Dish Drainer Jenga

I saw a funny picture on Facebook last week – dish jenga.  I laughed because it’s true – at least in my life.

Usually it doesn’t come to this but on Monday, it was the perfect dish drainer jenga storm.  YA took the last brownie to work – an empty Tupperware.  Cooked down the last of the raspberries into a sauce. Made a bundt cake – mixing bowl and then bundt pan.  Three jars of pesto – that was a biggie as it uses the salad spinner and most of the food processor and accessories.  Then add in the dishes from breakfast as well as all the measuring cups, spoons and spatulas for all the morning endeavors and I was well and truly jenga’d. 

If the dishwasher were working I suppose I could have filled it up instead and if I’d been willing to get out a dishtowel to dry, I could have put things away as I was working.  But for some reason, while I am willing to stop between steps of projects to wash things, washing AND drying doesn’t seem like a good use of time when I know dishes will dry on their own.  I’m guessing this is the kind of thought process that results in most folks who end up with dish jenga.

I’ve never liked the actual Jenga game very much.  The groups I’ve played in haven’t managed to keep the game going very long and it’s not that much fun when you are constantly having to pick up all the pieces.  And life-size Jenga is terrifying; I only played it once on the beach in St. Thomas and it gave me nightmares.

What are your favorite board games?

74 thoughts on “Dish Drainer Jenga”

  1. So many people sitting around dabbing at their phones (ha ha, who, me? Never!), that board games tend to stay in the cupboard. We played Monopoly, which I always enjoy, when Isaac’s friend stayed this summer. If I have a favourite, that could be it.

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  2. Yesterday was Tuesday 13th, even more unlucky here than Friday 13th. I’m not superstitious, but this post came through straight away. Maybe Renee has promoted me to author status. An authorised author? WP still owes me at least two posts, they’re my intellectual property, and I may sue.

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    1. I couldn’t upgrade you because you haven’t, as far as I can tell, let WP know you are a follower. Perhaps it was enough to rescue your posts last night. If you do happen to see the follow button somewhere on the page, press it, and then perhaps it will let me upgrade you.

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        1. Site, screen, I am not sure, the place you go to on your phone or computer to post comments. Oh, I wish I could be more helpful!

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  3. I have therapeuric board games I play with young clients, and some are quite lame. I also have Feelings Jenga, with questions on the blocks that clients (and I) must answer every time we successfully remove one.

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  4. I meant that the previous post came through straight away. Not the one I hadn’t sent yet.

    If Jane wants something for the kitchen, the first I know about it is when I get it for birthday or Christmas. Oh, a three tier rack for draining the dishes! How nice! Now I realise I wanted one. I don’t know that I really get more stuff on it, it’s quite narrow. I tend to differentiate between “designers” and “engineers”. Engineers understand how things work.

    Jane’s seventeen years younger than me, and works as a teacher. I’m resentful at the extra, unpaid hours she has to do, to do the job up to her high standard, therefore it’s my job to look after our inconvenient house, wash the dishes etc. Solve the latest disasters by Isaac and the cats. That’s why I’m busy, I’m not really out doing macho stuff much, the way I imply.
    But that header picture today, that is nothing. You should see the state they leave the kitchen in, every time I turn around.

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  5. At home we play board games rarely. When we do, it’s most likely to be Scrabble. But my younger daughter’s family are big on games, so when we are with them we often get drawn into one or more. The names escape me.
    I wake up to the dish drainer jenga just every morning. Since I do most of the cooking, Robin insists on washing the dishes. I’ll dry anything that won’t fit in the drainer. Then in the morning while I’m heating water to make coffee, I unjenga the dish drainer.

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    1. I try to avoid letting Jane wash the dishes, for three reasons. She’s busy anyway, and that IS an important reason. She doesn’t rinse the nasty, soapy water off the dishes, even though both her mother and father do. And she dumps stuff with no thought as to how it will drain. I can’t even watch. I surreptitiously take a few items off the stack and rinse them and put them back so she won’t notice. And try not to think about the rest. She must never read this.

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        1. Highly doubtful. At least here. Because YA would never be able to keep it to herself that she had found something that I had washed that was still dirty.

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        1. I always try to play green. IMO there is a psychological edge in that color. You don’t get attacked as often. This could be a good psychology study. Probably has already been done as part of game theory.

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  6. Whenever the dish drainer gets full: once most of the water has dripped off into the sink, I take the big items and place them around the kitchen – pan back on an empty burner plate, bowl and glass in their place in cupboards – which are open to air – took the doors off when we moved in. Water evaporates anywhere, and if a drip or two get on a cupboard surface, OH WELL.

    Mexican Train is my favorite game, though it doesn’t really have a real “Board”. Husband and I each have two players, but it’s hard sometimes to not let my two players help each other out… : )

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    1. I’m almost obsessive about things being dry. Every time I pass the drainer, I may take one or two items from the top of a stack and put them away, and rearrange one or two to help them dry. I get satisfaction from doing it that way, and anyway, I’m retired. I can take all day if I want.

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  7. Also OT. Since there were clearly a number of people who were concerned that I might have Covid that early testing hadn’t shown, I tested again this morning and I am still negative. So sad but true — a summer cold. Thanks everyone; I genuinely appreciate your concern. Now if I could just get rid of this damn cough.

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  8. My cousins and I were dishwashers for big Italian backyard parties. We loved to see how high we could stack in the drainer and intimidate those slow dish wipers. I still do this living alone and prefer drip dry. Interestingly I don’t pile other things in my house.
    Board games: Monoploy and Scrabble. Has anyone seen a Scrabble in Welsh? Seems like you could use only consonants; if Finnish you could use more vowels.
    Made applesauce today from those little chestnut crabs. Apt smells so good!

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  9. As usual when I went to post in Word Press it told me that it was a duplicate post that I had already submitted- not true! I have never seen those duplicate posts. Is there a ghost writer? Do others of you get this same message?

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  10. As a kid, especially at the boarding school, there were often several games going on. Ludo was one of them. Checkers was another one.

    As an adult, wasband taught me how to play chess and tennis, and we played often. He also taught me how to drive, in a stick shift, no less!

    Anne and Kate Garvin in Cheyenne taught me how to play Yahtzee. I think the last time husband and I played Yahtzee was during a visit to Bill and Charlotte’s casita in Mexico eight years ago. Both were competitive and experienced players, we were no match for them. They also routinely, as a team, beat all challengers in the local American club’s weekly bar trivia game.

    During college and later, my single years between marriages, I enjoyed Trivial Pursuit, Charades and Pictionary Fun to play when you have a bunch of creative and playful friends who know stuff and don’t take themselves too seriously. Some of those games were hilarious and memorable. Good times! We also occasionally played Monopoli, but those games often dragged on too long. Clue was another one.

    For a while Hans and I played Mancala, a gift from a young woman who had been in the Peace Corps in Africa, and who lived with us for two years while pursuing a Master’s degree in public health at the U of M. It’s a calm strategy game that’s easy on your blood pressure.

    I like games where at least some skill is involved. I don’t think of Tic-Tac-Toe as one that requires an awful lot of skill. I played it once with my friend Ken at a visit to the Science Museum. By then it was too late, he couldn’t comprehend the goal of reaching three in a row of anything. In fact, he couldn’t grasp that he needed to stick with either an X or an O. Thankfully, he still enjoyed being in a room full of live butterflies.

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        1. We played Ludo as kids, and someone, probably my mother in law, produced an updated version which we all played, a few years ago.

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  11. We tend to argue about the rules if we play games these days. If it’s a game that Isaac and Grandma have played together, Grandma will have made up her own rules, partly to let Isaac win, and partly because she just like to change things for no good reason. Similarly, she’ll openly cheat to let Jane’s brother win. He doesn’t want this, any more than the rest of us.

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  12. I am having a rough week here. Sunday I tested positive for rebound COVID. I had a sore throat, and we were to get together with friends. I really did not think I had it, but I tested out of caution because one of the couple has some health conditions. And voila, I was positive. So now I am again quarantined and working from home. I am not very sick, but I resent this virus and its effects.

    Then today my aunt died. This is the aunt I visited a few weeks ago. Although this was expected since she had congestive heart failure, it is so sad and a great loss to our family. She was a nurturer, often picking up on my mother’s inability to nurture and stepping in as needed. Uff Da. It is tough.

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    1. So sorry, Jacque, on both counts. Yes, I’m afraid this virus is changing how we live our everyday lives, and not just in the short run. Just like air travel and airport security will never return to the relaxed and pleasurable experience it once was, those days are over.

      Was the aunt who passed a sister to your mother? I’m glad that you at least had a chance to visit with her recently. ❤

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  13. Drama in my life won’t end. Not going to get specific about this but Monday I dealth with a gov. official who added an anti-Biden political spiel about a couple issues I won’t go into that the Trump people deny are real. I decided to let it pass. But it upset me so I pursued it. So now I am knee deep in it.

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      1. There’s no way of saying this without offending somebody, so I’ll just say it and be done with it.

        In the current political climate, you have to pick your battles. Personally, I don’t engage with DT supporters. Facts, truth, and evidence means absolutely nothing to them. Debating them is an exercise in futility.

        I’m pinning my hopes on that most people will eventually see that you can’t ride the fence on this one. Take a stand for what you believe in, even if that doesn’t gain you a lot of fans, and stick to it. To me there’s just no middle ground on most of the issues that we face today that will save us all.

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        1. I absolutely agree with you, Margaret, even in Spain there’s a possibility of running into a trump supporter, and I will not tolerate it, if it means throwing someone out of my van while it’s still in motion. No, I haven’t. Yet.

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        2. I agree, that I am probably not going to get anyone on the other side of the fence to change their minds but I have decided that I can’t just let things go by. So I have a handful of what I refer to as my breezy rebuttal comments that let the person know that I don’t agree with them. They are meant as one-offs; in the past 2 to 3 years it has never engendered an actual conversation, but a couple of times it has stopped people in their tracks so that I don’t have to listen to their spiel any longer.

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    1. I see that Mike Lindell, the CEO of My Pillow fame, was involved in a controversial encounter with the FBI at either an Arby’s or Hardee’s in Mankato. What a shit show – excuse my French – this entire DT debacle has evolved into.

      I can’t quite decide whether to curl up a cry, or simply say, this too will pass. I’m not all that confident that it will. We have so much work to do, folks. Get ready for combat, one way or another. “The times they are a-chanin.”

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  14. Ok, I am often a day late. My family loved to play cribbage and we all have cribbage boards. That doesn’t mean I enjoy the game. I’m not really a table game fan. I’d rather read or play music.

    I was reading through the comments – long day yesterday – and I got to the discussion initiated by Clyde about getting into trouble with people due to irrational but strongly held opinions. Suddenly WP did a magic trick on me and hid all the comments. No matter how hard I try to get back to finish reading all the comments, WP has hidden them from me. Mysteries…

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  15. I have a tiny kitchen and if I cook anything, just anything, there is immediately dish drainer Jenga. I like to air dry the dishes but I simply don’t have the space, so part of cooking is doing dishes, drying them immediately and putting them away.

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