We’ve been feathering the nest, a tad. I know nobody wants to talk holidays yet, so I won’t mention Thanksgiving, or Hanukah, or Christmas. We’re safe as far as Diwali, since I don’t celebrate it, although these days I see its lights around town more often.
How about we call today Investing In Our Hospitality Infrastructure? Guests, no matter when or why, are expected.
Cooking Gizmo With Loads Of Promise
For example, we’re now the owners of an Instant Pot. I’m kind of embarrassed, as though I didn’t know late night television ads are bunk. We bought it because I wanted a rice cooker with a stainless steel lining. But the next thing I knew we were cooking up broth, steaming salmon, and stewing oxtail. Bada bing, pressure cooking! Totally not sure how that happened but it is a quick and less messy way to make dinner.
Key benefit: You can sauté whatever you want to soupify or stew or steam, in the same stainless steel insert you’ll use for subsequent slow cooking and pressure cooking and steaming. I rejoice at one pot less to clean.
Extra Sleeping Facilities
You don’t need a new Aerobed? With that wonderful self-pump? So nobody has to sleep on the sofa? Well, maybe you don’t. But we did. Walked into Costco, walked out with this. Even has a headboard.
If I’d researched, we might have gone for a pillow-top, but I think our guests will forgive.
While we were in Costco I impulsively grabbed a faux sherpa throw, to replace our old one that had degraded into a web of red threads and chenille yarn. Now, although I’m deeply snuggled into the sofa, I am beginning to worry about Aggressive Fluff Particle Release. We shall see.
Again, with a little research, I might have realized that throws these days, like scarves, have reached a whole new level of artistry. Look at these in merino from Sferra. OH MY GOSH those colors. Drink them or cuddle them, which? Or this one in alpaca? (I guess crystals would be too much? In another life?) Or this Missoni? Now that’s a quick way to update a Pottery Barn living room.
Thematic Hand Wiping
I also recently ordered 6 embroidered guest towels from a local San Francisco store. Behold the abundance at Samuel Scheurer Linens. So High WASP. Here’s where I give up the It’s Not About The holidays charade. Reindeer give it away. (They have throws too, by the way.)
Just One More Thing And I’m Done
Finally, if we’re surrendering to holiday prep, maybe it’s time for a nice box to store teabags. Simple. Functional. And the kind of extra I’m looking for this year.
I hope none of this has raised anyone’s adrenaline level. Nobody’s inadequacy gauge ticked up, even a little bit. My list is full of stuff you don’t need. But I remember vowing last year and the year before to prepare in advance, in a way that deepens my happiness. To continue to rebuild Christmas after my divorce.
And yes, it was 10 years ago that I spent that first Noël without my children. I should put it behind me. Things get better, and, perhaps, request grace notes.
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