As I sat on my couch last night, with a warm buttery bowl of just-popped popcorn minding my own business, I heard a very loud KABOOM!
I turned my head to my microwave and thought, oh crap.
With my left ear ringing (the microwave is to my left of where I was sitting) I walked over and cautiously opened the door. Truth be told, I stood behind the swinging door to the kitchen for fear of shrapnel. It was as I suspected, the glass plate exploded and cracked.
I inherited this microwave 5 years ago from my Nonna (Italian for grandmother) when she bought a new fan-dangled microwave with a toaster in it for her newly renovated kitchen. Yes, her microwave has a toaster in it. More like on it. It’s to the right of the control panel. Weird. But I digress.
It is likely it was with my Nonna and Nonno (grandfather) for at least 5 years before it came to live with me, so this microwave is a bit ancient according to technology standards. Of course you know what that means. Replacement plates? I think not.
I do what I always do when I need help…call Mom.
“How necessary is the glass plate in the microwave?”
“hmmm, I’ll ask your Father.
mumble mumble mumble.
Go buy a new microwave. You’ll never find one for that beast”.
Mom very lovingly hauled out the flyers from the paper, (from a city 6 hours away) and told me where the sales were; I was simultaneously on the internet looking for the same deals (flyers? hello, Google!).
As I asked her if I should invest in a convection microwave and we debated the pros and cons, I saw the price to a convection microwave; $779.00! I’ll pass; I have an oven. Thanks.
She found a few deals, I found a few deals; we debated size and features- “the EXT 560 model features a standard kitchen timer, whether you’re timing a pot on the stove, or a long-distance telephone call, you’ll love this feature”
Who times a telephone call on the microwave?
I wailed it wasn’t fair for the glass plate to crack before the ancient beast died itself. I hate that I’ll have to replace it when it still works. We investigated buying a smaller plate off of EBay, but then realized the beast is probably throwing out radiation like nobody’s business, so a new microwave was in my best interest.
Of course I have to go shopping for a microwave on one of my busiest work weeks. This is like when my coffee maker died 1 day after my mom left from visiting after my leg surgery. Hobbling around on crutches and trying to shop for a coffee maker is not fun.
I swung by Costco on my way home from a meeting and picked up this beauty. I decided on another Sanyo, seen as the beast lasted at least 10 years, and it was only $89.99, I figured it couldn’t be all that bad.
Stainless steel inside and out. I’m already cringing at the fingerprints. Next trip to Costco will be for the Stainless steel cleaner.
At least I have a nice big box to make a new photo light box out of.
What can I say, I’m a ‘glass half-full’ kinda gal.
Ciao for now,