Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Potty Talk and Other (More Genteel) Helpful Tips

Potty Talk and Other Helpful Tips
A 3M Command Hook Makes an Instant Potty Seat Holder
Before we moved we had a couple of those Babies R Us toilet tank potty seat hooks. During the move however, they inexplicably went AWOL. And for some reason we never got around to replacing them. For months (!) we’ve been resting the potty seat on the trashcan. It was unsightly and annoying.

Then inspiration struck in the form of a Costco size pack of 3M Command hooks. I stuck one to the side of the toilet tank and voila – problem solved. I wasn’t sure how well the hook would stick, but it’s been there for about a week with no problem.
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White Vinegar + Milk = Buttermilk
My oatmeal pancake recipe calls for buttermilk but I don’t like to buy buttermilk because it won’t get used in anything else. Instead I “make” my own buttermilk. It’s 1 tablespoon white vinegar added to 1 cup of milk. Let stand for 5 minutes, then instant buttermilk! Cooking AND magic!

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Always Focus On the Eye Closest To The Camera
When you’re taking a picture, always put the focus point was on the eye closest to the camera. This photo of Mr. Scientist has an unsightly background but demonstrates the point. I focused on his left eye (which was on my right).

If you’re taking a full face portrait, it won’t matter which eye you choose to focus on. But in photos where the subject is even slightly angled, this little tip makes a big difference in crisp photos.

I’ve blown up the second picture to illustrate the point. If you look closely, you’ll see me reflected in his eyes.

Mr Scientist angle

Mr Scientist angle (L)

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