On the Giving and Leaving of Notes


Notes, a vital part of domestic life.

I was actually going to give you a panna cotta update tonight, but instead Wonk the Plank realized that we could watch the entire Silence of the Lambs via YouTube and, well, you can figure out the rest.

So I’ve got nothing. Nothing. Except some notes. Domestic notes.

Wonk and I are fans of notes. It all started with an elaborate treasure hunt he made for me when we were first dating, which involved a series of notes with clues that took me way too long to figure out. That treasure hunt is one of my fondest memories. I think I still have those notes in a box somewhere.

We still employ notes, but for more mundane matters – I leave him notes telling him where the dinner is if I’m out for the night, and he leaves me notes alerting me to the existence of snacks in the fridge.

The other week I woke up to the following series of notes. Wonk had left before me and, I suppose, was afraid I wouldn’t find my lunch. Yes, I didn’t really need a Plank to tell me where my lunch was. But is there really a better thing to wake up to? I don’t think there is.


Note Number One

The first of the notes. The satsuma oranges are the first part of the lunch components.


Note Number Two

This one was right between the table and the fridge.


Note Number Three

This one was on the kitchen floor, pointing the way to leftovers in the fridge.

In case you’re wondering, I found the lunch.



  1. wonktheplank said

    It’s important to have lots of notes to avoid any possible confusion about the lunch.

    By the way, we didn’t see any components out there this morning and we had to make them ourselves!

    • moderndomestic said

      Oh that’s right – I didn’t get the lunch together last night. Hopefully assembling the bag of crackers and grabbing the orange wasn’t too challenging!

      Remember the time when I forgot that we were out of lunches, and then you didn’t eat anything all day? That’s when I realized that leaving notes about the lunches was so important.

  2. Rebecca said

    Oh! These are modern day love notes in my opinion. How cute. When I read the title of this entry however I was thinking it was going to be about passive aggressive notes (http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/).

    • moderndomestic said

      I LOVE that site. So awesome. Yeah, passive aggressive notes were much more the norm when I lived in a group house. Now we just leave nice or funny notes – I like that much more.

  3. E said

    Yes, the group house where I must reside is notorious for passive aggressive notes. We have even developed our own passive aggressive emoticon which looks something like this :-X

    Much of this is driven by our insane live-in landlord. The crown jewel of all PA notes, as well call them, was a piece of plywood barricading our back door with “Please lock the door” scribbled across it in blue marker….

    • moderndomestic said

      Maybe you should start a blog that solely chronicles the events in your house. Think about it – the Face, the Notes, your Crazy Landlord – it could be a rich trove of blog material.

  4. Joellen said

    This is adorable.

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