A first world problem.

If you follow me on Twitter, which you likely don’t because I don’t link to my main account and never update my food blog account, you’ll know that I’ve been having a first world problem of epic proportions.

Get my teeth whitened or get an iPhone? My teeth are turning British (sorry!) and my phone cost me exactly 99 pence. Dilemma? Actually, yes, as we learned from the AP Style book. Both outcomes are going to be negative in terms of the feeling in my pocket.

Anyway, man I love going to the dentist. No joke.

Every time I get back from the dentist I can’t stop wiggling my tongue all around my shiny teeth and looking in any reflective surface. I used to show off my super clean smile, but now I can’t do that because I have British yellow teeth. No smiles for me.

On the other hand, I really need to spend money to get a new phone because mine was funny at first but now it’s just embarrassing. My baby is on the left

Why not get a cheaper model instead of an iPhone, you ask? Because I don’t believe in mediocrity. Sometimes I think it’s more embarrassing to have tried your best and achieved Β mediocrity than to simply save yourself the money and have the worst. Which is the case for me. If I can’t have the best (or one of the top couple) phones, I’d rather have the absolute worst phone on the market because at least it’s funny (well, it was funny the first year I had it).

Also, this piece of crap will not die.

At the mall a couple months ago I put a bottle of water in my bag, upside down, and was then surprised when it broke and filled my bag with water. Yep, my phone was in there. Did he die? Oh no. He was like, I’M STILL ALIVE IN HERE!!!!

He almost daily falls out of my pocket onto the concrete and physically breaks apart, but I pick him up and he’s sitting there smiling, saying, I’M STILL ALIVE!!!

I figured if he finally broke it’d be an excuse to get a new phone, but as I said, he won’t die.

So, do I be a cool kid with white teeth, or a cool kid with a cool phone? Because clearly, white teeth and nice phones are the only ways to achieve the high road in terms of coolness.

(Also, I heard teeth whitening is painful! If anyone has any experience with this, please speak up!)


16 thoughts on “A first world problem.

  1. Why don’t you try the whitening strips first to see if they work? If not take the plunge for the phone? I have to say, that is a hard decision to make. My husband’s teeth have gotten so so stained from all the tea has been drinking. I blame the lack of fluorine in the water! (Or am I wrong in assuming there’s no flourine…hmm…)

    • I have no idea actually! I thought about the strips, but I wasn’t sure if they’d be as good. Do they even sell those in England?

      And yeah, I also blame all the tea/coffee breaks at work!!

  2. Funny you ask. I am thinking about the teeth whitening process as well, and yes, I also hear it’s painful. Especially in the winter- the cold air on your teeth makes them even more sensitive! hav you tried the whitening strips at home? Those are supposed to be pretty effective these days (although it is a commitment). Decisions…

  3. My dad is a dentist and I love my iPhone. I’m also a whitening PRO. All you need to do is buy Crest Whitestrips, and if they don’t have them in England, buy them online or paypal me and I will SHIP them to you. Use for two weeks and it’s the same as the in office stuff, pretty much. If you get sensitive, just use Sensodyne toothpaste! Don’t spend $500 on it. Buy the iPhone and a $40 whitening kit πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you verified that Crest Whitestrips are effective! I definitely didn’t think they would be, but I was really tempted by the price. I’ll check if they have them in England, and I may have to take you up on your kind offer πŸ™‚

      And I’ve definitely noticed that you love your iPhone, and have been totally jealous!

  4. I say teeth! New phones are all snazzy for the first week or so, and then you’re ready to throw it out the window because you can’t get away from anything and you realize you’ve just paid (and continue to pay–monthly bills go up like woah) to be constantly bothered. I would love to throw my iphone out and get a rinky-dink bottom of the line piece.

    Also–looked for that instant coffee at Whole Foods, but boo–America is determined not to offer reasonable instant coffee. Just some store brand stuff and instant espresso.

    • That’s weird! I’m thinking that the English are more into instant coffee, because I honestly don’t think I’d ever had it until I came over here, and now that’s all I drink, which is really sad.

      Maybe I should create a black market for this gorgeous instant coffee πŸ™‚

      And yeah, I’m going for the teeth!

      • In general Europe is known for having fabulous instant coffee–even their nescafe stuff is amazing (or at least what I had in Italy was, and it was just the cheap one-mug pouches!). Bought instant nescafe here–NOT the same thing. Oh, well. I mainly live on tea anyway, and can just drive to starbucks for a latte when I want “instant” coffee–or hit up your black market coffee stock πŸ˜€

  5. It seems like you’ve decided, but I want to say PHONE anyway.

    I think we’re overly interested in white teeth and it is freaky to me like botox is. Not to say it doesn’t look nice and I still think you are wonderful even if you bleach your teeth πŸ™‚

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