Room For Improvement

Stacey Ballis tackles home improvement and reality TV—and reminds us that sometimes life and love are better left unscripted… What do you get when you give two hopeful singles fashion consultants and interior designers, allow them four ...

Room For Improvement

Author: Stacey Ballis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440624828

Page: 304

View: 921

Stacey Ballis tackles home improvement and reality TV—and reminds us that sometimes life and love are better left unscripted… What do you get when you give two hopeful singles fashion consultants and interior designers, allow them four days to perk up each other’s homes and get a total style overhaul, then let their single friends celebrate the results at a fabulous party? You get Swap/Meet, the newest reality show on the network block, where major changes are either embraced or embarrassing—and Lily Allen’s dream job turned nightmare. At first, Lily was thrilled to appear on Swap/Meet. What better way for a Chicago interior designer to promote her business and enjoy some pseudo-celebrity? She just didn’t think she’d be doing take after take with the ditzy host, dodging sabotage attempts, and getting caught in the middle of the fashion czars’ lovers’ spat. Plus, the cute, curmudgeonly carpenter on her team knows just how to push her buttons. Episode by episode, through do-it-yourself disasters and matchmaking miracles, Lily discovers that a little bit of controlled chaos is the spice of life—and love…

Room for Improvement

From the author of the novel Spartina, which won the National Book Award and has established itself as a modern classic, comes a collection of essays that describe with tenderhearted candor and humor a lifetime’s worth of addiction.

Room for Improvement

Author: John Casey

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307701352

Page: 256

View: 620

From the author of the novel Spartina, which won the National Book Award and has established itself as a modern classic, comes a collection of essays that describe with tenderhearted candor and humor a lifetime’s worth of addiction. No, not an addiction to booze or drugs, but an addiction to a more natural gratification: the joy of sport, exercise, and the sheer elation of being ready and willing to say yes to a challenge. Want to run a marathon? OK. Climb Mount Katahdin? Sure! How about canoeing the entire length of the Delaware River? Why not? Spanning more than fifty years of ambitious and sometimes peculiar endeavors, these essays take us along on some of Casey’s greatest adventures: a twenty-six-day Outward Bound course in Maine during the dead of winter; being pinned by a two-hundred-pound judo instructor whose words, “Come on, white boy. Don’t give up,” encourage at least one more attempt at escape; leading a lost couple on a yacht through the rocky waterways of Narragansett Bay by a simple rowboat; and completing—on his seventieth birthday—a 70K marathon of his own devising that included rowing, bicycling, skating, Rollerblading, and finally, trotting the dog out for a mile. Be it a preoccupation with health, vanity, or just an indomitably playful sense of adventure, John Casey’s Room for Improvement is a joyful self-portrait of a writer who loves going to extremes, just to find out what it’s like once he gets there.

Room for Improvement

Time: 4 to 10 hours, depending on the size of your room and the condition of its
walls Once you have your wallpaper off, you will want to repaint the room (or
maybe you want to have new paper applied). The walls need to repaired and ...

Room for Improvement

Author: Barbara Kavovit

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781594861338

Page: 304

View: 339

The home improvement entrepreneur shares her philosophy of home improvement as she furnishes the information, inspiration, and methods on how to fix everything, with detailed instructions on how to cope with a range of everyday household emergencies, as well as a host of do-it-yourself projects to help women enhance their personal surroundings. Original. 100,000 first printing.

Room for Improvement

Candid and laugh-out-loud funny, Room for Improvement will help you iron out existing roommate problems, prevent future ones, and, just as important, spot and address bad roommate behavior in yourself.

Room for Improvement

Author: Amy Zalneraitis

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416959267

Page: 256

View: 463

If you've ever lived with a roommate, you're all too familiar with the dark side of splitting rent: your favorite lipstick mysteriously gone missing, dishes left "soaking" in the sink for a week, and far-too-intimate noises coming from the adjacent bedroom as you desperately try to sleep. But roommate resentment doesn't have to become a pattern. A comprehensive and sassy guide to roommate living for post-college women, Room for Improvement explains how a little cooperation can lead to smoother cohabitation. Harnessing her own and others' experiences, Amy Zalneraitis delivers essential roommate dos and don'ts, hilarious (and often horrifying) anecdotes, and invaluable tips from experts, and covers such sanity-saving topics as: Checks and Imbalances: Keeping Financial Friction at Bay Idiosyncrasies or Idiosyncrazies? There's Eccentric, and Then There's Psychotic Dust Bunnies Are Not Real Pets: What to Do with a Filthy Roommate Is That My Underwear You're Wearing? Sharing Clothes Without Exchanging Blows ...and much, much more. Candid and laugh-out-loud funny, Room for Improvement will help you iron out existing roommate problems, prevent future ones, and, just as important, spot and address bad roommate behavior in yourself.

Impact assessments in the EU

This inquiry was launched in summer 2009 in order to investigate the progress of the EU Better Regulation agenda.

Impact assessments in the EU

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Lords: European Union Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780108459542

Page: 100

View: 699

This inquiry was launched in summer 2009 in order to investigate the progress of the EU Better Regulation agenda. The agenda has been running since 2005 with the aim of cutting red tape, reducing administrative burdens and improving the legislative process by means of impact assessment. In January 2009, new Impact Assessment Guidelines were issued, which, among other things, introduced the inclusion of an "SME test", that is, an assessment of the particular impact any likely legislation would have on small businesses, to the standard Commission impact assessment. This report focuses to a large extent on the impact assessment process, in particular how IAs are produced, the role of the Impact Assessment Board in monitoring their quality, and their subsequent use by the European Institutions. The intention of this report is to take the views of various stakeholders in EU better regulation and to suggest areas where further examination might be necessary. It does seem to be the case that the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament are not making as full use of impact assessments as they might. Certain other areas have been highlighted where the situation is unclear and further investigation might be warranted. These include the conformity of IAs to the Guidelines, the production and use of IAs on comitology proposals, the adequacy of consultation exercises in the preparation of assessments, whether the SME test is working and the use of ex-post evaluation

Room for Improvement

This volume is offered to readers as a series of personal and random reminiscences and reflectionssometimes rambling, sometimes serious, and sometimes more lighthearted.

Room for Improvement

Author: Martyn Steel

Publisher: Xlibris UK

ISBN: 9781543488814

Page: 112

View: 856

This volume is offered to readers as a series of personal and random reminiscences and reflectionssometimes rambling, sometimes serious, and sometimes more lighthearted. The book contains a number of cameos spanning fifty-seven years, a number that is of particular significance in my life. Sorry to keep you in suspense; perhaps in the next book, all will be revealed!

Managing Rectal GC Room for Improvement

Background/introduction:Most (~60%) rectal gonorrhoea (GC) occurs in MSM with 25% symptomatic at presentation.

Managing Rectal GC   Room for Improvement

Author: Mannampallil Samuel

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page:

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Background/introduction:Most (~60%) rectal gonorrhoea (GC) occurs in MSM with 25% symptomatic at presentation. Those with rectal GC are at increased risk of other STIs. BASHH provides guidelines on management and targets to be achieved in testing, treatment and partner notification.Aim(s)/objectives: To compare our clinicu2019s performance in managing rectal GC compared to the national recommendations.Methods: Retrospective case-note review of confirmed cases of rectal GC on NAAT between 1st November 2011 and 31st March 2015. Data were obtained from clinic notes, the clinic database and laboratory results. Audit standards were based on BASHH guidelines in managing rectal GC.Results: 184 cases from 156 men: 61% White, 12% Black, median age 31 years (IQR 26,37), 71% MSM, 29% bisexual, 58% symptomatic. Triple site testing was done in 91%. Rectal GC cultures were taken in 55%. Adequate treatment was given to 94%. Quinolone resistance occurred in 31%. Partner notification was done in 43%. 14% had other STIs (syphilis, LGV, chlamydia and HSV). There were 2 new diagnoses of HIV at the time of GC diagnosis, and 2 further cases at 3 months follow-up. Discussion/conclusion: Management of rectal GC did not reach the BASHH targets on any recommendation, suggesting that improvements in managing rectal GC are needed within our clinic. Re-testing and re-attendance were poor. Staff have received further training and a re-audit in 2017 will assess improvement. We have established a robust call/recall system to enable early diagnosis of HIV which was significant in our cohort of men with rectal GC.