Clint got poison ivy several weeks ago, and he researched on the internet and found out about this product called Tecnu. It was used to remove radioactive particles from skin or something like that, but the inventor’s wife discovered that it also removes the urushiol oil from skin.  So Clint’s been using it and it’s been keeping his poison ivy at bay.

On Sunday, the day after Clint murdered all the tree limbs with the pole saw, I was collecting all the branches and limbs and throwing them out back. That was when I discovered myself in my yard right smack in the middle of poison ivy. I was wearing short sleeves, and Clint sent me inside to use the Technu. I rubbed a quarter-sized amount onto each arm, and then put on a long-sleeve shirt, went right back outside and dived back into the poison ivy patch. I started out with latex gloves, but those didn’t last long before they were taken out by thorns, so then I was just using my bare hands. And I kept wiping my brow and then being like, “oh crap, I’m going to get poison ivy on my face!’. Except… it’s 2 days later, and I have no sign of poison ivy. I am itching because of mosquito bites, but there is no poison ivy that I can tell. I am amazed! Go Tecnu! I mean, I specifically picked up a twig of known poison ivy with my bare hand, and yet… any itching on my hands is very minimal.  Any little spots that are itching are mosquito and bug bites, not poison ivy.


For those who don’t know, I got my first gray hair when I was 15.  My father had salt-n-pepper hair when he was 17, and of the 3 children, I was the one who got the curse of premature gray.  I also found out my mom’s father was premature gray as well.  So I got the genes from both sides of the family.  My siblings seemed to have been spared so far, though Vicky’s is becoming more and more gray in recent years (she says, but I haven’t seen any evidence).

It wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but I was also cursed with sensitive skin.  Any random thing can set me off into a full-body rash.  Over the years, I’ve been reacting more and more to hair dye.  My head will get numb, I’ll get weird lumps in my neck and head, and it would itch and itch and burn and burn.  Not fun.  So I wouldn’t touch up my roots like a normal human being.  The doctor advised taking a benadryl before dying my hair, and that has helped some, but then I have to sleep for 3-5 hours afterwards.

Back in 2005ish, I decided to go blonde.  Clint likes it, and I like it, but I have really been missing the red.  I liked myself better with dark hair.  So, when the hair salon got too expensive for my taste, I started wondering what I should do.  It’s been months of “do I dye it, or do I let it go gray and natural.” and “if I do dye it, do I stay blonde or go red? Do I do it myself or go to a salon?  If I do it myself, do I get a store-bought color, or do I get henna?” 

Well, after much hemming and hawing about what to do with my hair, I finally made a decision.  With the help of the Simpsons, I decided to dye it (I can go gray in 10 or 20 years). I’ve been blonde for about 5 years now, so I’ll go henna for 5 years and see how it goes… then after that, I can cross that bridge when I come to it and decide if I want to go gray, blonde, or continue with henna..

It feels good to finally be decided.  Oh, and Angel, Tabbitha and Parthena will be happy to know I threw out the mysterious box of open hennalucent that I had found in the back of my linen closet and had no recollection of buying.  I got 4 samples from a recommended website of body-art quality henna so I will test the different colors out to see which one works best on my hair.

This is the website that was recommended to me:

I bought an MP3 player from Sandisk for my mom for her birthday.  After a day and a half of giving it to her, the clip broke off.

I emailed Sandisk informing them the clip has broken and asked if they have a repair or exchange policy.

I received an email back from Sandisk Customer Service asking me to verify what the issue was with the player, and gave me some general troubleshooting tips for if the mp3 player was failing technically.

I emailed them back informing them that it was the physical clip that was broken.

They emailed me back a link where I could purchase a new clip for $10.

I emailed them back letting them know that the plastic is broken, so purchasing a new clip won’t fix the problem.

They emailed me back this message:

 (Cerenidad Salvatierra)12/08/2009 09:25 AM
Dear Carolyn,

Thank you for emailing SanDisk Technical Support. It is our goal to make sure you have all the resources you need to get the most from your product.

We regret to inform you that physical damage on SanDisk products voids the warranty as stated in the last sentence on the first paragraph of the warranty:

“…This warranty is void if the product is not used in accordance with the product instructions, or if it is damaged as a result of improper installation, misuses, unauthorized repair, modification or accident…”

Unfortunately, Sandisk does not provide warranty repair services nor sell replacement parts.

Should you have any other concern with our products, please reply to this email.

Best regards,
Che S.
SanDisk Technical Support


OK, so now I have a product that has no warranty whatsoever?  Ridiculous!  I do not recommend Sandisk anymore.

I will blog about the actual trip later, but I felt like blogging about my new skis.


Just so everyone knows.  I don’t know how you can screw up a mousepad, but I attempted to use a Microthin Wow!Pad mouse pad here at work with my optical mouse.  And it sucks.  It makes my mouse skip across the screen uncontrollably every couple minutes.  Very strange.

Needless to say, I’m not using it anymore.  Sorry Glen.  It was a nice thought, and it’s not your fault it sucks.

Maybe it’s because I’m dealing with a real store, and not a random computer-parts technical support, but I just had a very pleasant experience with a customer service call. (more…)