Allow extra time…

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have always been taught to use things until they can’t be used anymore. I have had the TV in my bedroom since 1994. There’s a computer here that, while it isn’t used anymore, still works fine some 12 years after it was built.

Heck, I’ve had the same frames for my glasses since the fifth grade. At least that’s how it was until last week when I finally got my eyes checked for the first time in a long time and got some new frames – ones that don’t make me look like I’m 70 years old or just stuck in an older time.

I don’t know why things last so long here, but they just do, and I don’t mind one bit because that way we’re not buying things constantly to replace broken items. However, our microwave stopped working a couple of weeks ago, so we had to buy a new one.

While looking through ads, we spotted one for $39 at a store that was very close to my home, so we go down there and ask about it. The salesman says that it was a scratch-and-dent model which they ran out of on the Thursday. We then checked out one of the big-box stores, but I didn’t like the looks of the microwaves – they looked cheap. As it was getting kind of warm that day, we decided to stop looking and wait for the circulars to come in the Sunday paper.

When they came, it was a mad dash to look through all the sales slips to see what microwaves were out there. It just so happened that another store in the area had the exact same oven that we had been denied earlier on sale for $37. So, we decide to make the trip down to that store, and they were completely out of them until later in the week. Apparently, that is something that happens regularly at this store with sale items. At this point, we didn’t care and paid for the microwave so that it would be ready for pick up on that Friday.

On Friday, we get home and I make a Lean Cuisine pizza. It didn’t turn out bad, but it could have been done some more. The problem, if you can call it that, is that the microwave we bought is a 700-watt model (perfect for any location), while we had been used to having a 1100-watt model. Before it broke, you could just look at the directions and put in the time on the box. Well, that didn’t work with the 700-watt edition. A couple of times, I’d put in a Lean Cuisine and cook it for the recommended time, only for it to be lukewarm.

Luckily, there are Conversion charts for pretty much any microwave out there – from 400 to 1250, and even up to 3000 watts. However, there’s no need to convert for popcorn – since there’s a button for that which won’t make it burn like it always would do in the old oven. 🙂

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