September 30 09

Yesterday, while having lunch at The Flying Biscuit with the lovely, lovely Kristin of Camels and Chocolate and her Mom (who, ps, is a sly one; she paid for my lunch without me even noticing. of course, that did mean that I didn’t even get a chance to thank her)


this happened:

Me: Can we please get some cutlery?

Waitress: some what?

Me: Cutlery?

Waitress: what’s that?

Me: really? cutlery? like, um, silverware?

Waitress: oh, silverware. hrm..I’ve never heard that word before. cullery? like that food word, culliner?

Me: no, it’s actually cut-ler-y

Waitress: cuttery?

Me: forget it. I’m Canadian.

Now, I KNOW that you don’t have to be Canadian to know what cutlery is, right? right?

I mean, I realize that I only used a coffeemaker for the first time in my life this morning (but, just so you know…the coffee was full of delicious goodness and I will be making my own coffee daily and totally saving my $2-4 every day so I can replace my shitty laptop that breaks 17 times daily and doesn’t let me have internet access unless I am sitting atop the kitchen counter, which, let me tell you, is not the most comfortable way to spend a work day. I don’t even want to think about how days it’ll take me to save my pennies to buy a macbook) and I have never used an iron, but, my god, cutlery? How can you not know this word? wow. I just…wow.

Apparently, this was the weekend of Kristins…because this one came to see me too. Well, technically, she came to see a football game, but I did get to spend some time with her. and she’s kind of part of my family. anyone who is willing to drive to Milwaukee to spend shabbat with me and my mother and my crazy kids (even if she does get to meet the mayor) deserves some sort of medal. Also, Kristin is the kind who will play hours of spit with Emily, even though she sometimes cheats, and read books like this one


several hundred times

We – in addition to driving around the city in search of Chick-fil-a and driving lots of carpool – DID get to do something that wasn’t all that family-oriented. We got to go to a press and sponsor party for the Atlanta Castleberry Hill Loft Tour which was ridiculously fun, albeit slightly shweaty, and we got to meet Mychael Knight (Project Runway, people!) Mychael was lucky enough to have a sweat handler. I swear – - – right before we took the photo, this lady appeared out of nowhere to wipe the sweat from his brow. The two of us were not as lucky…


(I totally stole this picture from Kristin) (totally)

I think I might need to stay in Atlanta permanently…no one ever came to visit Toronto!

  1. AND I AM SO JEALOUS THAT ALL THESE KRISTINS WERE WITH YOU AND NOT ME. :’( I wish I could have been there for the cutlery conversation… I think I would have been just as baffled as you were.

    (Super cute photos, too. I love updates with pictures.)


    Comment by becca on September 30, 2009
  2. Has that woman never been in a Macy’s or Bed, Bath, and Beyond? Or, even SEEN a box that said silverware comes in?


    Comment by Rhi on September 30, 2009
  3. I am shocked that awaitress did not know the word cutlery or Culinary
    .-= William´s last blog ..My Prom Date Jason Sehorn =-.


    Comment by William on September 30, 2009
  4. Um, even plastic spoons and forks come in boxes that say cutlery!


    Comment by kirida on September 30, 2009
  5. Cutlery? Seriously? That is so…I don’t know. Weird slash sad. Also, when I was in the States (I’m Canadian), the biggest thing for me is that no one, NO ONE, knew what I was talking about when I asked where the bathroom was. So, washroom it was.


    Comment by Jen on September 30, 2009
  6. Next time, ask for a serviette. And a chesterfield.


    Comment by Tamara on September 30, 2009
  7. my husband once asked the girl behind the counter at the ice cream store if he could see a list of ingredients. she had never heard of the word. she showed him the list of flavors.
    .-= Shosh´s last blog ..Road trip, woot! =-.


    Comment by Shosh on September 30, 2009
  8. Shosh – please please please tell me you are joking. INGREDIENTS? wow. wow.


    Comment by ali on September 30, 2009
  9. Seriously, cutlery is not a Canadian word. That’s just so odd. How, as a server in a food restaurant, have you never heard the word cutlery?

    God, that photo with Mychael is so bad. It was so hot and sweaty in there!


    Comment by Kristabella on September 30, 2009
  10. Seriously, that WAS funny. I actually was preoccupied when the whole discussion started and then was extra confused when the waitress had no idea what you were asking for.

    I blame it on a lack of education in the South, rather than you being Canadian ;-)


    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on September 30, 2009
  11. I’m used to saying silverware, but of course I’ve heard of cutlery. Apparently, her life has been very sheltered.


    Comment by C @ Kid Things on September 30, 2009
  12. Um…I’ve never made coffee in my life. Ever. I don’t even have a clue. If I did, though, I’d stir in some creamer with a spoon that I’d take from my cutlery drawer.
    .-= fadkog´s last blog’s the great mellowcreme pumpkin, hips and thighs! =-.


    Comment by fadkog on September 30, 2009
  13. CUTLERY? Yeesh. Waitresses today.


    Comment by Kaleigha on September 30, 2009
  14. I’m Canadian & didn’t think it was a Canadian word. But I agree with the whole serviette/chesterfield/poutine suggestion. Get them REALLY going ;)


    Comment by Claudia on September 30, 2009
  15. Um, yeah, Atlantans know the cutlery word – just not that particular one.

    And we really should hang out more, considering we live in the same city.

    Oh, and last one – YES, you should stay in Atlanta PERMANENTLY!!!! :)


    Comment by Darcey on September 30, 2009
  16. I made the mistake of asking for pop instead of soda in Oregon, my blond blue-eyed husband translated and blamed the fact that I was half Japanese!


    Comment by NaomiJesson on September 30, 2009
  17. No you do NOT have to be Canadian to know what cutlery is.

    Although . . . come to think of it . . . I’m 1/2 Canadian so maybe I’m not one to say.

    I’m so jealous of your hang out time with your blogfriends! One of these days I’m going to have to meet someone in real life :)


    Comment by HollyLynne on September 30, 2009
  18. Seriously? Cutlery?

    Jealous that you got to hang out with the Kristins.

    And that they got to hang out with you.


    Comment by Angella on September 30, 2009
  19. I only started calling it cutlery after living in England. But I totally would have known what you were talking about!


    Comment by hillary on September 30, 2009
  20. I so get it! When travelling to Nashville my friend asked for ginger ale (as in Canada Dry) and the waitress brought her…salad dressing! At least your server asked for clarification. :D


    Comment by Amanda on September 30, 2009
  21. You snooty canadians.


    Comment by slynnro on September 30, 2009
  22. Thanks for the laugh about the cutlery!! I love travel stories like that!!
    .-= nadine´s last blog ..Coupons =-.


    Comment by nadine on September 30, 2009
  23. lol! my father-in-law told me the exact same story!


    Comment by adrienne on October 1, 2009
  24. Canadians are awesome! Or is it canadiennes? :)
    .-= DivineENVE´s last blog ..Bad Habits =-.


    Comment by DivineENVE on October 1, 2009
  25. I wanna sweat handler! wahhh!

    Cutlery. CUTLERY. It’s really not that hard.


    Comment by Haley-O (Cheaty) on October 1, 2009

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