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Friday, November 12, 2010


I somehow managed to break not one but two bowls today. The first was a cereal bowl, full of my breakfast (nine-grain and applesauce!), as I was heading out the door.* I don't remember it slipping from my grip, but I do remember it hitting the hardwood floor and exploding in a four-foot radius.

The second was a Pyrex mixing bowl I'd had for at least 10 years, which I dropped as I was trying to extricate a colander that was nested inside a salad bowl inside the Pyrex bowl. All three fell together from the low shelf; the glass salad bowl survived, but the mixing bowl shattered into tiny shards. David said out loud what I'd been thinking: I thought those things were indestructible!

Unbelievable bad luck, book-ending the day. The first droppage ruined breakfast (though I did grab a sad and only semi-consolatory bowl of cold cereal), but the second, thankfully, had little impact on dinner (spicy peanut soba noodles with steamed broccoli and carrots).

So, sigh. I'd mopped the floor in between the two incidents, partly to remove the last of the applesauce and fragments, so it felt like adding insult to injury to have my clean floor again covered in dangerous shards.

*Several months ago, I dropped a bowl of oatmeal and blueberries right at the downstairs door, as I tried unsuccessfully to maneuver it open with overloaded hands; this morning's drop occurred as I was figuratively, rather than literally, heading out the door: I was in the middle of the room, not even reaching for a handle!


Leah said...

I once dropped an unopened jar of grape jelly, which of course shattered. But because of the gelatinous contents, it made for a very weird sound, and a very strange mess.

Sorry about your Pyrex, though. I could have told you they're not indestructible, though, because I saw one break when boiling water was poured in. While it was sitting in a puddle of cold water. Not smart. Notice that I didn't do it.

CëRïSë said...

Ohhhh, man, my messes totally pale in comparison with a shattered jar of grape jelly! Yikes.