As I biked home through the drizzling mist last week (on my way, as I twittered, biking past a guy using one hand to hold an umbrella over his head, the silliest thing I ever did see), I thought to myself, "Self, dammit but I am glad you bought that Northface Apex Bionic Hoodie Jacket to keep this seemingly-interminable rain off of you. I don't think you could live without it!" And then I thought about other things I couldn't live without. As I sloshed home on the bike, thinking I should probably add "bike fenders" to that list. Anyways, in the interest of serving you, dear readers, all 17 of you, here are some things I think are wonderful and you might too.
-My bike. My bike is a . . . well, it's a Bianchi. And it says "Portofino" on it, so, I guess it's a Bianchi Portfino? I also guess it's shameful how little I know about my bike, or about bikes in general. (A goal I aim to remedy! Someday!) What I DO know is that it gets me from place to place very speedily (I swear you can bike from one point in DC to any other point within 20 minutes. Nearly). I also know that I got it for a bargain during the Phoenix Bikes bike sale in front of the Big Bear last January. Phoenix Bikes is a very worthy organization in Arlington that teachers community youth about bikes and how to build and fix them. You should check them out. Oh also, my bike's name is Olive Garden. So I can't live without Olive Garden. The bike.
-Clarisonc face brush. I was very hesitant to buy this contraption because, 1) It looks like a mini terrifying hairdryer, come from hell to scrub all the skin off your face and 2) It costs like nearly $200 for real. But if you can afford it, and would like to scrub your face off with it, I can't recommend it enough. I have what might be delicately referred to as "problem skin," and though it was relatively under control, this brush makes everything better. My skin's smooth and clear when I use it regularly. It's a bit of a racket because you need to replace the brush heads every few months at like $30 a pop, but I've still found it one of the best product investments I've made.
-A good magazine. Despite the fact that I'm the WORLD'S MOST IMPORTANT ONLINE EDITOR, I've been rediscovering lately my love of a good print magazine. Guys, Martha Stewart Living is really good. As is Gourmet, I discovered, sadly, just six months ago. Runner's World is always wonderfully reliable. I've also come to enjoy Outside Magazine and Backpacker Magazine, as I inch along the Really Long Path in my progression of becoming vaguely ever more outdoorsy. Pick up a copy of any of those magazines and you're guaranteed some quality reading time.
--Speaking of outdoorsy... My PATC membership. For $35 a year, you can't get access to better weekend entertainment. AND OH MY GOD! Keith informs me that the PATC is actually working on an ONLINE RESERVATION SYSTEM for their cabins! Previously you've always had to call at, like, 6:15 PM to 8:42 PM on Tuesdays when the moon is full and Scorpio is rising in Cancer or whatever, and even then be on hold for ages, but it's a miracle. Can't wait to online reserve the crap out of some cabins.
-And speaking more of being outdoorsy... My Columbia Trailmeister IV hiking shoes (that link shows a slightly newer version of them). I haven't quite made the investment in a "real" pair of hiking boots yet, but I've found these to be satisfactory for the light backpacking and hiking I do. I also wear them all over town pretty often as they're super comfortable and good at dealing with DC's crap sidewalks and streets. That's right. I AM AN URBAN HIKER. Plus they were super cheap, on steepandcheap.com, I think.
-And speaking of being SO INCREDIBLY OUTDOORSY,
behold the prAna Convertible Pant. Great for hiking, so comfortable, waterproof, and I admit this is incredibly dorky, but they unzip to capri-length, so they're all weather. I bought them in black, and they actually look vaguely like nice normal pants, so you could just, you know, wear them around if you were so inclined.
-A neti pot. Guys, I haven't even owned my neti pot for a week, but I can already tell that this $13.99 piece of ceramic crap is going to make my life better in ways I couldn't have imagined. Like, letting me be able to breath. I had been suffering from a pretty bad sinus infection the past week, but when I neti'd for the first time ever, I actually fell asleep...because air was actually traveling through my nostrils to my brain for the first time in days. It is a bit of a weird sensation, and you certainly look crazy while doing it, but it seems to work!
-Google reader. Not Google wave. We're having a Google Reader meet up in 2010. SXGR. True story. Don't front. You're jealous.
-Naturalizer flat brown knee-high boots. These boots do many things, including look nice when jeans are tucked into them, and make sketch homeless men hit on me like crazy. Seriously, the crackheads cannot get enough of these boots. I get terrifying compliments every time I wear them. That's right, they're brown! They're flat-heeled! My mother bought them for me three Christmases ago! And they are oh-so-comfortable! AND SO SEXY! Anyways they're pretty much all I wear come fall. Sadly, I cannot find them anywhere online, ensuring that I will keep cobblers in business for the next 20 years as I have them resoled over and over again.
-Friday Night Lights. Guys, I just watched the first episode of season 4 last night. And this may be a bit premature, but I am ready to declare this My Favorite TV Show of All Time. I mean, I think. It's blowing my mind. Please netflix the hell out of seasons 1-3 (forgive season 2, as it gets a bit...er, off track. But is still relatively quality).
Phew! I think that's it for now. However, I am the ultimate consumer so I am sure there is more awesome stuff out there that I will buy soon and rave about.
What about you? Anything awesome you can't live without that you've purchased recently?