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December 27, 2011

For Christmas this year, all I wanted were some answers.

I wanted to know:

  1. Why a normal person needs four knives to put a snack together.
  2. Why Ali criticizes my cooking concoctions but thinks it’s okay to eat a sandwich containing honey, peanut butter, jelly and butter?
  3. Why my husband ate this sandwich an hour after he devoured the homemade waffles, scrambled eggs, and hash browns I slaved over?
  4. If it simply doesn’t occur to my husband to put his dish (and four knives) in the dishwasher.
  5. If he thinks I enjoy cleaning the kitchen 10 times a day?
  6. If he thinks I’m a nag. Because I think I’m a nag.
  7. If he even has a clue that I took this picture.

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, I got no answers for Christmas.

But as you read this I am on a 11 hour flight to Paris right now. So I guess we’ll have plenty of time to discuss.

129 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2011 12:17 am

    Who needs answers when you’re going to Paris?

    have a safe trip 😉

  2. December 27, 2011 12:23 am

    Bon voyage my friend! Hope you guys will be staying in a hotel- if so Ali can make all the mess he likes- nothing like calling up housekeeping to make everything spic and span!

  3. December 27, 2011 12:31 am

    Wow Paris.. Have fun. Answers can wait

  4. December 27, 2011 1:25 am

    Deja vu!! Deja vu!! I’m convinced, all husbands are mass produced by some secret factory in the Land of Slop!

  5. December 27, 2011 1:29 am

    Ooooo have fun in Paris! I think the answers to your questions are in the Cartier store. ^_^”

    • December 27, 2011 9:54 pm

      I was thinking more along the lines of Louis Vuitton…. 🙂 But not with this exchange rate!!

  6. December 27, 2011 1:51 am

    Enjoy Paris 🙂
    and as far as answers are concerned, I do not think they will ever come however such instances will always keep coming 🙂

  7. December 27, 2011 2:14 am

    A knife for each condiment? He should at least get credit for not double-dipping, there is nothing worse than contaminated peanut butter. Enjoy Paris Ameena! Cant wait to hear about it.

    • December 27, 2011 9:55 pm

      Good point. I probably would have been irritated if I’d seen cross-contamination.

  8. December 27, 2011 3:30 am

    Hmmm well hopefully by next Christmas you will get some answers 🙂 …
    And but hmm why worry its parisssssssss you going… Have fun enjoy….

  9. December 27, 2011 6:21 am

    I love the fact that more than likely, he didn’t realize you took the picture. Jealous of your Paris trip, btw!

  10. December 27, 2011 6:29 am

    Excellent! Have a glorious time in the City of Light!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it…oh and I can completely relate to the 4 knives…oh the stories I could tell!

  11. Raquliah permalink
    December 27, 2011 6:54 am

    I have one answer which simply made my day. The four knives are for the honey, the peanut butter, jelly, and butter. I love it. You guys are the best! Enjoy Paris!

    • December 27, 2011 9:56 pm

      1 knife for each – totally. But why can’t he wash one and re-use it? This is the mystery!

  12. December 27, 2011 7:04 am

    You’re going to Paris?! Please go crazy in YSL and Chanel for me 🙂 Ahh Ameena, as Eden says- who needs answers when you’re going to Paris?
    Plus the four knives just shows that Ali won’t cross-contaminate 😉

    • December 27, 2011 9:57 pm

      The Euro is ridiculous right now so I won’t be going crazy anywhere. Except maybe Laduree. 🙂

      • Lisa permalink
        December 28, 2011 11:11 am

        Le Sigh…Laduree!

        DD and ate our weight in macaron there this summer! I’m still crying over the fact that I bought a box macarons on our flight from Paris to Madrid and left the box on the plane! I didn’t realize I did such a stupid, stupid thing until we were in baggage claim. I’m sure the flight attendants, or cleaning crew, thought they hit the patisserie jackpot with that find.

        DD and I are off to NYC next Friday and are looking forward to waiting in the mega line at the NYC Laduree.

        Enjoy your trip Ameena!

      • December 28, 2011 2:05 pm

        Lisa – I am SO sorry you forgot the box on the plane! I would have been so upset.

        I went into the NYC Laduree last month and 1. It was total chaos, and 2. There was no place to eat inside the store!

        Safe travels!

  13. December 27, 2011 7:16 am

    I don’t have all the answers, but I do get part of this. The 4 knives part. Thought I wouldn’t put more than two items on a sandwich (peanut butter and honey is plenty) a separate knife is essential for each spread. My husband, daredevil that he is, will plunge in the peanut butter jar and *gasp* use the same knife in the jelly. Traces of peanut butter in the jelly are not cool, not cool at all. But after the sandwich is made, all utensils used, whether 2 or 12 must be promptly put away in the dishwasher. No question about it.
    Enjoy Paris!

    • December 27, 2011 9:58 pm

      You definitely have a good point regarding cross-contamination – I’m sure I would have been irritated if he’d used 1 knife. But why can’t he wash them?? This is the question. 🙂

  14. December 27, 2011 7:18 am

    Haha… I don’t see any answers to your questions in the near future.. it’s just how men are.. 🙂

    Paris for New Year? Wow, how wonderful!! I’m jealous 🙂
    Have a safe trip and have fun. Hope you take lots of pictures that you can share with us. Can’t wait until you return! Happy New Year!

    • December 27, 2011 9:58 pm

      I don’t see answers either….but thanks for commiserating. 🙂

  15. December 27, 2011 7:57 am

    The knives and forks – YES, 4 of each to make one dish. They simple cannot rinse and reuse. I FEEL YOUR PAIN.

  16. December 27, 2011 7:58 am

    P.S. Have a wonderful time in Paris! 🙂

  17. December 27, 2011 8:04 am

    Lol. My mom once threw the utensils over the kitchen because she was so mad that I ate multiple times a day and she had too many dishes to wash. No knives though…fortunately. Since that time, I always clean up after.
    And look at this this way: say your husband ate a PB & Nutella sandwich. If he use the same knife, the PB jar will look like someone shitted in it. *That’s what my mom did when I was little and it grossed the hell out of me*

    • December 27, 2011 9:59 pm

      You just have a way with words my friend. I don’t think I’ll look at peanut butter or Nutella the same – every again.

  18. December 27, 2011 8:20 am

    Clearly Ameena, he needs a knife for each spread. One for jelly, one for PB, one for butter and one for honey!! hahaha. Have an amazing time in Paris, can’t wait to hear stories!

  19. December 27, 2011 9:03 am

    Have fun Ameena! You can always demand answers from the universe once you’re back. But until then, have a ball. I love Paris. It can do no wrong!

    • December 27, 2011 9:59 pm

      I’m demanding answers here in Paris…in between shopping and eating of course. 🙂

  20. December 27, 2011 9:24 am

    That could so be a picture from my house! Have a great trip and a Happy New Year!

    • December 27, 2011 10:00 pm

      Thank you Wendy! Happy New Year to you as well.

  21. December 27, 2011 9:44 am

    ugghh so jealous!! bon voyage!

  22. December 27, 2011 9:57 am

    Paris. Lucky Duck! I thought my husband was bad. He uses a spoon and a knife to make his PBJ’s when clearly one single knife would do. Honey and Butter. Yuck! Why ruin a perfectly good PBJ…another one of your unanswered questions. Have a great trip. At least you will get your shop on!

  23. December 27, 2011 11:43 am

    I looooooooove your lists…and how only you can manage to do a dho daalna of hubby by being such a meethe choori…makes me feel glad that I am not alone in this world doing so;-)

    have fun in Paris and please take the buffets of breakfast there so you won’t have to bear again this gruelling questioning session in your room there:-)

    • December 27, 2011 10:01 pm

      I wish my Urdu/Hindi skills were a bit better…I need a translation here please!

  24. December 27, 2011 11:46 am

    Please go to Laduree for me since I didn’t get to go when we were in Paris! Hope you have a great time.

    Don’t even get me started on the 4 knives, what is wrong with men?

    • December 27, 2011 10:01 pm

      So sad Amanda..Laduree is undergoing renovations! I am scouting out the other locations though…

  25. December 27, 2011 12:17 pm

    Oh Ameena.. dude, who cares for answers. You are off to PARIS! I’m so jealous… uhhhhh… I wanna go back again and I’m totally going to come to you for advice. I can’t wait to hear all about your trip. Have a great time. And I hope you are staying in Barca longer than Madrid 🙂 But that’s just me.

    • December 27, 2011 10:02 pm

      We are staying an even # of days in Barcelona and Madrid. Can’t wait to see both!

      • Lisa permalink
        December 28, 2011 11:16 am

        Oooooohhhh…you must have chocolate con churros at San Gines Chocolateria! It is in the Puerto del Sol area.

        DD and I went there all 4 days we spent in Madrid!

      • December 28, 2011 2:06 pm

        Lisa – I just added San Gines to my list. Thank you! And if you have any restaurant recs please send them my way. 🙂

  26. December 27, 2011 12:27 pm

    Have fun in Paris and please post some lovely pictures, so I can relieve the moments in my head all over again.

  27. December 27, 2011 12:47 pm

    Daaahling, who needs answers when you have Paris???!!! Do try Pierre Herme’s croissant ispahan, its my favourite parisian treat evaaaah.
    Bon voyage!
    *kisses* HH

    • December 27, 2011 10:03 pm

      You LOVE your croissants don’t you HH? I’m going to try to scout it out today…

  28. December 27, 2011 1:48 pm

    Ohhhh Laaa Laaa.
    Have a magical time, Ameena.
    At least you will not need to clean the freaking kitchen.
    ….Will You?


    • December 27, 2011 10:03 pm

      No kitchen cleaning going on for the next 10 days. 🙂

  29. December 27, 2011 1:51 pm

    I hope Ali packed enough knives for Paris (and made it through the security check with him, ha) Have a fantabulous time!

  30. December 27, 2011 3:37 pm

    If my husband is hungry he’ll eat a whole meal, even if dinner is in an hour. He’ll say, ‘The man’s hungry’ or ‘The man’s gotta eat’. He can’t think straight when hungry.

    Have the best time ever in Paris, can’t wait to see pics.

    • December 27, 2011 10:04 pm

      “The man’s hungry.” Love it. He just makes eating so simple, doesn’t he?

  31. December 27, 2011 4:36 pm

    lol…he has got quite the appetite ! lucky you going to paris

    • December 27, 2011 10:04 pm

      Ali will eat 5,000 calories one day and then 1,000 the next. There is no rhyme or reason!

  32. December 27, 2011 6:26 pm

    I think its obvious why he needed four knives. One for the honey, one for the peanut butter, one for the jam, and one for the butter. Mixing them up would just be gross. 🙂

    • December 27, 2011 10:05 pm

      I agree about the cross-contamination but I just wish he’d wash them!! All 4 of them!

  33. December 27, 2011 7:50 pm

    Paris? You lucky dog you. My husband has a multiple utensil issue as well. it drives me crazy but what are you going to do. Enjoy your travels and a happy new year to you!

    • December 27, 2011 10:05 pm

      Thank you Julie! Happy New Year to you too. 🙂

  34. December 27, 2011 7:55 pm

    Bon Voyage!

  35. December 27, 2011 8:03 pm

    You don’t need answers now that you are going to Paris 😉 Have fun! and wishing you and the family a very Happy New Year!!!

  36. December 27, 2011 8:57 pm

    🙂 Have an amazing time!

  37. December 27, 2011 9:47 pm

    Enjoy Paris and Merry Christmas

  38. December 27, 2011 10:49 pm

    Knives spoons ack…it’s like they contaminate one and need to use another. Drives me batty!

  39. December 27, 2011 11:02 pm

    PARIS! Enjoy it,answers can wait 😉 Happy holidays!

  40. December 27, 2011 11:05 pm

    Have a great trip, Ameena!
    That sandwich concoction is out of control!

  41. December 28, 2011 12:21 am

    first time here…I’m seriously feeling jealous now on ur paris trip….hav a wonderful vacation…do drop by my space sometime 🙂

  42. December 28, 2011 5:00 am

    The eating right after eating bugs me the most. And no, he probably had no idea you took the photo or how the dishes end up getting clean. Have a great trip, no pbbj sandwiches there.

    • December 28, 2011 1:51 pm

      No pbbj here…just a whole lot of foie gras and macarons. 🙂

  43. December 28, 2011 5:59 am

    The husband in my house has a habit of eating cereal after I’ve fed him dinner. And I’m not talking about a cup or a serving of cereal. The man will eat about three servings. It really gets under my skin. Why can’t his after-dinner snack be chocolate chips on a peanut butter spoon like a normal person?

    p.s. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures – and the food – in Paris!

    • December 28, 2011 1:52 pm

      I had to stop the peanut butter and chocolate chip dessert thing. It got a bit out of hand for me! I couldn’t stop…the combo was just phenomenal.

  44. December 28, 2011 7:27 am

    I hope you have a wonderful trip!

  45. December 28, 2011 12:21 pm

    Wow, New Years in Paris? And you didn’t bring me with? Pout pout. Enjoy your trip and hopefully lots of real French champagne.

    P.S. I am loving your lipstick color.

    • December 28, 2011 1:53 pm

      I don’t own a single lipstick! But I do have one Clinique lip gloss. So thank you for complimenting it. 🙂

  46. December 28, 2011 1:32 pm

    I have a list of questions without answers, too. Here’s a selection: Why do you address and pay a parking ticket while nearly at the front of the line while going through airport security? Could this not be done before or after? Why do you check-in for your flight, but then leave your wife and kids at the airport while you drop off TOY TRUCKS at your sister’s house, and then notice you need fuel and fill up, while everyone is waiting in the security line-up?

    Enjoy Paris! 😉

    • December 28, 2011 2:04 pm

      I am so mystified right now. How does one even pay a parking ticket in an airline security line? Online? On the phone? I am so confused! I can’t imagine your state of mind right now…

  47. December 28, 2011 1:54 pm

    Travel safely, Ameena! I went to Paris in 2006 and absolutely loved it. I know you’ll have a great time!

    And were you seriously expecting him to answer any of those questions…on Christmas or any other day? 😛

    • December 30, 2011 3:01 pm

      Stupid me…you’d think I’d learn right? Ali has no answers…just strange comments and even more bizarre questions.

  48. December 28, 2011 2:06 pm

    Hahaha! My husband does the same thing, heaven forbid he use one freaking knife!!! UGH! Have a safe flight, and an amazing time in Paris!!!!

  49. December 28, 2011 2:10 pm

    I can tell you probably why your husband ate a sandwich after a meal. My mother used to tell me all the time.. Men are funnels lol. She also told me when I was older, if I had a child, and it was a boy, I wouldn’t have any food lol.

    • December 30, 2011 3:02 pm

      My sister has 3 boys…can you imagine? At least Maya eats normal portions of things. 🙂

  50. December 28, 2011 3:18 pm

    I know 4 knives are a lot to make one sandwich but at least you didn’t have peanut butter in the jelly and jelly in the butter etc. Have a fabulous time in Paris and try one of HH’s infamous croissants at Pierre Herme. GG

    • December 30, 2011 3:03 pm

      I saw Pierre Herme but didn’t see any croissants! They only had chocolate. And I refrained due to the early morning hour!

  51. December 28, 2011 4:12 pm

    1. I sincerely hope you brought The Purse and those 11/10 over-the-knee boots with you to The City of Lights.

    2. I am not above threatening Marcus with Hamburger Helper if he gives me crap about my cooking.

    • December 30, 2011 3:04 pm

      I didn’t bring the purse (I was informed that Barcelona is not a place for designer goods) but I did bring my new black boots. And they have NOT let me down!

  52. December 28, 2011 5:22 pm

    LOL – here it’s slightly the other way around. I use the four knives and multiple dishes and Evs is the one cleaning up after me. My pet peeve is that he can’t leave dishes in the sink 😛

    And sigh. Jealous. Have always wanted to go to Paris. Have a wonderful trip and a Happy New Year!

    • December 30, 2011 3:04 pm

      Someone cleans up after you? I am SO envious. Such a thing has never happened in my household. 🙂

      Happy New Year to you as well!

  53. December 28, 2011 5:36 pm

    Im insanely jealous of the amount of trips you go on.

    • December 30, 2011 3:05 pm

      The one benefit of getting older? More vacation time and finally, some money to spend while on vacation. 🙂

  54. December 28, 2011 7:23 pm

    I have to say, his sandwich sounds awesome. Totally worth dirtying four knives.

    • December 30, 2011 3:05 pm

      Really? I’m sort of throwing up a bit right now just thinking about the combination…

  55. December 29, 2011 1:31 am

    You definitely need to get to the bottom of this! I mean, seriously, four knives for one sandwich?? So funny!

    Have fun in Paris!

    • December 30, 2011 3:06 pm

      There is no getting to the bottom of anything Ali does/says. 🙂

      Thanks Emily! Paris was fantastic!

  56. December 29, 2011 6:38 am

    And I am still sad that you will be in my European city while I am in my U.S. city. Enjoy it all! If you need anything – you know who to ask! I guess we’ll have to meet at The Grove sometime… but no Mickey D’s 🙂

    • December 30, 2011 3:06 pm

      Kristen – if Madrid is anything like Barcelona I might not leave it. LOVE LOVE LOVE Barcelona so far!

  57. December 29, 2011 8:58 am

    Four knives!? Well at least you wont find jelly in the peanut butter jar

    • December 30, 2011 3:07 pm

      Very true. Cross contamination would set me over the edge … surprise, surprise. 🙂

  58. December 29, 2011 10:42 am

    Ok, I understand the confusion….Ryan eats Toast with a layer of Coconut Oil, Honey and Almond butter….topped with a smear of JAM! WTF?!

    Anyways, you’re lucky you got 4 knives, I got one and now have jam in my coconut oil, honey in my almond butter and so forth.

    Have a BLAST DOLL!!! WOOO HOOOO!!!!!!!!! Drink lotsa coffee for me!!


    • December 30, 2011 3:08 pm

      Wow…that is one very caloric-dense piece of toast.

      Happy New Year my friend!

  59. December 30, 2011 9:27 am

    At least he has a healthy appetite, LOL!

  60. December 30, 2011 4:10 pm

    It’s Paris darling – all of life’s perplexing questions had best be left behind and others best left unanswered! Have a blast 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  61. December 31, 2011 11:30 am

    I want to be in Paris 🙂 Hope you had a great Christmas!

  62. January 1, 2012 11:29 am

    I’m afraid you didn’t get any answers on the flight as well due to the story above … 😕

  63. January 7, 2012 6:58 am

    Yes, I’m learning (very grudgingly) that there are no answers to some of these irritating mysteries. Like no matter how many contraptions I set up at the front door to hold wallets and keys, why my husband takes them to the kitchen and then runs around every morning looking for them. Sigh.

  64. January 19, 2012 1:50 am

    hahahaha, laughing my butt off! love ur blog (ur funny! :D)

    • January 21, 2012 8:47 pm

      Thank you Deeps…for the compliment and for reading!


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