There are certain threads in this blog that we keep coming back to, three of the most common are kids & family, minimally processed food and gadgets. Mostly kitchen gadgets but gadgets of all kinds will find their way in here over time (can you say Xtracycle?).
Since gadgets of all stripes are a passion of MaryBeth’s we thought we should group them under some organizational umbrella. We thought of naming the collection “Shiny New Things” until Mark pointed out that that is also the informal name of the strategy employed to distract a Board of Directors away from reality and the bad news and towards the pie-in-the-sky we’re-gonna-be-rich idea-of-the-month. He doesn’t like to mix work with pleasure so a new name is required. “New-toy-obsessed-Mom” rings true but lacks panache. We settled on GADGET GIRL!
Clearly the first thought that comes to mind is “What would Gadget Girl look like while hanging out at the Hall of Justice with all the other Super Friends and what super powers would she have?” Clearly flying is out as she is certainly weighted down by the gadgets (let’s see you get airborne with Kitchen Aid mixer tethered to your waist!) No, this is a terrestrial being that’s resourceful, poised and loaded with utilitarian weaponry: think Elasta-Girl (in her prime) from The Incredibles, toss in some Cat Woman (Eartha Kit did it best) and finish with a liberal dose of Martha Stewart. We’ll have to get someone to create a drawing of the character.
Already we’ve exposed several of Gadget Girl’s tools: Xtracycles, food processors and juicers (best for margaritas) coming to mind. This being the inaugural post for Gadget Girl, one gadget won’t do. We need two. And as luck would have it, there are two very recent additions to the mix: Cuisinart’s Ice Cream Maker and the miracle vegetable slicer (a lot like the old K-Tel commercials though we didn’t get free Ginsu knives!)
The ice cream maker is quite naturally the most popular addition to the gadget arsenal. If it were a pair of shoes, this baby would be the stiletto pumps: sexy, but not for everyday use. Ice cream made with the cream and milk from Windsor Dairy is really awesome and the fact that we aren’t cranking this thing by hand and futzing with ice and salt makes this a truly useful tool. Gadget summary: easy to use, very popular, gives us a new way to consume raw milk and CSA fruits.
The veggie slicer is far less sexy. In shoe-land we’re in the realm of a nursing shoe – comfy, useful but won’t get you asked out on a date. Like most things lacking flash, it gets used all the time. We now make perfectly sliced veggie chips (potato, turnip and whatever else the CSA sends our way) and finally have a shot at actually julienne cutting the vegetables, and not our fingers.
The ice cream maker wins on emotion, but the slicer gets a spot on Gadget Girls utility belt.