Anyway I am digressing from my topic! Give me a little space to write and who knows how many rabbit trails I'll take :)
Okay - the microwave.
We don't have one.
We haven't had one for 2 years.
- it broke.
- we were broke.
Therefore: No new microwave.
It was mostly my doing. TR really would have gone out and bought a new one. He felt pretty dependent on it. But we really didn't have much money and every part of our budget was stretched thin. Craving a little security, I really didn't want to spend money we didn't have to. I wanted to buy groceries instead. (go figure!)
So we decided to give it a trial period. We would go without until we had the money for a new one - unless we decided that we could get by without it.
And we did.
We got by without it.
At first it was a little challenging. TR had to figure out how to reheat his coffee (which, back then he did multiple times before it was gone!). I had to figure out how to reheat leftovers. I had to learn how to melt chocolate chips and butter (who knew you could use the stove?!) We learned how to quickly defrost buns when TR got called out to work expectantly. I learned to take meat out early so it could defrost before I needed it.
After a while we re-evaluated it and decided that we just didn't need it. In fact - our lives felt better without it.
I can recall a few times going to other peoples homes after we'd been without it for a while and feeling surprised that they were using the microwave. I guess I had forgotten it existed! That's how much I miss it :)
(Look for Part II coming soon with pictures of the different ways we cook now that we don't have a microwave!)