23 April 2007

toothpaste

Do you know how long it takes one person to use a tube of toothpaste if she brushes her teeth 2-3 times a day? Neither do I, but it's longer than I thought.

Ann Marie thought this was so hysterical that I promised to do a post on it for her. I, like all ex-pats I know, have a cupboard full of necessities. My friend Kat shipped loads of toilet paper and paper towels--she hasn't bought any in-country yet. I stash away everything from Advil to creamy Jif. Also in my cupboard, there is a stockpile of toothpaste. I break out if I use anything other than Arm & Hammer baking soda toothpaste. (I love it--my teeth feel soooo clean.) So, it's important to know if I have enough toothpaste to last out my internal exile ;> . I keep trying to remember when I start a new tube so that I can figure out how long my stash will last. I say things to myself like, "Oh, surely I'll remember that I started this tube on Groundhog's Day/the twins' birthday/the third Thursday in October." But I don't. So, THIS time, I wrote the date on my toothpaste tube. I started this tube on 26 February.


It looks like I have enough to last for awhile...


Can you see the two little girl toothbrushes in there? Surely that wins me points. I've already got toothbrushes. (But, my prepared-ness is really a whole 'nother post...)

So--mock away. You call it obsessive. I call it well-planned.

11 comments:

Elle said...

When we lived in Vegas we "charged" people two things to come visit. They didn't even stay with us. But everyone who visited had to bring us a bag of Tim's Cascade Potato Chips and a canister of a tea I used to drink. Those 2 things were impossible to find in Vegas. So I know what you mean.

Ktates said...

um - I guess I know what to bring when I come visit???

Tricia said...

I stockpile Rimmel lipliner and L'Oreal foundation. Only a few stores carry the type I like, and now that I've found my colors, I have at least a year of supply in case it gets discontinued.

(Last time L'Oreal discontinued my foundation I tried EVERY fancy department store brand and didn't find the color or coverage I liked... so I want to be prepared!!!)

votemom said...

i understand the preparedness. i understand the over-preparedness and the mental health ramifications of that. i understand the under-preparedness and the mental health ramifications of that.

the whole thing is utterly draining.

p.s. THAT is a lot of toothpaste!

Chris Goeppner said...

I counted 16 tubes in your photo, there could be more but I wasn't sure what was in the box. I figure if you squeeze every last ounce out of each tube, you should have enough to last you 3 1/2 to 4 years. Were you planning on staying in Russia that long?=)
I would have done the same thing with my facial soap, I'll break out if I use anything else.
-Penny

annmarie said...

Come on...opening the cabinet and seeing 623 toothpaste tubes IS hysterical.

Maggie said...

Good thinking. Russian toothpaste tastes like cardboard. I still have a tube of it sitting in my cupboard from 2005.

mommyto5 said...

Oh Kate that is too funny, and having the girls toothbrushes already definately she get you some brownie points:) Prayers you get to use those toohtbrushes soon!

Tami said...

Were you a girl scout, because you are definitely well prepared! I think you've got the toothpaste thing more than covered...but what about the t.p.? The Russian stuff is way to scratchy!

MMrussianadoption said...

Some people build bomb shelters. You hoard tooth paste. lol

emjay said...

That pile of tubes is hilarious - I'd say you are more than prepared!