Used to be "the yellow pages"
Aug. 9, 2012 12:43 am
Updated: Aug. 15, 2012 5:42 pm
Many a year ago, when "ma bell" was the only choice, party lines were common, and long before home pc's and cell phones, the phrase used to be, "let your finger's do the walkin through the yellow pages." While I'm trailing along many years behind technology,
I am no longer in the "dark ages!" I do have a cell phone, which I would get rid of, but I enjoy the knowledge that IF something happens with the car, I'm not stranded - that my towing ins. is simply a phone call away, and I can indeed call a friend for a
"ride." I have also become computer savvy enough that I can accomplish much of what I'd like to do.... but I'm also "learning new tricks" these days.
Where am I going with this? "Amazon" has become my new addiction (?) Well, not quite, but as I hate to "shop" for certain things, and in this heat (we hit 116 today!) the last thing I want to do is hop in the car, run to a store such as "Target," and look
to see if I can pick up the item(s) I want. Enter Amazon.com! Of late, two cuisinart stainless steel skillets (one with a lid!) and just tonight I placed an order for an iced tea maker, and a kitchen scale (I've wanted for some time to be able to weigh foods
as I'm re-packaging for the freezer...)
The myriad of gadgets and gizmos is simply TOO TEMPTING for a crazycook not to "shop," and eventually purchase. In my defense, I will state that often I shop (via the internet, not yellow pages!) often for months, or in the case of the stove I purchased 6
mths ago or so, for about 3 years, but then, I wasn't looking at a $24.99 item.... try multiplying by a couple decimal points.... well, not quite!
So, I admit it, internet shopping is one of my "downfalls..." Guess I'd rather pay shipping (often free at Amazon!) My "passion" of late? KITCHEN STUFF! As if I don't have enough junk all over the place! I really must clear the counters of incidental things...
I did last week clear out one cabinet - which is still empty, but decided my spices/seasonings didn't need to be right beside the stove... That stemmed from reading that vinegars and oils should be in "a dark, cool, cabinet." Mine were under a skylight,
in a glass fronted pantry cabinet!
So, I may not have a "smart phone," nor do I have an i-pad or whatever they are... Of semi old school, I have a digi camera, and (stupid) cell phone, and my laptop which has not left the house since I brought it home! Guess I've all the "technology" I need
for "myself..." Just bring on the "kitchen toys!" Sort of, anyway... I do draw the line at items that serve only one purpose... I personally see no need to have a "panini grill," or even a waffle iron... Where would I store these things most of the time?
Now, you may feel that an iced tea maker is a likely candidate for the "never have" column, but face it... we're in AZ, and both drink iced tea daily, all year long. Also, I've not had a cup of coffee for probably two months, so the coffee maker may go into
hiding until the weather cools down! I certainly do enjoy a glass of iced tea once I'm up in the morning...!
So, if you're like CrazyCook, use some "restraint," but that's no reason not to treat yourself once in a while to a kitchen toy... well, or TWO!
Be happy, be healthy, be crazy! BTW, Julia Child would have turned 100 on Aug 15th... Quite a tribute to her in today's food section of the paper!