This week, I'm lucky enough to be staying with someone who has a proper, real-life house. It boasts a fireplace, a washer and dryer right in the house (for real! Have you guys heard about this?), and a vegetable garden that can keep even a vegaholic like me fed. However, the feature that I might envy the most is the humble garden hose outside…A hose and a place to spray it might not seem ultra-luxurious, but imagine trying to clean off muddy boots or a coffee-grounds-splattered trash can in an apartment. I'm forever using my shower and sink in ways they were not intended or designed to be used, and I can tell you the results are less than satisfying. During my stay here, I've scrubbed and rinsed my oft-used yoga mat, my hiking boots, a cool old wooden box that was covered in cobwebs and such, the kitchen compost bucket, and my muddy sandals. At home, all of these attempts would have resulted in half-assed disasters, with slightly less dirty boots and a significantly more dirty bathroom.
Do you share my wish for a simple and simply wonderful garden hose with which to spray off your thrift store purchases and sandy shoes? Or is there some other taken-for-granted item that you'd love to have? Dream small!
Tess is the pastry assistant for SFMOMA Blue Bottle Coffee, which just celebrated the release of the new cookbook, Modern Art Desserts. She is also a floral designer, embroiderer, and exclamation point enthusiast.
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