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To think DW serves dinner in a non-optimal way

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TheRevengeOfMrGrumpy Mon 28-Jan-13 23:23:17

Sunday lunch for example:

Lift plate1, peas, carrots spuds, meat etc
Lift plate2, peas, carrots spuds, meat etc

Takes ages.

When I do it (majority of time):

Lift carrots - plate 1, plate 2, plate 3, plate 4, plate 5
Lift peas - plate 1, plate 2, plate 3, plate 4, plate 5

Seems much much faster and food is hotter when it arrives on table.

Pandemoniaa Tue 29-Jan-13 10:57:34

Or even sub-optimal?

<hoist on own pedantic petard>

TheRevengeOfMrGrumpy Tue 29-Jan-13 11:05:15

Pandemoniaa - maybe, though I tend not to let little things like that bother me....grin

Looking at the responses here, I cannot see any YABU comments, so I shall be pressing ahead with my 2013 Dishing Dinner Campaign.

I could have had another AIBU about how she fills the dishwasher, but I'm glad to say that she has finally come round to my way to doing this.

TomDudgeon Tue 29-Jan-13 11:45:59

I'm with your method too
But only because it's the more logical way.

Dh always whines as I don't put everything used next to the sink as I dish up and just leave it on the side.
I refuse to do it his way because when it comes down to it, it's me who loads the dishwasher after dinner and having it all next to or in the sink isn't in the slightest bit easier. So I'm not going to waste my energy before hand.

fascicle Tue 29-Jan-13 13:11:11

TheRevengeofMrGrumpy: Seems much much faster and food is hotter when it arrives on table.

Seems? You have a theory, but no proof! May I suggest a stopwatch, a thermometer and an independent adjudicator. It could be that you are watching your wife in slow motion, whilst speeding up your own performance.

MrsHoarder Tue 29-Jan-13 14:41:53

There is an operational research joke about a professor going home and watching his wife rush about in the evening, doing all the jobs. He sits and makes notes, and assuming he is working she leaves him to it.

After about a week, he presents her with an optimal way to do all the chores, telling her she will be 10% faster if she does it his way. She throws the notebook at him and tells him to f***ing do it yourself.

Somehow you reminded me of that.

ethelb Tue 29-Jan-13 14:44:35


UC Tue 29-Jan-13 14:48:46

I agree totally with MrsHoarder. If I was your DW, and you kept telling me "better ways" to do things (i.e. your ways), I would eventually crack and chuck the dinner at you. Then you could eat it off the floor. Sorry, but I just can't hack being constantly criticised and nitpicked - and it sounds like that's what you're doing to your DW.


UC Tue 29-Jan-13 14:50:25

Oh, and as for serving dishes - that way, everyone serves themselves, but YOU might lose a bit of control. Maybe you wouldn't like that? wink

ProphetOfDoom Tue 29-Jan-13 14:52:09

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Pigsmummy Tue 29-Jan-13 14:56:46

I am hungy now OP! Damn you (BU you are right about dishing up dinner).

Monty27 Tue 29-Jan-13 14:59:31

Greeney wink

HeathRobinson Tue 29-Jan-13 15:00:54

Yes, indeed. grin

HazleNutt Tue 29-Jan-13 15:02:21

But so what if the kids eat only peas if you use serving dishes? I for example hate carrots, would be just a waste if someone plated a load of them out for me.

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 29-Jan-13 15:06:01

do none of you people have microwaves? If it has gone cold mid serve then simply warm it up. Voila

nickelbabe Tue 29-Jan-13 15:20:33

totally YANBU.

my family way of doing it is to put everything into tureens and let everyone serve themselves at the table.
means no one has to be in charge of the boring bit.

nickelbabe Tue 29-Jan-13 15:23:11

please tell her she really doesn't need to cut up food for the toddler

DD is 13 mo and we only cut up food into her shape for about 2 months (and then they were bigger so she could hold and eat the same piece f food)

Nagoo Tue 29-Jan-13 15:34:29

Sub-optimal indeed.

She should lob ladlefuls at you direct from the pan.

You do have a serving hatch?

nickelbabe Tue 29-Jan-13 15:42:39

oooh, yes, good idea about the stop watch - then you can have a "plate-off" where you both get to serve dinner your way (with no speeding up deliberately for the timer!), and prove which is fastest.

EugenesAxe Wed 30-Jan-13 06:08:36

'..serve themselves a plate of peas, or hog all the pig's trotters...'

Reference my 'promotes understanding of the needs of others' point. You can give them anything they don't take themselves - we always had to have one Brussels sprout, and now we all like them!

Bupcakes - sadly no. It was in reference to my MN name. Makes me think of Grease personally... and 'Careful With That Axe Eugene' of course.

Monty27 Thu 31-Jan-13 00:42:38

Put a (warm) ramekin dish on the (warm) dinner plate with the peas in it. With their own seperate teaspoon. A la gastro pish pubs.


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