This afternoon I took Misuzu with me into town, to do some DIY shopping. With this I don't mean shopping for DIY stuff as screwdrivers and hammers etc, no, I mean DIY shopping as in "you-have-to-do-it-all-yourself"-kind of shopping!
I've been thinking for a while that we are in desperate need of plates in this house. Not only does it happen quite a bit that we are actually more than 12 people having dinner at the same time, but the amah has also done her bit reducing the number of plates I had from the beginning to only eight - and reducing that number again by chipping most of them, so there are not really many plates that are usable for when we have guests...
Ah well, as much as I really enjoy having one, the downsides to an amah is a story for another blog post some day.
Back to the plates!
So, we went to a shop here in town where they sell all sorts of plates, branded, non-branded - even some from IKEA! I wanted 12 big and 12 small plates, but that wasn't an easy task. We had to go through every pile of plates to try and sort out some that were good enough, without chips or marks and bubbles... We had to borrow a cloth, to clean off the dirt to be able make difference between the dust and the marks. Of course, we did all this ourselves because the shop assistants there seemed to be kind of only for show? Good thing it was Misuzu and not Nathan helping me, I don't think he would have been just as patient...
Finally, after half an hour of DIY going through their plate stock later, we finally had compiled two piles of pretty much flawless plates, wee-ha!
Now I'm ready for all my friends to come and have cake next week!