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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.


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Apr. 24th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
in our house, it's the forks that disappear. i blame the house pixies. we fare better when i leave out honey and milk for them.
Apr. 24th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
I too have a spoon shortage. And the $20 replacement problem. I've looked for a close match but it turns out there are many flatware designs I just don't like.

Hope you enjoy the Kindle. I've really liked mine--particularly that it fits in my purse and has the longest battery life ever (though this does not mean I never run the battery down)
Apr. 24th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
Even my mother's avowedly northern family had ice tea spoons. They are the best for getting olives out of jars and work well for ice tea, too.

I cannot imagine a house so organized that the everyday spoons have a set pattern. We have "collection of random spoons" in the everyday flatware.
Apr. 24th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
I grew up with the random collection. But I had no flatware of my own when I moved in with Dann, and he had all one kind, so it seemed wrong to not go with that.
Apr. 24th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
We like iced tea, but we don't put sugar in it, so no need for a special spoon, there.

I know you prefer your matched set, but you can get random individual spoons for around 25 cents each at places like Salvation Army and Value World. You could also hunt for spoons that match your pattern at resale shops, antique shops, ebay, etc., although that might be more effort than it's worth. We never filled out our flatware and crystal sets after we got married in 1996. That might be a project for me. We literally never use the stuff, though. Never. Maybe what I should do is sell it...
Apr. 24th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
I'm not dying to keep the set perfectly matched, I guess. I just realized that. "In the same realm" would be fine. There are extremely similar but not identical pieces that go for like $2 on the Oneida site.

I wonder if that would make my husband's OCD to go off or not.
Apr. 24th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Husband's answer: They're JUST SPOONS.
Apr. 24th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
And this is our daily flatware, not the fancy stuff. We don't have anything fancy in that department.
Apr. 24th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
Iced tea spoons are great for eating the last bits of ice cream directly from the carton.
Apr. 26th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY, ebook reader! *highly approves*

Also, I am completely jealous of your food processor purchase. I'm stalking one on Amazon, but since I'm moving this summer, I need to hold onto the $. (At least, I get a free Kitchen Aide mixer?)

Edited at 2010-04-26 03:06 pm (UTC)
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