Isn't it lovely?
My grandma had the pattern first. Then one of my aunts loved it so much, she bought her own set. Then mom decided she liked it and bought some, too. After awhile, my aunt wanted something new, so she gave me her set when I first moved off campus in college. Now, 4 years and only two broken dishes later, my set is still going strong. It's good stuff.
The only problem with my dishes is that after you use them, you have to clean them. Of all the household chores there are to do, I think doing the dishes is my least favorite. It's not like laundry or vacuuming where you can do it once a week (or less). Dish washing has to be done every day. Often, multiple times. And since our dishwasher is probably as old as me, you essentially have to wash the dishes before putting them in it.
So I wash and scrub and get poked with a knife and pick at stuff that's gotten hardened. And after awhile, I have a full dishwasher and a nice pile of clean non-dishwasherable stuff on the stove (because that's where you stack dishes to dry when you have a small apartment).
But no matter how many times I do dishes, there's almost always something in the sink. A pot. A pan. A glass. Or, usually, a pot, a pan, a glass, some plates, and some utensils.
I would totally invest in one of those giant dishwashing things they have in restaurants, where you stack everything under a huge cover, push a button and it does this high powered wash on everything in about 5 minutes. Like this:
[courtesy of http://www.indiamart.com]
So if you have one of those lying around, I'd be happy to take it off your hands.
In the end, though, I'm glad to have dishes. Then I can bake things in the oven:
Things like this:
Which turn into this after about 7 hours:
Yummy pulled pork!
And now, if you'll excuse me, I have some dishes to attend to...