Skip to main content

I would have much preferred throwing the dishes AT someone.

Have you ever been mad enough at someone to throw a dish at said person? And by someone, I am pretty sure I mean a spouse/significant other/partner.

I have contemplated doing just that to Brian on more than one occasion. And by more than one occasion, I am pretty sure I mean about 30 times in our almost 12 years of marriage. And I might really mean 30 x 30. :-)

But I have never done so, for practical reasons (i.e., I am cheap). We have 10 dinner plates, mostly acquired via wedding gifts. We have only six matching smaller (salad?) plates. And although we rarely have more than a few people over for dinner (and it is not too often when we have people over to begin with), I just can't imagine wanting to forfeit these discontinued dishes.

But, alas, today, I said good bye to one of our dinner plates. I washed my hands just before I unloaded the dishwasher. Not wanting to take the five seconds to completely dry my hands, I proceeded to start putting dishes away. Unfortunately, one of the dinner plates slipped out of my not-quite-dry hands and landed on the counter, on top of the juices glasses and smaller plate from breakfast. Smash went the plate along with the two juice glasses. For some reason the smaller plate was spared.

I am the type of person who will take several minutes loading many things in my arms, rather than making two trips, even though the latter would be quicker. I have almost fallen down and even up the stairs multiple times while trying to carry the laundry basket, piled high with clothes, shoes, the phone, my coffee mug, and a few other items. I have ended up in pain as I struggled to carry many heavy grocery bags at once. No idea why I do this, but surely I cannot be alone.

It took me well over a half hour to clean the counter, sink, and floor afterward, and I am fairly certain I have a tiny piece of glass in one of my fingers. Looking on the bright side, I also cleaned the inside of the dishwasher since that was open when the dishes broke. I had no idea so much crud could be in a dishwasher. Yuck.

I would like to think this will make me stop rushing around, but I am pretty sure it won't. If nothing else, it reminded me of why I don't throw dishes in anger, although I have to think doing so would have been a little satisfying. It sure looks that way on TV! :-)


Mel said…
glad you had minimal damage to yourself. ugh--shards.

this is why we have the old, hand-me-down Corelle dishes. harder to break. our others were disappearing slowly. and I've even given up on drinking glasses; we use plastic. all of us. yes, even the grown-ups. the only drinking glasses in my home are wine goblets, and guess when they're used? when we have company. I drink my wine from...the plastic cups. safer. I have butterfingers.

(I never threw a plate at anyone, but I did slap a college boyfriend in the face once, hard enough to make my hand smart. thankfully he didn't slap me back--but he did throw a pan of water in my face. I'm sure it was quite funny--wish I had it on camera. well, not really.
Mel said…
should have said the "only GLASS drinking glasses" because now it sounds like all we have to drink from are goblets. not true. lots and lots of plastic.

and coffee mugs. forgot those. but they're rather sturdy, at least ours are.
chris h. said…
We are the not so proud owners of sets of 3 medium tumblers, 3 juice glasses, 5 small tumblers, 1 small cognac snifter, 1 wine glass (2 different kinds) pains me to have these asymmetrical numbers! Fortunately, our dishes are pretty sturdy, but I've had to replace a couple cups and plates (discontinued pattern but available on and sometimes on eBay -- have you checked for your pattern?)
Facie said…
Glad I am not alone in dropping things. And, Mel, it is kind of funny b/c lately I have been drinking fruity margarita/martini drinks out of glassware, probably b/c I do it only two or three times a week. My water or milk with lunch and dinner, on the other hand, is always in a plastic cup.

Chris, I will have to check out that Years ago, we found some plates online, reasonably priced, but my searches last week turned up single plates that were almost as much as a four-piece set was back in the day.

Popular posts from this blog


Lately, I have had some anxiety. I have been waking up within an hour of when I fall asleep (partially because my bladder has its own timetable). And then I lie awake, worrying about various things. Mostly I worry that I am failing as a parent. I worry that I allow my child to be disrespectful to me more than she should. I worry that I am not forcing my shy child to do more things. And I worry that the few things I am pushing her to do will make her resent me. I worry that she gets stressed about school. I worry that she is bothered because she does not have a lot of friends. I worry because I don't know why that is.

I worry that we will be stuck in our house in our bad school district, a place where we would not send our child to high school when she graduates in two years (two years!). Then I worry that our somewhat introverted child will have to go to cyber school. Because there is just no way that we could afford to send her to Catholic high school, for which tuition is curren…

Why I am an "Other"

Last month while I was getting my driver's license picture taken, I tried to change my political party affiliation. For whatever reason, my choices were Democrat, Republican, Other, and None. But first, how I got there.

I registered as a Democrat when I first registered to vote, just before the '92 election. At that time, I was "kind of" liberal (for growing up in a somewhat rural area in western PA), and pretty much all of my relatives were registered that way, so it made sense. I was not really into politics at that young age, however.

As I got into my late 20s, I started to realize I was becoming more conservative, so a few years later, when it was time to renew my driver's license, I changed to Republican. I still remember the day at work when I told my coworker Anne that I was really a Republican. She told me she had known it for years. During the 2008 election, I was on board with John McCain running for president, mostly because I thought he was a good pe…

Calamityware for unique holiday gifts

I have been really lousy at blogging during 2016, for several reasons (some of which I don't even know). One big reason is time: Between working full time and helping promote Calamityware, plus having a small family and doing the occasional social thing, there is not a lot of time left to put thought into blogs. [Sadly, I can put hours into FB, but that is mostly my reading and not thinking, and perhaps writing short comments. :-)]

Anyway, since we are now in the middle of the holiday (shopping) season, I thought I would again promote Calamityware. If you are like me, you have a few people on your gift list who are really challenging to buy for. That is where Calamityware may come in handy. Following are the unique, quirky, fun, and even some beautiful items you can purchase here:
Various porcelain plates adorned with fun things like frogs, zombie poodles, pterodactyls, tentacles, a volcano, a vortex, and more; buy a plate or one of the series of fourSoup bowls with fly (1 fly per …