I’m Tupperware obsessed and I’ve been trawling second hand stores to buy pieces that I remember my parents having when I was a kid; juice jugs, jello moulds, popsicle trays. I buy new Tupperware too, but there’s something deliciously nostalgic about the colours from the 70s. I was especially pleased to find a vegetable tray. It had a lid and I was already picturing myself at pot lucks; me in a polka dot apron with a tray of carrot and celery sticks in pockets of almond coloured plastic in one hand and a tri-coloured jello mould jiggling in the other. Sigh. But the fantasy was cut short by a little accident involving a few hundred degrees C and the tray lid.
“Um, Laura? What’s that smell?”
Long story short, melted Tupperware smells bad, really bad. But my Dyson air purifier took over, ramped up to full speed and cleared the air (ish). Yay! Dyson to the rescue. (Cut to me feeling proud of buying an air purifier.)
Then, a couple of days later I was cooking and the Dyson ramped up again. I was a bit surprised, but I had let the butter heat a little too long. Then it happened again. Now, nearly every time I cook the purifier comes on line full speed.
So, I’m pretty sure the Dyson has judged my cooking abilities and found me lacking and now I’m on a campaign to convince the it that I don’t consider melting Tupperware to be “cooking”. (See Dyson, my tunafish casserole turned out just fine.) Then again, I did burn several sets of element covers before I stopped using them, and I have lit my oven on fire more than once so maybe the Dyson has a point… and maybe I should take the hint.
NB. I once had a character in the video game The Sims that was so bad at cooking that she lit her partner on fire while attempting to make dinner, then had a sad ghost in her house. (I hope that’s not art imitating life…or game imitating life.)
Today I wrote the ending for a novel I’ve been working on for some time. (It was really satisfying, even more so because the protagonist surprised me. I love it when that happens; clever protagonist.) The novel isn’t finished yet but I wrote the ending and now I’m wondering if attempted murder, manslaughter and arson are a sufficient number of crimes for a protagonist to earn her punishment…