Things That Just Won’t Work Around Here

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I like sparkly stuff as much as the next girl.

But I’ve realized something.

Sparkles on coffee cups don’t work for me.

I’ve accumulated quite the collection of water cups and coffee cups and other totally useful stuff that just happens to have the name of a conference I’ve attended or a company I’ve worked with printed on its side.

I try to use these things, and generally do. Those water cups with straws are the teenager-accepted version of sippy cups when a bunch of boys comes over. No. They aren’t spill proof, but they lessen the mess considerably when someone kicks over his drink in the gameroom.

But as you know, I’m a huge fan of my dishwasher. I feel intense loving feelings toward it that a psychiatrist might want to analyze.

So an item that can’t go through my dishwasher has to be pretty special for me to keep it.

Sparkly things can’t go through dishwashers.

I’m just not willing to risk messing up my beloved machine with a stray fake diamond.

And I’m DEFINITELY not willing to handwash such a thing when I have six more (at least) that don’t have to be handwashed.

Not sure what a sparkly cup would look like? Here’s a picture cropped from an old post of another sparkly cup that met the same fate:

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The photo below is of the more recent sparkly coffee cup that I forgot to photograph before I stuck it in the trash.

Ideally, I’d donate it, but I didn’t feel like washing it after using it as a vase for the bouquet my daughter caught at our niece’s wedding.

Just like I didn’t feel like digging it out of the trash for a picture . . .

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  1. 1

    But it’s sparkly! And hand washin’ ain’t that big of a deal ya know….oh hang on, I forgot my own rule for a sec there. All that glitters….

    …is probably clutter.

  2. 2

    Someone just gifted me that same red cup. I hate reuseable straws so I’ll never use it. A friends kid used it and its still sitting next to the sink because its not dishwasher safe. I told my husband that I feel obligated to keep it but don’t want it. He said “when she gave it to you did you ask the slob-ladies question, ‘what would you like me to do with this in the event that I can’t use it?’ -that would solve this whole thing. -by the way, I love her.”
    I told him I love you too, (and our house amazing since I’ve found you) – but I’m not sure you can ask that question when it’s a gift, so next to the sink it sits…….

    • 3

      I love everything about this comment!!!

    • 4
      Nikki Badzik says:

      I used to worry about not using gifts…until I realized, I wouldn’t remember if somebody got rid of something I gave them. I live in the house WITH my kids and the gifts I’ve given them, and I barely remember those. Don’t let what other people meant as a kindness stress you out.

  3. 5

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cup with glitter. LOL…of course I never really look either. 😀

    It would be great if I loved my dishwasher like you love yours but mine always deposits an ugly, hard to remove film on everything in it – no matter what I what products I use, so I hand wash everything. If I weren’t convinced it’s because of the icky well water we have here in this part of the country, I might have another installed but I’d likely have the same issue.

    That said, everything I buy for my kitchen almost always has to pass the “how hard will it be to wash’ test. Will I need Q-tips or toothpicks to get into little grooves and crevices? Are there areas (like a hollow handle on an otherwise nice stainless steel frying pan) that will be impossible to get a cleaning tool far enough in to wash it?

    For that reason, I hate plastics. I don’t understand why they can’t be smooth and easy to wash My combination blender/sort of food processor thing has lids that make me want to spit bullets because I my sponge or dish cloth to touch every surface. Surprisingly, the bi-level blades come apart, which I love, but the lids… Grr!

  4. 6

    I’m still giggling over the line about the teenage boy-approved sippy cups. Hahaha! Now that’s all I’ll be seeing when people (including myself) are carrying around reusable water bottles! I don’t think it would have occurred to me to think of it quite that way…

  5. 7

    Same goes for clothes. If it’s not machine wash, tumble dry….

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