We received a recall notice in the mail from the former owners of this house. They said it didn’t match their stuff, so maybe it was for this house. They were right. Apparently our GE dishwasher has a significant risk of catching fire while washing our dishes. Another good reason to buy a house by owner and get to know the people who are selling your house. It might keep your house from burning to the ground.
We went to our local Sears and looked at the dishwashers and figured, hey why not upgrade to one that might actually wash our dishes without melding coagulated bits of food to the plates and bowls? Then we saw some stoves and thought, I guess while we’re here we might as well…
Our current stove is from the 80s. The plates around each burner, once stainless steel, is a blackened, lumpy, crispy layer of charcoaled food. Hopeless to clean, so I’m just waiting for it to blacken and chunken entirely. (Chunken, what a fantastic word. To chunken). Then one day a knob broke off, rendering one of the back burners useless. The knob warped and melted a bit so we can’t get it back on. Then the timer knob snapped right off, so I use a pair of pliers to set the timer.
The oven itself still worked so I figured we’ll just use it until it dies. But then today I see one of those shiny new stoves on sale at Sears with settings that actually tell you when the oven is preheated and you can time how long it will cook any given item at a particular temperature. Instead of the buzzer going BLEHHHHHHHHHHHH and, if I’m the one cooking, Steve looks at me like “Sarah, the timer is going off, move your ass before the food burns” the oven will turn itself off while alerting you that it is doing so. Most likely with a dainty dinging noise instead of BLEHHHHHHHHHH.
Besides, if we don’t get a new one now, when we move, the buyers will probably take one look at the stove and make us buy a new one as a condition for sale of the house. Then we’d have to buy an oven and not even get to have a number of years of good use from it.
Oh, how I rationalize.
So I sat on one of the floor sample patio chairs and dissociated while Steve made the transaction. With the sale and the rebate on the dishwasher, it’s not a bad deal. I just don’t like spending, regardless. But the stove, it will be shiny!
Jun 23rd 2007Everyday life & Misc