Money Saving Tips 66-70

Cut your own hair. With a good pair of clippers you can cut your own hair. Or if you find that to hard you can go to a hair school. They are supervised by actual hair dresses and it costs much less then a regular salon.

Take another look at your debt. Everyone needs to make a plan to help get themselves out of debt. What you need to do is write down what debts you have and how much. Then you need to decide what order you are going to pay things off in.

Do Basic home and auto maintenance on a regular schedule. Instead of waiting for things to break down make a schedule of things that you can do some work on. By taking an hour or two out a month you can keep things from breaking down and spot problems before they get worse.

Look at your cell phone bill and get rid of services you don’t need or use. Maybe you pay for 500 text messages but only need 100 or maybe you don’t need web access. Call your cell phone company and ask them to eliminate those services to start saving some money.

Sexy Sunday 75

Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi was born in Euless Texas in 1980. She is an Iranian-Spanish beauty who is the descendant of a 19th century king. In her teens Sarah competed in many beauty pageants. She studied English and Opera at Southern Methodist University. In 1999 she became a member of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and was featured on the cover of their calendar in 2000. Sarah moved to Hollywood and soon gained roles on Alias, Dawson’s Creek, The L Word, Spin City, Boston Public and Frasier. This exposure led to her role in Old School. Sarah Shahi is currently married to Steve Howey and the two are expecting a child in the summer of 2009.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Servings: 24

Ingredients:
3 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg

Directions:

Sift flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In a bowl beat eggs. Add sugar and continue to beat until blended. Combine oil, vanilla, zucchini, walnuts, chocolate chips.

Slowly combine dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Next place batter into two greased 9×5 inch loaf pans.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for 50 minutes or until bread tests done.

Pains No Man Should Ignore

Sudden Groin Pain: This pain isn’t as bad as getting hit in the balls but its pretty close. It sometimes may be accompanied by swelling.
Possible Condition: You may have Testicular Torsion. Under normal circumstances testicles are attached to a mans body in two ways: by spermatic cords and by flesh anchors near the scrotum. However in some cases there is a defect and these anchors are missing which allows the spermatic cords to get twisted which can cut off the flow to the testicle. If you catch this within 4-6 hours it is possible to save the testicle but if you wait 12-24 hours you’ll probably lose your testicles. Another possibility is an infection of the epididymis.
Getting Diagnosed: In most cases you would get a physical examination which may be accompanied by an ultrasound. Antibiotics can help with infection. If your spermatic cords are twisting then a surgeon will straighten them out and create artificial anchors near the scrotum.

Severe Back Pain: This pain is similar to if you had tried to clean and tug at a very heavy shelf. However, normally painkillers, heat, or even rest don’t make the pain go away.
Possible Condition: If you are certain your pain isn’t related to an exercise injury then you may be suffering from an aneurysm. Another possible condition is kidney stones.
Getting Diagnosed: Getting injected with dye and having a CT scan is the best way of revealing the shape and size of an aneurysm. Once the size is determined it will be treated with blood pressure medication or surgery to implant a synthetic graft.

Persistent Shin or Foot Pain: This is a pain that nags at the front of the shin or top of the foot which worsens with exercises. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen provide no relief.
Possible Condition: More then likely you are suffering from a stress fracture. Bones are like other tissues within your body they constantly regenerate. However, if you are exercising so hard and so much then your bones are not getting proper time to heal. This can lead to permanent bone damage.
Getting Diagnosed: During an X-ray, radioactive dye will reveal if you have a fracture. You will be told to stop exercising until it can heal and may have to wear a cast for awhile.

Sharp Abdominal Pain: This pain would feel like a bullet in the stomach or getting knifed in the gut.
Possible Condition: This can be hard to determine because there are so many vital organs near your abdominal region. The pain could mean anything from appendicitis, pancreatitis, or even an inflamed gallbladder. Regardless in either case something has caused a blockage with your organ which can be fatal.
Getting Diagnosed: If you have pain in the lower right part of your abdomen and you have a high white blood cell count you probably have appendicitis (meaning you will have your appendix removed). If you have pain in the upper right part of your abdomen and your white blood cell count is high you probably have an inflamed gallbladder (so you will have your gallbladder removed). If its pain below your breast bone and certain enzyme levels are high then you may be having problems with your pancreas.

Transient Chest Pains: This is a heavy pain that leaves just as fast as it came.
Possible Condition: Possibly indigestion, or even a heart attack. Even if it only lasts for a short period of time it can be something very serious. Just how serious? You may have a blood clot that has placed itself in a narrow spot in your coronary artery which can completely cut off blood flow to your heart. If this is the case you may have no more then 3-4 hours.
Getting Diagnosed: A blood test normally checks certain markers for damaged heart tissue. Treatment may include a angioplasty or bypass surgery.

Leg Pain and Swelling: Your calve is extreme pain and its swollen and tender to the touch it may even feel warm.
Possible Condition: Even by just sitting in place for up to 6 hours can cause blood pools in your lower legs causing a clot. Before long that clot will be big enough to block blood flow through a vein which causes the pain and swelling. One of the first things you would probably do is rub your leg. However that is one of the worst things you can do as it can send a big clot up to your lung which could kill you.
Getting Diagnosed: A venogram would be the best way to determine if you have DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Doctors will try to dissolve the clot with drugs or place filters on certain veins to stop clots.

Painful Urination: Your urination is so painful it causes you to curse and scream and your urine has a rusty tint to it.
Possible Condition: Worst case scenario is you have bladder cancer which is the 4th most common cancer among men. Smoking is an extreme risk factor but if you catch this disease early you have a 90% of fixing the problem.
Getting Diagnosed: To diagnose Bladder cancer doctors have to go through the process of elimination. They may do a urinalysis to eliminate bugs, then they will look inside your bladder by inserting a scope. Surgery, radiation or chemotherapy will be used to remove any tumours.

Jokes 04-09-09

Robert went to his lawyer and said, “I would like to make a will but I don’t know exactly how to go about it.” the lawyer smiled at Robert and replied, “Not a problem leave it all to me.” Robert looked somewhat upset and said, “well I knew you were going to take a big portion, but I would like to leave a little to my family too!”

Q:Where does the one legged waitress work?
A: The Ihop

Q: What did the blonde say when she walked into the bar?
A: Ouch!

Q: What did the fish say when he swam into the wall?
A: Damn

Blame the Dog
A guy goes to pick up his date for the evening. She’s not ready yet, so he has to sit in the living room with her parents. He has a bad case of case and really needs to relieve some pressure. Luckily the family dog jumps up on the couch next to him. He decides that he can let a little fart out and if anyone notices they will think the dog did it. He farts, and the woman yells “Spot, get down from there.” The guy thinks “Great, they think the dog did it.” he releases another fart, and the woman again yells for the dog to get down. This goes on for a couple more farts. Finally the woman yells, “Damn it Spot, get down before he shits on you.”

Crazy Laws 15

In Iowa one-armed piano players must play for free

In New York a man can’t go outside when he is wearing a jacket and pants that don’t match.

In Texas it is illegal to shoot a buffalo from a second story hotel balcony.

In Massachusetts snoring is banned unless doors and windows are closed and locked.

In Wyoming it is illegal to fish with a firearm.

New Releases April 7, 2009

Blu-ray Disc
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New release listings for Blu-ray and Playstation 3.

Blu-ray

  • 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Warner)
  • Above the Law (Warner)
  • American History X (Warner)
  • The Beauty of Snakes (Genius)
  • Bricktown (Celebrity Distribution)
  • Collateral Damage (Warner)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (Fox)
  • Doubt (Walt Disney)
  • Final Destination (Warner)
  • Fly Away Home (Sony)
  • Gettysburg: The Battle And The Address (Genius)
  • Gettysburg: The Battle And The Address (Genius)
  • Iditarod (Discovery Channel)
  • John Q (Warner)
  • The Last Word (Image)
  • Mars: The Quest for Life (Genius)
  • No Country for Old Men (Collector’s Edition) (Walt Disney)
  • Not Easily Broken (Sony)
  • Point of No Return (Warner)
  • Roxanne (Sony)
  • Taking Lives (Warner)
  • The Tale of Despereaux (Universal)
  • Tango & Cash (Warner)
  • Vicente Fernandez: Primera Fila (Sony Music)
  • The Wedding Singer (Warner)
  • Winged Migration (Sony)
  • The World’s Biggest And Baddest Bugs (Genius)
  • Yes Man (Warner)

Playstation 3

  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
  • The Godfather II
  • Hannah Montana: The Movie


Money Saving Tips 61-65

If something is broken try to fix it yourself first. Look on the internet or at the library for manuals on how you can try to repair it. If you give it a good attempt you may be able to fix it yourself and save on the costs of hiring a repairman or the cost of replacing the item.

Invest in a deep freezer. After the initial investment a deep freezer is a great bargain. You can buy foods in bulk and pay less at the stores per pound. You can also prepare numerous foods in advance allowing you to prepare some easily.

Check out your city’s parks and recreational bulletin boards. Many parks offer free or affordable events. From picnics, nature hikes or even sporting events. It’s a good way to save money and meet people.

Start your own garden. Gardening is inexpensive. There may be first time costs but after you can save hundreds of dollars. You can grow your own vegetables to pick and eat when you are ready. When the end of the season comes you can pickle and can your vegetables for later use.

Take public transportation. If you live near a transit route or train route take it. This way you don’t need to worry about the costs of parking and you can save money.