11 January 2010

Ummm...It's Complicated

In our bathroom cabinet, there is one drawer which Spouse fears to open: The Hair Appliance Graveyard. It is a tangle of cords connecting to devices of all sizes and colors, most of which are not in working order. But I have a hard time throwing anything away which could perhaps be repaired, so there they remain.


I recently decided that it was time to tackle this jumbled mess but decided to pause first for a moment of documentation. Please join me in a little tour of the drawer contents:

* 3 hair dryers, 1 non-working, plus assorted and sundry nozzles and diffusers for the highly technical work of drying one's hair: As Spouse will tell you, I have issues with winding up cords (basically, I skip this step or do it poorly), so the dryer with a retractable cord seemed like a good idea at the time. But, if my memory serves me, it shoots flames. The tiny little dryer came with Spouse when I got him. For years, he thought it was the only dryer I needed on vacations. But it emits about as much air as one expends to blow out a candle. Needless to say, this is NOT enough wind power to properly style my hair!

* 2 curling brushes, 1 non-working, plus assorted detachable instruments of torture: I seem to go through a lot of curling brushes but the reason for this is not clear to me. (Oh, yeah...it's my cord-winding issue!) I've bought some version of the white one 3 times. The one pictured recently stopped working midway through doing my hair. This created a BAD HAIR SITUATION, causing me to rush to Walgreens and hastily buy the black curling brush, hoping not to run into anyone I knew.

* 6 (COUNT 'EM!) curling irons of various circumferences, an unclear number of which are non-working: Some heat but have mechanical issues. Some don't heat at all. One (can't remember which one) throws sparks. I recently bought the 2 devices on the far right but I found that my hair (which is pretty long) isn't long enough to wind around the barrel of the largest one. This also created a BAD HAIR SITUATION, causing me AGAIN to rush to Walgreens and buy yet another curling iron in a minutely smaller circumference. With curling irons, you can't have one that is too small or too large. A curling iron has to be JUST RIGHT. The problem is that I don't know what "JUST RIGHT" is.

SOOOOO...After taking all of the appliances out of the Drawer of Doom, my initial plan was to test them and only put back the ones that do not shoot flames or emit the odor of something electrical burning. That seemed like a reasonable thing to do which would please my family.

Yep, that was the plan.

But then I decided that testing them all would take too much time, PLUS some of the devices MIGHT be repairable (you just never know!) so back into the drawer they all went.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING! BUT, in my own defense, I put them back in a much more organized fashion, so there is actually much more room now in the drawer.

And you know what that means...


8 comments:

Maureen said...

Yep... more CURLING IRONS!

Hee, hee.... sparks and flames = BAD HAIR SITUATION

I must say you have me outdone. I only have 1 curling iron and 1 straightener. Yeah, they cancel each other out, I guess.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Goodness! That's a lot of hair paraphernalia! I wouldn't have gone through all that testing either, but I tend to throw everything away when similarly frustrated.

Maureen - At least you have ME outdone! All I have is one hair drier! No curler, no straightener. I'm sort of feeling like a failure in the hair department...

Connie said...

No worries, Jill - I don't even own a hair dryer! I have naturally curly hair, so no curling irons needed, and I never straighten it. So there ya go. No appliances for me at all. LOL

Fonda said...

LOL, too funny! A project for another winter day! :)

Katie said...

I am laughing at this issue of yours! Janet, if you have not repaired any of them yet, you will not repair them ever. If it is throwing flames or sparks, that is a sign it needs to go. These are not keepsakes...these are disposable items. You have a picture of them, they can go. I say throw them all away and then start over new. It is the new year, a perfect time to purge the appliances!!

Janet said...

What can I say? Yep, I have issues, but ya'll probably knew that anyway! lol

Janet said...

And NO, Katie -- I'm not throwing them all away! Several are in perfectly good working order. Just can't quite remember which ones...lol

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Oh wait! I have an idea then! Could you pay your gal something reasonable to sort through them for you?

Thanks for the vote of confidence Connie! Mine's wavy (or slightly curly or slightly straight, depending on the weather). I guess if I were to go with the times, I'd straighten it. But my daughter did that for me once and although SHE liked it, to me it just looked weird.