Watercooler Wednesday – I don’t know why, but I want it!


Welcome to Watercooler Wednesday

…where the posts are loosely based around a theme, something to spark the imagination and get that community “water-cooler” feeling going.  We all need help getting over hump-day, after all.

Today’s theme:


I Want It!

Ever wonder, when you see something on tv, the internet, or in the store, and think “Oh, cool!  I want one of those!” – WHY in the world that particular thing caught your interest?  Me too!  It’s not something I even remotely need, or ever thought I’d need.  I may not even have room for it in my house.  But I want it.  I REALLY want it.  I fight it, but there it is, over there, with that “Buy me now, take me home” look.  Ooh, help me stay strong.

Here’s a mash-up of my own “why-the-heck-do-I-want-this-but-it’s-sooo-cool” items.  What can you add to the list?  And can someone please explain why the heck I want this stuff?

Item #1:  the “Quirky” Pivot Power Surge Protector

So we have a pile of surge protectors already: strips, direct wall plug-ins, some with ethernet lines, etc.  But look how cool it is – it twists like a snake, or forms a circle like in the picture here.  Big chunky cell phone chargers wouldn’t block the adjacent plug.  Wouldn’t that be versatile?  Maybe for our college-bound son?  He probably wouldn’t be caught dead using this, or would get laughed out of the dorm.  Sigh.



Item #2:  Gun-shaped makeup kit

If this looks familiar, it’s because I featured it in an earlier post.  I don’t feel as badly about wanting this one, because lots of you ladies wanted it, too.  The only thing holding me back is that I have an aversion to being strip-searched at traffic stops.



Item #3:  the Ex Pen Holder Set

Ex-boyfriend making you crazy?



Sort of looks like a voodoo doll, but as a pen holder it’s much more practical, don’t you think?  I don’t have anyone in mind when I picture owning this item, though I’m sure I could come up with a couple of candidates.





But in our house, the pens rarely make it back to the drawers, much less a special stand.  And I think the boys would have more fun with it than I would.  OK, that one’s out.



Item #4:  iHome® Dual Alarm Clock Radio for iPhone/iPod with Pillow Shaker

Wake up! Time for college!


You know why I want this one: #1 son leaving for college.  The one who’ll stay up until 4am and wake up at 2pm.  That pillow-shaking feature?  Priceless.  I think this one’s still a contender.

On to a few that I’ve purchased that didn’t work out:




Item #5:  yogurt maker

Really not sure what went wrong here.  Yogurt=yummy!  Wouldn’t it be cool to customize our flavors, eat yogurt more often?  Such a healthy food.  But it didn’t work out that way.  It took forever; I could have crawled to the store and back with a sack of Yoplait.  Custard-style?  Whips?  Forget it.  Sigh.  I’m not destined to be a nature girl, I guess.




Item #6:  utensil pot clips

I saw these in a catalog, and mentioned how handy they would be.  Perfect stocking stuffers!  My darling hubby got them for me last Christmas.  I felt sophisticated already: no more dried, crusted spoon-rings on the edge of the stove and countertop.  Instead, the spoon right at hand when I needed it.  Bliss.

Then reality set in.  Lids wouldn’t fit on, no place to store the things, forgot they were there until – gack! – the ring on the stove appeared, I’m a lefty and everyone else is a righty, so holiday multi-cookers would put them on wrong…who knew there was so much involved in a simple little clip?


So, there we are: stuff I want, stuff that didn’t work, and no idea why.  Such cool stuff out there, better watch yourself!  Anyone have a theory on why we want what we want?  What do YOU want?

Until next time,


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11 thoughts on “Watercooler Wednesday – I don’t know why, but I want it!”

  1. Xandra JamesXandra James

    When I see one of those mini choppers that chops everything in 3 seconds, you’ll have to drag me away from the tv. I want it soooo bad. I have visions of me chopping all day *happy sigh* . Must. Refrain. From Purchasing. 😀

    I feel your handy gadget pain! x

  2. BluestockingBluestocking

    These are great. I got the pot clips one year in my stocking too. Love the idea but never remember to use them in practice. Got a spoon rest instead, and even that is hit or miss!

  3. Margot KinbergMargot Kinberg

    Kathy – Oh, I often find myself wanting some cool gadget or other. For instance, I saw some very, very cool Name Your Poison glasses on a great blog post by Janet Rudolph. What a wonderful idea for a mystery novelist to have!! I want them. So I know exactly what you mean.

  4. Tiffany A WhiteTiffany A White

    Ooo – I always find things on television ads late at night that I must have. Luckily for E, I never pick up the phone and order anything. I have, however, been known to drive to the mall and visit the As Seen On TV store!

    My new one that I must have is the contraption that will hardboil an egg, after you’ve broken the shell and microwaved it….have you seen it?

  5. Nancy LauzonNancy Lauzon

    Great blog, Kathy! I’ve always wanted (but really don’t need) a paperweight of the initial ‘N’. Paperweights are pretty useless as items go, except if your desk is by a window that’s open and it’s windy out, but with paper now becoming more and more obsolete, paperweights are even more useless!

    Chick Dick Mysteries

  6. Gene LemppGene Lempp

    Okay, I’m hooked, I want the adjustable power strip. I hate that I always lose one spot because of either a cellphone charger or speaker power adapter. I’ll be looking for this one.

    Great post, Kathy!


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