April 24th, 2010

Book (holding)

Etiquette and Spoons (and Kindles)

I cracked and bought a Kindle. I researched the hell out of this, and even spent a lost weekend with an iPad. And in the end, I went Kindle. And it is exactly what I wanted. I figure, if there's something obliteratingly awesome and comparatively cheap out in three years, so be it. I'll at least have had an ebook reader all that time, and that is Future Mer's problem.

The book light I got for the Kindle is called the Kandle. Freaking adorable. My Kindle fits in my purse perfectly. Even has its own pocket.

I also bought a 4-cup Cuisinart, which I've been wanting since I lived with Steph's from 1995 to 1997. That's a long time to not have a 4-cup Cuisinart, folks, considering they are well under a hundred bucks. (Well under $75, even.) I went into Williams-Sonoma today for vanilla bean paste and it was there, gleaming at me, so I brought it home. I also got two replacement glasses since we've broken so many.

I did not buy iced tea spoons, though I asked for them, since I was raised in the South and even though WE (Northern transplants that we were) did not own iced tea spoons, all my friends and neighbors had them, and they just seemed so darn useful. I'm not sure they are useful, especially since we aren't much into iced tea (though I'm getting into it, as a Diet Coke replacement). But we have these images of what goes into our homes, images that we acquire throughout our lifetimes, and along with 4-cup Cuisinarts (and a nutmeg grinder), there are iced-tea spoons in my image. (I couldn't actually figure out if grapefruit spoons are in the image, today. I decided they weren't, after thinking about it for a good five minutes.)

Our regular spoons seem to have... disappeared. By about half. There is finger-pointing. Accusations are flung: you took them to work! You took them to school! In the end, no one cops to having lost any spoons, and in the end, we are scrambling for spoons long before the dishwasher is filled and run every coupla days.

Our flatware began in 1971, and was discontinued in 1997. Figures. Turns out, though, you can buy replacements at Replacements, Ltd. Only, it's $20 for a teaspoon. Ouch. Reading this page is an education: http://www.replacements.com/webquote/OHSAMCO.htm#488187 Not just the prices, but the shapes and uses of some of the more esoteric pieces. Ice-cream slicer--I've seen those! I think we have one in a drawer at the cottage, maybe? I thought it was a very inconvenient pie server. Different servers for eggs, peas and croquettes. You can serve tomatoes and cranberry with the same piece, though.

I bet these all date from more the 1971 end of the spectrum. I forget, sometimes, how the finer points of etiquette were still being practiced when I was born--things that I'd guess are entirely gone now, unless maybe you're the queen of somewhere. I suspect Elizabeth II has seen an ice-cream slicer and a croquette server coming at her this year. Just a guess.

The iced tea spoons are way cheaper than the teaspoons. Four is probably a good number for iced tea spoons. I seem to recall that, in a pinch, iced tea spoons work quite well on ice cream and pretty much everything else--except soup.