Category: Life Hacks

A Long overdue goodbye to Summer

Even though I haven’t been motivated to vent my spleen in a while, I’m hammering out this post because we apparently have a new policy at CN where you could lose your blog space if you don’t post periodically or frequently enough or something. Don’t feel neglected readers, I haven’t been posting on social media... Read more »

Every Couple needs a Secret Language

Every couple, gay or straight, whether married or in a LTR, needs their own secret language. I’m not talking Lovey-Dovey baby talk but some simple words, phrases and even gestures that seem straightforward to circumstantial eavesdroppers, but have a clandestine meaning to you and your partner.  Think of these as your safe words for non-sexual situations. One common... Read more »

The 7 winter coats you need to survive Chicago Winters - Men's Edition

<strong>Heavy Parka</strong>: this is for single digit temperature days when it hurts your face to be outside.
When it comes to winters in the Midwest, they are something else.  Not as brutal as Antarctica, Alaska or Greenland, but definitely a class of their own.  Chicago is particularly interesting because it is possible to experience all four seasons in one day, even in the winter!   Now the Woman’s Edition will take bit... Read more »
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Parents need kidproof appliances, not refrigerators that can stream Game of Thrones

I like technology as much as the next geek, but only to the extent that it either really helps make my life easier, or it is really cool without a high cost of entry.  Alas there are some technologies out there that miss both these markers and will not be seen in our household any... Read more »

When you go from living Paycheck-to-Paycheck to Credit Card Cycle to Credit Card Cycle

Today is the closing date for my main credit card.  That means I start a fresh cycle and have already racked up $380 in charges for things I put off paying for until today.  That doesn’t include the $105 I spent on my belated Father’s Day present yesterday…I had to pull the trigger and purchase... Read more »

How to Repurpose a Crib Rail into a Gate

Of the 4 sides of the crib, this piece works the best because of its length and girth.
A few years ago, I decided to take a crack at fixing the gate between my deck and the side fence in my yard.   I didn’t understand why the previous owner had a gate there.  Now that I have children, I completely understand the need.  Alas, my attempt in 2014 sucked and I left it... Read more »
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Is Gaming the System always a Bad Thing

One of the many shortcomings of Corporate America is the fact that coworkers just cannot help but wonder if their fellow brother-in-floresent lighting is getting away with something. Gaming the system (also referred to as gaming the rules, bending the rules, abusing the system, cheating the system, milking the system, playing the system, or working... Read more »

Why I'm renewing my Lincoln Park Zoo membership via snail mail

View image | gettyimages.com The time has come to renew my membership to the Lincoln Park Zoo and I’m doing it the old-fashioned way: by mailing in my renewal application instead of paying online.  Why not use the modern convenience of online bill pay?  First, some context. While I might have skipped a year here... Read more »

Deleting everything in my Inbox and Not Feeling Guilty about it

So I use the email account associated with this blog (therunninggod@gmail.com) to subscribe to other blogs I like as well a few random newsletters like Tomshardware and How-To-Geek, along with my fair share of Nigerian Bank Scams and Hot Local Women who want to meet me. I generally do a good job of keeping up... Read more »
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Facebook Life Hack: An alternative to de-friending

Updated: When I started working on this post, it was as a compliment to my other Two for Tuesday post. However, after doing some diligent fact checking…okay I went to grab a screen capture and found that my information is now obsolete. Apparently Facebook changed things again! Still the point in this post still stands.... Read more »