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The Search for the Perfect Pair of Underwear

I have been on a mission lately to find the holy grail of under garments.  I am looking for a perfect pair of underwear.  These undies will meet the following requirements; they will fit well – no riding up or falling/rolling down; they will not show through my clothing – no bump or lump or double-butt creation can occur or detailed outlines of the embellishments can be evident; they will last more than two washings; and finally, they will be cute and come in nice colors. 

I doesn’t seem like I’m asking a lot, but for some reason, this article of clothing is alluding me.  I, the shopping maven, am having the toughest time finding those along with the inability to locate a pair ankle boots with a medium high heel in black leather with a slightly pointy toe and some details on them to make them cute – oh and under $75 and in my size.

I did the thong-thing when I was younger and more tolerant of those types of irritations.  Now that I’m older, I just don’t have the patience for them and I don’t think there is enough fabric separating certain body parts from my clothing.

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Too Much Stuff!

I frequent Huffington Post often.  They have a nice mix of news; business, politics, entertainment, living now, etc.  I read this post, The Sky Mall Trap by Lee Woodruff today.  It is a pretty funny article, but it really cuts to the heart of the fact that as Americans, we really have too much stuff!  Our houses keep getting bigger to hold all of our stuff, we need to rent storage spaces to keep our stuff if it won’t fit in our house, and we have shows on TV devoted to organizing or decluttering all our stuff.

I am just as guilty as most people in that I have a lot of stuff.  It actually makes me quite anxious if I think about it.  My boyfriend and I are planning on eventually having a place together and I am overwhelmed at the thought of having to pack up all of my stuff.  I will really start to hyperventilate when I think about organizing his stuff (he has a lot of stuff too) and my stuff in our new place. 

I think I’m going to start going through my place and weeding out more and more stuff that I don’t really need.  At the same time, I need to figure out how I can stop acquiring so much stuff (yes, I know, this is right after I posted about buying three new pairs of pants and a sweater yesterday).  I can’t stand that I have 8 bottles of shampoo and conditioner, 4 bottles of body wash, 3 bottles of bubble bath, shaving lotion, 2 facial scrubs, 2 body scrubs, a back brush, a loofah washcloth, a bar of soap and a razor.  It’s amazing there is even room in there for me.  If I can use up what I have and narrow my stuff down to 1-2 of each item, I should be in better shape.  It’s kind of like a stuff diet…

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Roll On Deodorant, Roll On

My boyfriend (AKA Skullsinthestars) and I recently flew to Amsterdam for vacation/his work.  USAirways lost our luggage (that’s a story for another post).  Since the terrorists can blow up planes using more than 3 ounces of liquid,  I didn’t carry on any of my toiletries beyond a toothbrush and toothpaste.  That left us in Amsterdam at 8:00 am with none of the basic necessities.  Luckily my fabulous boyfriend had lived in Amsterdam for two years and knew the city well.  He took me shopping to the main drugstore to pick up some of the things we needed.  The drugstore we went to carried roll on deodorant.  I haven’t seen or purchased roll on deodorant since the 80’s.  There really isn’t anything wrong with roll on deodorant other than it takes a few minutes to dry.  I guess Americans are just too time-strapped to have to wait two minutes for their deodorant to dry before getting dressed so we have to use solid deodorant.  I don’t know about you, but I hate the white streaks you get on your clothes as a result and I’ll gladly wait the few minutes a roll on requires to avoid it.  I purchased a bottle of the deodorant and have been using it ever since.

This got me thinking about other products that have disappeared from our stores mysteriously or for some trumped-up marketing reason.  Whatever happened to pump toothpaste?  That was THE toothpaste to have once upon a time.  And do you remember Jello 1-2-3?  It looked just like regular Jello when you prepared it, but when you poured it into a tall glass, the magic happened.  It would separate into three distinct layers.  The bottom layer was regular Jello, the top layer was a lovely, whipped cream substance and the middle layer was a combination of the two.  But sadly, it disappeared from store shelves sometime in my youth.

Those are three things that I came up with this morning.  Can you think of other main-stream products or product variations that inexplicably disappeared?

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