Red Bull. Monster. Rockstar. 5-Hour Energy. You know all these names, and probably many more. For some of us, they are our morning pick-me-up. Or afternoon and evening pick-me-up-off-the-floor. They have become as ordinary as a bottle of soda in a convenience store cold case, and are a large part of our everyday lives.
I was never much of an energy drink consumer, usually relying on my morning coffee to do the trick, but sometimes energy needs are the mother of experiments, and when I was moving back to Florida from Arkansas, I found myself getting dangerously tired around 1 o’clock in the morning in the middle of my drive. I wasn’t even out of Mississippi at that point!
I stopped at an all-night gas station and got two bottles of 5-Hour Energy, specifically because it states there is no crash when it wears off. I downed my first bottle and almost immediately got a rush of energy. I was soon back on the highway, playing loud music and singing ridiculously off-key. I timed my next dose for 5:30 AM, so that I could keep the energy momentum going.
I took the next dose, now being almost to the Florida line, and was feeling pretty good. Until I realized I was twitching. And *maybe* hallucinating (there shouldn’t be elephants on the interstate, right?). Pretty much at the same time I saw the pachyderm, I also realized that I hadn’t eaten anything in almost 24 hours. Probably NOT the smartest move I’ve ever made in my life.
Needless to say, I stopped somewhere around Two Egg, Florida, still almost 7 hours shy of my destination, and got something to eat and took a two hour nap. And learned a valuable lesson about energy drinks.
Now, when I need the extra boost, my energy drink of choice is Monster, and I make sure that I’ve eaten and slept before drinking. Although my original foray into the energy drink world ended badly, I still love the boost of energy that you get from them. And I haven’t seen any other elephants on the interstate, which is a plus in my mind.
We like to laugh here at ReStockIt, and what time is better to laugh than April Fool’s Day? The quintessential prank day (with mysterious origins) has always been a favorite of mine, and office pranks just make work life more interesting. Today, we bring to you some classic office pranks, and a few new ones you might not have seen before.
Personally, I like the crime scene- to me, that one is just hilarious. I would be freaked out if I came in to work in the morning, and my office had a body outline on the floor with evidence tags and police caution tape! One I hadn’t seen before was the mouse in Jello –what?!?! That one made me gawp at the screen. Brilliant!
SaranWrap in doorways (or on toilets), hot sauce on tacos, prank voicemail messages, heck, just a plain ol’ “April Fool’s!” note or text to make someone wonder what the joke was, are all excellent pranks to pull on people. Below, we present some pranks for your perusal. Enjoy!
It’s that time of the year again, when the weather is starting to warm up, and windows are being thrown open to air out the house. Chasing out the mustiness of winter, and letting in the fresh air of spring, is almost a sacred tradition, especially in the north. It’s Spring Cleaning time!
This is a HUGE cleaning time of the year for me. EVERYTHING gets cleaned, from the top of the cabinets to backs of bookcases. I use everything from Swiffer dusters and Pledge to Windex and Ajax. The cleaning chemical world loves me at this time of year.
Not to mention the sponges, bar towels, paper towels and toothbrushes that I go through. It usually takes me a full weekend to get everything done, but man does the house sparkle after that! Glass and mirrors shine, and animals and people alike tend to walk into the sliding glass doors, thinking they’re open.
To finish off everything, I light candles and spray Febreeze. I also simmer some orange slices, cloves, and cinnamon on the stove, which sends such a beautiful fragrance through the whole house! You can also simmer lemon, rosemary, and vanilla. Just remember to refresh the water! What do you do to get your house ready for spring?
Every minute of the day that your local business’ bathroom is not clean is another chance to give a local, longtime customer the bad experience that will prevent him from coming back. Normally there is no way to tell whether you have lost customers on account of a dirty bathroom. In the same way that your business can earn a reputation around town, your business’ bathroom also gets a reputation that will stick, so to speak.
Walk into your restroom and try this exercise; can you wash your hands, dry, and leave the bathroom without making contact with any surface whatsoever? No? Well, we can help you fix that. First, use a wall-mounted touchless soap dispenser. Hygiene leader Gojo has dispensers that use factory-sealed soap refills. These are superior because they are guaranteed to be sanitary. Studies have shown that approximately 25% of open bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms contain unsafe levels of bacteria.
Next you’ll need a touchless paper towel dispenser by the sink. A step-on trash-can should be located right underneath the paper towel dispenser near the faucet. This way you can use a paper towel to turn the faucet off and throw it away, all without touching anything. You should also provide a small wastebasket near the door for those customers who like to open the door with a paper towel, so that they don’t have to make a prayer shot from half-court to throw it away. In the end it will create less work for you.
Don’t forget toilet seat covers. People use them, and its better (and more cost efficient) to have them available, instead of your customers wasting toilet paper. They will lay strips of toilet paper on the seat, and then it ends up on the floor most of the time, which means now you’ve not only wasted money, but the bathroom looks dirty and unkempt. Never underestimate the power of a clean bathroom!
Who would rob from Girl Scouts? I mean, really. I know the recession is hitting most of us hard, but c’mon, they are little girls trying to get badges so they can grow up to become responsible adults! Well, apparently some people out there in the country feel its okay to rob from the Scouts, so they need better cash boxes!
Not that the cash boxes can’t be taken; they can, but some are pick proof, so if the box is kept locked between customers, and the key is hidden away from the box, it won’t be so easy to get into. And of course, this doesn’t just go for Girl Scouts. Anyone who has a need for a cash box should get the best available, and not scrimp on the cost.
Keeping a cash box in your house is also a very smart idea for small valuables and spare cash. They can be hidden, and the key kept with you at all times. My father used to keep his cash box in the attic under a piece of insulation! Our house was broken into four times, but they never found that cash box.
I have a fire-rated cash box that I store all of our important papers in, and it stays under the bed. The papers are only important to us, but I need to keep them safe, and a plain old cash box won’t do. My husband has been talking about getting an electronic cash box for a bit of extra added safety, so that is next on our list!
In our very hectic lives, we turn to computers to help simplify them. We make lists, create spreadsheets, fax, email…you name it, we use a computer to do it. Well, except to wash dishes and clothes, which frankly would be phenomenal if someone can figure THAT out.
So what do we do when we’re going to be away from our digital vault of our lives? We load it all onto a USB flash drive. No matter what you call them – flash drives, jump drives, thumb drives- they are the new storage device that we carry with us to access all our important data.
Gone are the days of the floppy disk and diskettes. Even CD’s are becoming obsolete as data storage devices now that flash drives are dropping in price and gaining more storage – all while becoming even smaller than they already are. Some are so tiny; I’m scared they’d get lost!
We can even express our individuality through our flash drives. My husband’s favorite flash drive is his Boba Fett. Mine is my StormTrooper. I also have one that’s kind of fancy looking, that I use if I have a meeting or a presentation to give. No matter what your personal preference, or what you use it for, flash drives are our new best friends!
Today, ReStockIt turns 9, and in true ReStockIt fashion, we lived it up! We celebrated with a masquerade theme of “Dress to the Nines” and had food catered by Carraba’s. MMMMMmmmm, good! We had a fun and fabulous “Guess Who” game with baby pictures of the staff (I won!) and a great costume contest (I came in 2nd!). Food, fun, and fabulousness, that’s the ReStockIt way! Enjoy!
Ah, spring is in the air. Well, in some places anyway, and wedding planning is in full swing! Inspired by our own ReStockIt wedding that is being planned by a co-worker, I thought it appropriate to dedicate today’s blog to weddings. ReStockIt has TONS of stuff to plan a wedding and save you money!
I admit it, I’ve been married twice. I had the big wedding for my first marriage, and a small intimate one for my second. The first one was nice, since I went to a full service wedding venue, and I didn’t have to worry about much except picking out my colors and flowers. My second one was a little more stressful because we decided to do it all ourselves. Who knew picking the right glasses would be so time-consuming??
However, not to deter anyone that is thinking it’s too much to plan an intimate wedding on your own, it was well worth everything we went through. Knowing that we bought those table cloths, and those candles, and that dinner ware, and that everyone thought it was beautiful made it so much better than when someone planned it for me.
Having chafing dishes and warmers made all the difference. We made our own food, and this way we kept it warm without having to run back and forth to the kitchen, and it was cheaper to buy and then resell them, than it was to rent them! There is so much you can do for your wedding, and we would love to help! Don’t forget to visit the site and see all the ways we can help make your wedding day beautiful!
I’m going to keep it simple today, and just give you beautiful works of art using common office supplies. Happy Tuesday everyone!