...and everything in its place:
Only Sharon Raydor would have a small, rectangular dish, handily located next to the telephone, upon which to lay her small Moleskine notepad/address book. All the better to take notes with, my dear!
Speaking of dishes, and no, I'm not actually speaking about Mary McDonnell at this moment...
Here's another container: this one is strangely always empty, yet gets around an awful lot.
And here it is in Season 2 (Final Cut):
Available from Williams-Sonoma, they call it the "Bleaker Bar Double Bowl with Handles." Fancy name for a condiment dish. It's presently still available to purchase for $59.00.