Mr. Saver and were snowed in all of Wednesday, thanks to the Nor’easter that pummeled the lovely state of New Jersey (and a swath of the Northeast from Washington, D.C. to Boston). It’s brought us a pretty good amount of snow — over 12 inches — which I think is the worst since the crazy 3 feet of snow we got back in 1996.
And the cabin fever has led my mind to wander a lot more than usual. I’ve spent a lot of the day wishing for things that don’t exist — things I’d like to see invented.
Notice I didn’t say things I’D like to invent. I’m just not that clever!
A way for plows to clear the streets of snow without it coming back into your driveway. This is probably one that would have millions of suburbanites in the colder climates cheering. It’s been a while since we’ve had this much snow, and it’s our first major snowstorm in our new home, with our own driveway. It’s maddening, let me tell you.
A cat litter box that keeps all of the litter inside of it. I haven’t been able to solve this problem. While I know there are self-cleaning litter boxes and trays designed to keep the litter from being tracked out of the box, it doesn’t stop cats from shaking the darned stuff all over the office floor. We haven’t been able to find an unobtrusive place for the litter box other than the office in our home. The basement would require us to keep the basement door open, allowing drafts to come up — and I’m pretty sure we’d never remember to keep the door open, anyway.
A way to make computers last longer. This Compaq desktop I’m typing on now is on its last legs, as evidenced by my attempt to work from home yesterday morning. Besides the connectivity issues many of us were having, it took a good 25 minutes to boot up and get a browser open. Unreal. A nearly $1,000 computer lasted 6 1/2 years. It looks like I will have to spend some money on a replacement sooner than anticipated — I had wanted to wait until our tax refund came in, but I don’t think this thing is going to last 5-6 more weeks (the tax return, although finished, that I have yet to mail).
These are just a few of my own ideas. Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comments section.