The idea for this blog came to me when I spilled an entire Tupperware of vegetable soup in my designer handbag.
“Why would you ever put soup in a purse?” my co-worker asked me when she saw me mopping up the inside of my tote in the bathroom. “You should never do that.”
I didn’t much like this woman, even before that particular moment because she always talks very loudly on the phone and she acts like conference calls are great fun. They are not – we all know that. In fact, they are about as much fun as a handbag full of soup. Maybe even less.
I mumbled, “Thanks. That’s advice I could have used yesterday.”
And then I thought to myself, “If I had a nickle for every time I said that.” Which led me to believe that I may have stumbled on a good enough gimmick for a blog: Advice I Needed Yesterday.
I pitched the idea to my friend. “All the headlines are like teasers and the entry is the full story. You know, like ‘Don’t feed ham to the cat!’ or ‘Don’t put soup in a handbag.'”
“Oh tell me about the soup,” she said to me. “I lost a purse and an umbrella that way. I didn’t realize the soup got all in the creases of the umbrella and the next time I opened it, it was full of mold.”
So I took that to mean two things: 1. I bet the woman in the bathroom was speaking from experience; and 2. This blog could have mass appeal. I mean, who doesn’t want to hear stories about the mundane with a little bit of unsolicited advice from a totally unreliable source?
“And you could be serious sometimes too,” my friend told me. “You know get real and show people how human you are.”
Sure. That too, I guess. But mostly just anecdotes about why it’s not a good idea to do your online banking at a Panera Bread or why you should leave dry cleaning to the professionals.
And with that, enjoy!
UPDATE: In February 2016, Advice I Needed went on the road. I quit my day job and accepted a role as a writer that allows me to work remotely from anywhere in the world. I’ve been fumbling my way through Africa, Europe and Asia ever since. My mistakes are many, but I’m pleased to report that I haven’t had any problems with soup. Not yet, at least.