Girls & Their Toys

shutterstock_62164For the last five years, I’ve had a good relationship with my Conair hair dryer. My previous dryer, also a Conair, lasted almost twelve years – I loved that old thing and was sad to see it go.

Just the other day I noticed an odd sound coming from it. Listen, when you’ve used an appliance for five years you get to know the sound of it. First it was a soft hum. It slowly progressed to a whiney buzz, followed by a clunking noise. And finally, the darn thing shook so badly I couldn’t hold on to it with one hand. I could tell a part had come loose, but my hair was really wet and, well, I haven’t left the house with wet hair since I was fourteen years old. So I held it as far away from my face as possible, for fear that a piece would fly out and stick in my eye, and managed to get most of my hair dry. My hands and arms were tired from fighting with it. Hey…a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Last night I bought a new hair dryer. I stood in the aisle for fifteen minutes asking myself, “If they make the darn things to fall apart after a couple of years, shouldn’t you just by a cheap one?” Hello, it’s my crown. So I opted for a Conair –  known for hair appliances – and tossed my $23.50 on the counter. Actually, it was a debit card, but I digress.

So I get the thing home and inspect it. Oh My! It has eight more setting than my last dryer and two extra buttons. WeeeeHoooo! And it’s metallic red.

This morning, it took me twelve – that’s 12 – minutes to dry my hair. With my old dryer (may it rest in peace) it took me 37 minutes. I’m not kidding. Now, I’ve got my eye on the vacuum. Maybe it’s time for a new one. I’m just saying.


6 Responses to “Girls & Their Toys”

  1. Mackenzie on April 18th, 2008

    Congratulations on your new appliance. Speaking of which, I think I’m in love with the pot you lent me.

  2. lucyzoe on April 19th, 2008

    Ha! I knew you would. I made Pozole the other night using one and the brown, carmelized bits of pork that stuck to the bottom created a lovely flavor base. While I favor LeCreuset, there are many different brands that work just as effectively. You’re welcomed to keep mine until you find your perfect pot.

  3. Mackenzie on April 19th, 2008

    It really is an amazing invention. I’ve tried soup, risotto, paella, and one or two other things. They all turn out so perfectly! The only downside is I make WAY too much, since the pot is deceivingly large. I think I made enough Paella to have a dinner party for 30.

  4. lucyzoe on April 19th, 2008

    A woman after my own heart. I’m pretty sure “way too much” is the reason God invented freezer bags. I’m so glad you’re digging it. Who knew the “ecstasy of discovery” could occur with cookware?

  5. Valerie (Kyriosity) on April 28th, 2008

    You must have incredibly thick hair. Mine dries in about 12 minutes without appliances! In fact, I think I still own a hair dryer, but the last time I used it was when I put plastic over my windows one winter about a decade ago!

  6. lucyzoe on April 29th, 2008

    Well…I don’t know about “incredibly” thick. But without an appliance, it would take a few hours…unless I’m sitting in the sunshine. Holding a glass of something. Watching the waves. *sigh*

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