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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Put a fork in it...

Hey-O, friends.

In my never-ending search for normalcy, I have a few more "Have you ever?" questions to ask ...

Today's topic: Plastic silverware.

You know. The kind you buy for parties or for picnics?

Here we go:

* Have you ever needed JUST forks or JUST spoons for your special occasion, but the only things left on the grocery store shelves were 26 boxes of knives?

* Have you ever wanted the "fancier," clear-plastic cutlery, but all you could find at Walmart was the cheap, white, bendy kind?

* Have you ever wanted forks or spoons in a certain color to perfectly match your family's Halloween/Birthday/Christmas/Arbor Day theme party?

* Have you ever reached the paper-goods aisle only to forget which type of utensil you were out of? Was it the pack of spoons you were lacking, or was it the knives? Now you have to buy one of each, just in case. (BTW, Can anyone cut ANYTHING with a plastic knife? Don't say cake. That's what the sides of plastic forks are for. Don't say BBQ pork chops. You KNOW you pick those up with your hands and shake the meat off the bones like a rabid dog....)

Anyway... I asked these questions regarding disposable eating utensils in the hopes that you might say, "Yes!! Of course I've been in that situation! I NEVER have enough "real" silverware for my guests! None of my spoons match! All of my "real" forks are dirty! I don't mind at all putting another dent in our landfills! Who DOESN'T want pink spoons or clover leaf-green forks?"

I'm crossing my fingers and my toes hoping you will have said ANY of those things.

Because today, I cleaned out part of our pantry-closet. OK. Not really CLEANED. I was actually looking for cupcake cups and found everything but cupcake cups. This particular closet has been a place where I  shove  stuff with my feet and close the door really fast put party supplies and a little of everything else EVER sold in the seasonal party-section of Target...

Back on the topic of plastic silverware. In that unorganized closet, in every nook and cranny, where there should have been some all-forsaken cupcake liners.....

You guessed it. This instead, my understanding friends, is what I found:




I know what you're thinking.

I OBVIOUSLY need a pseudo-flatware intervention...

.... and some SPORKs.

Happy National "give-a-fake-fork-to-everyone-you-know" Day, friends :)

26 comments:

  1. So that's where you've been keeping them! The other day I couldn't find a single fork. Little did I know that the mother lode was just inside the closet. Somehow I have feeling that they won't be there next time, though. Always one step behind...

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    1. You know, had you told me you couldn't find a plastic fork, I would have HAPPILY picked up a box or three.. ;)

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  2. I can totally relate! To everything you said! You didn't find the cupcake cups but boy! look what you found! I think it's time to have a party!!!(It'de be a pity/waste to throw them away!)

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    1. Thank you for saying that Vicki! I won't throw them away...But we will be eating like visitors for a looooong time :)

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  3. ...and how many times did you go out and buy plastic utensils saying you were all out, but really you were just too lazy to go through that pantry closet to find where they were (and apparently they were EVERYWHERE!) Hope you baked yourself lots of Birthday Cakes, here's your chance to use up all the plastics. Happy Birthday!

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    1. You know me too well already, Karen. If you saw the closet and the state it is currently in, you may rethink our friendship! THanks again for the Birthday wishes..You KNOW I'm going to be using plastic forks when I make PBJs from now on. Iced Tea? Would you like a blue knife with that?

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  4. Haha, I laughed pretty hard at this one. In my house, we don't have the plastic-ware but we do have the classic issue of too many forks but just never enough spoons. The same can be said for bowls. There is no shortage of plates, but the second you want something to put your cereal in, forget it. You would think after 16 year we would buy the extras we need, but I think that competition is good for the soul. You have to be the early worm in this house. :)

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    1. Uneven amounts of dishes. Isn't that the way life goes? I don't think I have a complete set of ANYTHING anymore... Early birds get the worms, but they also are the most tired.. Two of my kids would eat cereal off of a plate with a fork before they'd wash a bowl...

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  5. We have the cupboard over the fridge dedicated to our paper/plastic goods. At times it overflows to the counters, then is relocated to the camping bins in the garage. We were having a party and I was surprised to find that we had no forks in the cupboard, so ran to the store and bought more. The next week we went camping and opened the camping bin to find literally 200 forks in unopened boxes along with other assorted plastic utensils. Rick gave me the look. :)

    Have a beautiful day and grab a piece of cake or two to go with all those lovely utensils. I am partial to the green myself.

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    1. Ann, If I stored stuff like that above my fridge, I'd never use anything that didn't fall out!!

      Oh, I know the look :) Just think, you'll be SET for the next time you go camping!

      Those green forks could absolutely be from St. Patrick's Day circa 1998. I like the blue. I have NO idea where they came from!!

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  6. Happy Birthday!!! When I was planning my sister's bridal shower, I loved the plastic/ party aisle at walmart. I got pink and green plastic forks and spoons and I thought they were the bees knees. But the last time I needed extra silverware, my stepmom had all these extra pieces she was going to sell in her garage sale. So, I took them, used them, then thoroughly regretted it when I was washing and separating them all! Haha, it was free though. But I do understand and feel your pain. I still think that the different colored plastic utensils are just about the coolest thing I've ever seen. Who doesn't want an orange fork??? I hope your day is lovely, and full of sunshine, love and of course CAKE!!! Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thank you, Savannah. Through the years, you will find a depleting amount of real silverware in your home. It goes to the magical place where orphan socks can be found. I'm sure of it.

      I'm planning on eating all kinds of birthday cake...as soon as someone makes it for me. ;) It has been a wonderful day so far!

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  7. hey yo: two things... 1) from the picture, i would say you have ENOUGH to last another 4 years (if you don't add anymore), and 2) i love the word "spork." had never put it together until i watched "snakes on a plane" and heard samuel jackson use it when he needed a "tool" to go below the flight deck and his only tool of choice was a "spork." pretty funny. love it, take care... slu

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    1. Slu, So. Much. Plasticware. How embarrassing is that? It will take me forever and 4 days to use them all up, but now, I'm on a mission....
      Sporks... and Wet Wipes for that matter, rock. I wouldn't have learned about either with out the wholesome goodness of a Kentucky Fried Chicken.
      I MUST rent that "Snakes on a Plane" movie...if only for the spork reference! Happy Thursday, Slu!

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  8. Haha I could use some extra spoons.... Happy Birthday my love! hugs for a great Birthday! Miss you so...................



    love ya Brenda

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    1. Be careful what you wish for, my friend. I have your address! Ha! Love and miss you too. Thanks for the Birthday greeting <3

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  9. Have you not got the paper plates to with the cutlery? :-). yes my drawers have been known to house a few non matching plastic forks, spoons etc.Loved this post so made laugh and I nodded in appreciation of common ground. I see from the comments a birthday mentioned. Happy Birthday Michele x

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    1. You know what? I don't have any paper plates.. Those always seem to get used up. Birthday napkins on the other hand? Everywhere. I'm glad I made you smile, that's ALWAYS my goal :) A big old lazy birthday...(my favorite kind)..it only took me 42 years. Ouch. :) Have a beautiful day :)

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  10. I'm a new follower from the thirsty thursday blog hop! Stop by and follow back:
    http://babycakescrunchymomma.blogspot.com

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  11. I know what you mean on this one. I would be that person who gets to the paper-goods aisle and can't remember what I need.

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    1. I'm so glad to know I'm not alone! I really need to start bringing a list.. :)

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  12. Well this is it.....came by so I could wish you the biggest, happiest, Birthday Ever!!!! Hope you had a wonderful day!!! How does it feel to be 30?!?! Here's to MANY more years!! Love ya girl!! (By the way ...heard from your oldest and she said you were loving your birthday do:) ) Rox

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    1. Ahhh! Thank for everything, my friend. It feels fantastic turning 30 (for the 12th time)!! I AM loving my hair..it's a big transition..much easier to take care of AND even the eldest loves it..thus her new hair appointment! Work your magic twice, please :) Thank you , thank you for remembering my B-day. Love you too!

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  13. LOL!!! SO cracking me up! I ALWAYS have extra plastic EVERYTHING, but it comes in handy for camping.
    My husband actually has a steal-as-many-forks-from-ALL-fast-food-restaurants as you can fetish. I think it comes from all those yrs living in hotel rooms while working on the road. I find plastic forks stashed in every crook and cranny of his work van! Never to be used, mind ya!
    My problem is, what to do with all the cute napkins from kids birthday parties??!! I have an entire tub dedicated to every kind of cute napkin you can think of! Boys and girls!!! Can NOT throw them away!! So now, anytime someone is need of wiping their fingers or chins...yes I know, thats what their sleeves are for...duh!....I hand them a Star Wars OR Barbie napkin. Or Hello Kitty, Cars, Mickey Mouse, Peace Signs, Flowers, Dump Trucks....okay, you get it. My poor boys never know what might be hidden in their lunch boxes! ;)

    Love to you, my FF friend. Hope YOUR day was extra magical. <3

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    1. See, I think the answer to this is to either go camping, or work on the road! I love that you also have a million napkins...Don't we all go out on a limb to give a cute birthday party with whatever is in style that year? We have John Deere, Barbie, Teletubbies, and Snoopy...Those are just from the man's birthdays....HAHAHAHA Hello Kitty with my coffee? Don't mind if I do... So much love your way, FF!

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