Life is Unscripted

Do you know someone who has a toxic personality?

You never know where your travels take you…

You have encountered them. Perhaps you even live with one.  There are high conflict personalities that we encounter on a regular basis.  Maybe it is a family member, your spouse or a colleague in the workplace…hey, even the cashier at the store.

Not that long ago, I found myself in a very dangerous situation.

Thought I was with the love of my life and my “forever.” Well, as they say, “If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.” Sure enough, that is what I was in. Promises of a false future, gaslighting, isolation, cognitive dissonance, flying monkeys. Plus the abuse and torture.

I had a small window of time to run for my life. With a bag and $68, I ran. Far.

I was able to secure a placement in a domestic violence shelter. Finally I feel safe.

During this time, I realized I was raised to be, what I call, a “Predator Magnet”.

My mother is personality disordered, my ex-husband is a diagnosed narcissist and the man I ran from is also toxic and is classic NSP borderline personality disordered.

While I have “parked” the RVing Around in “storage”, I have been documenting, podcasting and writing about these latest adventures.

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If you are interested in learning more about Narcissist/Sociopath/Psychopath (recognizing and strategies to use), Pathological Parenting (Parental Alienation) or the healing from such Complex Trauma, check out this daily report of information curated from the web each and every day:

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5 Life Hacks That DO NOT Work

We see websites, blogs and Pinterest Boards dedicated to Life Hacks – everything from time management to empty pill containers.  The goal of a Life Hack is to spend little money to deal with daily dilemmas.  Those of us who choose to live in tiny spaces, such as a RV or van, add space as criteria as well.  Regrettably, not every Life Hack you find is a good choice.  Some Life Hacks actually cause more frustration and problems.  In fact, some will cost you more energy, time and money.  Here is a list of Life Hacks you should totally avoid.

1.  Storing batteries in the refrigerator

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CLAIM: Extends battery life
REAL PROBLEM: Cold temps shorten life.  Condensation breaks battery seals and makes them corrode fast.
 

2.  Hammer and nail used as a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine

RVingAround.us - Failure Life Hacks

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We actually attended a get-together last weekend and saw Millennials try this Life Hack – and failed miserably!

CLAIM: Forget the corkscrew-just hammer a nail into the cork and then use the claw to remove nail with cork.
REAL SOLUTION: It is funny to watch people try this and really think it will work.  Honey, just buy a corkscrew!

3.  Wooden spoon keeping boiling water in check

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CLAIM: Rest a wooden spoon across the top of a pot so it does not boil over
REAL SOLUTION: Turn back your heat a bit so water remains in motion while staying in the pot.  

4.  Peeing on a jellyfish sting

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CLAIM: Simple claim, get stung – have someone urinate on the area
REAL PROBLEM: Urine actually aggravates the venom.  Here is what WebMD recommends for treatment

5. Ketchup bottle for pancake mix

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CLAIM: Ok, this technically works BUT….
REAL PROBLEM: First imagine trying to fill a clean ketchup bottle with the pancake batter. Does not seem like a time or frustration saver.  Next, think about taking a bite. Yeah, in my dream I still can taste the ketchup.  Stick to mixing bowl and measuring cup or ladle.

QUESTION:
What are some Life Hacks that you thought sounded great but turned into total fails?

 

10 Reasons to Save $ from Cable/Satellite/DVD and get a Matricom G-Box

Over the weekend, I was passing through the music/DVD section of one of the big mega stores.  There was a woman looking for a DVD of, what I call, Old School Classic Roasts. You may have seen them displayed as infomercials – Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, you get the idea of genre and time period.  There was also a teen looking for a VD of PBS’s Teletubbies for a gift.  Then there was a 20-something guy looking for John Wayne Movies.

Bad day for any DVD, I guess.  I was in that area long enough to witness that all three left empty handed.  I also happened to notice the price for Walking Dead, Season 6. $39.99!  Shut the Front Door!  No matter how desperate, there is NO WAY I would drop that amount of cash on a single season of a show.  EVEN for The Walking Dead, Sorry!  With all this said, So glad I spent $175 a while back and got a Matricom G-Box.  All the shows mentioned can be found and streamed immediately.  Yes, it’s true.

I guess I am trying to say I still LOVE my G-Box!  Any TV show or movie can be found on this wonderful little tech marvel.  All you need is an Internet connection and you are all set for a lifetime of viewing pleasure

G-Box is the world’s most popular Android IPTV set-top box for internet streaming, along with free movies, capable of receiving free TV, for all the sports fans there’s free sports not to forget international viewing by being compatible with free IPTV international broadcasts all running within the Android OS (Setup is required in XBMC/Kodi, based on your desire, to receive any free TV, movie, sports or international broadcasts. Matricom provides support only for legal streaming capabilities of the G-Box and will not assist with the setup of any XBMC or Kodi add-ons that are illegal in nature).

With over 1.5 million sold in the USA alone, G-Box has taken the lead as the best streaming solution for XBMC and Kodi using Android. G-Box is the most compatible streaming player for these open-source media centers that is available. The G-Box firmware has been developed specifically to work the best possible for streaming in XBMC whether it’s with live channels or one of the hundreds of available free XBMC add-ons. The G-Box firmware development team is second-to-none, providing the only true Android solution for both hardware and software, based right here in the good ole’ USA.

1. App Navigation Redefined

HUD Launcher UIThe new G-Box Q² UI has been designed to be as TV user-friendly as possible. All of your apps are now right at your fingertips, no matter what you’re already doing on your G-Box. No more fumbling around with a launcher and exiting your apps just to launch a new one. The HUD UI makes it a breeze to jump around from app to app without frustration, using only your remote.

2. Upgraded to BEST Android OS to Date

Android 5 LollipopThe G-Box Q² comes with the full, unrestricted version of Android 5 Lollipop. This means that most apps that work on your Android phone or tablet will work on your G-Box. Unlike all those basic streaming boxes on the market, G-Box allows you to install virtually any Android app easily and without fuss. We don’t believe in limits, neither should you.

3. Install your favorite apps with ease

AppsUnlike all those other steaming boxes you’ve probably already seen, the G-Box comes pre-loaded with the Google Play Store. This means you can install virtually any app on the G-Box that’s available for your phone or tablet. That’s over one million apps that you can start using on your G-Box. Any other box out there wanna compete with that? *crickets*

4. Supports Amazon Prime Apps and Video

Amazon PrimeDon’t want to miss out on your Amazon Prime content? No problem. Just hook up a mouse and the G-Box Q² fully supports Amazon Prime. Now you can get the best of the open eco-system of Android along with your Amazon Prime content, without having to use multiple devices!

5. Unrivaled performance for video and gaming

GamingG-Box Q² is capable of delivering the highest Ultra HD resolutions without breaking a sweat thanks to the powerful integrated Mali-450 Octocore GPU. Whether you’re playing your favorite Android 3D game, watching a cutting-edge 4K Ultra HD movie or streaming your favorite TV epiosdes, the G-Box Q² is up to the task.

6.  High performance CPU for power-hungry apps

Feed Hungry AppsG-Box Q² employs a highly optimized version of the Amlogic s812 Quad Core processor, providing the smoothest Android 5 UI and gaming experience possible. G-Box is the only device on the market with direct support from Amlogic, giving it cutting edge technology advances over any other product employing similar processor technology.

7. Top-notch media performance

KodiThe G-Box Q is specially tailored to include features and codec compatibilities that allow it to outperform any other set-top boxes on the market, making it the best Android TV box for Kodi streaming and media playback. Kodi has hundreds of popular add-ons to let you watch TV for free, stream free movies on demand and so much more. G-Box Q is the only set-top box that is specially designed to be 100% compatible with Kodi and XBMC.

8. Ultra-HD Resolutions delivered to your TV

HD VideoThe future of Ultra High Definition is coming soon and the G-Box Q² is equipped with the power to enjoy it today. When you’re ready to watch the next generation of 4K movies for free you’ll be happy to know that the G-Box Q² will be ready to play these for you without breaking a sweat.

9. H.265 ready means you’re ready for the future

High TechThe G-Box Q has been upgraded to support H.265, which is the latest in compression technology for high definition video content. This new format is capable of delivering higher resolutions with less bandwidth, making it the leading compression method available for streaming video.

10. Watch movies in stunning 3D on your TV

3DHave a 3D TV? Great! The G-Box Q is ready to deliver crisp, amazing, vivid 3D video content to your TV via Kodi media center. Watch your favorite movies the way they were intended.

So, what are you waiting for?  In the meantime, let me get back to my bender of the classic Twilight Zone…

 

Tangy Dilly Cucumbers

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
kosher salt and black pepper
1 English cucumber, sliced
1/4 small red onion, sliced

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, dill, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the cucumber and onion and toss to combine.

Fill jars and can using directions from any canning website. I prefer to consult with Ball/Kerr Canning. (Click Here)

By Dawn Perry at: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/cucumber-dill-salad#

 

Camper Canning

Zucchini Bread & Butter Pickles

Just because we are living in the RV, does not mean we need to stop doing what we used to do.  
In my case, not learning new things.  I always wanted to learn how to can fruits and veggies.  
Why should I not learn camping canning while living in my 30’ish travel trailer?  Let’s see how this works out.
Honestly, this works out perfectly.  One caveat: Be Sure You Have Plenty of Fuel for Cooking!
This recipe comes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac (Since 1792).  Was looking online for something to do with the pounds of zucchini that just appeared out of thin air. PLUS, Sparky has a request for some Bread & Butter Pickles.
So, VOILA! Let’s do both at once! Here is the recipe for what is marinating as I type.  
Will process the filled jars in the hot water bath in about two hours.  This one is super easy for the newbies to canning!  PLUS it is rated 3.8/5 with 13 votes.  This will be delish!
From www.almanac.com: “Even pickle devotees will be fooled into thinking you’ve used cucumbers.”

JANE’S ZUCCHINI BREAD-AND-BUTTER PICKLES

INGREDIENTS

1 quart unpeeled, thinly sliced, small fresh zucchini
2 small to medium onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 cup salt
1-1/4 cups cider vinegar
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 teaspoons mustard seed
1/2 teaspoon turmeric

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sprinkle the zucchini, onions, and garlic with salt, and cover with cold water. Let stand 2 hours.
  2. Drain, rinse in fresh cold water, and drain again.
  3. In the meantime, combine the remaining ingredients in a large pot and boil 5 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetables, remove the pot from heat, and let stand 3 hours.
  5. Return the pot to a boil and simmer 5 minutes.
  6. Pack pickles into sterilized jars and process 10 minutes in boiling water.

The Recipe can also be found by Clicking Here.