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!