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Um, hi. I have some miscellany for you.

I’m feeling a lot better!


Thanks for all your kind words to me on Monday.   I rested like a champ that day (I read 2.5 books!), and also took it pretty easy yesterday.

(Totally gave myself gold stars for that.   Resting is not my forte.)

My kids were all really helpful and quiet, and Joshua brought me a mint chocolate Crunch bar, so that was pretty awesome.

I’m feeling a lot more like myself today, and while I’m still a little run down, I’m mostly on to the congested stage of the cold.

Which is way better than the achy, truck-ran-over-you stage.

The daylight LED bulbs at Costco are terrible.

I’ve been wanting to switch to LEDS so I bought a multi-pack of Costco’s daylight bulbs and oh my soul, they are awful.

My kitchen felt like it was under a sterile spotlight and I couldn’t bear to leave the bulbs in.   I’m definitely taking them back to Costco (thank heavens for a great return policy there).

costco leds

I’m gonna ask an electrician friend which brand he recommends (he installed some nice warm LED recessed bulbs in our office.)   I think the problem could have been that the Costco bulbs are labeled as daylight, which is on the cooler range of things. I need something warmer!

(If you have a brand recommendation, let me know.)

I dig the Better Binders from Staples.

Back in 2012, I bought two Better Binders from Staples because at the time, they were guaranteed for life*. I gave one to Joshua, and he’s been using it every year since.

I put the other one in my music bag, where I use it to file my church music every week.   I started out with one Better Binder and one regular binder, and you can see the difference in how they’ve held up.

staples better binder

I have some Amazon credit from redeeming my TopCashBack rewards, so I think I’m going to buy another 1.5 inch Better Binder to replace my regular one.

And I think I’m going to buy one in this size to replace this binder as well.

repaired binder(No one can accuse me of not trying to extend the life of my binders. The tape never holds forever, though!)

The ONLY downside to these binders is that the covers are sort of grippy, which means they don’t slide down into a crowded bag super well.   But given their superior performance, it’s a flaw I’m willing to put up with.

(*These binders were initially guaranteed for life, but as of 2014, the warranty is only a year.   However, given how strong mine are still going after 4 years, I think they’re very worth the price. I’m not affiliated with Staples. Amazon links are affiliate links.)


Ok! That’s the end of today’s miscellany.   Don’t forget to share LED recommendations for me!


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Monday 17th of October 2016

I'm so glad you found the daylight bulb terrible too! We bought a single LED bulb, back when they were terribly expensive, to replace the bulb in our light/fan in the kitchen. The LED bulb is bigger, so we can't put the glass back on. My husband is going to make an extender but hasn't gotten to it yet. It is SO BRIGHT, and STARK. You can cut yourself on the edges of the shadows! We joke we've got the arctic sun captured in our kitchen! We're stuck with it for now. I hope with the glass over it it'll be better.

Jenny Young

Thursday 13th of October 2016

Oh please do a review on the led bulbs! I am so fed up with trying to find the right bulb. They are all so expensive.


Thursday 13th of October 2016

Once I find some I like, I'll definitely let you guys know!


Thursday 13th of October 2016

Anyone here have experience with the LED bulbs flickering? We find that at least some flicker on occasion. It can be very annoying. Otherwise we like the warm light ones. We've found several different ones at Costco as well as Sams in the past few years. Some of the first ones we got we even returned to Costco as they died in less than a year. They work a lot better in the cold than cfl bulbs (outside lights and garage). Thanks for the binder recommendation. The one I keep recipes in is dying.


Friday 14th of October 2016

Yes! Our LEDs bought to replace halogen in recessed and lighting flicker horribly. Plus the light even when dimmed is very stark and not at all diffused. These are 2700 kelvin warm light and dimmable bulbs. Anyone find good LED replacements for par 30 and 38 halogen bulbs?


Wednesday 12th of October 2016

I don't know if you have a IKEA near you, but we have had great luck with their bulbs.


Wednesday 12th of October 2016

I have 5 of the Better Binders that I use at my workplace on a daily basis and several more that are used occasionally. I've had them for years and they still look as good as new. And I will second the recommendation for Sylvania LED bulbs. We build a house last year and used these throughout and I've been happy with them.

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