Gas Leaks Can Be Scary But Professional Plumbing Services Can Prevent Them

plumbing serviceI know where to find the master water valve if there is a leak in my house, but I don’t know how to turn off the gas.  Even though I learned the hard way, it’s nice to know that our plumbing service does gas line testing and repairs and that they also have an emergency line if you need them right way after business hours.

A few weeks ago my husband and I were at home when we smelled gas.  It started off as a very faint smell and we thought maybe it was coming from somewhere outside, but as it grew stronger we realized that it was coming from the house and we started to panic.  I’m glad the kids weren’t at home too when this all happened, because I probably would have scared them more than I needed to.  We grabbed the dog and a cell phone and went to the edge of our driveway so that we could call someone.  While my husband called the fire department line to ask what we should do, I called our plumber’s emergency line to see if they knew what to do.  Neither of us had been in this situation before so we weren’t exactly sure what the right call was to make and figured calling both would be best.

As we waited for what seemed like an eternity outside but what was really only 10 minutes, the plumbers showed up first and shut off the gas line.  Just a few seconds later the fire department arrived to check the gas levels and determine where the leak was coming from.  Since they both came to save the day in different ways, I’m still not sure who I am supposed to call first when there is a gas leak in the house.  I somehow don’t think that everyone is as lucky as we are with such a reliable plumbing service that can save your house from blowing up.  What I did learn from the whole experience is that I can ask my plumbing service to do annual gas line leak prevention checks so that something like this never happens again.  We regularly check our pilot lights in the oven and water tank to make sure no gas escapes from there, but if there is a leak somewhere in a line we would have no way of knowing until it was too late.  Having the lines checked now will keep any breaks from ever happening and I feel much safer knowing that we should never smell gas like that again.

The firemen told me later that we made the right move in calling them first, and that the right thing to do when you smell gas is to call 911 and the local gas company to shut off the main gas supply to the block, not just our house.  We knew that it was the best idea to get out of there immediately, and not to use any electricity that could cause sparks or create an open flame.


Sound Storage exceeds all other storage units.

We all cherish our things and it is important for us to find a place where we can store the things that we don’t need anymore where we feel confident that everything will be safe and sound. That is where Sound Storage of Mill Creek, WA comes in. They are are a company storage unitthat makes sure all of your belongings will always be safe and sound. That can be because they are looking offering heat so your things don’t get destroyed by the weather or because they offer convenience in loading and unloading your precious belongings. They do this by covering their loading because we all know how much weather can affect us when it comes time to moving and Sound Storage of Mill Creek wants to make sure that you are getting the best out of the money you are spending to choose them over other self storage units. After all there are quite a few to choose from and it can be hard to know which one to go with. Looking at all that Sound Storage of Mill Creek has to offer, there can be no contest when it comes to choosing a place that will care for all of your precious belongings.

The management at Sound Storage has years and years of experience in working in the self storage industry. Anytime you pick any business you are going to want to pick a business that offers you the knowledge of thoroughly knowing that which you are paying them for. The last thing any of us wants is to have something foreign and unknown to pop up out of no where and then the management has no idea how to deal with it. This is something that you will never need to worry about when it comes to Sound Storage of Mill Creek. They know what they are in doing when it comes to self storage so you can rest soundly knowing all of your things will be safe no matter if you are out of town temporarily, have moved and will need to come back for your things or some other reason why you have put your special things in a storage unit. So give Sound Storage of Mill Creek a call today so you can get your things in storage right now and then you can move on to the things that you have been wanting to get to.

Not only does Sound Storage have all of the amenities that you are looking for when it comes to a storage unit, but they also will provide you with the affordability that you desire and deserve. Give Sound Storage the chance to show you why they are the best self storage unit around. With their heating, cover loaded and unloading, excellence in knowledge and experience of self storage units and then of course their affordable prices there is no other self storage unit that will do the job for you the way that Sound Storage of Mill Creek can. So give them a call!

A wonderful steel building from my childhood.

I was born in an incredibly small town in eastern Colorado, but I only lived there until I was two years old.  We moved several hours away from there, so we did not go back and visit very often.  However, my parents had a couple of good friends out there that we would go and visit every now and then.  They had a few children that were around our age so we would always play with them while our parents did whatever they were doing.  I loved it there.  They owned quite a bit of land, and they had four-wheelers and dirt bikes that we were allowed to drive.  One of the scariest moments from my childhood involved one of the four wheelers.  I was riding it with one of their children down a dirt path in between two corn fields. It had rained the day before, and the dirt path was incredibly messy.  The kid I was riding it with slammed on the brakes too hard after we turned a corner, and the four-wheeler completely fell over.  It almost fell on top of us, but we dove off just in time to avoid it.  We had a good laugh, mostly because of the tension we had been feeling I believe.  They also had a ton of animals that were really fun to play with, and a big screen television with a ton of movies.  We had a lot of this stuff at our house too, but it was fun to be in a new place with new toys.

Of all of the things that we did at their house, my favorite by far was hanging out in their gymnasium.  The gymnasium was a prefabricated steel building that they had bought and had constructed at their home.  It was amazing.  Inside, they had a full-sized basketball court with a hoop on each end.  We used to play endless games of one-on-one and two-on-two.  They also had a volleyball net that we could erect and play on it.  Everyone loved to play volleyball, so we did that more often than playing basketball.  We also played various forms of other games, including racquetball, tennis, and others.

Metal buildings are great because you can make them whatever you would like them to be.  You can turn them into a gymnasium, you can use them to store certain items, and more.  The other great thing is that it is easy to add on to them, so if our friends in this small town ever wanted more space in their gym, or they wanted to add something else onto it, it would be incredibly easy.

Those trips are some of my favorite memories from my childhood.  I always looked forward so much to going and I was always very sad when we left.  As I got older, we stopped going to visit them at their property, but I’ll always remember the great times we had there.  And I’ll never forget the great time we had playing in that metal building.


It is Best to Hire a Company, Like Automation U, to Help You Implement Your Marketing Automation System.

marketing automationNobody would deny that marketing is of the utmost importance to the success of any business.  That being said, you cannot spend all of your time and energy focusing on marketing, or you would get nothing done that is tangible, to manage your business.  That is why you need to find a way to handle your marketing effectively and efficiently, without allowing it to take up all of your time and effort.  The secret to doing this is marketing automation.  Of course, even with the best marketing automation software, you still need to know how to best use it, as it can get confusing if you do not implement it correctly or understand what it is capable of.  That is why it is best to hire a company, like Automation U, to help you implement your marketing automation system.

Marketing automation can be one of the best kinds of systems for improving the efficiency of a company.  This is because an overwhelmingly large portion of time is often spent on repetitive, manual marketing tasks, which could be completed more efficiently and effectively by an automated system.  For instance, a marketing automation system combines all of the websites and social media networks that your company is involved with.  That way, you can easily make changes and assessments, without having to go through the process of doing that manually.  While having the marketing automation tools is the first step, you also need to know how to properly utilize them, so that you are getting your money’s worth.  After all marketing automation systems do not come free of charge, but they can end up paying off, many times over, as long as you use them correctly.  That is a big reason why it is so important to hire a company like Automation U.  Their intention is to help you learn how to get the most out of your marketing automation software, in addition to just helping you implement it.  This is an invaluable service.

Why stop at your marketing department, when it comes to automation, though.  There are other aspects of your business that can be automated, in order to make things run more smoothly.  Sales is one obvious example.  Investing in sales tools can be an excellent decision.  Like marketing, sales is another aspect of business that can take up an inordinate amount of time, resources, and effort.  To minimize this, while not sacrificing anything, simply automate your sales department, the same way you did with your marketing.  Of course, as with marketing automation, it helps to fully understand how to utilize the system.  Luckily, Automation U can help with that, as well.  They will teach you how to use your system to keep track of inventory, employee information, and customers.  If used properly, a sales automation system can substantially increase the efficiency, as well as the profitability, of your company.  After all, you will be able to quickly and easily track all of your products, without having to waste your valuable time.

Jewelry is a very popular accessory.

I am not someone that wears a lot of jewelry, but that is not to say that I don’t have an opinion about the stuff.  My girlfriend does wear a lot of jewelry, so I get to see a lot of it.  My biggest opinion about it is that there are a number of situations in which the appropriate jewelry can elevate a situation and others where it may not be super important.  This is especially the case with a number of the things that I have seen and I am starting that process of questioning all of the engagement rings that I have seen recently.  I try to go to yoga on a regular basis and one of the things that I have been frequently seeing is all of the engagement rings that keep popping up all over the place.  I have nothing wrong with seeing all of these, but I am starting to think that there is some kind of health hazard.  What if one of the girls puts her head on her hand and cuts her eye that would be awful for that to occur, especially in yoga!  The other thing that I think is kind of interesting is that I am seeing a number of these rings. 

diamond ringsI’m not sure what the attraction is to diamond rings; it could be because of the the tradition behind them. Nevertheless, I think that more and more people would be starting to move away from the practice because there is such an industry behind diamond rings.  It is increasingly difficult to stay in the light of justice when it comes to consumerism and buying a diamond ring would be just the same thing.  I would hope that more and more people start to think of alternative engagement rings as a way to bring in some different attention. Nevertheless, I am not sure if that is going to happen any time soon.  Just about every ring, save one – I think, has been a diamond ring and there is nothing really to criticize about that.  I would hope to have some more understanding of where the individual diamonds come form before making my decision however.  It just seems to me and that more and more of the conflict in the planet is due to the consumers behind the goods.  The best way that we can keep this from happening is by taking out time and not just going out there and buying the first thing that we see.

We should be striving to have morality represented in the wedding bands that we are buying.  It would go a very long way for someone to buy a wedding ring that represents not just their love for another person, but also a faith in humanity and a willingness to uphold their own values through their consumer purchases. I’m not sure what this would look like or if there are similar issues with gold, but it would be very interesting to see just how they stack up.

Replacing blinds in our remodel

A part of our remodel, and this is probably an important part of nearly every remodel done on a single family home or condo, is the replacement of our blinds across the whole house. We have had the same blinds since we moved into this place, and they were the ones that were left by the previous owner. We have commented several times about how much we wanted to buy new blinds and pick out something that is a bit more in line with our style and decorating sense. But it just never really happened, because there were always other things that we had to spend our money on and our time and effort went into different things. The way it just worked out was that we finally got around to completing the remodel that we were planning on our kitchen and entry way, and we decided that it would be a perfect time to incorporate that new hunter douglas blind switch that we have been talking about for so long. It makes sense to have our contractor just work through the whole thing, so that we don’t really have to deal with any of it on our own. They are going to take down the old blinds and take them away, probably to the dump along with all the other things that they are ripping out of our home. They have brought with them a very large dumpster that is sitting outside of our house on the street, and they are filling it up slowly with all the things that they are having to remove from the kitchen and the dining room for the remodel and the additions.

When we first decided to add the new shads into the job, we went to Fine Shadings to see what types of inventory they had and what was out there on the market at this time. It was a really great idea, because they were able to explain to us all the different functions that you can get in blinds, and all the different styles that are out there that we can choose from. It makes sense for us to really look at our usage of the blinds and how we want them to function for better use from us. We ended up going with the hunter douglas blinds that can be opened from the bottom or from the top. blindsThey also have no string that dangles down, and you just push them up or pull them down. Where you stop, they stop. They stay half way or all the way. I have never seen blinds like this before, and I am enthralled by what a great idea they are. They are really easy to use, and they look really great in our kitchen and living room. The color choices were somewhat unlimited, and so we picked a color that really highlights the place and works well with our current color scheme. We may want to change them out for a new color in the future, but for now we are really enjoying the new blinds that we have.

Stock management software lets you know when you need to reorder.

I do not have a lot of experience when it comes to making sure that all of the items in the house do not need restocking.  Of course, I could go to Sam’s Club and buy 10,000 rolls of toilet paper, but is that the best use of my second bedroom.  Storing 10,000 rolls of TP doesn’t pay me rent, so I probably have to figure out a better way to do all of that.  Nevertheless, I am not the only one that has to deal with problems like this.  Restaurants and retailers have some of the same problems so the question is how do you remedy that kind of situation.  For me personally, I would look toward a supply chain management software, so that I could have all of the items prepared for me for exactly when I need them.

stock management systemThe thought process behind this means that I will have the ability to fully stock everything that I need without having to go out and buy everything at the very beginning.  It means that all of my food would be fresher and I would be more prepared to order something.  Because I am the only person in my house that I would be cooking for, it does not make sense for me to invest in all of that stuff.  Nevertheless, I think that it would be a game changer for a restaurant or a retailer.  The best example would probably be a retailer that has a large stock of items.  I would hard pressed to think of a retailer that would not benefit from some kind of software that helped in inventory tracking.  They would be able to be aware of everything in their store all of the time.  It means having the opportunity to focus on better things in the store.  It could be spending more time with customers or training employees or looking for newer items to order.  The possibilities are kind of endless when it comes to being able to utilize a tool that allows for an individual to make their time more efficient.

I know that as someone that works in a professional setting that I would be able to spend more time working with donors if I had a time management system that limited the amount of time that had me doing things that were not central to my job.  It would be very similar for a restaurant and their ordering system.  I would hope that there would be new ways of doing business and i think that the time management systems could be just that.  My thought process here is that if a chef were to have a stock management system in place, there is a good chance that he or she would be able to improve their time in practicing their cooking to developing new marketing tools for the restaurant.  It could be very interesting to see just how that would benefit a restaurant.  I think that it could be huge in the end for a retailer or restaurant.

Energy Fuels working as the biggest company in the US uranium industry

One of the larger political debates that is engulfing our nation is our energy use and where we get our energy and fuel. There is without doubt a number of different views and options for what would be considered the better or if all else at least the least terrible way that we can try and continue our current energy extensive lifestyle. One of the many ways that we have been collecting and using energy is by using uranium fuel put through the fission process. This is one of the more polarizing energy methods because some people say that this is one of the safest ways for us to produce energy and it is not from any sort of fossil fuels so while it is not exactly a renewable resource, it at least does not depend on our very fleeing supply of dinosaur remains. Of course this does not mean that there are not questions of safety and pollutants in regards to the waste that comes from the process but of course there will always be people who are willing to overlook the possible damage and those who think it is under stated. In this particular piece of writing I do not care to go into either side of the debate but instead only to acknowledge the differences and move on. So let’s start with a bit of basic information over uranium that has been provided by one of the largest uranium companies in the United States, Energy Fuels.
First of all, uranium is a naturally-occurring and slightly radioactive element that is found in the earths crust. While most of the time the uranium that we extract and use is found in mines, the element can be found in soil, rock, groundwater, and seawater all over the world. There are pieces of the world that have more uranium than others such as the area in Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona but according to the Health Physics Society, “one square mile of earth, one foot deep, typically contains about 2 tons of radioactive uranium.”
uraniumOnce the uranium has been extracted and treated over a long process that takes the uranium through a number of phases. After all of this is done the uranium can be used for nuclear energy or for making weapons, which is what you most often hear about in the news when it comes to uranium. While when people come across uranium that we do not want to like North Korea, we here in the United States have and use a lot of uranium. In fact, around twenty percent of all of the electricity we use here in the United States comes from nuclear energy and the global average is not far behind with fifteen percent of global energy use coming from nuclear energy. Just like about everything else in the world, the use of nuclear energy is expected to boom in Asia over the next few decades.
While we do not have all of the answers or solutions regarding nuclear energy and uranium mining, it is becoming a significant portion of our energy use and probably will be for awhile.

If you have been looking for great psychotherapy, look no further.

http://wwww.livingmorefully.comFinding a great psychotherapist can be a tricky, even pesky, task.  There have been times in my life where I have looked for a therapist, but each time I went, I always got the feeling that my therapist was too judgmental, seemed disinterested, or wasn’t pointing out any aspects of myself that I did not already know.  I have always believed you should leave therapy feeling a little more enlightened about yourself.  That isn’t to say that a great therapist won’t leave you with more questions than you had before.  This is totally possible, but hopefully they are new questions.  However, I have never met a therapist that did that for me.  For awhile, I just believed that psychotherapy was not for me.  Now that I have gotten a little older, I am realizing that it probably wasn’t the field of psychotherapy, but rather the particular therapists I was seeing.  I now believe psychotherapy can greatly benefit just about anyone, including myself, if only you can find the right therapist.

Enter James Guay at Living More Fully.  Based on the testimonials on his website, the video of his 5 steps to live more fully, and his presentation of what therapy means to him, he seems like a guy I would really enjoy talking to.  His approach to helping people live more fully and with more purpose really resonates with me, and his excitement and passion for helping people is clear.

James also provides gay couples therapy and Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy.  The latter, Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy, focuses on racism, sexism, and homophobia within the larger societal context, and the impact these themes have on individuals, as well as their families.  Although James highlights the work he does with gay individuals, couples, and families with gay individuals in them, he will work with anyone regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.  And his approach to Living More Fully resonates with people across the societal spectrum, from gay to straight, and from men to women.  James wants to help you live more fully by helping you have more fulfilling relationships, increasing your effectiveness and creativity, enjoying a better work and life balance, and many more things!

As I said before, psychotherapy never seemed like a great fit for me.  That was because of the therapists I saw, though.  Most of my visits simply involved me talking aimlessly while my therapists took notes and asked a few questions.  It seems like with James’ approach that he has a plan to help you out, so you aren’t talking aimlessly and your therapist is creating some sort of plan based off of that.  He isn’t just throwing something together, he already has a plan for you that he will tailor to your specific needs.  So whether you need therapy for gay men, gay couples counseling, Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy, therapy to help you live a more fulfilled and rewarding life, or just a boost, James at Living More Fully is the man for the job.  Check out his website and give him a call to set up an appointment.



Today’s wedding videos are becoming more and more elaborate. People are using everything from the latest in special effects to full band ensemble that set the mood that each individual couple is searching for. People want to have great and unique wedding videos so they can capture the mood of that most special day of their lives and also so they can share the whole wedding experience with friends and family that were not able to come to the wedding. However, the average cost of a wedding today can range between 10 and 15 thousand dollar and that doesn’t leave a whole lot of budget for wedding video music, which is one of the most important parts of the post-production wedding video. Thankfully today, that is no longer an issue because stock music is making it possible to give your wedding a unique and amazing feel, without being a millionaire.

Wedding couples are using Royalty free music more than ever. Nobody wants to see a video without music on it, it is boring and slow. The music track is what makes it all seem like a fun experience, buy the logical possibility of hiring an entire band to create a track for your wedding video is more than likely not an option unless you have a lot of extra spending cash just sitting around and most of us do not.  If you want a country theme to your wedding than you can find royalty free country music online.  If you are looking for a jazzier theme for your wedding you can find jazz music too. The point is that there is so much music out there to choose from that your only problem maybe how to decide from all the different option, what kind of wedding theme you want to have. I know one couple who got married on Christmas so they could take advantage of all their relatives being in town. For their project they put Royalty free Christmas music into the video and it ended up sounding great.

The main point is that with stock music, anyone can get make a video amazing these days. Not long ago you had to have deep pockets or be best friends with a band leader or have a really amazing musical talents if you wanted music like of that quality but today thanks to royalty free music; all most anyone can finish their video with a pro touch. Don’t think you have to spend thousands of dollars to make something really good. Go online and see all the options you have in royalty free music and start seeing what they can do for your projects today. We have been using royalty free music for a long time now and we couldn’t be happier with it and our customers think they are getting the best deal in town, when really; they are just experiencing the amazing possibilities of using royalty free music on independent video projects. Shouldn’t you see what this new wave is all about?