Sep 23, 2010

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My Life’s Quirks – Another Of My Many Talents

Once in a while, I like to gloat share my unique talents with you all.  As I have so many and I don’t want to overwhelm you all with my awesomeness, and I sometimes can’t think of anything else to do for My Life’s Quirks, I have decided to share them with you one at a time.  My first talent was my Amazing Aiming Ability, as I demonstrated here.  Now, get ready to marvel at my ability to pile things up high in my dish tray. *waits for gasps to subside*

As with anyone, there are some chores I don’t mind and there are some chores I tolerate.  Then, there are some chores I hate.  Folding laundry…I hate.  I also can not stand drying dishes.  Where does my aversion come from?  I’m not sure.  But I have found that by exploring my talent to pile dishes on high, I can get away with not drying dishes and letting nature take its course and do it for me.  Here are some examples:

This tray is typical of a weeknight tray when I haven’t made a large meal for supper.

I do have a dishwasher, but my pots and pans aren’t dishwasher safe.  I use my sharp knives too often to have them sit in the dishwasher (I run it only two, maybe three times a week).  And the plastic dishware can be placed in the dishwasher, but the water’s stream is too hard so instead of being washed, the plastic dishes go for a ride.  And yes, I use lots of plastic dishware.  I run a daycare after all and I’m not stupid enough to use ‘real’ dishes.  (Oh, and the plastic dishware is color coded.  Meaning, each child uses the same color every day.  That way, they know which is theirs and I know who hasn’t finished their meal.  Yes, I’m that anal…)

This next one is typical of a weekend dish tray.  Cutting boards, strainer, vegetable steamer, and not as many plastic dishware.

This next one is starting to get a little tall.  But don’t fret…it will hold!

Sometimes, I don’t have room in my dish tray for everything, so I also use my sink.  It often holds my biggest pots or pans while they dry overnight.

This next one demonstrates how I used the Vaseline lotion bottle to hold the bib while it dries.  May I also draw your attention to the yellow cup being held by the whisk.  Smart, right?

(And yes, that is a cemetery across the street.  I have very quiet neighbors.)

This next one I am especially proud of.  Notice how I use the BBQ fork to hold up the mixing bowl.  Genius, if I do say so myself.

As you see, it’s a skill and an art form.  One I’ve spent many years perfecting.  And the next morning, it’s all dry and all I have to do is put it away in its rightful place.  Easy peasy.  🙂  Oh, and I’m sure you’re wondering if Jason has my stacking talent.  To that I say…He wishes! 😉

Piling things up in my dish tray.  Another of my many talents, and just another one of my life’s quirks.

  1. Lol, that is an art, you should see ours, shamful

  2. I have to say that I’ve seen you at work and nobody piles the dishes like you do. It is pretty impressive how you can make that magic happen.

  3. I’m sending my 9yo and 17yo to visit you for lessons, apparently my method isn’t working.

  4. blodeuedd – lol

    BigSmooth – It is kind of magical, isn’t it?!

    Patti – You don’t need lessons…you have a 9 year old and a 17 year old. They could just dry the dishes! 😉

  5. Leah Rasmussen says:

    I too have an affinity for dish stacking. I learned my craft from an old boyfriend who had an agreement with his roommate that they would alternate who did the dishes and who put them away so if one of them did it right away then it would be the other’s turn. But if they procrastinated (usually after a late chinese food or pizza run) then there would be a heap to do. These two carefully engineered stacks of dishes that would astound the most accomplished architects sure sometimes they would teeter but rarely would they fall.
    I still prefer to hand wash my dishes and each day I have a stack very similar to yours (brightened by the dayhome Ikea collection) and when I need to be creative with a large load I always think to myself “How would Luis do it?”.

  6. I am a cheater. I wash the dishes by hand and then put them in the dishwasher and turn the dryer on.

  7. Leah!!! – Good to see I’m not the only one who has this talent…although I’m not too keen on the idea that there are people out there who are better at it than me! 😉

    Lily – Dry them in the dishwasher…brilliant!

  8. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… you are hilarious, Julie. I can relate to this fantastic talent, but mine is more directed at the dishwasher itself. I am a amateur master dishwasher stuffer myself… it’s truly an art form. And I don’t care what it is — plastic, pots, pans, wood — it all gets stuffed in the dishwasher because I am just that lazy. In fact, maybe it’s not such a good idea for me to be doing the dishes at all for this reason… Will have to look into hiring a professional master dishwasher.

  9. LOL Julie….next u will have to be like me…i dont even use the dishwasher that much but i stuff all my clean dishes in there to dry!! Great blog!

  10. oh i forgot…LOL about the cemetery!!

  11. ROFL! Oh Julie. You’ve got mad skills kid. I wonder if there’s a Guinness World Record for dish stacking…

  12. What Julie forgot to mention is my incredible talent to extract something from the bottom of that mess without knocking things into the sink, counter of floor. It’s like a game of Operation! 🙂

  13. Jen – Hmmm, I should check into that 🙂

    Stanley – You DO knock things over…and leave them on the floor! 😉

  14. Love this! I’m a total cheater, and wash hardly anything anymore. Dishwasher is on high demand here. BUT, I do follow the rule, “If it’s yellow be mellow. It it’s brown flush it down” to help combat the water I use for the dishwasher.

  15. Oh wow honey, I love your stacking abilities!!!! And we share something in common… a grave yard is in my back yard… Talk about quiet neighbors!
    Hugs honey! Have a great Friday!

  16. Jess – I’ve never heard “If it’s yellow be mellow…” LMAO!

    Cecile – A graveyard isn’t such a bad neighbor. I tell Jason I want to live in this house until I have to move across the street! 🙂

  17. LOL. It’s the “green” rule for toilet use. My hubs already follws this feng shui thing that if you leave the toilet seat up you’re flushing your money down the toilet, so we already close the lid every time, so it’s an easy rule for us to follow. ha!

  18. Claire Cardno says:

    lol at the stacking, i was an ‘expert’ stacker until i got my dishwasher now everything goes in there – the pans that are not suitable don’t get much use!

    You have also reinforced my belief that everybody with children has those exact same plastic cups and bowls (i had thought it was limited to the UK until now) they must be the biggest selling dishes in the world.

  19. Wow you are pretty talented, I love the B.B.Q. fork holding up the mixing that’s good thinking. Great post once again.

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