by Midwest Mom

When I first started thinking about this list, my intention was for it to be stuff that I controlled. But the more I thought about it, I decided the list should also include things that have surfaced/been invented during my 40 years on this planet. Also, some of the list items may be items/objects that were not available to me in my 20’s/30’s (due to finances, etc) and now make my life better or easier to live in some way. Again, in no particular order:

11. Cell phones. I didn’t get my first one until I was 30. I used to make fun of people who had them, now I cannot live without mine. (I do have huge phone envy, but more on that later.)

12. Daily disposable contacts. Remember having to put them in a heater overnight? Or the weekly enzyme cleaning? Ugh.

13. Cars. Ok, this one is obvious to most people but I didn’t get my first car until I was 29. I lived in a town with a joke of a public transit system. It was such a hassle to borrow a car every time I need to go grocery shopping or do laundry. Not to mention, embarrassing that I could not afford one. Since then, I have purchased FIVE new vehicles upgrading each time. I am spoiled
14. Credit cards. Again, obvious but I didn’t get my first one until I was 30. Probably not a bad thing, since I avoided getting into credit card debt like most people my age. They really are convenient and should be used with caution and responsibility.
15. Parenting Gadgets. Sleep monitors, breast pumps, wipe warmers, portable DVD players, handheld games – all wonderful things that my mother’s generation didn’t have when they have babies and young children.
16. 100 Calorie Snack Packs
17. Craigslist
18. Cities that pass smoke-free ordinances!
19. On-line banking
20. Spell check
2/19/2011 05:32:20

adding to the list: Trader Joes, biodegradeable freezer bags, Zip Cars

Midwest Mom
2/20/2011 00:18:59

If only we had a Trader Joes here . . . heavy sigh!


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