The short story is, we bought a new dishwasher, the old one leaked. I thought we just bought the old one but no, it was 14 years old. But this post isn't about the new dishwasher, I'm one of those people that thinks new appliances aren't fun.
The new dishwasher holds more dishes than the old one. I'm not sure how, but we run out of dinner plates before the thing is full. The idea of hand washing a couple to 'get by' doesn't enter my head. So I did the only sensible thing, bought more plates. I like my plain, round white ones, would have like square dishes just to be different. But I just couldn't resist the pretty, white ruffled ones.