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Day 280: The microwave thing, part 3


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I have had a long and complicated relationship with microwaves this year.

So far this year, I have gone from thinking about buying a microwave to avoid cooking my Magic Bag in tinfoil in the oven, to considering buying a $39.99 microwave (but there isn't space for it in my kitchen, so I didn't buy it), so then I psychoanalyzed the reasons I am so reluctant to buy a microwave

Not coincidentally, when it was colder out, I wanted a microwave to heat up things to warm my body with. And now that I'm working at cooking more of my own food, I want a microwave to heat up leftovers with.

Because, you guys, it's all well and good to make a big thing of pasta and sauce, or a stirfry or whatever. But reheating noodles in a pot tends to leave burned pasta bits on the bottoms of pots. Also, it doesn't heat through very evenly. And also, it takes longer.

- smecc.org

And look how happy this lady is with her microwave, the size of a fridge!

So I mostly eat leftovers at work (where they have a microwave). But all things considered, I am pretty much not saving money by not having a microwave. In fact, I may be losing money - because I cook stuff, they have leftovers, then don't wind up eating the leftovers, and then throwing them out.

But the fact remains that I don't have anywhere to plug the microwave in. I have one outlet on my counter that I use alternately for the toaster, George Foreman grill, and food processor. I suppose I could add a cheapish microwave to that rotation, and just plug it in when I need it.

OK, Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock. You won me over.

Did I just talk myself into this? Yes, I think I did.

Up next: should I buy a sewing machine? *Note: I will then have to learn to sew.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

my microwave lives in my dining room, when I use it I plug it in around the corner in the outlet on the oven... of course it is blue and people always think it is a bread maker..fits in with my hot pink heart covered toaster :-)

jem

BudgetorFudget said...

Why don't you get an extender or surge protector if you need more outlet space? They have them that add 2-3 outlets if you need more without overloading it. I love our microwave :)

Niki said...

You should get a microwave! The president of television and microwave oven programming would be so proud.

Our microwave broke last year and it took us over a month to raise enough money to buy a new one. (it was a micro/hood combo) But I was amazed at how long we went without one, without feeling deprived. I had always considered them a necessity. But that doesn't mean they're not a time saver and a bit of a luxury.

Andria said...

Yeah, you need a microwave, I agree. The sewing machine, I'm not so sure. I have one, that I got free from my mother, but I rarely use it. Turns out, making your own clothes form scratch is more expensive than buying them in the store if you want fabric that actually looks nice. I do use it for mending sometimes, but if I had actually paid for it, it wouldn't have been worth the investment.

I had visions of adorable one-of-a-kind dresses and skirts dancing through my head, but turns out, I don't have the skills and patterns for cute clothes are really hard to find.

Stick with the microwave for now, and keep your eyes open for a super cheap sewing machine, maybe.

Andrea said...

Sewing machines are different than microwaves though, that may end up being $x of dollars down the drain if you get frustrated/etc.

I'd try to borrow one or try my hand at sewing first before buying the machine...

I think I could live without a microwave too... wait, then again I'm not sure :s I should think about this some more.

Annabelle said...

@BudgetorFudget - without pulling schematic drawings of my very old apartment, suffice it to say that if I put an outlet extender in the Only Outlet In My Kitchen, everything could plug in, but there's no counter space to house everything.

But I do think that I could make this work the way @jem has suggested - an extension cord and the microwave plugged in the livingroom?

Complicating everything are the 2-prong outlets in most of my house. Do they sell 2-pront microwaves, I wonder?

Andria said...

I'm sure they don't, but they do sell adapters for like $.80!

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