Friday, November 18, 2016
Today, I'll write about four things that have made my life easier
1. I needed to change the configuration of our car's luggage rack one day and discovered a shoddy, substandard bolt had been installed in one place. Its Allen wrench socket almost instantly stripped when I had to remove it. Fortunately, a solution was already a trip to the hardware store away, in the form of a SpeedOut Damaged Screw Extractor & Bolt Extractor Set. That has been the best eight bucks I've spent in a long time, and it's even cheaper on Amazon. It was also ridiculously easy to use.
2. I don't normally use the term "karma," but my mental nickname for the cubical plug I carry around in my computer bag is, "the Karma Plug."
3. Back in St. Louis, when we were deep in the throes of raising an infant and a young toddler, we shipped and received lots of clothing to and from relatives and friends. One afternoon, I wanted to ship off some things that had gotten too small for our kids. They were already in a box and the Post Office was ten minutes away. Naïvely, I thought I could tape this box up and send it within the thirty minutes or so I had before I needed to retrieve the kids from daycare. I had to send it later because I spent twenty minutes fighting the crummy packing tape and dispenser just trying to tape the box shut. I couldn't even see the edge of the tape, and whenever I finally clawed around enough to start peeling it, it would split.
The next day, thanks to Amazon reviews, I discovered this packing tape and this dispenser. Now, I enjoy taping boxes together, but the pleasure is too short-lived to become habit-forming.
4. I had become annoyed with my nice-looking laptop case. Putting anything else in was unnecessarily challenging. Even packing my charger left a bulge in the thing.
So, on my birthday, I moseyed on over to Best Buy and found a case that was cheaper than what I had, but superior in every way. My new Insignia Laptop Briefcase is well-padded, lightweight, and astoundingly well-organized. For example, the outer pouch you can see at the link is exactly the right size for a small tablet or an ebook reader. Gone are the days when I have to pick what I'll leave out of the bag on trips requiring my laptop. It's as if someone interviewed me and designed a case to my exact specifications. I am astounded at how much I like this thing.