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Friday, January 05, 2007

The average relative humidity in Taos is 50%. That's dry. It's too dry for dust mites, which suddenly seemed like important information to have after seeing Oprah yesterday. It was about what's lurking in our filthy houses... The world is a pretty disgusting place when you look at it through a microscope. Later in the evening we watched an old episode of Northern Exposure. Interestingly, there was a dust mite theme going on there too. Maggie was freaked out because her cabin was infested with the little creepies, but Chris was his usual cool self, philosophizing that we're all in this big dirty soup together, and it's never going to get any cleaner.

I guess my comfort zone is somewhere in the middle. I like a clean, uncluttered home. I like people to wash their hands after they pee, and especially before they make food. My family teases me about the hand washing thing, but hey - I was a dental assistant. What can I say... I also realize that dirt happens, that we live in a place where dust is part of the decor, and that food prepared with love is more likely to make you well than sick.

Circling back to this dry climate... Too dry for dust mites means dry skin for all of us. My son, Danny, sent me some terrific No-Crack Super Hand Cream from Restoration Hardware. I love it because he sent it to me, because it works, because it smells nice, and because it looks like cupcake frosting. I have the Grapefruit Ginger, and I think I also need the Lavender Rosemary and the Meyer Lemon. A day without dust mites, and with clean, soft, cupcakey hands is a good day in my book.

3 comments:

susan said...

You are right, it does look like frosting! Probably lower in calories than the real stuff.

Living here in Arizona, we share similar dry, dusty conditions. It's so dusty here that my sister painted her walls the color of the dirt and it looks very natural!

I agree with you about washing hands especially after the bathroom and when making food but I myself am a stacker-clutterer but that is just me.

Hope your weekend is wonderful.

Beadily yours
Susan
NightBeader

Anonymous said...

Ha! Ha! I noticed that you said you "need" the other flavors. Just how I would feel, too!

People laugh at me, too, and call me a germophobe, but I'm with you - handwashing is appropriate AND good manners if you are among others.

I hope your New Year is off to a great start!

Gwen

Anonymous said...

I'm with you, Kim.........wash, wash, wash your hands! And then slather on some of this delicious hand cream - ah, how decadant, and healthy!