and there are lots. Usually I like one or two per week, so this is fabulous.

Clutter vs. Keepers: A Guide to New Year’s Purging

Simple questions to get in touch with your clutter comfort level — and figure out what needs to go by Laura Gaskill

With a new year upon us and the resolution-making frenzy in full effect, many of us (myself included) will be casting aside clutter in an attempt to streamline our homes. But what, and how much, do you get rid of? What makes clutter, clutter? Where do you draw the line between an inspiring collection and a jumbled mess? And what about some of the styling tricks employed for photo shoots — creative or ridiculous? If you have ever walked into a friend’s home and found yourself wondering how they can live with all of that stuff, you know that we each have our own clutter comfort level.

So the questions become: What is clutter to you, and what can you do about it? Read on to find where you stand on the clutter comfort continuum, then use the questions that follow to examine your reasons for keeping (or tossing) just about anything in your home.

Get It Done: Attack the Coat Closet

 

With a concrete plan and a little elbow grease, you can tame your jumble of jackets in a single afternoon by Becky Harris

Sometimes there are so many things at home that need organizing that we don’t even know where to start; I know I don’t. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your mess.

Take it one project at a time. Sit down and make a list of all the areas of your home you’d love to see neat and organized. Hang it on the fridge or write it on a chalkboard wall, and make it a goal to finish one project per week until you are done. In fact, you can even get fancy and turn it into a Houzz ideabook like I did.

If the thought of making a list is overwhelming (I know the feeling), don’t fret. I’m going to make it easy for you by giving you one task per week that you can accomplish within a few hours. Make sure you have enough time to complete the task and take a shopping trip; otherwise you’ll end up with more of a mess.

We’re going to start with the coat closet.

Get It Done: Clean Out the Linen Closet

 

Organized bliss for your bedroom sheets and bathroom towels is just a few hours away by Becky Harris

The linen closet has become an elusive space. In fact, having one is a luxury in itself. It was once a home staple, usually placed in an upstairs hallway, but these days you may have to create your own “linen closet.” This could be a small closet or cabinet in a bathroom, an armoire in a bedroom, a hijacked guest room closet or some shelves in the laundry room. Where you place it may determine what you store there; what all of these spaces have in common is that it’s highly likely they could use a good clean-out. Let’s get started.

 

 

Get It Done: Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets

 

You deserve better than precarious piles of pots and toppling towers of lids. Give cabinet chaos the boot with these organizing strategies

by Becky Harris

How to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets

Time: 2 to 3 hours

Materials needed: Cleaner, dust rags or paper towels, contact paper, sticky notes (such as Post-its), pen, donation box. Additional organizers are optional. This ideabook also includes ideas for some mini renovations that require more materials and time.

Tip: Take a before shot of your messiest cabinet so that you can feel extra satisfied when this is all over.

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Freelance Writing/Ghostwriting Places

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Freelance Writer Gigs

 

While I am off work due to injury, I am working on setting up a number of free lance writing gigs. Most are ghost writing articles for other blogs and websites, but I am also close to inking a deal to ghost write an entire book. Many of these sites need talented writers in specialty niches – automobile stuff, law, fashion, computer and IT stuff, and so forth. They don’t pay huge money but they do pay. The more work you do and the better quality work you do equals more money. Plus it is fun – for me anyway – to get back into the writing habit after millions of years of latency.

 

Textbroker.com    : Authors submit some writing samples and are rated by the TB editors for quality. They use AP style, so be warned. Based on your rating, you can then bid on writing jobs. Usually jobs pay either by the job or by the word. There are teams you can bid to join, as well, and these are more specialized. Writers who become recognized or popular within their niche can receive direct orders from clients who request them specifically.  They have an excellent blog, offering professional editor-type help as well as author-to-author help. Orders are paid as soon as they are accepted, and you can get a weekly payout through Paypal. Every article is checked by editors through Copyscape, and they have zero tolerance for plagiarism. Editors give you feedback on your articles and how to improve.

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ELance.com         : Higher end site for authors to put in proposals to complete jobs posted by buyers. Some of the jobs are small – blog articles and posts. Some are huge – contracting for 30 articles per month indefinitely. Some are really huge – like my pending potential ghostwriting of a novel. Pay rates vary widely, as do the agreements on whether articles are published under your own name or that of the buyer. The buyer request must be very specific in this regard. Some of the job requests specify they may turn into full time offers if things go well, so that is unique.  There are also jobs for programming and IT services, consulting, marketing assistance, administrative assistance, engineering and legal contracts. It is worth checking out if you are wanting to pick up odds and ends, or to work on supplementing your resume. They currently list popular skills in demand as:  HTML (1028 available), WordPress (886), PHP (883), Marketing (825), Mobile (743), CSS (739), Database (695), English (675), Testing (638), Android (567), SQL (526), Sales (509). There are also many translating jobs advertised if you have those skills.

Elance

Elance – hire me online

 

 

 

 

 

Helium.com          : I am new to this site and haven’t really seen much about how they work. They seem to be similar to Textbroker, but authors also peer-review articles. There seems to be a lot of networking type activity going on, more of a support group for writers. It appears you choose your own article topics and write the articles, posting them to the site. Other authors review them and click on them, building your popularity and entering you in contests. Article ideas/needs are also posted, and authors can claim them and write the article.  The unique thing about this site is authors publish under their own name, and many of the payments are for revenue sharing – the more clicks your article gets, the more you get paid, sort of like residuals on a book or TV spot.

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Helium logo – Where Knowledge Rules

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiverr.com           : Anyone, not just writers, can post ads for things they will do for $5, called “gigs.”  I posted gigs to write short blog or website articles, or for promoting stuff here on this site. So far, I am getting a fair bit of business for the blog postings, and have gotten “promoted” to a Level 1 seller. This allows me to add extras into my gigs – for instance more words in the article for another $10, faster service/same day service for $20, and so forth. Some of the folks on this site do really neat stuff, other are just plain silly. However, if you are willing to do little bits of things for little bits of money that do add up, it is worth checking out.

Fiverr weird gig

I will creepily sing happy birthday for $5

 

 

 

 

 

 

VFiverr.com        : Absolute clone of Fiverr.com   I have a profile there, and gigs identical to Fiverr.com, but have received zero orders. It appears very few people use the site in general, so I will probably be taking down my profile to focus on the others in which I am getting orders.

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I will manage your Facebook account for 1 day for $5

 

 

 

 

In researching the freelance market, there are tons of other freelance writing sites out there. I have not had the energy or motivation to check them out, but here are there names and links if you are interested.

Write for Cracked.com  New Here? Read This. | All of Your Questions Answered Here | Cracked.com Forums

Write for eHow.com   eHow | How to Videos, Articles & More – Discover the expert in you. | eHow.com

Write for Yahoo.com   Yahoo! Contributor Network – contributor.yahoo.com

Real Writing Jobs.com  Real Writing Jobs – Earn Extra Money Writing!

MadContent.com    Premium Content Writing, Buy Articles, SEO Articles, Niche Review Articles, Buy Content, Unique SEO Articles

DailyArticle.com   Buy Articles, Purchase Tutorials, Order Website Content | Unique SEO Articles | Search Engine Ready | Daily Article

IgnitePoint.com   Showing You How to Ignite Your WOW at IgnitePoint.com

Instant Article Wizard  Instant Article Wizard – Write quality articles on any subject in minutes!

ArticleWorld.net   ArticleWorld.net Free Articles

Interact Media.com  Website Content Made Simple

ContentCurrent.com  SEO Article Writing Service | Crowdsource Content | Professional Online Copywriting | ContentCurrent.com

Quality Gal.com    QualityGal.com | All About High Quality Content

Cloud Crowd on Facebook   (14) CloudCrowd on Facebook

GetArticlesDone.com   GetArticlesDone – Bulk Article Writing Service

EzineArticles.com      EzineArticles Submission – Submit Your Best Quality Original Articles For Massive Exposure, Ezine Publishers Get 25 Free Article Reprints

Ecopywriters.com    Copywriters – SEO Copywriting Services – Freelance Copywriter

ArticlesforSale.com    Articles for Sale

Ozio Media.com  Ozio Media | Copywriting, SEO Writing, Reports, Ebooks

WritingThoughts.com   WritingThoughts

ExpressWriterTeam.com   Home – Professional Writing Services, web content, website pages, blogs, press releases, resumes – Express Writers

WaterMyBlog.com   Blog Writing Service & Content Marketing Service for Small Business | WaterMyBlog

Triond.com    Triond – Publish Writing, Poetry, Music, Video & Content Online

Write for YahooVoices   Yahoo! Voices – voices.yahoo.com

WritingWorld.com    Writing-World.com: Contributor's Guidelines

Odesk.com    The world’s largest online workplace, oDesk is where savvy businesses and professional contractors go to work! – oDesk

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Pet Stuff 1-6-2013

Interesting and amusing pet-related stuff dredged from the intarwebs this week.

Random cat pictures and lolcats found around the internet.

cat shit

Goddamn Snow. I got important cat shit to do.

 

© 2012 National Geographic

 

Poop-Sniffing Dog Tracks Predators

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Poop Sniffing Dog Tracks Dangerous Wild Animals

 

December 3, 2012—A remarkable scat-sniffing dog helps a National Geographic explorer track jaguars and other predators through the remote forests of Argentina

Check out the video here on National Geographic.

 

 

 

Dogshaming.com

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Alcoholic Dog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I dare you not to laugh.

8 Ridiculous Animal Myths You Probably Believe

from the funsters at Cracked.com

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Praying mantis – NSFW

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