Thursday, August 27, 2009

Things I sorta hope will break

Confession time.

There are some things in my kitchen that would leave me less than heartbroken if they stopped working. And by "less than heartbroken" I mean "likely to break out in joyous singing."

Let's take my mixer, for example. It's a Sunbeam, and it's been a great mixer for almost ten years. It does the job. My mom's olive green, early-1970s Sunbeam lasted a discouragingly long time. (She may still be using it now.) But if my mixer bites the dust I'll be truly justified in buying one of these:



Oh, beautiful Kitchen Aid Professional 6 qt. Stand Mixer, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 1)ROCKIN' mixing power. 2)You'd look great in my kitchen. Yeah, I think those two ways are more than enough.

Then there's my CrockPot. It's functional. It's big. And it's got very dated look to it, with an ugly flower print on it. Wouldn't it be great if it went kaput so I could get one of these?



It's chic (sort of.) It's huge. It's programmable. I'm not sure why this last part is important to me--I'm always home to turn off the CrockPot. But "programmable" sure does draw me.

On the countertop in my kitchen sits a perfectly functional Toastmaster toaster. It does its job well. It looks nice. But how cool would it be if my toaster suddenly exploded (without causing a fire, of course) and I could buy this?



Yes, folks, that is a genuine Battlestar Galactica toaster. If you're not familiar with BSG, you don't get the inside joke of having a Cylon toaster. You also don't get just how geekily cool it would be for one piece of toast to have the phrase, "FRAK OFF" burned into it, with the other piece of toast boasting a Cylon face. You certainly don't understand why I'd spend $90 on such an item--and, to be honest, I wouldn't. But I still think it's theoretically a fantastic piece of sci-fi kitchen kitsch.

I could go on, posting a picture of a spacious fridge to replace our side-by-side model; and a blender (which, based on how my current blender has been acting, may be my next kitchen purchase.) And don't get me started on the rest of the house (four words: high-end washer/dryer.)

But, hey, I don't want to be ungrateful. I'm thankful to have a house full of working items, even the ones that aren't new or top-of-the-line. Just know that if I come on this blog "complaining" of a broken mixer, what I'm really doing is dancing a little jig, knowing I'll thoroughly enjoy the upgrade!

13 comments:

Strange Mamma said...

Don't tell the Rocket Scientist, but the real reason I want to get a bigger house is not because we need the extra space for the hopefully soon-to-be-on-the-way sibling for Asher, but so that I can get a bigger kitchen so that I actually have counter space for one of those rockin' mixers.

silver star said...

My microwave, toaster and refrigerator need to be replaced, so I understand the feeling. I live in an apartment, so the fridge can be replaced at no cost to me (2 words: frozen cheese), but the other two, not so easy. Do they make Star Trek toasters?

Angela said...

We have the Kitchenaid and yes, it rocks. I would LOVE the toaster! OMG that's just too great. Where did you find it?

Call Me Cate said...

I can verify that the KitchenAid is made of awesome. We managed to swing a really good deal on one a few years back and I feel guilty that I don't use it more often but it's just so PRETTY!

Trudy said...

I really want that mixer...it looks awesome! Hmm, is it too early to start making my Christmas list?

SnoWhite said...

Oh, I'd love the programmable crockpot!!

Hyla said...

This is a great post!

nopinkhere said...

I love my Kitchen-Aid mixer even tho' it's not an artisan one. I keep entering Pioneer Woman's contests to win one of those mixers for my mother-in-law as she has the same mixer your mom has/had and is also wishing it would quit.

I want my stove to quit. I hate cleaning all the annoying crevices. Otherwise, I feel I'm doing pretty well appliance-wise.

2cats said...

Oh you have to get the Kitchen Aid. It is not a luxury it is a necessity. You will find it especially helpful if you do any canning and get the fruit/vegetable strainer, it makes perfect jams, jellies, and applesauce. There is nothing better than fresh pasta prepared using the pasta attachment. If you are going to be making cole slaw for a gathering or sour kraut, use the slicer shredder attachment for ease in preparing the cabbage.
Yes, I do love my Kitchen Aid.

paul said...

So funny! I read this before but didn't have time to comment. I have several of those things too! I remember distinctly as a girl, my mom telling us to jump on the sofas so we could get new ones! She was sort of joking! They were that lovely orange, green and gold plaid pattern that was NOT in style while we had them when I was in junior high (in the 90's!). :)

LEstes65 said...

Sounds to me like you need to just put a Birthday / Anniversary / Christmas / Mother's Day gift list into The Engineer's hands. I have two such lists on my Blackberry for all the things my boys ooh and aah over. Then, when people call to ask what they want for [insert significant event or holiday here], I read off an item in their price range. Maybe if The Engineer knows you WANT one of those gorgeous KitchenAids (which I have and concur that it ROCKS), he might surprise you some time. Just a thought.

Atlanta said...

I love this post! I too have several things in my house that I would not be hearbroken to see die. So many in fact that I should probably just have a yard sale and get it over with! And I cant count how many of my kids toys I wish would break. Mostly the ones that make noise or make convenient weapons for them to torture one another with. =). I hope you get that kitchenaid! I too have a sunbeam. ;)
Happy Saturday ShareFest!

One Sassy Girl said...

My Kitchen Aid mixer and I have a love affair for all ages. Sometimes, the food processor likes to steal my affections away. What can I say? I'm easily won over by it's steely beauty.
Go buy one of each!! Stopped by from SITS!