wash and dry
it's been a little over a week and a half since i got here, and settling in has been going well. in other small everyday news, i'm rediscovering the joys of having my own washing machine in the apartment.
of course, there is no dryer as locals overwhelmingly use clotheslines in lieu of expending the extra space and electricity. (or is there another explanation?) as much as i miss the unmistakably warm, softly scented feel of just-tumbled clothes, i'm taking advantage of the sans-dryer life these days. i brought mostly cotton/wash-and-go pieces, which hopefully will be both practical and budget-friendly.
this is a good thing, because as fastidious as i am about my sartorial obsessions, i'm also a lazy person who usually would throw most things in the machine and dryer, and everything else would get sent to the dry-cleaners. now, everything gets hung up to dry, and i'm getting in the habit of gently hand-washing and hang-drying some of the more delicate pieces (like the houndstooth print shirt i got from local boutique Ling in Tianzifang). ironically, not having a dryer is almost more convenient; i don't have to worry about accidentally shrinking something or ruining it, and there are fewer wrinkled clothes to deal with! it's nice when small inconveniences turn out to be the opposite. freshly laundered clothes on a clothesline also lend a homey air - it's a gloomy, rainy day today, but my bedroom is a little cheerier because of them.
p.s.: i've been tooling around a bit with my blog html, and finally added a nifty 'reply to' button for easier discussion and cross-commenting. hopefully this will make things much easier for everyone to join in on the conversation! let me know what you think! :-)