that's our james

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02 April 2008

My new obsession...

I have a new favorite past time. What could it be, what could it be???
Laundry. Yep. I now really enjoy doing my laundry. I've always been a little picky about my laundry. Being in Shqiperi (Albania) has taken my meticulousness to the next level. I'll spare you all the details of my procedures. However, I will say that in a land of hard, yucky water, and no dryers, fabric softener is key. I started using fabric softener, even though it's a little pricey for a Peace Corps stipend, when my landlords gave me my very own washer. That was a big day too. Before that my landlady had been doing my laundry. I think she was surprised how ofter I washed clothes. I appreciated her help and God knows I would have never done my laundry by hand but I was thrilled when I got my washer.
In the picture below you see the detergent I use. It's the good stuff. I might switch to Tide since it has become available in Berat just recently. You'll also see the fabric softener collection. My favorite is the first one (yellow), then I bought the green, then Katie gave me the orange. I can't wait to run out so I can buy more of the yellow stuff. See I told you it was an obsession.

I thought I'd also include another James peculiarity: children's toothbrushes. Years ago my dentist told me to better clean my wisdom teeth, I should use a kid's toothbrush. I brought a supply with me to Albania but I lost some and miscalculated the number of times I'd be changing them. So I had to buy a new toothbrush. I bought the pink dinosaur first. I was quite happy with my purchase so when I was without a toothbrush in Tirana, I bought the blue momma elephant, you can see her baby at her feet. Not only are they small and colorful, making brush time lots of fun, they also come with covers, another necessity for me.

I hope you enjoyed the little peak inside my head.


At 11:07 PM, Blogger traveler one said...

Haha James- you're funny!

Here's a tip for being on a budget-I read somewhere that you can dilute the fabric softener by half and it will still do its job (although the scent will not be as strong). And I always use less detergent than the box says as well, since I belive the manufacturers tell you to use more than necessary in order to sell more product.

Nice collection of toothbrushes too!

At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow in the good way?
I have cut back on the "suggested" amount of detergent. And I did buy some Tide the other day. It turns out both Ariel and Tida are made by Procter & Gamble. Yay for globalization.


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