This morning, after going to the gym for a workout, then grinding assorted fruits and greens into 3 glasses of juice out of concern for the healthy lives of my co-habitants, and then showering and settling into work, I decided what I needed next was to make myself some toast lathered in a dense, bullet-turning layer of peanut butter. Only when I went to the kitchen there wasn’t any bread. I uttered a curse under my breath, as I was certain that just last night there had been about half a loaf left. So I fired off an email to Julia, who was already at work, inquiring if she’d had it or if Sid had polished it off (my suspicion, at this point, was that, in her state of constant running late in the morning, she had simply grabbed the entire remaining loaf to take with her for making a sandwich later). She replied that she had indeed taken two slices, but that there were several remaining.
The plot thickened, I returned to the kitchen for another look. After poking through various cupboards, I found the remaining bread stashed on the top shelf of the refrigerator. I emailed her back, saying that I found it in the fridge, and that I thought that was funny. Here is her response:
Oh yeah, and in my defense, our family always kept the bread in the fridge. This bread on the counter is new to me. Same with peanut butter.
Yes, I’ve found the peanut butter in the fridge before too. I responded:
Must be a warm/cold climate thing.
Julia being from Arizona, it seemed like a reasonable assumption, right? I mean, she has her other climate-related quirks, like sleeping under a down comforter 10 months out of the year. This was her response, though:
Or a queer Montanan thing.
Them’s almost fighting words. After firing off a suitable and mature response that clung desperately to the high road —
Your queerness wouldn’t fit in the biggest bread box!
— I started wondering how other people deal with placement of bread and peanut butter.
So that’s my question to anyone reading this. Who has the queer habits here, me or my uppity woman? Bread and peanut butter — do you keep them in the fridge or cupboard? Any other food storage conflicts arise in your households?