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Who doesn't own an oven mitt?


HerNameIsBuffy

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Two of my kids went to have Thanksgiving with their father (my ex) yesterday.   Actually, bring Thanksgiving would be more accurate.

the plan was for my daughter to make the one meal she can cook by herself, which isnt Thanksgivingy in the least.  My ex kept pushing to go out to eat, but the kids told him repeatedly that it wasn't going to happen.  

An aside - we believe in avoiding going to stores, restaurants, etc on the big holidays as to not contribute to more and more places staying open and making people work.  It's a small thing and it's not like we can end the encroachment, but we can at least try not to contribute.  My ex doesn't share these philosophies.

He's voting for Donald Trump and believes were still married in the eyes of God because he went from lapsed Catholic to fundy-lite after I left him.  That should tell you everything you need to know.

Back to our story.,,

Simce T-Day is mini-Buffy's favorite holiday, hands down, after getting the grateful and relieved go-ahead (from my grown up littles) to cater their event I sent the following:

  • 1 17 lb turkey
  • 2 types of stuffing
  • homemade cranberry sauce
  • canned cranberry sauce
  • bisucuits
  • cauliflower gratin
  • apsparagus
  • mashed potatoes
  • yams
  • gravy
  • homemade pumpkin pie
  • homemade flourless chocolate individual cakes (OMG did they turn out amazing!)
  • butter, all accoutrements as I assumed he'd have nothing.  

I even sent one of my good cookie sheet and parchment paper and aluminum foil.

i forgot, however, to send an oven mitt.  He's been living in his place for over a year and this was the first time his oven was used.  I learned he's not owned a pot holder or oven mitt since we were married.  And apparently doesn't have one now because "your mother took them all in the divorce."

Yep.  11 years of marriage and 3 kids all because I wanted the vast profit of keeping all the oven mitts.

Mini-Buffy called me from the car, to which she fled when he was embarrassing her by getting annoyed with the people at Walgreens for "hiding" the oven mitts they went to purchase.  She said she missed being home and it was more fun stealing food whilst I'm trying to cook than to try to get everything ready while her dad sneaks food from her and she gave him ONE job to do (carve the turkey) and he stood their eating more than made it to the platter.

My little grasshopper has learned it sometimes sucks to be the grownup.

i get not cooking, but not firing up an oven even for pre made cookies?  Nothing?  How do you get to mid-40's and become incredulous when your daughter assumes you own an oven mitt?

Will be happy to see my wandering sheep when they get home today. 

 

 

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ClaraOswin

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Wow...that's pretty awful. How old are your kids? I'm sorry their Dad had to make it so awful for them.

And no oven mitt or pot holder or anything?! I can't even imagine that.

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HerNameIsBuffy

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Wow...that's pretty awful. How old are your kids? I'm sorry their Dad had to make it so awful for them.

And no oven mitt or pot holder or anything?! I can't even imagine that.

he's was just being helpless and my daughter got a taste of holiday sexism as her ovaries apparently made her in charge of the kitchen.  :) 

if you follow the Arndts my kiddos are within months of Phillip, Jacob, and Nathan respectively.  Or in actual time 24, 22, and 20.

but right...how does a grown person who has lived on their own for 27 years not own one pot holder/oven mitt?  

 

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SpoonfulOSugar

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If it helps any - we OWN mitts, but cannot ever seem to find them.

I blame the gremlins.

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HerNameIsBuffy

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If it helps any - we OWN mitts, but cannot ever seem to find them.

I blame the gremlins.

Damn Gremlins.  They have a team here, too, busy at my house hiding one sock out of each pair.

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notfundy

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WTH?   WTF?   Everyone owns (at least) a potholder if not an oven mitt.  Never a frozen pizza in the oven?  Hmmmmmm....

In a pinch, a person could use a dish towel (folded up) as an oven mitt but perhaps the ex never does any dishes.

And -  lol at "your mother took all the oven mitts in the divorce"  Cue evil laugh: < Bwahhhhhahahahaa >

Finally, last year I had a little too much wine before dinner and attempted to remove a side dish from the hot oven WITHOUT an oven mitt.  So there.  

Your kids sound like good people, and you are beyond amazing to send over this wonderful dinner.  

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

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Wow. I just can't...I just...WHAT? I can't string the words to say anything. Really. Wow. 

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clueliss

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The devious side of me really really want to give this guy a box full of potholders and oven mitts for Christmas.  

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I owned an oven mitt, but it accidentally caught on fire.  Ditto pot holder.  I'm working my way through the kitchen towels now!  Honestly, I'm not much of a cook.  Your dinner sounds amazing, and it was nice of you to send all that food!  Fwiw, after my parents got divorced, my father said lots of "funny" things like that about my mom.  He and I don't really speak now.  Hopefully your ex will get a clue before he ruins his relationship with your kids.  

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