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Friday! woo hoo!

November 19, 2010 by  


I’m still having dental pain, even after taking a course of antibiotics. I’ve got a refill for the abx, and am going to fill it tomorrow. The pain subsided after taking the last dose, then has come back with full vengence in the past 2 days (my last pill was Saturday). Does that sound right? Is it still possible it’s still the sinus infection (I am congested, and now have a chest cough) and another round of abx will kill it? I’d hate to have him go digging around in my teeth for no reason.


In other news, I finally tried the sponge mop refill of the Mr Clean Magic Eraser yesterday on the kitchen floor. Thank you so much to Dominique for telling me about them!

I know I’ve mentioned it before but that floor is the bane of my existence. You know? I was impressed. It was $6.99 at Orchard Supply Hardware (is that a national store chain?) and I’ve heard that it’s supposed to last about 3 months.  I can’t see how that’s possible, and we have a dinky kitchen, but whatever. It did get the layer of grime out of the linoleum grooves and it was satisfactory to see the sink water run gray while I wrung it out. The floor isn’t quite as glisteny as if I scrubbed Cinderella-style with a Magic Eraser, but it’s so close I think I’ll stick to this method for a while.

It was a bit tricky to figure out how to disengage the mop head I had, but once I did, attaching the refill was really easy. The directions were clear, and in the package were some pieces to attach to your mop if needed (I needed one of the blue plastic screws).

While at OSH, I picked up what I think is the blinds cleaner Jennibell told me about. It’s a white plastic thing with a green microfiber cover and three slots for blinds. You squeeze the handle while running it between the slats to get them clean. I haven’t used it yet—but I’m kind of excited.

yes. I’m excited to clean blinds. I know. I’m terribly dorky.



run any last minute errands for non-perishable supplies for next Thursday

daily 7

Steph: GO TO THE PHARMACY. stop putting it off!

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9 Responses to “Friday! woo hoo!”

  1. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy on November 19th, 2010 5:58 am

    I”ve tried the magic eraser sponge and I LOVE it, I didn’t know there was one for the floor. I’ll have to look into that!

  2. jennibell on November 19th, 2010 6:25 am

    Oooh, can’t wait to try the magic eraser sponge on the floor!!! Neat-o. Sounds like you found the right blind cleaner thing at the store. . .let me know what you think :) I have a huge air return on my living room wall that I’ve never been able to disguise and it is white, of all things (well, my molding is white so that’s probably why the builder chose that) but it gets soooooo dusty and grimy. Unless you take it off and spray it down. . .well. . . you know where this is going? I used that blind-cleaner apparatus for that. . .guess what?!? Yes, it worked!!! The grate is clean!!! It’s already paid for itself in my world. Glad to know there are others that get excited about silly things like this. Guess that’s how these companies make their $$$ :) Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. elizabethk on November 19th, 2010 8:51 am

    Is your floor wood? — I wonder if it would work on mine, as I have noticed on certain areas that the magic eraser leaves a bit of a film? Wish there was a way to try a sample…

    Sorry about your tooth/sinus pain — NO fun at all. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Months long reader – first time comment – I think.

    • Stephanie on November 19th, 2010 10:48 am

      Hi Elizabeth—
      no, we have cruddy old vinyl in the kitchen. You aren’t supposed to use the eraser on wood. It’s a mild sandpaper—it scrubs the top level off. If you have used it on waxed vinyl, you may have been taking the top wax off?
      I love it for walls, marks on the kid table, for the dishwasher, the bathtub, tile.
      Not good on finished wood, though!


  4. Jen on November 19th, 2010 10:50 am

    Steph: I hope you’re not answering comments if you haven’t been to the pharmacy yet!

    just a little virtual hand slap for ya. now go to the pharmacy!

    • Stephanie on November 19th, 2010 2:00 pm

      hahahaaa! you are wonderful. :-)

  5. Katie on November 20th, 2010 3:04 pm

    My molars (both top and bottom) often hurt when I have sinus issues. Get that cleared up before you request a root canal. Feel better soon! Love the crockpot blog & cleaning sites.

  6. Wendy on November 29th, 2010 9:45 pm

    Hi! This is my first time ever leaving a comment on your blog (which I have followed for about the last two years)! I couldn’t help notice the root canal thing because I’m a dental assistant. lol But, I mainly went to look at the pot of chocolate! MMMMmmm can’t wait to give that a go! Anyway, it’s one thing for a dentist to say your teeth need root canal treatments and it’s another for them to show you the x-ray and show you and explain to you why you need them. Also, another thing to find out is what happened when you had these teeth worked on this summer. Were they really deep fillings you had done? Were they teeth prepped for crowns? We often need to be proactive in our health, including the health of our teeth. It’s not wrong for you to question your dentist as to why you need treatments, just as asking any doctor what you’re being treated for. If the dentist doesn’t have a good explanation – get a different one! I am so bothered by insurance companies having preferred providers, because any office can sign up and it’s just a way of the office getting business, really. Just because an office is not a preferred provider, it does not mean your insurance won’t pay anything. It just means that sometimes you’ll have to pay a little more out of pocket. Often times I’d rather go to an office that’s not a preferred provider of any insurance and pay the difference out of my pocket. Good luck to you and your teeth!

  7. Janet Smith on December 6th, 2010 11:58 am

    Try not to stress over the root canal. The procedure has gotten so much easier over the last 15 years…You will do fine! Getting over the infection is the hardest part, which you are experiencing now. I have had my share of root canals over the years…My husband had his first one last week and did well. His pain prior was big, like yours. However, after the antibiotics and procedure, he is now “great” and waiting for the tooth to be completed next week. HIs comment was “The root canal hurt less than my last cleaning!” He was also just so glad to get rid of the abscess problem. Stay on the antibiotic and motrin…try to take it regularly so that the pain doesn’t get out of control, because then its harder to stop. YOu can also request something stronger if you need it…So sorry about this. It isn’t fun, that is for sure.
    Also, thanks for your blogging! My family thanks you too, as I was pretty boring with my crockpot cooking…its been nice to try new things!

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