Not With a Bang, but a Whimper

Ugh, this summer, am I right? Cold, rainy, and depressing. It’s labour day, and it’s cold, rainy, and depressing – a fitting end to a blah season.

Yesterday I was unloading the dishwasher and I stacked up the plates and put them in the cupboard like I have done a thousand times before. About two minutes later, there was a loud BANG from the kitchen and then this happened:

One of the plates, near the bottom of the stack, spontaneously exploded. Right there in the pile! It was so eerie, and it took forever to clear all the shards out of the cupboard – we ended up rewashing all the dishes in that cabinet because there was fine little ceramic dust all over.

I’m trying not to take it as some sort of sign.

Tomorrow we start Grade 9 at a new school for one kid (who has much shorter hair! He looks amazing!). Grade 8 and Grade 5 for the girls at the same old place. I’m looking forward to getting back into the routine – as usual I’ve left a ton of work and housework and writing work sitting around for the past four weeks and now I’m swamped and behind on everything. It’ll be good to have the house back and knock a few things off the list. With the weather being already fall-like, I’m ready.

Hopefully I won’t be sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time waiting for more explosions, though.

7 thoughts on “Not With a Bang, but a Whimper

  1. OH wow crazy about the plate! They look like Corelle and apparently this does happen – even with tempered glass. Glad no one got hurt!

    Back to school for us in our new location was about 2.5 weeks ago and I don’t feel like we’re into any sort of routine – no friends yet, no after-school activities, no clubs or groups or anything. It’s weird. We exist outside of the Ontario cycle (and 2 hours off in the time zones) and we don’t fit in here, and likely won’t because we’re only here for a year. Summer disappeared on us (it was about 3 weeks shorter than usual due to the early back-to-school date) but next summer will be 3 months (!!!!) long. It’s so weird.

    All the best with the writing and everything else. I’m struggling to figure out my new routine here. i’m craving one, but haven’t found it yet.

  2. Toronto is sunny and hot at the moment, but apparently the weather is coming. BLAH. It really has been a bit of a downer, right? I’m glad I took photos of things we did that were fun, to remind us that we did try to make the best of it, but having said that…yep. Routine. I like it!

    Tomorrow every single person will be out of the house for the first time in weeks, since I sent them camping in early July. It will be ALL MINE. 🙂 It’ll be a short day, bec I’m training the youngest once again to do the transit trip to school, but I expect to be home by 9:30 am so that’s still a few hours of bliss.


    Happy end of summer, good luck to the highschooler, and we’ll see each other here and there on the world wide web, I’m sure!

  3. I don’t think a broken plate means anything (it’s good luck in Jewish weddings… I think?). Broken mirror is the big no-no, so you’re good! Nice plates, though 😆

    We left to France under the rain and came back… under the rain. Sigh. So sick of this summer!

  4. If it’s any comfort, the first thing I saw in the smashed plate photo is a cute smiley face. I’m sure that means something like, “Don’t worry, be happy!” Ever since our visit to Barcelona, I’ve been wanting to smash some plates and create some Gaudii-esque art.

    Good luck to your gang on their new school year! Pam


  5. A.Q.

    Wow, I’ve never heard of a plate breaking in a stack like that! One unexpected thing to worry about!

    Glad that the cabinet door was shut, at least.

  6. Freaky. And yes, I have to remember how to cook now, and (ugh) school lunches. Matt was saying that at work all summer they’ve been having meetings where they say “well people are on vacation so we can’t do that now” and they’ve suddenly realized no solid decisions have been made for six weeks. Fall is both nice and a bit of a wake-up call.

  7. That’s so crazy and weird! You guys are having the summer we had last year – cold and rain. This year our summer has been glorious and hot – no rain, so we are actually all a little nervous about grass fires, etc. The smoke from neighbouring forest fires is pretty icky too. All in all a great summer. But back to reality!

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