My mother came this morning to take all three housechildren for a few hours. How many seconds do you think elapsed between the time her car pulled out of the driveway and the time I was tearing into a pint of Dove Butter Pecan Pleasure? I don't know exactly; it was all one smooth movement, from waving goodbye to digging with a spoon.
I would like to own Better Dishes, and since my mother-in-law is visiting soon, the timing is good to buy them now. To be better than our usual dishes, all the new dishes would need to do is match: my current dishes are a "one of this, two of that" assortment because I have a commitment problem combined with a butterfingers problem, and any set where the plates match the bowls and/or each other is going to be an upgrade. However, as I was browsing I awarded sets extra points if they were dishes I thought most people would think of as "good dishes": more expensive, more dramatic, more breakable than what you'd use every day.
I looked at Wal*lame*mart and at Target, and I also looked at Amazon.com. The dishes I bought were at Amazon: service for four was $50 down from $200 (Swistle + clearance = TRULUV4EVA), and they're a type I've always liked when I've seen similar kinds in antique stores. They're English; they look fancy-pants to me; they're blue and that's my mother-in-law's favorite color. I like them, I'll be excited to use them--but I don't mind them living in a box in the basement most of the time. They are the perfect "good dishes."
Are you prepared to evaluate--and to agree with me, I hope, since they are already ordered? Here is a picture:
And you can also go visit them at their Amazon.com home. Here are the points on which to evaluate them:
1) Are they "the good dishes"?
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