Monday, September 20, 2010

On being made classy with no effort on my part

I mentioned before that our house here is fully furnished by the university. Our living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen came fully stocked with all the linens, appliances, and furniture we need. And everything is brand spanking new, which means we've been opening a ton of boxes lately. It's like we just got married and are opening all our gifts. That's the only other time in my life a whole bunch of people have given us a whole bunch of stuff to enjoy.

And there is so much of it that I keep finding things in new places, tucked inside cupboards I hadn't noticed were there or concealed underneath other new, packaged items.

I'll open a cabinet and find this:

or this:

or pull out a drawer and find this:

The girls were with me when I opened the drawer above and they immediately asked me what each utensil was for. And you know what? I wasn't sure exactly what a lot of them were for. So picked I them up one by one and read the label on the packaging to find out. I am now the proud owner of a palette knife, a rice paddle, and a round slotted turner, as well as a regular slotted turner, just to name a few.

And therein lies the brilliance of Bridget Palmer living in a pre-furnished home. Personally, I would never even think to take the time and effort to seek out and purchase a round slotted turner. I wouldn't hardly know what possible use existed for such a thing. It's like the time my (very fabulous) mother-in-law came to visit us in Tucson and mentioned off-hand that she noticed we didn't have any juice glasses, and could she buy us some? I was seriously mortified, not only because we didn't have juice glasses but because I didn't even know such a thing existed.

Now, the university has acquired for me a gravy boat, saucers for tea cups AND coffee mugs (which are apparently separate things), a sugar bowl, and that thing you put the milk or cream in. And they all match. (You'd better believe we'll be drinking herbal tea and hot chocolate in some serious style.) I have dinner plates, salad plates, dessert plates, cereal bowls, the other kind of bowls, juice glasses, regular glasses, guest glasses (whatever the heck those are), and a bread box. That last one is another adulthood wish fulfilled, along with the electric tea kettle. I also have place mats and coasters, and of course they match. Anyone who knows me is probably about blown away by now. I have never been the classiest entertainer in part because I've felt self-conscious that I never had the right utensils for the occasion. Now, thanks to the university, I can have confidence in whatever social situation comes into my home.

Especially because they also gave me this beauty:

I think you're not allowed to be a real person living in the Middle East unless you own a hugely gaudy silver serving tray. I'm serious. All the natives have one, and they use it for anything they can. Jeremy and I knew a young, single Saudi man living in Tucson and even HE had a silver serving tray and knew how to use it.

So I think it's safe to say I've arrived at the pinnacle of my life and I can just retire now. Nothing can beat that silver serving tray. Not even a round slotted turner. Which I also own, thank you very much.


Jake and Becky Veigel Family said...

So nice to know you've finally "arrived" (in every sense of the word!). I love the new blog title and background. As new and a little scary as it probably will be for a while (maybe not scary for you!) I envy you a little--what an adventure. Be sure you put that silver tray to good use :). We'll miss you at our first book group next week. B

Liz Johnson said...

That is AMAZING. I even have a serious obsession with kitchen stuff, and I didn't know that there are "juice glasses." Really? What do they look like? Does it matter that I don't think I own a single glass, as all of my cups are plastic?

Do you have a springform pan? That's one of my favorites. :)

Christina LeSueur said...

I think it is very safe to say that a lot of people don't know what all those utensils are used for. I also have never heard of juice glasses. I have the same questions as above.

I love all the updates. It helps me live vicariously through you!

Suzanne Bubnash said...

The reason you don't know about juice glasses is because I don't, and therefore couldn't pass it on to you. A genetic failure. It means my female descendants are going to evolve into socially inept people, only now you can reverse that trend.

Am guessing juice glasses are those half=size (or child-size) glasses. To me it would be easier to fill a full-size glass halfway, than to complicate my life by having more stuff. And I would have to find a place in my kitchen for them. No thanks.

If you can't find a use for the fancy tray, Meme can use it as a stable for her ponies. Or a dance floor for her dolls. The possibilities are endless.

Mikael said...

I love how their all in their packaging. that is even better!

Craig said...

We look forward to being served with your silver tray and pampered with all the other extravagances when we visit next month!

Crys said...

Guest make up for stinky guest bathroom soap I suppose :)

Trina said...

Awesome! I always hope that one day, all my stuff will match! Probably, just wishful thinking. Unless Scott can convince me to sell everything like you did. I'd love to, but only if someone was buying me, everything, to replace, everything else.
You always gotta wonder what to do with the random spoons that come with a set.
Bet you are not feeling so sad about selling all your stuff...
Miss you guys!

Katie said...

Wouldn't it be fun if to be the person whose job is to buy all this stuff? To just have a long checklist and go to some fun store and fill up multiple shopping carts. That would be SO fun!

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Cori Keller said...

I love this blog so much, Bridget. It is by far one of my favorite escapes from my own life. The world, television, internet, literature etc, is so full of dark and depressing stuff, especially living in Los Angeles. It is rare to find something as pure and light as this. I can not wait to see photos of the furniture!!!.... Yes, my life is really that exciting.
Super happy for you guys, say hello to Jeremy for me!

Susanne said...

Well it seems they did well stocking the kitchen! How do you like your shopper's taste in linens and furniture? Is it Bridget Palmerish or no?

Kristen said...

Well I _did_ want to visit, until I learned you have raunchy soap in the bathroom I'm supposed to use.

And those other ones are called pasta bowls.



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