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be careful what you wish for

My mom, due to unique dietary requirements, eats about eighty hectograms of a certain kind of deli-style turkey slices every week.
Disclaimer: I am a Dumb American.  As such, I am legally prohibited from knowing anything about the metric system.  But eighty hectograms sure sounds like a lot, which is what I was going for.
The particular type of turkey my mom eats comes in smallish, reusable plastic containers with lids, which we consider Tupperware because why would anyone buy real Tupperware when you have so many reusable plastic containers with lids that came for free  with turkey that you had to eat anyway?

Since we are Dumb and  Environmentally Conscious Americans, my mom dutifully rinses these containers and keeps them, thus preventing them from being dumped in a landfill, or trucked to Canada (sorry, Canada!) or sent wherever our garbage goes.  However, eighty hectograms worth of turkey containers is a lot of turkey containers (probably, depending on how heavy a hectogram is).  In any case, it's far more than one individual can use up by herself, especially when her only leftovers are small quantities of uneaten deli-style turkey slices.

The plastic containers have been steadily stacking up on her dining room table in multiplying towers, swaying in the breeze emanating from the ceiling fan, threatening to topple and crush innocent passers-by at any moment.

So imagine my mom's glee when my husband, Gerry (unaware of the truly vast quantity of containers available), made the mistake of saying that we'd be happy to take as many as my mom wanted to give us, for the purposes of freezing hamburger meat and storing drywall screws and whatnot.   My mother literally jumped up and down at the thought of the containers going to good use and (I think, most importantly to her) getting them the heck out of her house.

Which brings us to February Photo Challenge prompt #16: Something New.

I texted the following photo of our Something New to my husband, along with the message, "Be careful what you wish for."


I hope he plans on bringing home lots of hamburger meat.

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17 comments:

  1. hysterical!! :) that really is a lot of containers. wow. :D

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  2. NO DOUBT! The kids can use them to store their Legos - by which I mean each of their individual Lego pieces can have its own container.

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  3. I can't wait to see what you come up with for those! I am sure that Canada will be greatly appreciative.

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  4. Jessica, it's certainly going to be a strain on my creativity to come up with uses for all those things, but it's worth it for the sake of our neighbors to the north. ;)

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  5. That is hilarious!! My grandma has a stack of those almost as tall at her house - I am going to remember this lesson and not offer to take them from her anytime soon.

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  6. Tracie - Under no circumstances should you offer to take as many as she wants to give you - unless you have A LOT of drywall screws!

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  7. Thanks for stopping by. I am following back.

    I love your story because my dad does the same thing. He lives to collect plastic containers. And despite my trying to convince him to use the glass containers my mom has bought, he only uses the plastic ones he has piled everywhere in the kitchen.

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  8. Great to have you here, mamapapabarn! And I'm glad to hear we aren't the only container hoarders. :)

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  9. I love those containers. I save mine as well. My husband rolls his eyes at me when he opens up one of the cupboards and see them there. :) I see a penny saved not buying tupperware. :)

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  10. Amber, we're kindred spirits. And the best part is they're all the same, so NO MORE FUMBLING FOR A LID THAT FITS! I'm actually pretty excited about that. Because I'm a nerd.

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  11. I'm one of those people who just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE containers. I know, weird, but true. Can't get enough of them, so that would be a dream come true for me! I'd put pretty much anything and everything in a container. Just goes on to show how much I like to compartmentalize. Hahahaha.

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  12. Sweaty, I make fun, but I'm one of those people, too. Give me a few days, and I'll have those things filled with everything from leftover lasagna to Polly Pockets shoes (not together, of course). My mom still has about 60 hectograms to spare, though, if you're interested... ;)

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  13. Good for you!

    I feel guilty for throwing away usable stuff and I have too many of those containers already so I have a self imposed rule that I can't have that kind of lunch meat until they disintegrate. Which will be never.

    I think it's a little hostile of the lunch meat people (not to mention the Canadians) to put this kind of pressure on consumers who only want a good sandwich.

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  14. Tumbleweed, I admire your determination! I need to stop - I have such an addiction that I can't even throw away the ones that have stains from pasta sauce or that got a little melted in the microwave - those just go in a different stack so they don't get mixed in with the "good" containers. Sigh. I should seek help.

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  15. Holy craps! We have a bunch saved too (because they're free! Or at least cost the price of meat). I could see me wanting to take that from someone and then not knowing what to do with it. And storing containers meant for storage, taking up precious kitchen real estate.

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  16. i'llsleep, absolutely - how're you gonna pass that up? I did forget to take into account how little storage space we have for storage containers, though. :) They're still in the box she brought them over in right now...

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