Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How to fix things using money

i like to think being a "committed materialist" means more than just an approach to interpreting literature. and so here is a list of things i've bought for my convalescence:
  • yoga pants. the pre-admission nurse said, "wear something loose and comfortable to the hospital that day." i said, "like a full skirt?" when she faltered i saw what i must do. wouldn't you know it, there's a new boutique in the 'hood offering fair-priced made-in-canada yoga togs that are not by lululemon, a company i have scorned ever since reading their tag: "these pants are perfect for hatha yoga - or just for walking to and from your yoga class!" puh-leeze.
  • a deep freeze. mo has wanted one for ages, but i have resisted, something about the 1972 christmas pudding my mother recently found in hers. (okay, by "recently" i mean the mid-80s, but still.) i didn't want a deep freeze, i didn't think we needed it, and yet i have already filled it. which is especially remarkable given that they won't actually deliver it until tomorrow afternoon.
  • a one-handed pepper mill. look, we all have our thing. some people require strong fresh coffee, some people need nice things to look at, some can't survive without sunshine, and some of us view freshly ground pepper as one of life's necessities. actually, i think everything i just listed here is essential. (note to self: lay in more coffee.)
  • a new mouse. truthfully this is one of those things you just slide in once you have a good justification going. i hate my mouse, but feel compelled to use it because it was a hand-me-down. now, though, i'm going to have a brand new spanky bright one that will never forget who it is or what it was designed to do. not that i'll be able to use it.
  • a kindle. yeah, yeah, the sony got better reviews and yeah, yeah, the iPad is coming soon - but not soon enough (mac) or cheap enough (sony). the kindle is ... well, it's surprisingly small, and super light, and people say they love it. i haven't spent hours and hours with it, but so far it doesn't read footnotes properly and i'm afraid there won't be enough material, and/or that i won't be able to afford to keep it stocked. i'll get back to you on this one.
  • from ever-thoughtful mo, an electric toothbrush! this gets an exclamation mark because it makes your mouth vibrate! it makes your hand vibrate! you can hear it from inside your head!
  • a new coat. my boucle spring-weight car coat from modcloth has a nice swing to it and should be able to accommodate a sling.
next up: cute PJs and one of those retro ice bags.

thank god i live in canada and don't have to pay for the surgery itself.


Mari said...

Oh! I hope you mend up quickly!

My grandpa lost an arm working on a ship after WW2 (he never fought in it-- too old). He used to tease us, when we were about 3 or 4, about how slow we were with two hands when the "right" way to do things is swiftly with his one good one.

By the time your shoulder is healed, I'm sure you'll be like Grandpa Nakachi, smoking everyone with your one-handedness.

Heather Zwicker said...

too funny - i was just thinking: boy, the way i talk you'd think i was having the damn arm cut off permanently! so, i will channel grandpa nakachi. ;-)

Susan said...

You'll wonder how you ever lived without a deep freeze -- cooking in bulk is way sexier than it sounds. I wonder also if it's time to check out Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Good luck!