I am unsure if I have mentioned what a klutz I am. I am a fully functioning adult who has a habit of spontaneously destroying prized drinking vessels. This time I am not entirely sure how I even did it. One second I was holding the cup, and the next minute it was in a thousand pieces on the floor. My theory is that I bumped it against the couch, as I was inside the main house.
I would have tried to catch it, but I had a laptop in my other hand. So, I watched one of my two large mugs demolish itself upon the hardwood floor. The first words out of my mouth were “and this is why we can’t have nice things.” Followed by a large sigh, setting down my laptop, and grabbing the broom and dustpan.
So now, I am back down to one tea mug! I have company coming over tomorrow morning, and I am debating if I am going to offer tea, since only one of us can drink it at at a time. Seems a bit awkward. I had three mugs.
One mug I purchased with my dad on my birthday last year from a local potter at the Pike Place Market. One day while drinking tea the bottom fell out of that mug. Just plopped out in a perfect circle onto the ground. I was rather dismayed, as I loved that mug and it was the first ‘new’ thing I had bought in ages. That beautiful mug is now an accouterment to my wildflower garden in front of The Fortune Cookie. I went back to see if I could exchange it, as I had been using the mug for less than a month when that happened. However, the vendor that sold me the beautiful pottery mug was not at the market that day.
The other mug I got while out shopping with my mother. This being the mug that I broke today. I’m rather dismayed! I have a fabulous hardwood floor that I keep smashing things against. I even broke the lid of a beautiful sugar dish acquired for $0.50 at a yard sale. The gentleman who purchased the beautiful piece of pottery for me was very pleased with the purchase. Mainly because he caught me eyeballing it longingly, but not buying it. I told him that I was not allowed to buy any more ‘smashables’ for my house. He laughed at me and said it would be fine.
No less than an hour after purchasing the item, I was in process of setting the item down when the lid from this sugar bowl went toppling off of the jar. The lid fell from the jar onto the floor and instantly smashed into five pieces. I Skype’d my friend and said, “Guess what just happened?” His reply, “This is why we can’t have nice things!” I’m keeping the pieces of that lid and eventually gluing them back together.
My dear readers, what should I do? I need tea mugs desperately, but I need shatter-proof ones. I’m considering mason jars with handles, as suggested by another friend. Wood mugs do not hold up so well to heat. Metal ones just tend to burn me … a lot, because I’m a dingbat. Do any of you have any recommendation for a woman who cannot be trusted with ‘smashables’?