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Book #100 - Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie - This was a collection of short stories based around the amazing exploits of Hercule Poirot. I really wish I had picked a better book as my 100th. This one was good, don't get me wrong, but short stories always leave me wanting more. Plus, I never have a chance of figuring out who the killer/thief/whatever is when the story is only a few pages long. Oh, who am I kidding? I can never figure it out regardless of the length of the book. :)

There's still no word on that darn loan that we're waiting on. The lady my mom was talking to today mentioned that everyone in our complex was held up by this particular loan, though. Boo. I'm so ready to get into my pretty new house that I'm going to scream. Ahhhhhhh!

Cole's spending the night at his dad's and Hailey and I are watching The Wizard of Oz for the 9 millionth time. Hailey just loves this movie. As you can see, I'm taking this time to journal. Yay!

By the by, I made homemade granola today. I think I overcooked it a tad. It was good, there were just some pieces that were a little more cooked than I was hoping they'd be. Anyway. It has pistachio nuts, almonds, dried cranberries, dried cherries, raisins and cinnamon as well as all the regular granola-like substances. It smelled so delicious while it was cooking. It was making me drool. I was ready to eat it as soon as it came out of the oven even though it was waaay to hot.

I'm also toying with making my own laundry detergent. From what I was reading it's incredibly easy and it works very, very well. Cost wise it's very attractive. I think someone estimated that her homemade detergent costs her about 7 cents a load whereas store bought detergent runs anywhere from 25 to 30 cents a load. In the end I think it will depend on how easily I can get my hands on the ingredients needed. We'll see.

Can I move yet?
Later!

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making your own detergent huh? i hope people don't tease you as much as they did me for wanting to make my own shampoo.

At least my detergent doesn't sound like salad dressing. :)
Okay! Okay! I was wrong to tease you so much. I was looking into shampoos and conditioners as well. Everything I was reading said that Apple Cider Vinegar is the best best best thing to use as a conditioner. It smooths, detangles and leaves your hair shiny. I'm seriously considering it.

As for shampoo, I found a couple of recipes for herbal shampoos that sound fairly easy. The hardest part will be finding all the ingredients. :)

I have actually debated on the merits of making my own laundry detergent.

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/04/09/making-your-own-laundry-detergent-a-detailed-visual-guide/

So far though, I consider myself too lazy to totally be serious about doing it.
You may have seen this link before, but I put here just in case.

I was also debating on teaching myself the fine art of home bread baking. I have developed a passion for fresh baked rye bread.

I looked at that one, bit I think I'm going to go with a powdered detergent for my first try. There's no boiling or melting involved. :)

My mom makes bread sometimes. It's usually delicious. However, it doesn't last as long as I'd like since it has no preservatives in it. :( I guess that's the price for being healthy.

OH? Powdered home made detergent. Interesting. I should look that up.

And I know what you mean about the bread.
I get fresh baked rye bread from Central Market, and it could go moldy in like a week - and I keep my bread in the refrigerator to slow down that process too.

I keep a wal-mart brand bread in the frig, just in case I run out of the good stuff. And the wal-mart brand can last for months. It's actually kinda scary how long it lasts without getting moldy. I am thinking it would survive a nuclear attack.

But it doesn't taste nearly as good, feels weird to the touch, and doesn't give you those warm fuzzy feelings of eating better.

Lol! I know what you mean! I like these whole wheat mini bagels from Trader Joe's but they're so natural that I can't eat them all before they go bad. Boo. :(

http://www.soapsgonebuy.com/category_s/24.htm

There's a powdered detergent at the bottom of that page that seems incredibly easy. They say that it would cost about 15 cents per load but I think the cost would be cut down if you were able to buy locally. I think I'm going to run out to my local hardware store tomorrow and see if they carry any of the needed ingredients. I'll let you know what the cost turns out to be if I can find everything.

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