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I killed my husband's toaster....

It wasn't deliberate and I bore the toaster no ill-will. I quite liked it, actually.

I came home last night, following another grim day at the Desk of Doom and some fruit and veggie shopping. The intention was to get a pot of water going to cook some cauliflower. So I turned on the burner, however I failed to notice whether I had turned on the front or back burner...and in this case it was the back burner, where the toaster resides. Then I went to the bedroom to get...something. By the time I returned to the sight of flames and the smell of burning plastic, the rubber on the bottom of the toaster and the insulation on the power cord were a ruin. I also managed to ignite a box of Saran Wrap.

Then I had to sweat out my nightly call from hubby, which at least gave me time to frame the story and practice my groveling. He was pretty OK about it and said he'd been wanting to get a four-slice toaster for a while, so this will give him the excuse. I said, I'd use my birthday money from my mother as part of the payment.

So along with the Bitch-Partner seat disaster (which eventually resolved itself by the trip being canceled) and a 2 hour limo-booking nightmare yesterday morning, I'd have to say this probably my worst birthday since my 39th, which was a dog with fleas.

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srsly_yes
Oct. 24th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Hurray for the cancellation!

Have to share my dream from last night. There were a lot of people living in a house and the guy in charge of making breakfast left in the middle while leaving all the appliances on. There were two electric griddles sitting on the stove. One cooking eggs and something in the other (the stove was on too). One began smoking and the other went up in flames before my eyes. I was able to shut everything down, pull the plugs, and the fire conveniently went out.

Btw, my fabulous slender Krups one-slot, variable thickness toaster of 20 years gave up the ghost a few months ago. I was aghast at prices for a similar one. Replaced it with a cheap, slightly chunky, Cuisinart 2-slot (variable thickness) from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Instalove at first slice.
karaokegal
Oct. 25th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
Mrrrrow-bearded RSL-nice.

Part of me thinks if I'd just been willing to sit with the stress for two days, the cancellation would have happened and no one the wiser, but if I did something different the universe might have gone the other way too. Magical thinking is a bitch, let me tell ya.

Creepy prescient dreams FTW!

Hubby is fond of the sleek, if over-priced, models being sold at Williams-Sonoma. He likes to pretend he's the kind of person who would actually cook a recipe in a Williams-Sonoma cook-book.
abbysiuta
Oct. 24th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! I once accidentally melted a pot to the burner of an electric stove AND blew up the eggs I was hard boiling inside it. My house smelled so horrid for weeks after. And it was one of my favorite pots.
karaokegal
Oct. 25th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
You may remember my burnt-egg incident from This post.

I'm honestly a menace in the kitchen and elsewhere due to flakiness.
abbysiuta
Oct. 26th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
Mine might be worse cause I am ususally good in the kitchen. Massive mistakes seem worse then... ;)
hansolo5
Oct. 24th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
Ops! Things like that are happens very often to me.... It this can be useful :-)
We say " mal comune mezzo gaudio" = company in distress makes sorrow less
Happy belated birthday !!!
karaokegal
Oct. 25th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
In English it's just "Misery loves company."

Thanks sweetie!
tourmaline1973
Oct. 24th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
Happy (belated) birthday! Have some icon-bread for the new toaster :)
karaokegal
Oct. 25th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
Nom nom! Thanks sweetie! It's just such a STUPID thing to have done because I'm a ditz. I dreamed about you last night...I think you were trying to come live with us and move all your stuff into my apartment, which honestly, I wouldn't recommend to anyone.
tourmaline1973
Oct. 25th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
Lol! I don't know how my stuff fits into a single room. But hopefully that will be time-limited - very early days yet but I've been looking at estate agents' websites rather a lot recently.
lilithisbitter
Oct. 24th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
But the stove is okay, right?
karaokegal
Oct. 25th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
Grimy, but adequate.
daasgrrl
Oct. 24th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, god. Happy... birthday? You get a newwwww toaster! Um.

*hugs*
karaokegal
Oct. 25th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks sweetie! The week's almost over, and the scale-god has smiled, so I'm ready to just go home and collapse.
cuddyclothes
Oct. 24th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
Hey, a toaster for your birthday! What girl doesn't dream about that??

Seriously, how did you stop the fire? That is one scary scenario!

BTW, I wished you happy birthday on my LJ but it's hiding in there somewhere because I hit "post to wish them a happy birthday" or something.
karaokegal
Oct. 25th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
I more or less blew it out...the house stunk pretty bad for the first 24 hours and there's still traces of it in the air.

Yeah, I'll feel better when the new toaster is purchased, because I'll feel guilty about hubby's toastlessness until then. He's been good about having toast for bfst instead of TWO salt bagels with lox and creamcheese are quite a bit pricey.
strawberrytatoo
Oct. 24th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
I´m so sorry you've had a crappy birthday :( *hugs*

But happy birthday! I hope you and hubby do something fun this weekend to celebrate.

(PS, please come to my house and kill my toaster, I have my eye on an adorable purple one, but I can't justify the expense because my old toaster is apparently going to outlive me!)
karaokegal
Oct. 25th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
Mostly chillaxin this weekend, along with getting the new toaster. Might try to see The Fifth Estate.

I'd say SCREW IT and get the damn toaster. Life is short-have the toaster you want.
sharp2799
Oct. 25th, 2013 06:36 am (UTC)
I tend to burn teapots. At least you were original!
karaokegal
Oct. 25th, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
Well there was the hard-boiled egg incident of about a month ago, and a fairly constant stream of minor conflagrations, but this was spectacular because of the burning rubber stench and the magnitude of having destroyed a really nice piece of equipment.
rustydog
Oct. 25th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, blarg, I'm sorry about the toaster and the crappy birthday. I think ovens should have the burner knobs right next to the individual burner they control. I have confused knobs and burners so many times and it can be really dangerous.
karaokegal
Oct. 25th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Knobs on the sides of the oven, then? That would actually be awesome and I'm not sure I've ever seen such a thing...you should patent it.



mad_jaks
Oct. 26th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Bloody Hell!

That ranks even worse than the Christmas I broke nearly every plate at my mother's when I accidentally turned the wrong element on on her (ceramic) hob. I even heard them snapping but thought it was water from a pan spitting as it landed :o It was saved from being a total disaster by it being the year my family bought me a new dinner service.
karaokegal
Oct. 28th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
That definitely took talent!
mad_jaks
Oct. 28th, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
I haz skillz!
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