What is more, it's not like I can just click my fingers and have a new item in place in moments. I do buy a lot of stuff over the Internet, but for this kind of thing I like to see it in the flesh (so to speak) before buying. Not so easy when it's 1.5 hours drive to the nearest place where you can buy big consumer durables. And then there's the problem of overcoming choice paralysis to decide which of N virtually identical items I will actually buy, then waiting in for delivery etc etc.
I suspect the best course of action is to just struggle on for a few more weeks until G is back at work in the college and we'll have a routine that I can work around.
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