Thursday, July 23, 2015

Patience pays off!

There is a product out there that is going to make me a better person. A nicer person, a happier person, a more productive person, and - why not? - a sexier person. This is not me falling for advertisements or marketing gimmicks. I know for a fact that this product exists, because pretty much everyone I know has it, and I'm betting that it will upgrade my life in a big way.

This miracle product?

A coffee maker.

I know. I know! How do I not own a coffee maker? Well, I do have one - a French press. About a year and a half ago, I broke the carafe and had to replace it, and I was really proud of myself for sticking with a fairly unconventional and low-waste method of coffee making, but the truth is, friends, I am Over It.

Baby Bear is finally sleeping through the night, so I am desperately trying to catch up on all the sleep I've missed for the last year (yes, I know sleep doesn't work that way. I'll argue about it with you later, when I'm not so tired.). I sleep until both kids wake up, basically, and to then have to get up and heat up water and wait five minutes and press and add sugar before I can even drink it....WELL. I haven't been able to have a cup of coffee while it's still hot in a really, really long time, folks.

But.

What if my coffee could just...happen? While I was still asleep? And I could just come downstairs and pour it into a cup with one hand and start drinking it? Could such bliss exist?

Obviously. It just took me a while to get to where the rest of the world has been for a long, long time.

But I'm still cheapy cheap, so I've been watching for my unicorn at the local thrift store that I love so much, the one where I get 20% off for donating*. I don't drink a lot of coffee - a cup or at most two per day - so I didn't want a giant coffee maker taking up valuable countertop real estate. I didn't want to have to buy paper filters, either, so I was looking for one with a reusable mesh filter. The combination of small pot and reusable filter is pretty rare, but today I scored it! And $6.99 + 20% off is a very thrifty $5.59.

It took several months of waiting and searching, but ultimately my patience paid off. I'm looking forward to enjoying my first magic-brewed up tomorrow morning. (Also, I bought a like-new cross-body strap purse that might be the perfect purse ever, and a wallet that is probably the answer to my prayers. If this isn't the luckiest shopping trip I've ever had, I just don't know what it is.)

Have you waited a long time to find the perfect thing at the perfect price?



Side note: Recently, this organization was taken to task in Minnesota for not really operating as a non-profit, but claiming to. They are still battling it out in court, but now when I donate I am given a coupon and a letter about the good work they do but noting that I cannot claim this donation on my taxes, since I am not helping any non-profit organization. I thought about this for a good ten minutes the first time I got the letter, and decided that I could care less. I don't itemize my taxes, the donations I made for the last few years never did me one bit of good on my taxes, and really all I care about is my 20% and keeping things out of landfills. This company still winds up recycling goods and reselling them for great prices, and I am totally happy with that. Plus, it's fewer receipts I have to keep for tax season, and saves me time! Win-win-win-win-win.