Accelerated air dry

I know you all wanted to see more pictures of my laundry, it is positively riveting, isn’t it? I think that I may have just solved the slow drying laundry/mildew problem. Well, temporarily anyway, I’m not quite sure how this method pans out after I’m the one responsible for drying the towels.

I suppose that I’ll have to stop doing this when our apartment is ready, but in the meantime I have high hopes for this method. In fact, I can’t believe that I didn’t try it sooner.

My roommate Lynne from Penn State taught me how to dry my wool sweaters this way in our dorm room. The idea is to smash the clothes in the towel roll to transfer as much water as possible to the towel. If it can accelerate the drying time of a wool sweater, I’m sure that it will help me out with my lighter weight laundry.  

I’ll keep you posted. I know that you’re dying to find out. Right? Right?

 So why are you drying an Under Armor Cold Gear shirt in India in July anyway?

Chris’ perception of temperature and appropriate A/C settings is dramatically different from mine, which necessitates my wearing winter clothing as he sits here sweating through t-shirt after t-shirt. Ahem, causing more laundry.


[Notice how I managed to get poison ivy on my feet the day before we left? Awesome, huh?]

With any luck, I can get a few of the cotton items dry enough to finish off with the iron before we head out of town for the weekend this afternoon. I need a break from this hotel big time. Since I am working remotely, I have been spending the majority of my time here for the past 8.5 days. Let me outta here!

Tonight we are heading to Sri Lanka. I’ve never been there before, but it sounds nice enough. There are pretty pictures of Sri Lankan beaches and epic tales of awesome surf. After much research, I settled on a hotel in the town of Bentota, about 1.5 hours south of the capital city of Colombo. My decision to stay in Bentota was reinforced last night when I talked to one of my co-workers who vacationed there a few years ago. She loved it and would definitely go back.

Unfortunately for Chris, I don’t think the surf will be so great there due to the season, but I have a feeling that he’ll be happy even to just get his toes wet in the ocean. Supposedly it is a great wind surfing location, so maybe we can give that a go instead. I know, not at all the same thing.

The good news for you all is that I will get out of this hotel room for a few days and hopefully stop posting about my laundry woes. In the meantime, please keep your fingers crossed for Chris. He is at the customs office trying to get our stuff. Supposedly the process takes about half a day. Crazy, right? We only shipped 600 lbs. of stuff, how could it possibly take that long?

On a somewhat related note, you probably can’t even grasp how excited I am for my oatmeal, craisins, and protein powder to arrive. I very badly want to eat my standard breakfast foods! A few people like, Branny and Kier may understand my genuine excitement over oatmeal. Now that you’re done here, you should totally follow the Kier link over to her blog for instructions on how to vote for her so that she can win free oatmeal!

  1. That’s an interesting way to dry clothes. I live in South Korea where many people do not have dryers (including myself) and this method may very well help me dry those sweaters of mine faster.

    • Brit said:

      Glad I can help! It seems to be working, I washed about 3 hours ago and all but one item is almost dry!

  2. Jena said:

    I hope your new way to dry clothes was a speedy and smell free fix! Have a great time in Sri Lanka!

  3. branny said:

    You’ll have to ration your oatmeal out!

    So how much do you miss your pets now? When my husband and I travel, I miss them soooo badly.

    • Brit said:

      I miss them like crazy. They are in good hands, so that makes me feel a lot better about being away from them. I get an update on them from my dad every few days, it sounds like he is having a great time with them, he has especially taken to Duke and I think Duke is pretty fond of him as well.

  4. How much oatmeal did you ship over?! I would have allotted at least 25 pounds of the 600 for the stuff. 🙂

    • Brit said:

      I think I ended up settling on 30 lbs. I didn’t want to run out…and I didn’t want to be limited to just breakfast. I think I eat about 20 lbs./6 months at home mostly just for breakfast!

  5. If I were in India, I would be eating vegetable samosas for breakfast, lunch and dinner until I couldn’t stand it anymore.

    That said, as a guy who eats the exact same PB+englishmuffin+coffee breakfast every morning I completely understand your need for the routine back.

    Glad you found a way to dry your clothes. It’s amazing what kind of things turn out to be the big logistical challenges.

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