I learned this one the hard way: just buy the stupid travel insurance, the kind that lets you cancel for any reason.
I think of myself as a person who does not cancel or change trips. But the evidence, and my experience, is to the contrary.
From now on, I’m going with the flexibility.
I already fly Southwest whenever at all possible, because none of this matters for those flights – they are all completely transferable to other dates.
How many times does THIS need to be learned? A colleague got it right today. Not the part in which she spilled the water on the laptop. But the part about how she only lost part of a day’s work, because she is smart enough to back up ALL of her work data on common servers, not her own hard drive.
I learned that owning a GPS does no good at all if it’s in the other car.
I have learned that it’s worth it to me to have one GPS for each car, and that low-feature ones are really cheap.
Even better to put things where they belong, every single time. But failing that (and I keep failing that), I have learned that it’s a really good idea to put my name and cell and/or email on all the items that I want returned to me.
For this Black Friday entry, I learned, from Dmitry, that NOT all online stores charge sales tax when shipping to a home in a state with a state sales tax! I thought they did!
So if you ship from Best Buy to NYC, you have to pay NY tax (sorry Kat!) because Best Buy has a presence in NY state. But possibly NOT for an Amazon purchase, as they are based elsewhere.
Really – did you know? Comment here!
See this is how an electric oven works: Preheat means heat both the top and bottom elements. Bake is just the bottom elements.
I have learned how darn important it is to switch from preheat to bake when you put the item in the oven.
Our carefully over-managed Thanksgiving morning project plan had every step in the world on it -when to mix, when to bake, when to carve. But there was no task and no slack for dealing with broccoli casserole with actual raging flames coming from the potato chip topping too close to the still-on-preheat burner!
All’s well that ends well, but please heed the lessons from this!
We learned this in our mall trip: Drop of the pictures FIRST! Or if you have uploaded them before you go shopping, go check on them FIRST. We also learned that you can use Best Buy as your own free internet cafe, if, for instance, you have to go resubmit your whole stupid photo order from within the mall!