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To Dry or Not to Dry?

That is the question.

Back story: this week we were overrun by ants.
So, not only do I have stink bugs chasing me in my dreams, now I can add ants as well.
And let me tell you, I have not been brainwashed by A Bug’s Life.  I, for one, can separate fiction (a cute movie) from fact (a creeper crawler parade.)  I’m guessing they didn’t bank on that.  It seems they also thought they could get away with hosting their Ant Extravaganza simply because today is Earth Day.
They were gravely mistaken.
I have cleaned my kitchen top to bottom twice in 4 days.  I have drowned the hundreds of ants who thought my Simple Syrup was a swimming pool.  (I knew I shouldn’t have bought that stuff!)  I have stuffed any and all uncontaminated pantry items in plastic bags for 24 hours.  I have sprayed the cracks and crevices that they seem to be emerging from.  I have stomped the living daylights out of them.
And unfortunately I did not do so well with my words as I expressed (read: vented) my dismay.  To the ants.  That’s right.  I now talk to ants.  Because everyone knows THAT works 😉
I love Earth Day.  I support it.  I think it’s a great idea.  But the “earth” must stay in the earth.  It may not come marching through my house like Grant through Richmond. 

Anyways, that’s the background.  The key phrase that explains how I’m getting to what I’m about to say is:
I have cleaned my kitchen top to bottom twice in 4 days.
And that is how I discovered what the left corner of my counter space looks like without a drying rack:

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I have to be honest.  I love it.  I like the extra space that it gives me, and that it looks less cluttered.  I like that I have room for pretty things, like flowers from Husband.  I like that it will force me to dry my pots and pans after washing rather them letting them sit out for days.
However, there is one con: I can’t throw my pots and pans in the drying rack and let them sit out for days. 😉

Thoughts?  Should I take the extra space and force myself to dry?  Or am I being highly impractical?

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So, I am on the hunt for a kitchen cart.  You see, as my mother once said, I use every pot and pan possible when cooking.  Which means I usually have a lot of things out at once.  Which means I end up running out of space when preparing food.  Add to that the fact that I have no center island in my kitchen (just counters on the periphery) and I believe you will understand my desire for one of these.  Plus, most of them have wheels so they can be transported and also stashed away against the wall when not in use. 

Now, here’s the deal.  I am saving up some of my household monies each month until I have enough to go buy one.  So, the cheaper the cart, the sooner I will have it.  But I am willing to wait longer if it is really worth it.  Here are the four I’ve narrowed it down to, but I need your help!!

The first two are more expensive, but they have more features and/or have a larger workspace.  The last two are less expensive but also smaller.  But I must say, I am really intrigued by the 4th one’s pull-out cutting board.  Which, nevermind that the entire cart is one gigantic cutting board….these little things enamor me, ok!!

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Number 1 and Number 4 are from Target. 

Number 2 and Number 3 are from Ikea.

Which one???  Or if you are aware of one out there in cyberspace that is infinitely better than any I have here, please do show me.  Just please remember I am on a budget so don’t show me anything that is beautiful and worth thousands of dollars because you will probably make me cry.

Please do help me out here!

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