life-skills

How to Do Your Laundry Without Ruining Your Wardrobe

Doing laundry for yourself is like a rite of passage most of you should earn in your teens, but the sad fact of the world is that the majority of you still have your mommies washing your clothes every holiday break til you graduate college. Whenever it happens, this is something you gotta learn and if you do it wrong, there can be some disastrous consequences for your clothing, so let’s get it right.

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12 Things They Should Teach You In School But Don’t

In general, I loved school because I’m a big nerd who enjoys learning. But that doesn’t mean there are some things about school that I really always hated – specifically, the fact that you learn a lot of stuff you probably won’t need later in life and you don’t learn a lot of stuff that you absolutely will need to know later in life…It would be nice to also be taught basic life skills, you know?

So, here are 10 things they should start teaching in school – although I doubt it will ever happen.

With the help of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Stanford University is launching program designed to teach students the basics of choosing groceries, cooking and eating healthy. The Teaching Kitchen @ Stanford also wants to inspire students, get them excited about food, and allow them the opportunity to gain confidence in their cooking.

As Jamie Oliver would say – gorgeous!

Cooking 101: Stanford Adds Healthy Eating Skills To The Curriculum

Photo: Courtesy of Stanford’s Residential and Dining Enterprises

Making your life less ordinary and more extraordinary.

1. Get up an hour earlier than usual.

Use the time to do some gentle yoga poses, take a walk, or slowly ease into the day instead of frantically running into the shower, driving, or walking to the office, and sitting at your desk before your body has even had enough time to adjust to the new day. It sets the tone for a mellower, happier day.

2. Make a to-do list in the morning.

Make it attainable and realistic and you’ll feel good at the end of the day seeing all those check marks.

3. Make movement non-negotiable.

Halfway through your morning and through the afternoon, make a point to stand up and walk around. Walk around your office, take a stroll down the block, whatever you have time for. Do this as often as possible.

4. At lunch, turn away from your computer and focus on your food.

Be in the moment. Get outside if you have time and walk, read a book, or just take in the day for whatever amount of time you have.

5. Do something different each evening after work.

Don’t make a routine out of coming home, eating dinner, and sitting on the couch. Go on hikes with your dogs, visit the beach, go to to the movies, out with friends, or having bonfires in the backyard. Just because it is a “school night” doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it!

6. Don’t get into an eating rut.

Have something healthy that you REALLY enjoy for each meal – perhaps a tasty smoothie for breakfast, delicious leftovers for lunch, and plan a fun dinner – fun to both make and eat! Once you start experimenting in the kitchen, it’s hard to stop and the possibilities are endless.

7. Before you go to bed, rehash your day and find gratitude for everything that happened to you that day.

Be thankful.

The most important part of all of this is to practice mindfulness throughout your day. Even on your way to work, which may seem like the most mundane thing ever, take in the weather, the sounds, the sights. At work, notice the people around you, and make the best of whatever your job might be. You’re there, so may as well make the best of it and take pride in your accomplishments. Our world is always changing, every second of every hour, so make sure you witness as much of it as you can.

How to Stop Whining and Make a Damn Appointment

You’re sick. Your tooth hurts. That mole you’ve been ignoring for five years has only gotten stronger and more powerful. There are a lot of reasons to make an appointment with your primary doctor, a specialist, or your dentist. But here’s the thing: you gotta do it. Your life may literally depend on it. Or maybe your education does. Maybe your sanity does. The point is, it’s a big fucking deal and I know you hate it, but goddamn, grow the fuck up and make an appointment already.

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What to do after a car accident

Short story time: At the beginning of May, I was hit while driving by another car that decided red lights don’t mean stop (what a bitch). Three years prior I hit a car that I’m pretty sure came the fuck out of nowhere (‘funny note’—I can’t remember a lot from that accident). And I have been in the car as a passenger during a couple negligible rear-ending incidents (one which happened days after my first big accident and caused me to have a panic attack).

So what do you do in the aftermath of a car accident?

FIRST—Check on YOU: You read it in airplane emergency brochures—help yourself before assisting your fellow passengers. The same thing goes for car accidents. Make sure that you’re okay before helping everyone else. Here’s what I do: check for major bleeding, wiggle toes, fingers, roll neck gently, feel body for debris. You can do this pretty damn quickly. But you’re no fucking use to anyone if you’re injured and bleeding and trying to help other passengers. Why? Because you’ll only hurt yourself further, and may injure the other person, as well.

Check on other passengers. Were you driving with other people in the car? Or are you another passenger being driven by someone else? Look around the vehicle and audibly ask if each person is okay. If anyone’s injured badly, take note, because you’ll need to describe this to the emergency operator.

Turn off the vehicle (if possible). Whenever your car is hit, especially if it’s hit near the engine or gas tank, turn the car off. The last thing you want is a fucking giant ball of fire on the side of the road. Also, turning off the car can make you feel like you’re doing something normal(ish), which might help keep your noggin calm.

Exit the car (if possible). Sometimes you can’t exit the car the normal way. You might have to crawl through a window, or crawl around the car to exit through a door that’s working. My first accident was a T-bone that resulted in my door being slammed in. The electric doors in the car were fucked up already, so my only way out was to have the responding officer rip the door off (the look on his face as he tried to open the other doors was fucking hilarious, though).

Do you need police/fire/ambulance? Then…

Call emergency services. The operator will ask you your location. Try to name off a nearby intersection, mile marker, or landmark—this can help first responders locate you more quickly. It pays to know where the fuck you are. Describe your car. Name the number of people and their injuries, if you can. Say how many cars were involved.

While you’re waiting, if you can, grab any personal belongings from your car (purse, backpack, etc.). In case your car is towed, you might lose access to these things. If your phone is working, take pictures of the scene. This can help later with insurance stuffs, or if it’s needed as court evidence. Or you can even use them to create a scrapbook memorial page mourning the loss of your first car. Also, call any important people who should know that you were in a bad accident: parents, spouse, lover, friends, boss, etc.

Is it a minor dent/scratch and no one’s hurt? Then…

Call the police anyway. Why? Because as good as some people can be, some will do anything to avoid taking fault for an accident. This can come back to bite you in the ass when you’re trying to get reimbursed by the other persons’ insurance company for any work your car needs. So why do I need a cop? Because they can be a third party witness who can assign a ticket to the faulted party, collect insurance information, and describe the details of your car.

If you really don’t want to call the cops…get the other person’s insurance. Take a picture of your car and their car. Shit, take a picture of their insurance card. Don’t let them get away by just giving you their first name and a phone number—you’ll never hear from them again. Be assertive about getting it, and if they’re hesitant or violent, CALL THE COPS.

Important things to note: Don’t forget to call your insurance company and let them know about the accident! Write down the number of the agent who you’ll be talking to. Get the cop’s name and badge number, the police report number, towing company, the names of everyone involved. Your insurance company will ask you to give your statement. Before telling them, write everything down so you know what to say and so you can make sure you didn’t forget to mention anything.

Miscellaneous tips:

Try to stay as calm as possible, at least when you’re on the phone. It’s really hard for emergency responders to get information out of someone who’s crying.

Bring a bag or box with you to get the stuff out of your car, if it’s been towed. If you had stuff in boxes in your trunk, they may have been busted during the accident, so you’ll be happy you brought a bag.

Don’t text and drive! Seriously! If you kill someone because you decided texting was more important than paying attention to the road, I hate you and hope you rot (fuck you, fuck you, fuck you). Same thing with cell phone calls! The person on the other end of the line doesn’t know if they’re distracting you, and not having two hands on the wheel can lead to some gnarly accidents (especially in bad weather). Bluetooth headsets are super-cheap nowadays, and a lot of states (like Illinois!) are making hands-free laws (IE, you need to use a bluetooth device while driving or else it’s a pricy ticket).

Even if you end up not going to the hospital, see your doctor the next day. Let them know you were in a car accident. Sometimes your body takes a while to tell you that you have an injury. Also, sometimes what you think is nothing can lead to major neck/back/brain problems later, so this can save you in the long run.

Also, BIG TIP: If you’re the car who hit someone, never say “I’m sorry.” That is considered an admission of guilt and is ultimately what got me charged as being Car 1 (car at-fault) in my first accident. Even though both I and the other car were technically at fault, the responding officer chose me (poo).

Stay safe, pay attention to the road, and wear your seatbelts!
-The Sudden Adult

PS. It’s totally OKAY to cry and freak out a bunch after an accident. I can only manage to remain calm enough to call 911 and talk to the police, but when I call my parents I cry a bunch. Luckily my mom is fluent in The Sudden Adult’s Tear-Filled Rambling and can decipher that I want my dad there to talk ‘police’ with the police (plus he’s a big fat guy, so hugging him’s like hugging a giant mustachioed grizzly).

Sixteen must have books for preppers
  1. LDS Preparedness Manual 
  2. Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times
  3. Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre
  4. Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle
  5. Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game
  6. Keeping the Harvest: Preserving Your Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs
  7. Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving
  8. Where There Is No Doctor
  9. Where There Is No Dentist
  10. The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook
  11. Cookin’ with Home Storage
  12. The Secure Home
  13. Affordable Security: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Protecting Your Home, Business, and Automobile
  14. Holding Your Ground
  15. Light Infantry Tactics: For Small Teams
  16. The Survival Group Handbook: How to Plan, Organize and Lead People For a Short or Long Term Survival Situation

List courtesy of TheSurvivalistBlog.net  

anonymous asked:

How do I balance high school and work ?

School first. You have your whole life to work, you need to focus on getting an education and being the best you can be so later in life you can work smarter and make the world a better place. If you’re in high school, recognize that even though we live in a capitalist society and a lot of people are going to be putting pressure on you to work that you do not (and should not) be giving work and school equal parts of your time or energy. School first, then use your extra time for work. Part-time jobs with few hours that schedule you on nights and weekends are the best for students in high school. I’m definitely not dissuading anyone from working through high school; I think that was one of the best things I did for myself, I’m just saying that work isn’t everything and wherever you end up working, make sure your boss feels the same way. Don’t work for the guy that gives you shit for not picking up extra shifts because you have a big test on Tuesday. 

It’s not about balancing, it’s about prioritizing. And I recognize that some people don’t have the luxury of choosing school and need to drop out to take care of their families, but if that’s not your situation, then I really urge you to put school first; your work life will be better for it.

  • Me:*purchases a book he's had his eye on for a while*
  • Me:*doesn't have time to read it right away*
  • Me:*attempts to shelve it for later perusal, only to find that there's no shelf space left*
  • Me:*begins reorganising shelves to make room*
  • Me:*finds two other copies of the same book he just bought*
  • Me:God dammit, me.