Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"T" Is for Toaster. And Toast.

I am not a pack rat. I am the opposite of a pack rat. I collect nothing. I don't feel an emotional attachment to most of my belongings*. If I haven't used something for a year (or oftentimes, just several months), I have no problem getting rid of it. In fact, I delight in it. When the world's got me down and I'm feeling blue or stressed, I find a closet or a cupboard to organize and it always soothes me to sort, organize, label, and get rid of unused items.

*There are a few exceptions to the rule:

1) my engagement and wedding rings
2) my iPhone and computer
3) Juan Carlos's blanket "Kiki" (I know this is strange, but it throws me into a an irrational tizzy if I think it's lost)
4) anything given to us as a wedding present (example: I still refuse to give away (or throw away, whose going to want it?) one very frayed towel)

We've had a sad loss in the family this week.

The toaster oven we received for our wedding almost 14 years ago from cousins in Iowa has stopped working. It has lived in 3 different states and 4 different countries with us. It has produced many perfectly toasted pieces of toast, some fine individual pizzas, crispy bagels, and so much more.

Here she (he?) is:

Look what the ocean air did to her (him?) in her (his?) final years of faithful service to the family:

It must have been a painful death.

May she (he?) rest in peace.

We must move on, and luckily, despite my strong desire to get rid of it, I held on to the toaster Guapo's company gave out to all the local employees here for Christmas last year (I'm sure it's just what everyone wanted):

Don't let the sleek stainless steel look fool you, this baby's made out of 100% cheap plastic. I amazed it doesn't melt as it toasts.

And here's the cheesiest part of this toasting bad boy:

A "T" for my husband's company.

I know you're all jealous.


Janice said...

When our toaster over died, I pulled out a toaster my dad bought at the grocery store when he was visiting because he HATES toaster ovens. I think he paid $7 dollars for it. I get it. Until this one dies, it is $7 toaster for us.

Ballerina Girl said...

Oh my have got to be kidding me...I'm surprised my hubby's company don't have one also...maybe I could suggest it at the next shareholder meeting, hahaha!
Sorry to hear about her (him?). There are many things that have succumbed to the sea air in my place too...
a favorite little saying on a "bronze" plaque that my Goddaughter bought for me from the Christmas sale they had in her school when she was 7 or 8...the heart shaped jewelry box that has my name and H.S. graduation date on it from a favorite art teacher....
the frame that I got from book group last year at Christmas...should I continue :(


Awesome Mom said...

I am seriously going insane with jealousy.

Aaron Waldrip said...

I wish you could see how hard I'm laughing after seeing the "T" in the toast. That is the funniest thing I've seen in a while

Kari said...

Oh, man, a "T!!!" Do you remember that awful show 20 years ago with "Mr. T?" That's what it reminds me of!

Oh, and actually, when I bought a belgian waffle iron: the best one with all my requirements was one by Emeril (sp?), you know that guy with the cooking show? But I wouldn't buy it because all your waffles had the word "BAM" come out in the middle of them! Lame, lame, arrogant Emeril.

Fabiola said...

I can pair with BG, I have so many things I can't part from : (

But the "T".... I cannot believe it.

NicoleB, Egypt said...

I actually am jealous since we don't have a toaster and I am not going to pay the ridiculous prizes for the ones here, since we have a perfectly fine one (in storage) at our home ;)

Love the stainless steel look and boy, that old one went through some rough times indeed, no?

(Coming from Ballerina Girl - Cheers from Egypt :) )

Jules said...

That is hilarious!

Maine Mom said...

Sorry to hear about your toaster oven. Your new "T" toast cracks me up! Pedro is sure to know his letter T from now on. :-)

I'm glad you were able to get away for your long weekend! Looks like a super fun time!

Super Happy Girl said...

I think it was a 'he'. R.I.P. Mr Toaster.

I was trying to make out what the toast said.
I figured T for Toast.

Miss P said...

YOu can't possibly live without toast!

Head Nurse or Patient- you be the judge said...

Now- having that t on the toast should bring a smile to your face every time you use it :) Maybe a grimace kind of smile, but a smile none the less.

Totally jealous of your getaway- but I do have a little one of my own coming up in a few weeks. If I can figure out the child care dilema.

PB said...

How's about me giving you a new toaster oven and you giving me that "T" toaster. I love that thing.