1 Thing Compares 2 U

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don't want to do but also don't want to continue thinking about doing.

Every Little Thing She Does Is 1 Thing

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing.

Help, I’m Hooked on Battery-Operated Toothbrushes

My 22 month old loves brushing her teeth, mostly because her Spanish baby toothpaste tastes like strawberries; even when I give her as little as possible, her eyes still light up and she shouts, “Nummy!” I wish I shared her enthusiasm. A few years ago, my mother bought me a battery-operated disposable Oral-B Pulsar ($5.99 at Target) and I’ve been ruined for regular toothbrushes ever since.

Instead of spending $3 three or four times I year, I found myself spending twice that amount to get that awesome vroom noise the motor makes and the tingly feeling on my gums. Was it making my teeth cleaner to use something with an on/off switch? Who knows? The only thing my dentist said to me was to brush less hard. Oh, that Oral-B, I thought fondly. It’s almost too good!

Then, without warning, my too good toothbrushes started sputtering and dying after only a few weeks. The first time it happened, I figured, okay, no biggie, I got a lemon. But the next one also gave up faster than the French. $6 was too much to spend every month on a toothbrush. I decided to try other brands of battery-operated disposables, and there were plenty of choose from, because apparently I’m not the only one who’s been wooed and won by the magic of mouth vibration: the Oral-B Pro-Health ($11.64); Arm & Hammer Spinbrush ($13.99), which comes in Sonic, PureClean, or Whitening; Phillips Sonicare ($14.99), which comes with a two-minute timer. There’s even a Justin Bieber Singing Brush ($6.45), AS SEEN ON TV.

I feel like such a sucker, but what can I do? I’m hooked! Ultimately, I chose the Spinbrush, because alone among the ones I saw in my local drugstore it allows me to replace batteries rather than throw the whole thing away. But I still feel kind of silly and like I’m wasting money. Even Consumer Reports is making fun of me: “All you really need is a good soft-bristled manual toothbrush if you take the time and effort. But if you have arthritis, lack dexterity, or would like some extra power, powered toothbrushes can help.” THANKS GUYS. 

1 is the Loneliest Number That You’ll Ever Do …

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing.

The thing I really should do is go to my stupid health insurance webpage and find a stupid doctor to take care of a small but annoying problem. It’s the kind of problem that surfaced LAST YEAR just before my family’s 7-week Great Escape and I waited for it to go away on its own as we made our way through two or three different countries, until I finally limped into a Spanish hospital and begged for help. A punctual, kind, and handsome, though sadly not very English-speaking, doctor gave me a temporary fix, and then said I’d need to get real attention once I returned to the States.

Of course, I didn’t. Now that it’s summer again the problem is getting harder to ignore. I hate bureaucracy and the thought of maybe having to have surgery (!) and not being able to walk (!!) so I just keep putting it off. But. Today I will change all that. Today I will find and call a doctor. Today I will DO 1 THING.

How about you?

Do 1 Thing Before 1 Thing Does You

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing.

The most important “1 thing” I have to do is mail the first premium checks to Babygirl’s new health insurance, as well as Fella’s and mine, so that we will be all covered as of September 1st. Related 1 thing: don’t get hit by anything heavy in August. These days, Babygirl only leaves the house in bubble wrap.

Also I have so much reading to do it’s like being back in one of my history seminars! At least it’s fun reading I will probably enjoy, including Roxane Gay’s new essay collection Bad Feminist and Anya Ulinich’s new memoir-y graphic novel Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel, both of which I got to pick up from a local bookstore. Yay, supporting small businesses! Yay, supporting living authors! Then I will generate income by writing reviews and use it to defray the cost of Babygirl’s health insurance. At my current rate, 3-4 reviews = 1 month of coverage. Everyone wins.

What’s your 1 thing?

Do 1 Thing Baby Just Do 1 Thing

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing.

My one thing is to cook! Which we haven’t done in so long that I’m kind of embarrassed about it. The cooking itself will be about as low impact as I can make it. Fresh Direct delivered the ingredients for a gussied up version of tuna noodle casserole, and while taking care of my active and witchy toddler I managed to do the chop-chop prep work. All I need to do now is grate some cheese, probably while watching old episodes of 30 Rock, cook some pasta, mix, and bake. I can do that, right? Right.

My 1 Thing will be good for me in the long-term because Omega-3s are apparently proven stress-reducers, along with leafy greens, eggs, and dark chocolate. I need that fortification, because after going through the entire process of applying for health insurance on the Marketplace, this is the notification we received:

Sigh.

Do 1 Thing (And a Report on a Successful Thing!)

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing.

Before I get to this week’s 1 Thing I want to report that I saw a doctor about a small lingering health issue from LAST SUMMER. I got all freaked out initially because the first doctor I saw about it, a year ago, seemed incompetent *and* told me it might be cancer, so my natural reaction was to shut down, hide under the bed, try to pretend there are no such things as hospitals, etc. A couple of months later, when I couldn’t ignore the problem any more, I saw a doctor in Spain. He spoke only enough English to assure me it probably wasn’t cancer, but he did say I might need surgery.

Again: shut down, under the bed, pretending.

AT LAST, thanks to “1 Thing,” I made another appointment with a new English-speaking doctor who hopefully wasn’t incompetent. Turns out she’s the greatest. It’s not cancer! I don’t need surgery! In short everything’s fine. Thanks, 1 Thing!!

My next 1 Thing is to mail a care package to friends of mine who are having their first baby, and it should be super fun because I get to pack it full of stuff that is haloed with love & good wishes. What’s yours?

Doin’ That 1 Thing You Do

What's on your to-do list?

1 Thing Is Ruining My Life

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don't want to do but also don't want to continue thinking about doing.

La La La (Do 1 Thing)

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing.

My 1 Thing I need to do this week is get some gifts for some birthdays that are coming up this weekend. One of my friends is having a get-together this weekend to celebrate his birth and that of his baby, whose birthday is also this month. Now, does the baby get a gift? Maybe? We’ve talked about this before. In any case, that’s on my list.

What’s on your list?

And as reference to the title of this week’s 1 Thing, here’s that Sam Smith song:

Do the 1 Thing

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don't want to do but also don't want to continue thinking about doing.