The Time My House Flooded

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FloodI remember the day the rain waters flooded my house. I entered “water damage Utah” into my search engine and found a disaster response team that was able to inspect the premises right away. In a few hours a large van pulled up in my driveway and a burly yet affable fellow emerged.

After taking a look around the house he told me that he had the right equipment for the kind of structural drying I required, including ceilings, wall cavities and the drying of various sorts of material. He went on to say that different buildings are built with different types of materials. Moreover, different surfaces vary in terms of absorption rates. He said that he could employ several different techniques to dry my house including air movement, heat, de-humidification and air filtration.

He explained to me that it was vitally important to extract water from my house as soon as possible employing all the correct techniques. The longer I waited the more damage could potentially result. By contrast the faster the water is removed, the less moisture will remain which makes it faster and easier to dry. He told me he had the most modern machines and that he was an expert in their operation.

I noticed a disgusting smell had begun to waft through the room. He told me that sewage had probably accumulated somewhere. He explained that sewage contains harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses and various parasites. These toxins are serious health hazards and must be dealt with quickly before it spreads. He said this was also a service he could provide.

Finally he explained that I also need to be concerned about mold infestation. Once it starts, mold spreads quickly. When mold spreads it produces irritants and allergens with potential negative heath impacts. I thanked him profusely and told him to get right to work. I was certainly glad I decided to enter “water damage Utah” into my search engine.


Cryptic Cleaning Woman

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dustingLast weekend I met a woman at a bar who apparently works for a cleaning service in Salt Lake City. The two of us were sitting at the bar with a stool between us when she leaned over and whispered in my ear, “I am concerned about reducing my carbon footprint.”

Naturally I was a little taken aback and asked her what she meant by this.

She responded with something to the effect that cleaning homes actually helps the environment and that improving the cleaning process is something people can feel better about.

I was not really sure what she was talking about but she happened to be pretty so I nodded as if I agreed with her.

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She kept talking. “When we clean,” she said, “we use a unique ‘Truly Green’ cleaning system, improving our clients’ safety and health by improving air quality and maintaining high cleanliness standards. We want your family and pets—not to mention our cleaning staff, not only to live longer, but better. Our company fully commits itself to sustainable practices within the green cleaning industry.”

“That’s great,” I told her wondering if she was simply making conversation or giving me a sales pitch.

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“Many people are aware that homes can make cause illness,” she told me. “Even if a home does not specifically have mold or require a deep cleaning, a thorough cleaning will always have a positive effect.”

I told her that I agreed with her pointing out that whenever I clean my apartment I feel better.

She then said, “We offer steam cleaning, deep cleaning, regular services, spring and seasonal cleaning, laundry, housekeeping, and cleaning before a big move and we do it all in the healthiest way possible.”

“That’s great,” I responded not exactly sure about the best way to respond to her. She smiled, got up from her stool and walked out of the bar. I never saw her again.

Aussie Plum Scentsy Bar

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ScentsyYou are cordially invited to join Scentsy. When you become a Scentsy sales consultant you will enjoy the exquisite privilege of selling the Aussie Plum Scentsy Bar. You will know perfectly well why I say it is a privilege to sell this product once you inhale its sublime vapors. The product description relates that the scent is a “[m]elange of juicy plum, pink grapefruit, and tart pomegranate with smooth vanilla.” But I do not believe this mere collection of words does the actual experience any justice. Of course in this article I can only provide an additional collection of words to express how wonderful I believe this product to be. Truly no collection of words can come close to duplicating the gnosis of nasal ecstasy the Aussi Plum Scentsy Bar will invoke.


When I think of the mysterious and exotic continent of Australia many distinct images come to mind. Of course I see cuddly Koala bears sitting in trees munching on eucalyptus leaves. There is also the playful kangaroo hopping through the outback with a joey in its pouch. There is the Great Barrier Reef with all its colorful, underwater glory. I see thousands of miles of beaches with surfers lying on beach towels drinking a large can of Fosters beer. I see the mysterious Ayers Rock in the center of the continent and lanky, dark aborigines going forth on a walkabout. A duckbilled platypus waddles past followed by a dingo and a wallaby all the while I hear the serene hum of a diggery doo playing in the background. These are the down under images that come to mind when I smell the Aussie Plum Scentsy Bar.
Again, I can only provide a collection of words. But when you join Scentsy and are able to smell the Aussie Plum Scentsy Bar you will then know what I am trying to express.

Memories of My Wedding Venue in Salt Lake City

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wedding2I barely remember my own wedding. Of course I remember the wedding venue in Salt Lake City. My wife and I met in pre hurricane Katrina New Orleans where we were both law students. I moved there from New England; Connecticut specifically. She came from Salt Lake City which is why we decided to get married there. Looking back on it, it was sort of a rash decision on our parts to get married between our second and third years of law school. So much could have happened and we had only known each other for a year or so. But I suppose most people make these momentous life changing decisions without really planning them out as thoroughly as they think they should.

I remember my uncle talking to me in the back of the church before the ceremony. I remember him telling me that from this point forward I will have to put my wife first. He also said there will be days when I will want to throw her out the window but I have to remember to put her first if I wanted the marriage to succeed. I remember telling him that our family had many examples of good marriages that have withstood the test of time. I remember also saying something about how my father (his brother) had taught me about the importance of loyalty. He seemed taken aback and replied, “Loyalty is earned.”

As I said, I barely remember the rest of the ceremony. I do remember that the wedding venue in Salt Lake City my wife had picked out was a modern church with actual trees in planters behind the altar. She had the task of picking out the venue because I had a job in New Orleans and had to remain there for most of the summer. That was almost 18 years ago. We have certainly been through ups and downs in our relationship since that time. I do not see how I could have ever have been ready for most of it even if I did plan it more thoroughly than I had.

Dust to Dust

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dustingI like to believe that I keep a pretty clean house but there is one thing that I never think to do when I clean and that is dusting. I pick my clothes up off my floor, I wash the dishes, I wipe down surfaces and vacuum. I make my bed and generally straighten everything out but I never think to dust. Then, inevitably there comes a time when I notice the dust start to accumulate on surfaces and on the blades of my ceiling fan. When I see this it agitates me and makes me think I am really not doing as great a job as I thought keeping my house in tip top shape.

This is the reason I have made the decision to hire a maid service in Salt Lake City. I am tired of forgetting to dust and then reaching the point where I remember to dust by seeing dust. Once I dust, I in effect hit the reset button and everything goes back to normal. But I know in the back of my mind that the dust has already started to accumulate on all the surfaces. At first I am able to keep it safely tucked away in the back of my mind but inevitably one day I wake up and see dust everywhere. It makes me anxious and the only way to get rid of my anxiety is to dust like a crazy person until all the surfaces are clean and the whole cycle starts over again.

Hiring a cleaning service in Salt Lake City will take care of this problem once and for all. They will show up once a week or every other week and do all the little things (like dusting) that I never think to do until they smack me in the face. Once I hire the cleaning service I will not have the nagging pressure in the back of my mind because I know it will be taken care of.

Anyone Know a Good Maid Service in Salt Lake City?

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traditional-patioI would like the name of a good maid service in Salt Lake City because my apartment is a mess and I am having a difficult time finding the motivation to clean it myself. For me, a clean apartment all starts with a made bed. Once the bed is made I have a work space on which to fold laundry. Next I have to pick up all the dirty clothes up off the floor and put them in my laundry basket. Once the bed is made and the clothes are off the floor then I can think clearly and plot out my strategy to clean the rest of the apartment.

I like the idea of having all my machines working for me in the background. So the first thing I do is get a load of laundry going in the washer. If there is a load of washed clothing in the washer, so much the better. I move that stuff to the dryer and put dirty clothes in the washer. Then I will have both machines working for me. If I can then get a full load of dirty dishes going in the dishwasher I will have achieved the trifecta of machines working in the background for me. It is like earning passive income while I sleep.

Except, I will not be sleeping because while my machines are working in the background, I will be cleaning off surfaces in the kitchen and bathrooms. I will vacuum and sweep the floors. And I will take out the garbage. By the time I am finished with all that the laundry in the dryer will be ending its cycle. I will take that out and transfer the wet clothes from the washer to the dryer. I will then take the dry, clean clothes to my made bed to fold it. You get the idea. There’s more stuff to do but as I said, I do not have the motivation to do any of it. That is why I need the name of a good cleaning service in Salt Lake City.

Wedding Venue Zen

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Wedding(2)There are many wedding venues in Salt Lake City to choose from. What factors will influence you when making your choice of a venue for your wedding? Do you want a venue with an outdoor patio? Do you want a large well appointed dining room? Perhaps you envision pictures taken with the wedding party standing on the steps of a grand staircase.

Regardless of what you picture in your mind the venue you eventually settle on will most likely not contain every detail you were hoping for. For some people this is a frustrating reality to accept. This mindset is understandable. A great deal of thought and planning goes into a wedding. The decision to get married is important and laden with heavy consequences. Of course the ceremony and reception should reflect the gravity of the occasion. However, this does not mean that the venue in your mind can be exactly replicated in the real world.

This reality is very much like the marriage itself. When couples first meet and become infatuated with one another they tend to see each other through rose tinted glasses. Over time the reality sets in and the couple begins to see more of their real selves. This is truth. But this is not a bad thing. When a couple comes to accept the real selves of their partners they open the door to a richer and more stable relationship.

The same might be said about choosing one of the many wedding venues in Salt Lake City. It will never be exactly as you envision it in your mind. But if you choose the best one and then adopt the mindset that you will be open to the venue being itself and the special day revealing itself on its own terms you might find that much of the pressure in planning it is alleviated. You may also find that the day is more enjoyable than you anticipated.

Cleaning Lady Memories

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A friend of mine recently asked me if I knew of a good maid service in Salt Lake City. This question reminded me of the many times growing up when my mother would yell at me to clean my bedroom in anticipation of our cleaning lady who came to our house every other week. I always thought it was strange that I had to clean up so that a cleaning lady could do her job. Looking back on it, I suppose her job was not really to pick up my dirty clothes off the floor but rather to perform the cleaning jobs that my mother did not normally get to. These tasks included dusting, vacuuming and cleaning the tubs, toilets and showers.

My friend’s inquiry regarding a cleaning service in Salt Lake City also sparked another memory. This memory was more of a feeling than a visual image. Specifically, I recall how awkward I felt whenever the cleaning lady arrived. I always felt like I had to find a place to be other than the room where she was. Even if I was safely in another room there was always the uneasy fear that she would make her way into the room where I was hiding. At the same time I felt like she was judging me. I had a fear that she somehow thought I was lazy because my parents were paying her to clean our house rather than making me do it. I felt this way despite the fact that my mother made me clean up my room before she arrived.

Of course these memories have more to do with my childhood angst than anything this cleaning lady ever did. She was actually a nice older lady as I recall. I am sure she was not actually judging me the way I feared she was. I never told my friend who asked me for a home cleaning service in Salt Lake City about these memories his question inspired. Perhaps he will read this blog post.

Insurance for Home-Based Business

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If you join Scentsy or operate any other type of home based business it is very important to asses your insurance coverage needs. Specifically, you need to determine how much insurance coverage you have and whether it actually covers a potential risk of loss related to the operatioInsurancen of your business.

The National Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 30% of homeowners operate home based business and most likely greater than 50% of these businesses are underinsured. It is thought that the amount of underinsurance stems from a false assumption that the business operator’s homeowner’s insurance policy will cover more than it actually does. Significantly, a typical homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover personal injury claims or other losses related to the operation of a home based business.

Fortunately, the insurance industry has adapted to the needs of the growing population of home based businesses. In many situations a lapse of coverage can be managed by adding what is called an “endorsement” or amendment to your homeowner’s policy to specifically cover additional risk incurred through the operation of a home based business. In addition, many insurance providers now offer policies specifically tailored to provide coverage for home based businesses. These policies can cover personal injury liability or other losses related to the operation of a home based business. For home based businesses that function in multiple locations outside the home there is a unique product called a B.O.P. or Business Owner’s Package Policy which will extend coverage to liability arising outside the home as well.

Insurance packages will vary from company to company and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Accordingly, if you are in the market for this type of coverage it is probably a good idea to consult aninsurance professional who will be familiar with the types of policies available and the particular legal nuances of your state.

The Importance of Removing Clutter

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Albert Einstein once said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then is an empty desk a sign?” I do not know if Mr. Einstein was being facetious or simply trying to defend his own habits with respect to clutter. However, I do know that it does not take an Einstein to understand the fact that too much clutter can be an unwanted distraction especially when concentration is required.

Original-Nancy-Ondra_unique-container-gardens-desk_s3x4_leadIf you working on a project that requires concentration it is very important to minimize your distractions so that you can better devote your energy to the task at hand. By definition, a distraction is something that divides attention or prevents concentration. A distraction can take many forms ranging from external noise to other people talking or trying to engage your attention. Even your own internal thought process can be distracting from time to time. But I have found one of the most undermining yet subtle forms of distraction is a cluttered workspace. Studies have confirmed that physical clutterhas a negative impact on a mind’s ability to maintain focus.

It is easy enough to instruct you to remove clutter but I know this can be difficult for some people. Certain personality types are more prone to create clutter than to remove it. If you are one of these people then you will find removing clutter to be an insurmountable obstacle. You may even possess a strong desire to remove the clutter but something always gets in the way. For one reason or another you always seem to put it off for another time. This internal conflict can develop into a source of stress. One effective way to deal with this situation is to get someone else to deal with it. You can do this by hiring a cleaning service. By doing so not only will the clutter be removed but the mental energy you were devoting to it will also be removed thus allowing you to better concentrate on the task at hand.

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