Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A cold box of lies.

This is not a microwave. This is a box of lies.
For months now, our so-called microwave has been dying a slow death.
It began with some steam-in-the-bag broccoli that
I found still frozen when I retrieved it after the 7 minute timer was up.
I was confused and a bit perturbed, but I let that little slip up go.
Everyone makes mistakes, right?
Even microwaves.
Eventually, we learned some tricks to keep Mr. Microwave happy.
For awhile we left it unplugged during the day,
except when we wanted to use it, and that helped.
But things got worse.
It started working sporadically, even when
we'd left it unplugged all day.
Once, it took me 30 minutes to successfully warm up a baked potato.
Another time, Ryan got so frustrated
he ate his frozen burrito still partially frozen.
This past week, in my desperation, I tried moving the stupid box to a different spot in the
kitchen and plugging it into a different outlet.
And it worked.
Sort of. At least the first time it was plugged into that outlet.
Then I started carrying the microwave all around the
apartment and taking turns with each outlet when
I needed to heat up food.
(And that would be why you see it sitting on the carpet,
creating a fire hazard, in the above photo.)
Finally, we'd had enough.
On Sunday we hung our heads in defeat
as we walked through Target in search of a new microwave.
(Don't you hate spending money on practical nonsense like kitchen appliances?)
When we got home, I punched the old microwave in his
stupid little non-functioning side panel, Ryan dropped him
into the new microwave's box and we bid him
good riddance.
Good-bye, cold box of lies;
hellooooo, warm leftovers!


  1. We had that issue too! We finally sucked it up and got another one when an evening spent trying to eat cold pasta just wasn't cutting it anymore. Congratulations and welcome to the world of warm leftovers!

  2. For the longest time we were using a microwave with the open/close button that got stuck so you had to use a utensil to get it to work. We now have a perfectly functioning microwave and it's so much nicer. Enjoy your warm food!

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  3. My household would crumble to the ground if our microwave gave out haha!
    Brooke @ what2wear, Monikabrooke.blogspot.com

  4. I have this ridiculously funny image in my head of you guys toting your microwave from room to room... rofl.

  5. it is so frustrating to have a wearing down microwave, seriously to eat a cold burrito after it has been in the microwave for a really really long time much longer than it should normally take. goodbye old microwave, hello a lot of time saved to heat up food new microwave

  6. It's pretty sad how dependent I am on the microwave (that and the coffee maker.. saviors, I tell you!) so I'm glad you guys got your issue sorted out.. minus the spending money on a new one part. xo


  7. It is really aggravating to have to spend money on stuff like that...too bad you need it :( Glad you got a new one though, no more fire hazards or carrying it around from outlet to outlet :)

  8. I prefer ovens. They seem to be more trustworthy...

  9. Hahah this post immediately made me giggle. A box of lies! I hate microwaves - I avoid them at all costs just because I think the radiation is melting my brain.

    Your blog is so cute by the way :) thanks for stopping by mine! I'd love to swap buttons with you so if you're interested just drop me a line :)

    From Cupcakes, With Love x

  10. This is a box of lies. That will make me laugh ALL DAY.

    Like I know how to use a microwave. Gees.

  11. hahah box of lies. that cracked me up.

    i'm glad you replaced it! :)


  12. Hahaha YES! I hate spending money on junk like that that you need but is no fun. Way to punch old cranky microwave and show him who is boss! I hope this new microwave behaves itself!

  13. I'm glad you got it replace...and even though the story really stinks - it was hilarious to read!

  14. 30 minutes!? That is way too long! I would have resorted to a bag of chips instead haha!

    A Southern Drawl

  15. i have to say, when i first started reading this, i was cracking up! but gosh, it's so frustrating! and the worst part about broken kitchen appliances is that you ALWAYS push it to the back of your mind. and you just forget, and forget, and forget, until you finally lose it & go out for a new one. that summarizes how i feel about burnt-out lightbulbs, for instance. xo.

  16. Haha! Oh we've had our share of malfunctioning appliances ;) One year it was the faucet, the oven, the microwave, the water heater, the DVD player, AND the refrigerator! (come to think of it, that still needs to be replaced :} )

  17. "Then I started carrying the microwave all around the
    apartment and taking turns with each outlet when
    I needed to heat up food."
    I died.

  18. I completely agree about spending money on these ESSENTIAL but o so boring items. I have had the sasme situation with a hoover...endless frustration!

    Love the blog :)

    Nic x

  19. Ohhhhh my microwave is starting to do that too! Only it is a NEW microwave and is all of 5 months old! I am so annoyed!

  20. yay for new microwaves!!!

    I am a new follower ;)

    Feel free to pop by and say hello!!

  21. lol at you walking around the house with the microwave!

  22. stumbled onto your blog and just wanted to leave you a little blog luv! Def enjoyed this post!! New Follower via email :-)


  23. Oh my gosh, he ate it half frozen? Nasty! Your poor hubs!
    I seriously hate spending money on practical nonsense... especially car maintenance and repairs. HATE IT!


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