Basic items I am grateful someone invented:


Fingernail clippers
Coat hangers
Ice cube trays


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  1. Greta on August 26, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Vaseline!! Oo me too. Amen to the p.j.

  2. Kelli on August 26, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    I am grateful for all those things too! Well, except the vaseline. It’s a long story that involves Anika, a huge tub of vaseline and her entire room! I’ve wondered if I were ever to be picked for survivor what one item would I bring? Tweezers, there are so many uses! Kleenex, fingernail clippers? So many choices!

  3. Annibelle on August 26, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    I don’t know if someone INVENTED Vaseline. Isn’t that derived from a natural substance (i.e. petroleum)? I don’t know, I could be wrong.

    I’m thankful for sunglasses and sunblock and concealer and Maybeline WonderLash Mascara (is that the one in the GIMONGO submarine-looking orange tube?).

  4. Rebecca on August 26, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Praise the Lord for finger nail clippers.

    And I’m also with Annie C on the giant orange tube of CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara. I’m definitely buying you a glass of wine in gratitude for sharing that find with the rest of us. ;)

  5. erin on August 26, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    post-it notes.

  6. Colleen on August 26, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    I think the person who invented the calculator might be offended that you called it a “basic item”. :)

    Oh, and you’ve been tagged. :)

  7. Deborah Barnett on August 26, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    toilet paper
    wash clothes (can’t believe you didn’t list this)
    leave-in hair conditioner
    food processor
    wine (um hello, basic necessity!)

  8. Tad on August 26, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Matches and Beer!!

    Not that two go together. Just imagine trying to light a cangle with a flint and steel, or rubbing two sticks together.

    And beer… that just speaks for itself.

  9. Paul on August 26, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    breathable and wicking fabrics that allow one to hike for hours and never to get hypothermic. . .

    cruise control. . .

    Pilot Razor Point II black pens. . .

    continuous trifocals without lines. . . (I’m ashamed to say)

    streaming video feeds so I can watch Annie at the French Quarter while 9 hours away. . . man, I think that’s my favorite thing ever. . .

    digital photography. . .

    the i-pod, for heavens’ sake. . .

    the manual ice cream maker churn. . .


    Love, Dad

  10. Philip Letizia on August 26, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    I literally just came from the dentist… and I don’t know how anyone could be grateful for floss. Haha

    My favorite so far from the comments is post-it notes. I once had a friend who used so many post-it notes, that one of his post-it notes said, “get more post-it notes.”

  11. Lauren on August 26, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    hey there! i found your blog through my friend, julie. we went to church together back in the day!
    my fiance and i will be moving to lakewood, colorado. it’s pretty much denver i think. well thanks for commenting!

  12. Angela Hart on August 26, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Me too!!! I would throw mojito’s in there as well.

  13. Rebecca on August 26, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    eye drops.
    air conditioning.

  14. bec on August 26, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    i am rebecca.

  15. Annie Parsons on August 26, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    I AM a woman.

  16. Sarah Kate on August 26, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    It makes me very happy that you called it a “colander” and not a “strainer.” I would expect nothing less from the Queen of the Dictionary.

  17. [not the] Best Blog Ever on August 27, 2008 at 8:18 AM

    Online banking.
    No Pudge brownie mix.
    Lie-flat seats in World Business Class.
    World Business Class.
    Sleep Number beds.

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