Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

If I haven't said it recently, I am SO thankful for each and every one of you lovely people who take the time to read my posts, follow on Facebook, spread the love, and give the encouragement. 
I don't know what I'd do without you guys.  

Also, as most of you guys know we'll be in the mountains of North Carolina for Thanksgiving until Sunday night so I'll be away from the computer enjoying some much needed family time. I'm actually unsure if I'll even have internet access so just assume I wont be posting anything either here nor on Facebook until we get back. So go enjoy your family, eat some pie, laugh like crazy and give some thanks. 
 I love you all. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Exciting and terrifying news

OH MY GOSH you guys, one of my absolute most favorite southern authors is visiting my library ( quite literally ten minutes from my house). The amazingly talented and hilarious Celia Rivenbark will literally be in the same room as me come December the fifth, plus the event is free and will have coffee. It is literally the perfect storm of awesomeness. My reaction to this news quiet literally went like this:

1. Excitement
OH my Gosh, OH my Gosh, OH my Gosh. This is so cool and wonderful I've never met an author before, and she's SO funny and....I' author before.

2. Apprehension
What would I say? "Hi, I" Yea, that totally doesn't sound creepy at all. What if I get there and then go all introvert and just stand there staring, I don't want to be the weird girl in the corner staring!

3. Fear
OH MY GOSH what if it's small and intimate ( of course it is, our library is the size of a tennis court) and she actually comes over and tries to talk to me and I can't think of one thing to say to her and panic and half shout something from Once Upon A Time.
Her: " So are you from here?"
Me: " Magic comes with a price Dearie!!"
Sure she writes about getting pink eye before her high school reunion but she's an accomplished, talented author for heaven's sake. I'm the woman who just cleaned puppy puke off the carpet and prayed the coffee stain on the couch isn't too noticeable.

----- Hubby stepped in and said to just get something signed, tell her you're a fan and leave ----

Ok, smart idea and maybe if the group is large enough I can still lurk and listen to the normal people who ask her really interesting and smart things. Then I got to thinking...I buy all of her books on the kindle...I don't HAVE anything for her to sign.

4. Panic
Should I ask her to sign my kindle? Would that be too weird? I know it would be weird, but I'm just
wondering about the level of weirdness. It has a cover, but oh Lord the cover looks like a toddler ran it through the blender with a pound of dirt which actually is mostly true.

5. Bargaining
Maybe buy another one of her books so she could sign it? But then it would look new, and she could totally tell I had just bought it plus cheap Hubby would never go for that. I began racking my brain....a bookmark? my essential oil journal? Oh God...this was getting bad.

 So then Hubby again steps in and says that he once got Dale Earnhardt JR to sign a cooler and duffle bag, so in comparison a kindle really isn't that odd. I still don't know, seems a little too weird to me, I have this sneaky suspiscion it's going to turn out a lot like this:

y'all pray for me. 

Freebie Tuesday

Freebies Still Available From Past Weeks:

1. Sample Of Oblige Body Lotion  ( through Facebook)
2. Poise Liner Sample Kit ( HURRY samples run out QUICKLY)
3. Free Sample of Seattle's Best Coffee ( through Facebook)
6. Mini Redkin Control Addict Hairspray ( visit a JCP salon and ask for a free touchup and then receive a complementary mini Redkin hairspray)
9. Cabinet Safety Latch Starter Kit For Childproofing
10.  Oblige Eye Cream Sample
11. Escada Perfume Sample
12. Align Probiotic Supplement Sample
13. Eucerine Lotion Sample ( must take the pledge)
14. Free Pet Safety Pack
15. Hangover Salvation Sample ( through Facebook)
16. Free Trial Kit From Tena Pads
17. Sample Of Nectresse Sweetener
18. Sample Size Arm & Hammer Sensitive Toothpaste
19. Sample Of Depend Underwear
20. Free Sample Of Emergen-C
21. Sample Of Wise Prepared Emergency Foods
22. Coolaz Koozie Sample
23. Sample Of Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel
24. Generation Know Bracelet By Kotex

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Stocking Stuffer And Gift Ideas For Your Outdoor Guy

Stocking Stuffers:

1. 1600LM Ultrafire LED Flashlight - $10.59
If Hubby could only have one flashlight for the rest of his life, it would be this one. It's literally the most favorite one he owns, and he shows it off to everyone he comes into contact with ( I am not even kidding). Just trust me on this one...he'll love it. 

2. Schrade Gunstock Trapper 2 Blade Pocket Knife - $9.25
The "trapper" styled knife is always useful and Schrade makes great quality knives. It's just the perfect little pocket knife to always have handy.

3. J.R. Liggett's Bar Shampoo - $7.95
I know what you're thinking...shampoo? Really? Yes. This is a perfect little bar to throw inside a camping bag or take when flying instead of bulky bottles. Plus it does extra duty like shaving and washing dishes and clothes while camping. Awesome.

4. Lansky PS-MED01 Knife Sharpener - $5.80
Although this wont replace a good whetstone for sharpening knives, it is a good tool to throw in your camping bag to always have on hand and way less bulky. For less than six bucks you just can't beat it.

5.  Survival Paracord Bracelet With Whistle Buckle - $2.00 
This is SO great to have. The bracelet has 12 1/2 feet of parachute cord which can be used in emergency situations and holds more weight than rope. Plus this one has a safety whistle on the buckle for rescue situations. 

Gift Ideas:

1. Men's Fire Hose Workpants - $64.50 
These pants are suppose to be the toughest pants on the planet and made with your guy's comfort in mind. They actually come with a " We dare you to wear 'em out" guarantee where they will send you a brand new pair if yours lets you down, frays, tears, rips or gives out...I'll take two please.

2. Bass Pro Shops XPS 2L Hydration Pack - $34.99
If your guy goes hiking, camping, hunting, biking, etc. they will love this little baby. It's a backpack with a water bottle built in and a bite valve so they don't have to take their pack off or lug around water bottles anymore. This pack also has extra room for a camera or snacks! 

3. RedHead Deluxe Gun Cleaning Kit - $29.99
This kit has everything the gun enthusiast in your life needs to clean and maintain his gun. I love the beautiful wooden case it stores everything in too!

4. Cigar Humidor and Cigar Accessories Gift Set - $67.20
If your guy is anything like mine...or my dad, or brother, or uncles, or grandpa...then he'll love this! Not only is it a beautiful humidor, but it also comes with beautiful accessories! win-win!

5. Bushnell Night Vision Game Camera with Mount - $69.00 
This camera is awesome,but the great part is that it comes with a mounting kit! I would also recommend buying an SD card so they don't have to worry about running out of space.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Spark Naturals Affiliate Program

Ok so if you're anything like me and you've dabbled or been pushed into ANY multi-level marketing and direct marketing blah, blah, blah stuff you've already seen that affiliate word and gagged or perhaps gave an eye roll or two. Hear me out.

I've been there guys, you saw my post about my feelings on Mary Kay and you know how much I believe in telling the 100% truth and not pushing anything that people don't want.

When I first saw that Spark Naturals was starting an affiliate program I was heartbroken. I had thought that I finally found an essential oil company that didn't make their living from pushy salespeople who only care about making that buck and hitting their marks.Well, for fun I read up on some information about their program and I was SO happy to find out that I still had that same company.

 They are NOT your average "affiliate" company. They are SO different, UN-PUSHY, and 1,000 times more helpful than ANY company I've ever signed up with. 

The best part is that it's 100% FREE to sign up and you make commission on every order placed when people use your code, no matter if it's $4.00 and their first time ordering or $400.00 and their seventieth. So THEY get 10% off their whole order and YOU get commission from the sale from Spark Naturals. Win-Win in my book! Curious? Here's a little more info....

How do I earn commission? 
Whenever you download the application there's a spot to write in a code (a word, for instance...mine is "Bubble"). That code is directly linked to you and whenever someone uses that code you get credited and earn commission from that sale. The customer gets 10% off their order and you earn commission. How much? It depends on what was bought. When you sign up Spark Naturals sends you commission sheets for all of their products and how much you'll earn. This is a  SAMPLE COMMISSION SHEET . Also as an affiliate you can sign up other affiliates under you to earn a commission off their sales as well. PS - I received a paycheck from Spark Naturals one month after joining!!

Do I have to pay to join? 
Nope, it's totally free to become an affiliate. The only requirement is that you must have placed an order with them previously ( so they know you have experience in their products) before applying to become one. Totally reasonable and I think it shows they truly want you to be able to share EO wisdom and help others not just make a buck.

Can I use my own code?
Of course! That's the really great part about this program. You can use your code to get 10% off your Spark Naturals order as well as commission off the sale! Talk about saving money!

How do I sign up?
All you have to do is download and fill out the AFFILIATE AGREEMENT and then email the agreement to or fax it to 801-987-9144. This agreement that you're filling out will have my name on the referral, and the one that they send you after joining will be blank so you can write your own name on it and give it out. 

What happens after I join? 
Spark Naturals will send you an email letting you know about your application status ( I got mine about three days after I emailed it in). Then you'll submit a tax form and they'll send you commission sheets as well as business card templates, logos, a blank sign up form to show others, an insider newsletter, and a few other goodies. Then you'll be on your way to making money and bettering your life. 

It's SO easy, and if you already have a passion for essential oils like I do it's a 100% win-win situation. I am SO happy I found them, and so excited to be able to share both the company and the opportunity with you guys. If you have ANY questions PLEASE feel free to message me I'll get you answers as quickly as I can. 

For those who sign up under me: 
If you "like" Life Inside Nickie's Little Bubble on Facebook you'll find lots of essential oil posts you can share with family and friends to get the word out!

Also, if you're debating on what to order for your first order, I highly recommend the 4 Pack Starter Kit which comes with Lemon, Lavender, Melaleuca, and Peppermint for only $19.99 (I made a post about the kit and various uses here)  and of course you can save 10% off that low price by using coupon code 
" Bubble"


Friday, November 22, 2013

Planning meals two weeks at a time

1. Brainstorm a list of 14 meals.
They can be new meal ideas, old trusty favorites, and as simple or as complex as you would like. Just be sure that they will be ones you're open to cooking and the family is up to eating. I also try to stretch my ingredients out as much as I can. For instance if you're cooking something like hot dogs you can split the package and cook half in a weenie spaghetti or use half a pack of rice for beef stew and the other half for fried rice. Try to stretch them out and design your meals to work together.

2. Get on the computer and make a list 
Begin to write down a list of every ingredient you will need, including little stuff like salt and pepper. If you're cooking from a brand new recipe you've just found online simply copy and paste it onto your list. If I have two meals that need the same thing I write it like this:

Lettuce X 3  - That lets me know I'm using lettuce for three different meals so when I get to the grocery store I don't just buy one.

3. Print the list out and visit the pantry and fridge
Your list is probably huge but that's ok (don't let it scare you) because the next step is going to the pantry and crossing out anything you already have...which will usually eliminate a good bit ( sugar/ketchup/salt, etc). In the lettuce situation above, if I went to my fridge and saw I had a head of lettuce already in there I would just cross out the X 3 and leave "lettuce" so I still know I need it, just not that much anymore.

4. Take your list and shop
Your list should be everything and anything you need for TWO whole weeks of food. Once you have everything there's no more worrying over if you have an ingredient or what's for dinner. Everything is already there...saving you time and stress.

 -Keep your storage space into consideration. I don't have a very large freezer so I don't plan a lot of meals  together that need large quantities of frozen chicken or ground beef.
- Add in leftover nights to make your meals stretch out even longer
- Remember that it doesn't have to be a production, there's nothing wrong with a grilled cheese night.
- I use a Meal Calender to show what options are available to cook. I don't always cook what's listed on Monday on Monday so it's nice to see what options are there and which ones we've used already. You can find that printable HERE
- If you're neurotic like me and want to write down your final grocery list without the scribbles ( don't judge me) you can find a cute little grocery list HERE

Here are a few of my FAVORITE weekday meals that we're currently loving to cook in my house:

Lemon Chicken
Fancy Hot Dogs
Monterey Chicken
Cheese Potato And Smoked Sausage Casserole
Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
Chicken Fried Steak
Beef Stew
Smokey 15 Bean Soup With Sausage
Taco Salad
Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops
Sloppy Joes

Don't mind me...Just linking up at these fabulous places dearies. 
Serenity Now

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Ok, so this was suppose to be published on Tuesday, but things have been a little crazy so...freebie Wednesday it is!

1. Sample Of Oblige Body Lotion  ( through Facebook)
2. Poise Liner Sample Kit ( HURRY samples run out QUICKLY)
3. Free Sample of Seattle's Best Coffee ( through Facebook)
6. Mini Redkin Control Addict Hairspray ( visit a JCP salon and ask for a free touchup and then receive a complementary mini Redkin hairspray)

Freebies Still Available From Past Weeks:

1. Cabinet Safety Latch Starter Kit For Childproofing
2.  Oblige Eye Cream Sample
3. Escada Perfume Sample
4. Align Probiotic Supplement Sample
5. Eucerine Lotion Sample ( must take the pledge)
6. Free Pet Safety Pack
7. Hangover Salvation Sample ( through Facebook)
8. Free Trial Kit From Tena Pads
9. Sample Of Nectresse Sweetener
10. Sample Size Arm & Hammer Sensitive Toothpaste
11. Sample Of Depend Underwear
12. Free Sample Of Emergen-C
13. Sample Of Wise Prepared Emergency Foods
14. Coolaz Koozie Sample
15. Sample Of Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel
16. Generation Know Bracelet By Kotex

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Big News!

We are now on FACEBOOK people, how awesome is that? Currently the "likes" are at seven and 98% of them are family members, but that is ok. Check it out HERE . I plan on sharing lots of tips, recipes, randomness, stuff from the blog, and anything else that strikes my fancy. If that sounds great to you then please show some love and " like " the page...then share it with all your friends like it's virtual pinkeye brownies.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thanksgiving Goals

This will be our first Thanksgiving with a mobile, ninja-like toddler...and also the first one with her seven hours away from home in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. I'm really, really excited to get to see family and spend some time actually relaxing and enjoying myself, but there are a few concerns. Without further ado, I present my goals for this Thanksgiving:

1. Not die { they live on the side of a mountain, a very large, icy mountain. And really...shouldn't this be number one on every list? Just sayin' }

2. Keep up the illusion that we don't give our kid sweet tea in a sippy cup almost every day occasionally.

3.  Learn a little more about canning/preserving/hoarding for the zombie apocalypse/etc, etc.

4. Keep the Harry Potter, Downton Abbey, and Parks and Rec. quotes to a minimum...maybe, hell it's my family they're stuck with me either way.

5. Resist the urge to diagnose and share essential oils with anyone who speaks to me.{ But seriously...I could totally share one that would help that cough....just saying}

6. Come up with creative reasons why my child's clothes are all mostly stained...she's an art-tist expressing herself...yes...pancake syrup is a statement. 

7. Resist the sweets, resist the sweets, resist the sweets.

8. Keep the amount of broken priceless family heirlooms to a minimum.

9. Try not to cry too hard when number eight doesn't happen.

10. Keep political debates to a minimum and festive drinking to a maximum....oh wait they live in a dry county...

11. Try not to lose my sanity on the seven hour car ride up....and the one back down too. { Did I mention I'll be driving?}

12. Pray that the bargaining chips be forever in my favor and the power of Dum-Dum lollipops don't lose their strength after the first four times I use them to get Munchkin to be quiet in the car.

Yea it's a big list of goals, ah well...c'est la vie, so do tell....what are your holiday goals?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The great equalizer

Maybe it's just me being weird, and having what I expect is a slight case of anxiety cat syndrome, but I feel like I'm constantly being judged in the women's room.

Not just me though, I feel like whenever there is another person ( or God forbid like a pack of them) in the women's room they're all judging me and one another too. I imagine exactly what they're thinking of me when they're standing in front of the mirror touching up their makeup or washing their hands.

She was in there a while...I bet she pooped...ew..who poops?

Her hair is SO frizzy...hello...keratin treatment duh

What the hell is she wearing? Is that a stain? 

Flip flops are so last season

See? Anxiety, and you might think I'm totally making this up, but I'm pretty sure it happens every time I'm in there with someone else. Just think about the last time you were in the bathroom and some crazy pants lady came out of the stall while you were washing your hands, you totally began judging her and guess some people you're their crazy pants, but that's ok. That's ok, because you know what's the great equalizer?

The automatic hand dryer.

Yup, the high speed one. This afternoon I was standing next to a friggen suntan lotion model and feeling like the troll in The Three Billy Goats Gruff ( or the goats, take your pick)and trying to look semi-confident in the mirror when she went to dry her hands and I politely waited my turn. It was then that I noticed it.

The automatic hand dryer levels us all my friends. No matter how perfect you or your hands are it pushes and smooshes the skin in ways that will knock you down a few pegs sister, and the sounds! The tooting noises would keep a teenage boy in stitches for weeks. It is wonderful, and I will forever be grateful for the wonderful makers of this thing who both save the planet and my confidence, one bathroom trip at a time.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Restorative Ylang Ylang

Lately things have been mildly chaotic. Within the past month we have gotten a new kitten, taken our first ever overnight hotel stay with Munchkin, started planning and preparing our Thanksgiving vacation, fixed Munchkin's sleep schedules, went trick-or-treating for the first time, threw our first Halloween party, un-done Munchkin's sleep schedule, fought off sickness,started planning my SodaStream Houseparty, took up an exercising routine, had six little puppies born, Munchkin destroyed a cell phone, computer got a virus, and planned for two birthdays. It's been a little crazy.

I'm sure you guys have all been there and I bet there are some of y'all out there who read that and prayed their month had been so easy. The point is that I was getting ran down. I felt like Hubby and I haven't had any time to catch up and be together, that I was constantly chasing after a little tornado that is threatening to take down my house one day at a time plus seven new little additions. I was getting a little frazzled, stressed, and just not feeling like myself. That went on for about three or fours days when finally last night I had Munchkin in bed at a decent hour and decided to take a nice long, warm bath ( which I haven't gotten the chance to do in WEEKS)

So I got the water running, and thought " Hey...I'll put some essential oils in" but I didn't want Lavender like I normally put in, I wanted something new so I dug through my little bottles and AH HA! Ylang Ylang.
 I ordered Ylang Ylang because it was hailed as an Anti-depressant, Sedative, and even Aphrodisiac..hello! It has a rich, floral aroma and when applied topically it balances the skin and relieves nervous tension, exactly what I was needing.

I put two drops into the warm, running water and the scent immediately relaxed me. It was like I was in a warm little cocoon of peace. I was taking deeper breaths, and leaning forward to stretch my back and relax deeper, it was Heaven you guys!

I don't want to go into detail, but this stuff was like a calming, aligning, stella got her groove back sort of magic oil in the tub if you know what I'm saying. It's amazing.

Fun Facts:

Ylang Ylang is actually a floral fragrance that has been used by romantics for centuries.

It has been an ancient tradition in Indonesia to place Ylang Ylang Petals across the bed of newlyweds.

Simply SMELLING Ylang Ylang is supposed to help blood pressure.

 Spark Natural's 100% pure, high quality Ylang Ylang is only $11.11! Plus you can use 
coupon code " Bubble" to receive 10% off your order!
So do yourself a favor and try this out, you will not regret it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November Printables

Thanksgiving is coming people and you know what that means: we get to display a whole new set of subway art! WOOHOO! Ok, I can't be the only one who gets this happy about subway art can I? Ah they are my lovlies:

1.  Eighteen25
I have this one on the left side of my entertainment center and the one below this on the right side. I think they look REALLY great together and I especially LOVE the fonting on this one. 

2. While He Was Napping
See? I told you these two looked great together! This chick is talented, I love the color scheme she used!

3. Cheep Ideas
I have this one framed in by bathroom on the sink and it is just pure perfection. I love the daily reminder to give God thanks.There are other colors you can print out.

4. Fancy Designs
Ok I saw this one and immediately fell in love, I think I might have to get another frame for my counter in the kitchen because this is just TOO cute to resist!

5. A Step In The Journey
I think this would be precious printed out and framed near a reading nook, on a bookshelf or in a reading room..if someone HAD a reading room...hint hint Hubby.

6. Blissful Keeper At Home
It's rare that someone makes subway art look chic and even more rare when it incorporated a bible verse so when I saw this I HAD to post it.

7. Embellish Goods
I cannot wait for Munchkin to be old enough for this! I LOVE the idea of having something for the little ones to enjoy during festivities.

8. The Fickle Pickle
This one is just FUN! I love how cute and whimsy it is!

9. Hollydays
This is an absolutely ADORABLE calender, plus you get not only November, but December too! Yay!

 10. Imom
I love how this looks really handmade and sewn with little embellishments. Plus she has a whole list of them to download for the whole year!

11. The Sassy Slow Cooker
I used quite a few recipes from her October menu so I was SO ready to have the November one come out! Enjoy!

12. Frugal Homeschool Family
Slow cooker not your thing? Then head over to this gal's awesome site and check out a whole calender of recipes to try out!

13. The Creativity Exchange
Another creative, and beautiful activity for the little ones to do during the meal. Wonderful idea!It's actually just black ink, but looks identically to a chalkboard when you write on it with chalk...awesome.

 14. A Night Owl
I was going to end the list at 13, but then I found this one, and had to add it to the list. LOVE it!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Seriously...don't do it.

Don't you hate it when people show up to your house uninvited? I live down a very secluded private road on the camp. When groups are in we might have people coming and going that pass by my house, but nobody that needs to come here. Hubby is the caretaker and we live on the property and for some reason people think this is an extension of his office. NO.

Munchkin is still on a really weird sleep schedule and if you show up to my house anywhere from 8:00am- 10:00am it's unlikely that we will be up because we've just gone to bed at 3:00am. This wouldn't be a problem if not for the fact that people do not want to leave us alone. I had FOUR days in a row where people stopped at this house wanting to speak to Hubby ( who YES has a cell phone and wasn't even home) or who needed to drop something off for Hubby ( they literally pass his office which is designed for that on the way to my house).

I just don't get it. One man was so courteous as to pull up in our driveway and honk his horn until I opened the door and threatened him with death ( not really, but I was about three seconds away from it). That was bad, but the early awakers are almost just as bad...we have a little driveway off of the main camp road, what in the world would possess you to drive down it, walk up on our porch, and bang on our door at eight in the morning!?!? I of course answer the door with my ( day...ok two day old) unwashed hair, see-through sleeping pants and Hubby's three times too big shirt and looking like the poster child of an angry zombie from The Walking Dead.

What did this man want at eight in the morning? To talk to Hubby. The conversation went a little like this:

Intrusive Man: " Hey...uh.....I need to speak to Jamie (Hubby)"
 Me: " He isn't here"
Intrusive Man: " He's not?"
Me: " No." ( looking at our driveway where our car clearly is not here)
Intrusive Man: " Well I need to reach him"
Me: " Did you call him?"
Intrusive Man: ""
Me: " Do you need his number?"
Intrusive Man: " No, I have it"
Me: " Have a good day" * shut door*

Now listen, I am a very nice, gracious person. I enjoy having people over and visiting in my home. My issue is when they show up unannounced and the reason is absurd. Some parts of me are embarrassed that these people are seeing my no makeup face, unshaved legs, and holey sweats, but then another part of me thinks if they're willing to be rude and show up unannounced then they totally deserve it.  Heck I've even thought about making it worse. Here are my ideas:

1. Answer the door wearing a silk kimono, holding candles and massage lotion. Tell people that no, Hubby is not home, but I'm super busy and can't talk.

2. Invite them in and when they inevitably ask about your baby take this wonderful time to share your birthing story, make is as detailed and long as possible.

3.  When they ask if you've seen your significant other or where your significant other is start violently crying, and yell " Why don't you ask Loretta!!" and slam the door. They'll be so embarrassed I guarantee you won't see their face for weeks.

4. Pretend you don't speak english, feel free to make up your own language.

5. Ask if it's Halloween already, give them Ramen, politely laugh, feign embarrassment at how fast the days fly by then shut the door. They'll be so confused it might take them a while to get the hint, if they knock again, revert to number four.

6. Pretend you're Scarlett O'Hara.... or Thor, whichever works for you but you really have to own it.

7. When you answer the door, don't let them say anything and loudly proclaim that you're glad they're there. Promptly ask them to help you move furniture around.
Or you could make a sign like this creative tot:

I just wish it could be like Downton Abbey where I could have Carson take messages and announcements. I wouldn't have to deal with any of these rude intruders, but unfortunately I'm poor and have no butlers. Sigh. So how do you handles these weird, awkward moments when people randomly show up at your door?