Alex has done our dishes for years. How awesome is that? You know how sometimes someone will be terribly bad at a chore and finally you snap and say, “Stop! I will just do this from now on!” Well, I was terrible at the dishes (and a number of other things, but this isn’t about that), so he started doing them. But at some point in the last few months, I took them back over. It’s not going too poorly.
Tuesday morning when I was trying to get all my stuff (water, apple, crackers, telephone, Quinn) upstairs before Alex left the house, I remembered that the cleaning people were coming. (Cleaning: something else I am terrible at.)
I remembered the time that I left some dirty dishes in the sink on a cleaning people day and how they had put them in the dishwasher. The problem with this was twofold: (1) I felt bad because they shouldn’t have to do my dishes, and (2) that particular load of dishes was clean and then I had to rewash them.
Not wanting a repeat, I stuffed the dishes in the dishwasher, stacked haphazardly in a pile, still bearing crusts from toast and uneaten eggs. Then I forgot about them.
I noticed the dishes piling up over the last two days since I’ve been vertical, but I’ve had a series of appointments on those days and have otherwise gone to bed at first opportunity, leaving those stacks of dishes to get taller. The fact that I couldn’t find a single fork or spoon this morning should have tipped me off to a dishes emergency.
Today, when I finally got around to opening the dishwasher, I found that same stack of plates and toast right where I’d left them.
For the life of me, I can’t quite fathom what has been happening around here nutritionally—and frankly, I don’t give a damn.
Also, syrup that has congealed on a plate for four days? FASCINATING. You should try it.
So, because I love Sunday and I love that so many people now know how funny she is, I give you my real entry into Special Needs Ryan Gosling.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should check out Sunday’s blog, Adventures in Extreme Parenthood. She’s hosting a Ryan Gosling thingy every Friday on her blog these days. Head over to collect a photo and make your own caption, then link up on her post.