Friday, 24 June 2011

Losing My Mind ... and Potato Salad

For the past two days I've been thinking that maybe, just maaaybe ... I'm losing my mind. It's not that this thought hasn't crossed my mind a time or two over the years but this time I have a solid reason. I've lost something and it's driving me NUTS that I can't remember where I put it. I've been known, a time or two million to be a bit of a scatterbrain. I add it to the long, long list of reasons that make me ... ME! One more reason to make me quirky and uber lovable. As you can guess, I've lost numerous things over the years which just adds to my lovability!

Occasionally, if I'm trying to do too many things at once I misplace things. I'm not talking about walking and chewing gum (I mastered that last year). It's more like when I'm baking something while talking on the phone and trying to pack the kids lunches all at the same time. It's times like that where I tend to lose things (other than my sanity). I have found the oddest items in the weirdest places when I have too much on the go. I've found my potato peeler in the freezer -- why you ask? Because, silly! I had been in the middle of helping one of the kids with school work (math, no less!) while peeling carrots for a stew and accidentally put the peeler in the freezer when I went to grab the frozen peas. It happens, right? ...... RIGHT? I cannot be alone here. [crickets]

Anyway, the reason I bring up this topic is because for the past two days I cannot find the plug for my large kitchen sink. One would think that I could just use the plug for the smaller, attached sink -- sadly, I cannot. Not with my Kindred sink, at least. They have different shaped plugs that only fit in certain sinks. Perhaps they think that I'd like to play some culinary game of "Perfection" while I try to fit the right plug in the right sink? Argh. All I know is that for the past two days I've been washing dishes in my small sink. Really small sink. I do have the dishwasher but it's amazing how often I hand wash dishes. You don't know what you have until it's gone *sniff*.

I scoured the kitchen on the Hunt for the Sink Plug to no avail. I looked in the regular spots (around the sink, in the sink, under the sink) and even resorted to looking in the Green (food) recycling bin (Ew!), the garbage and all over the kitchen but it ... was ... gone! Vanished into thin air! I even enlisted help from Brad as well as the kids (assuming that maybe, over the years, a large, silver round thing with holes in it had learned to camouflage itself in my kitchen and that only the eyes of innocent children could see it). Nope. Surprisingly, that didn't work either. That baby has disappeared!

The only plausible reasons I could come up with for losing my sink plug is that either A) Aliens took it, B) I finally got the House Elf I was wanting and he took it out of spite or C) I'm a total and utter tool and need to learn to take care of my stuff (Wow! How did my Mom get in my head!?! I'm having a flashback to my childhood!).

So, I'm chalking up this little experience to the Bermuda Triangle that is my kitchen and taking this as a way to feel empathy for my kids who misplace a LOT of things regularly. I now see that perhaps they come by their 'I can't find my ____!" honestly and genetically. I totally blame Brad for his flawed genes. Poor kids.

Note: We finally gave up on the Hunt for the Missing Sink Plug and found one that fit (after three tries at various stores). Who knew there were so many different shapes and kinds. I can only assume that I'll find the missing plug in November and probably in with my good china, my linen closet or in with the Christmas decorations. You just never know.

Instead of a post of just my whining and blathering I thought I'd flash back to one of my all-time favourite summertime comfort foods. Traditional Potato Salad!! I just made a double batch for tomorrow to celebrate my Dad's birthday. I got the recipe from my dear Mother-in-law and I LOVE it! Totally addicting and makes me think of sitting on the patio and eating BBQ'd corn & various roast beasties. Yum! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Soooo, what things do you routinely lose? What odd places have you found these lost items? Please tell me I'm not alone!!! :)

UPDATE: Yesterday Brad found the missing drain plug. No, I didn't put it in some odd place. It was right under our noses!! Like, beside the sink. The plug that I had tried to fit in the drain (and Brad tried too) but it wouldn't go in the other day? Yup. It fit yesterday. *sigh* Me thinks I'm losing my mind. I think I would have preferred it to be lost, quite frankly. I don't think I would feel like such a dolt!! ;)


My Cottage Charm said...

Thanks for your comment on my laundry room, I'm totally in love with that room! (is that weird?) :)
As far as misplacing things...I believe I should change my middle name to "have you seen my ____"? Cause I misplace things ALL. THE. TIME.! I've found my keys in all sorts of different being the freezer! (so you're not alone with your potato peeler!) :)
Hope you have a great day!

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Missy, I'm glad to hear that I'm not alone!! Enjoy your gorgeous laundry room! You've done an amazing job!

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

I've not been losing stuff lately so much as just forgetting - like the other day I got to class only to realize I had left my knives on the counter at home. Had the knife case, just no knives inside the case. Kind of something you need in culinary school... luckily it was a baking class and I was able to get away without them for the day! I'm in serious need of a mom vacation...

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Maybe that's it, Jen. After a whole year of school (our kids are off for summer break this Thursday) our ability to keep all the 'balls in the air' diminishes. :) Although having 3 kids home for 2+ months doesn't seem like much of a mom vacation to me. ;) Perhaps a weekend at the cottage with m'ladies is something that I should set up to get back on track.
Btw, I've updated this post. I found the drain plug. *sigh*

Delia said...

You're not going to believe this but I'm gonna say it anyway. :) Yesterday I was looking for a big kitchen bowl to make a vegetable salad in. And I looked and looked, in the cupboards, upstairs (I'm guilty of eating in front of the TV!), kitchen...nope, no trace. Today I found it. Where? Why, in the fridge, of course, with my potato and egg salad!

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Delia -- I'm not sure if you feel the same way but it does make me feel better to know that I'm not the only one who misplaces things. Or should we say, doesn't see the bowl/plug right in front of our faces! lol :)

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