The young year is good not only for taking the pulse of stalled projects, but also for filing off the edges of inconveniences. Optimizing, in other words, something process people are good at but project people have to treat like, um, a project.
Over time, I had created an Amazon list I called “Conveniences.” This weekend I went ahead and one-clicked. On what and why? Well, these I have come to rely on for looking generally presentable, when that’s a goal.
I am re-upping on both. I use the pink boingy sponges to apply Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer. Evens out skin color for a no-makeup look, with a little sunscreen and a little coverage. I use Mercier’s Bisque but it comes in many shades. Thumbs reliably up.
These next, on the other hand, I can only hope to find useful.
I prefer not to blow my hair dry unless social purposes insist. However, I lose patience with drips and huge towels wrapped around my head. I’ve used this once so far, and while it didn’t dry magically, it was very comfortable as a little turban, and soaked up enough water that I could scrunchie a ponybun and go for a walk. Thumbs up, so far.
Again, in the service of long wet hair. This is about 15% easier on dripping locks than my Mason Pearson, but not as gentle as the large combs held by a hair stylist. Thumbs wiggling, in an indecisive manner.
These my daughter asked for. The rack in our guest bathroom doesn’t support large bath sheets or more than one guest with regular size towels. So, let’s try stainless steel “hooks” that slip over the door. Yes, they show on the other side, but minimally. I have neither a drill nor a handyman, it’s good enough. Thumbs will have to wait for her next visit. Just as I do.
I spend a measurable portion of my days chopping garlic and I don’t much enjoy the process. I never liked my old garlic press, too hard to clean out the smooshed pulp. I thought this might work better. Lo and behold it does. Peel your garlic clove, hold both sides of the device, press down while rocking it side to side. Requires some leverage, i.e. I have high counters and thus stand on my tiptoes to get going, but I quite like the experience. This cleans more easily than other presses, since there are no walls around the little pile of garlic nubs. And, extra bonus points, that which you have minced stays put until you scoop it into whatever you’re cooking. Thumbs, happily free of garlic, up.
Do you all have any similar conveniences you’d like to share with the crew? Thank you in advance. It feels surprisingly good to be finally smoothing the small rough spots of life at home.
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