Why? Well, firstly, because I'm too scared to thoroughly investigate how far over budget I went, and secondly because I have something else on my mind. Namely: microwaves.
Now, I was thinking today about how come I have no qualms throwing down (undisclosed amount of money) on (undisclosed amount of makeup from MAC's new Surf, Baby makeup collection); and yet I steadfastly refuse to pay like $25 to buy a microwave. Where is the sense in this?
Answer: I'm not sure. Which is why I wanted to sort this out, blog-style.
1) Blame my parents.
OK, not really. But we didn't have a microwave until I was olderish (i.e. like 10 or something) so I was used to using the conventional oven directions for everything (i.e. Pizza Pockets take 45 minutes, instead of 1.5 minutes). When my thrifty parents finally (FINALLY!!) bought a microwave, I was overjoyed, assuming that it was like an oven but FAST. Thus ensued the microwave grilled cheese sandwich incident, which soured me a bit on the technology. But this is like a nature/nurture thing. I didn't have a microwave during my earliest formative years, and so now I am strangely blase about them.
|"No, don't eat the grilled cheese sandwich, younger version of me! IT WILL TASTE HORRIBLE!"|
2) I am a hippie.
NOT REALLY. I own way too much nail polish and sparkley lip gloss to be a hippie. But somewhere in my brain, frugality is mixed in with "back to the earth" and being environmentally friendly and living like a cave person etc. And somehow, an oven seems rustic and healthy whereas a microwave seems suspicious and anti-green. But it's the opposite, really, isn't it? Microwaves use less energy to cook something for 2 minutes than the 30 minutes it would take to preheat and then cook the same thing in an oven. So, I know this is also not really true.
|The only kind of cavegirl I'd like to be is like Camilla Belle in 10,000 BC - with clean teeth and good hygiene.|
3) As I have discussed before, there is no space for a microwave in my kitchen. This may be more the case. My charming and rustic apartment is from a building from the 1920s which means that there are not a lot of outlets anywhere. If I did get a microwave, since it probably wouldn't work too well precariously balanced on top of the oven, it would need to go on the counter. And then I wouldn't have a counter anymore (not heaps of space in the kitchen). So, unless I put it in my bedroom, there really isn't anywhere to put it.
|I have slightly less counter space than this budding young chef.|
But why am I thinking about this today? Well, so many of the frugal tips I read about involve microwaving. Remember the whole issue about not being able to heat up my Magic Bag unless I wanted to wrap it in tinfoil and bake it for 45 minutes in the oven? And today, I was reading about how to make your own herb foot warmer bags, and that involves a microwave too (the same book also includes lots of yummy herb food recipes, which use slow cookers, which I also don't own).
So. That's the microwave thing. I think the solution to all my problems may just be to get a toaster oven... but again, where would it *go?*