No, you are not lame! These tips are great; thanks! Another way to remove Sharpie from a hard surface is to use vegetable oil.
My organizing tip is one that I'm starting today (with a tiny break on the BB for a minute, of course ). As a SAHM, my to-do list is usually overwhelming. I'm trying to finish each catch-up day's must-do's by noon (almost made it today; had some post-party cleanup 1st), then take the 12-3 time block (before DD gets home from school) to do a cleanout. For me, a "catch-up" day is Monday and Thursday: I try to stay home all day (no errands, no grocery store, no appts) and do laundry, accounting, paperwork, housework, etc. and had hoped to tackle the big cleanouts but those usually don't get touched. This is my new plan to stop the daily grind from bumping my bigger plans off the list--instead, some of the piddly housework tasks can get bumped. Now I'm off to unpack the table linens that have been packed since we moved . . .
If you're afraid of butter, use cream. ~~ Julia Child
As you cook, you enjoy omniscience about food that no amount of label reading can match. Having retaken control of the meal from the food scientists, you know exactly what is in it. (Unless you start w/cream of mushroom soup, in which case all bets are off.) To reclaim control over one's food, to take it back from industry & science, is no small thing; indeed, in our time, cooking from scratch qualifies as subversive. ~~ Michael Pollan