Use a Dark Washcloth

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All my towels are white.  To me, nothing says clean like a freshly laundered white towel.

And you can tell when it’s time to toss it, because white hides nothing!  So, any stains or tears or lots of pulls in the towel can be noticed right away and it’s time to retire the offender.

Just like nothing is as enticing as a clean white towel, there’s nothing more appalling than a graying or yellowing “white” towel.

How do you keep your white linens from getting stained if you’re using them to wash your face or hands free of makeup or dirt from your garden?  Well, as you may have guessed, it’s near impossible.  You will end up with a gray version of your lovely white washcloths or hand towels.

Which is why two of the greatest things ever invented are the dark washcloth and the dark hand towel…

I wash my face every night before I go to bed.  Every night.  And when I used to wash it on my beautiful white face cloths, I’d cringe at all the smudges of black from my mascara, brown from my eyeliner, and the rainbow of colors from my eyeshadows .  I admit that I’ve thrown away my fair share of white washcloths after only a few uses.  Because they were embarrassing to have around.  Dirty looking.  And the hand towels that my manly hubby’s hands used…well, needless to say, we had a lot of “greige” in our linen closet.

Until I went to a bed and breakfast on vacation where they had laid out some navy blue washcloths and hand towels with specific instructions as to using these towels only, when washing your face and hands.  And using their beautiful, soft fluffy white towels for your body when getting out of the shower.  Made so much sense!

And thus, my purchase of navy blue washcloths and hand towels for our home.  My whites stay white and my face and hubby’s big, beautiful hands get washed!

 

 

My Brilliant Friend

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My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante

I really wanted to love this novel.

It is so highly acclaimed.  It takes place in Italy.  It is one in a series of 4 books.  And it is about a friendship over the course of a lifetime.

But, alas, I didn’t care for it.  It was long, drawn out and too detailed.  It took forever for the author to get to the point and I don’t think the point was that interesting, never mind compelling enough to read further books on the subject.

Although the story is meant to be about a friendship between 2 girls growing up in poverty in Naples, Italy, the friendship felt very one-sided.  Elena is almost pathetically obsessed with her “friend” Lila, who is a snobbish, selfish girl who barely pays her mind.  And the theme continues throughout the book, with Elena living her life to please Lila, who doesn’t notice, nor care.

I don’t think I’d invest the time required to read through another of these books.  There was no cliffhanger at the end of the 1st one making me feel compelled to learn more.  I’d be more than happy to hear about what the other 3 books were about (which could probably be surmised in 3 sentences, 1 for each) and call it done!

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Pot

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Pick the bigger pot or pan.

Nothing more frustrating than having a clean stove top and watching your pot of boiling potatoes boil up and over the side of the pot.   Scrubbing burnt potato foam off your burners is no fun!

With a pot not only do you risk the very probable possibility that whatever you’re cooking will spill over, but you may also spoil your dish.  With less liquid in the pot, burning can happen more rapidly.

With a pan if you are cooking ground beef, for example, it will be overcrowded in a small pan and will not cook evenly and will end up boiling rather than searing or sautéing.  Yuck.

Even if you think that you may be able to fit it into the smaller one, do yourself a favor…grab the bigger one.

 

Emergency Passports

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If you ever need an emergency passport, if you have a sick or dying relative in another country for instance, you can have one expedited.

Go to travel.state.gov to fill out the form and learn about fees and time frames.

If you have questions you’d like answered by a person, rather than a recording on their phone line, head to your local post office who has the passport forms and the answers you need!

Remember, even though your passport expires within 10 years of issuance, you can still renew it within 15 years of the issue date.  As long as you still have the passport book in your hands.

I’m Going to Need to Take a Sick Day…

You’ve all seen the commercial, right?  The one where the man in the suit with a red, drippy nose is talking to someone you can’t see and saying, “I’m sorry Billy, I’m just feeling terrible.  I’m going to need to take a sick day.” And then the camera pans to the other side of the room where you see a crib and a baby boy of about 14 months jumping up and down.

There are no sick days as a parent, right?!  You may have to sit a little more often during the day or even lie down on the couch for 5 minute stretches at a time, if possible.  But you are still on.  Babies need to changed, fed, taken to school, cuddled, disciplined, etc.  And the house still has to operate smoothly, and not appear like a bomb went off when your hubby walks through the door.

But, here’s a list of a few things that may make the day more bearable…

  • a large sweater
  • a mug of hot tea
  • a good book
  • soft socks
  • a box of chocolate