I am, to put it mildly, a picky bitch.

So, once upon a time, I worked in the home depart­ment of a bridal mag­a­zine. This instilled in me a deep love and appre­ci­a­tion for china and fine crys­tal. As I was 21 at the time, I did not do much with this knowl­edge except think, “Some day, this will be use­ful.” Now, upon the dis­cov­ery that Mottahedeh’s Tobacco Leaf pat­tern is a whop­ping $500 per place set­ting, I have been issued an aes­thetic chal­lenge of sorts. I am not going to ask any­one to buy us some­thing that costs $500. And there are plenty more awfully lovely china pat­terns out there. How­ever, here in the some­times style-depleted city in which I reside, there is nowhere to gather all of these pat­terns side by side and choose among them. Or to decide to get a salad plate in one pat­tern and a din­ner plate in another. You get the idea.

If I had chinapatterndatabase.com, though, think of the fun!

Also, in search­ing for poten­tial flat­ware, I think I have real­ized that the only one I like thus far is the same one my par­ents use, Dansk’s slim and util­i­tar­ian Vari­a­tion V. I had a brief flir­ta­tion with Torun, but Ryan says “no” on rounded ends.

For proof that I was once inter­ested in things besides my big fat half-Jewish wed­ding, feel free to peruse the old days of me here.