Yes, that’s a toothbrush next to the can opener.

This is not staged. It’s an actual mess that accumulated on our counter one evening last week.

How did this happen?

How did this happen?

Here is a list of all the things that do not belong here:

  1. Three wine bottles
  2. Half of an avocado
  3. Dirty bib
  4. Grater
  5. Onion, avocado and mushroom scraps
  6. Notebook
  7. Can opener
  8. Electric toothbrush
  9. Toothbrush charger
  10. Measuring spoon
  11. Bag of Simply Thick packets
  12. Empty tupperware
  13. Steak knife
  14. Drinking glass
  15. Baby washcloth
  16. Chocolate bar wrapper
  17. Rolling pin
  18. Wine bottle stopper
  19. Dirty paper towel
  20. Cheese rind

The impressively diverse clutter gives the impression that we were bathing and feeding Stella, cooking a Mexican feast, drinking heavily, baking brownies, brushing our teeth and taking notes at the same time. But no. This is not the result of intense multi-tasking. It’s the product of a Facebook addiction, tiredness from staying up very late to do some freelance writing, and chasing Stella around the house as she crawls from one room, cupboard or table to the next. I rest my case.