Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time for Gifting Musical Stuffs!


I never knew just how expensive it could be having a child who is musically talented until, well, I had one.  I’ve spent lots and lots of money buying her instruments and music sheets, but my nephew has spent literally thousands of dollars to facilitate his musical talent and interest.  He’s never taken a music class in his life. He taught himself to play the guitar and now he plays in a band.  Recently he had several guitars and yamaha amps stolen. Clearly, his wish for Christmas is replacement. Lucky for him, he listened to his aunty and actually insured his stuff this year.  Whew!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Legal Translation on a Global Scale

Having worked in the legal industry for 20 years now, one thing I have noticed is the trend against using certified court reports to perform legal translations.  In the old days, one would find a certified court reporter that spoke the language being translated and that person would be hired to translate the document. One regret I have is that I didn't stick with Spanish after I learned it in my early days. I would have been that much more marketable.

Now days, there are services that specialize in such translation of legal documents, such as contracts, wills, trusts, and settlement agreements into another language.  I have family in the UK and apparently these companies are huge over there.  It is also my understanding that there is quite a market for translation given the global economy we’re living in.

So, if you are in the need for some legal translation, whether you are a corporation, legal firm or small company, there is indeed a market to service your very need.  Shop around, find someone reputable, and get references.  Just like any other job you’re hiring out, you want someone  who is good at what they do and preferably someone who specializes in the field you’re in. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Sticky Gooey Delicious Chex Mix

I had this at my cousin's house on Halloween and I've been craving it ever since. It takes less than 15 minutes to make.
photo via google images

1 cup butter
1 cup karo syrup
1 cup sugar
6 cup rice chex
6 cup corn chex
1 cup slivered almonds (or any nut you enjoy really)

Stir butter, light karo syrup, and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil for about minutes.  Pour over the mix, stirring well.   Spread mixture on Wax or Parchment paper and let sit for about an hour. 


I'm going to mix it up a little and try it with different nuts as well (like pecans, cashews, maybe macadamia.  I think walnuts would be too strong). And maybe brown sugar instead of white.  14 wants me to add pretzels to the mix.  17 wants me to use Honey Graham cereal also.

Let me know what you try! 

Keep in a dry, airtight container.  I don't know how long it keeps, we ate a whole bowl in one day!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Conditioning Cleanser

So. I moved from the scorching desert back to a more humid climate and yet and noticed my hair was looking very dry and brittle. I don't really use heat on it so I was surprised. I decided it needed a deeper condition to re-adjust to Utah.

I was reading an article about cleansing conditioner and thought that was the magic trick to bring my hair back to life.  It was conditioner with a mild detergent so your hair would be free of harsher chemicals.  Bingo!

I bought Pantene Cleansing Conditioner.  I've always had good luck with Pantene products.  And I tried it for a whole week.  And my hair was very silky and soft.  Except that I also looked like a homeless person with an exceptional wardrobe and great shoes.  

Because here is what they don't tell you:  if you have thin hair, or limp hair, or oily hair or anything that isn't full bodied - thick hair, you're hair will look like you haven't washed it for a week. 

I thought it was odd that the instructions said "for a deep clean, use regular shampoo every three days." 

I thought the point was to avoid using the "regular" shampoo full of harsh chemicals, etc. 

Anyway, after one week I went the route of using a mild shampoo every other day and the conditioning cleanser on the odd days.  Except I'm trying to avoid washing my hair every day because that just creates more oil.  So I now wash my scalp with a mild shampoo and use the cleansing conditioner on my hair ends and tips.

So far so good.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holiday shopping ideas

In following up on my last post, if you have a musician in the family, or you are a musician, and you're looking for stuffs to add to your own personal arsenal, you should do some online shopping.  or at the very least Send for our free catalog. ("Our" as in "their") catalog. It's where I've gotten a few things for my daughter and my nephew and it is an online shop where I've educated myself more than once.  The holidays and gift giving seasons are upon us.  Start early.  Avoid the rush.