Thursday, June 18, 2009

Marriage 101, Lecture 225: Optimizing the spice rack

Me: Where's the thyme?

SH: How should I know?

The front bin has things I use frequently, like cumin, basil, oregano, smoked paprika and ras al hanout. The back bins have the cardamom, the fenugreek (I have never used this spice and have no idea how to use it -- I bought it in Guatemala City 14 years ago), and the lemongrass.

Me: It's supposed to be in this front spice bin.

SH: I didn't do anything.

Me: I keep it in this bin. You moved it.

SH: No I didn't.

Me: What's it doing in this bin that goes in the back? Oh, look, there's peppercorns here, too.

SH: Yeah, I put the pepper there.

Me: I knew it. You moved my thyme.

SH: Oh. Well, I did rearrange some things.

Me: Why?

SH: The thyme is in a bag. The rest of that stuff is in jars. A bag shouldn't go in with jars.

Me: I have it organized by frequency of use! I use the thyme a lot, which is why it's in this front bin!

SH: But it's in a bag and the rest of those spices are in jars. It's not organized right!



Elizabeth said...

Gah! The point of organizing is to make things easier to use, no?

class-factotum said...

Elizabeth, I know! He told me that he had the proper engineering solution. :)

Fortunately, his Asperger's/engineering/detail-obsessed personality makes him a great toenail painter.

LPC said...

I can only shake my head. I should have all the guys I work with read your blog. Except they prefer to read sites that compare infinite numbers of cellphones to each other...

class-factotum said...

LPC, they prefer those sites to porn sites? Why would you compare infinite numbers of cellphones to each other? Am I just not smart enough to get this?

LPC said...

They don't tell me about porn. Or, they try, but I stick my fingers in my ears. They compare cellphones to optimize. Optimize, optimize, optimize