stocking the fridge with food and … shampoo
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on February 9, 2008
I have a food shortage anxiety, H said to me the other day.
I looked at him, confused.
I mean I don’t like to go to bed without food in the refrigerator, he explained. I think: what happens if I’m going to bed, and I’m a little bit hungry, and as I lie in bed I get hungrier, and then I can’t sleep, and there is nothing to eat?
I made sympathetic “of course, I understand perfectly” noises, but inside I thought: thank goodness H doesn’t rely on the contents of my refrigerator for his off-to-dreamland bedtime snacks.
My refrigerator isn’t likely to assuage anyone’s food anxieties: aside from milk, yogurt, tofu and peanut sauce, its fairly lacking in edibles.
But if you’re having a shampoo crisis, a nail polish shortage, or emergency lotion needs, you’ve come to the right place.
Here’s an overview photo:
Notice the ratio of food items to beauty items? H would die of starvation anxiety.
(And please don’t read “exciting party girl diamond” into that bottle of wine. Its been sitting in my refrigerator since last March. Yes, that’s how much I drink.)
For those looking more for a visual feast than an actual one, allow me to give you a more detailed tour.
Here’s a close-up of the nail polish section, in case your manicure is chipping or you are looking for new colors:
I learned to store nail polish in my refrigerator from C, a college friend who now runs a successful artisanal jam-making outfit in San Francisco.
And I learned to store lotions-&-potions beauty products in the refrigerator from another friend named C, during a long hot summer in Fes, Morocco. If you’re blonde, like to remove your eye makeup at night, or insist on using lotion with sun protection, my bottom row collection is for you:
Needless to say, my refrigerator elicits comments from everyone who opens its door, including my cleaning lady. I’m sure that its been used in a funny-foreigners story or two – but that’s fine.
At least I know that I will never have the beauty equivalent of a food shortage anxiety. If I go to bed and my toenail polish is a little bit chipped, or my toothpaste tube is getting empty, no worries will keep me awake. I know I’ll be able to take care of the problem in the morning, just by going to the kitchen and opening my refrigerator door.