Sunday, December 18th, 2011
Another entry in the “I cannot believe I haven’t written this one yet” category. We had a dinner party tonight, and as I was cleaning up, I was thinking of the days in my apartment without a dishwasher. I didn’t avoid entertaining during those days, but I also didn’t entertain nearly as much as I do now. Thank goodness for a dishwasher!!
Friday, December 16th, 2011
Whether it’s in the car, at home, or in the office, ’tis the season to be thankful for heat generation!
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Yet again, this is something I thought I had surely written about. Having a fridge at work is something I can’t imagine living without. Whether I’m bringing my lunch on any given day or keeping an extra stash of fruit or beverages for anytime snacking, it’s a must.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
“Avast, ye scurvy dogs!” People say that only in pirate movies, but when I think of vitamins, I think of that phrase. As you may recall from playing Oregon Trail, scurvy was/is a real disease. Somewhere along the educational line, I learned that it came from a deficiency of Vitamin C. And there you have it: how my mind works. Vitamins, Oregon Trail, pirates.
But seriously – in addition to our access to a healthy diet, we can get extra vitamins cheaply, even in gummy form. (Or the perhaps too-yummy Flintstone variety, of which I ate an entire bottle as a child. Which Poison Control didn’t exactly recommend, but I’m still here.)
Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Although I have already extolled the virtues of GPS, I am also quite thankful for Google Maps. We drove all over northern VA today, and with Google Maps on my phone, I could map out the best route for our errands and even search for food on the route when we got hungry.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Fall is my favorite season. Usually there’s a crisp chill in the air, but this week has been mild, even warm. It makes me extra-thankful that I can control the temperature in my office. Some days I turn on the heat; others, the air conditioning.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
We drank a lot of water on our vacation, both bottled and tap. When we got home, I found it interesting that our tap water at home tasted better than even the bottled water elsewhere. Maybe it’s just my home bias, but hey, I’m glad we have tasty water! More importantly, I’m glad we have a faucet and can safely drink what comes out of it.
Monday, October 24th, 2011
For some reason, Italians don’t seem to believe in toilet seats. At least that was the impression I got from the bathrooms I visited on vacation. I found it both odd and inconvenient. Who knew I would be so thankful for toilet seats upon my return home?!
Monday, September 26th, 2011
Once again, I could’ve sworn I already covered this one. Today, I salute you, Mr. Contact Lens Inventor Guy! Without you, I would be condemned to a lifetime of feeling like my bespectacled 6th grade self. (Note to her/me: No, the glasses do not need to be half the size of your face.)
Contacts are truly amazing. They are teensy and oh-so-thin, yet they are able to replace even the Coke-bottle thickness of my (abysmally near-sighted) glasses prescription. With them, I can wear sunglasses! Instead of – wait for it – clip-on sunglasses. Oh yes, I did that. As a kid. Which is just sad.
For this, I will gladly reach into my eyeball on a twice-daily basis! Hooray!
Sunday, September 25th, 2011
It’s pretty great that I can put stuff in a box at my house and send it all the way around the world to my friend AS. And it’s not going by horseback and then by ship, so it won’t take years to get there.