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We all have dreams.... [Mar. 28th, 2010|10:30 pm]
Zoethe
Right now mine is this. For which I am willing to IOU my Christmas and birthday presents to my hubby and family for a number of years.

Then I stop to think: when I am on my deathbed, and think back on my life, will I fondly remember that range I wanted so badly when I turned 52?

And the answer is, "Yes. Yes I will."

Because if I could IOU my Christmas and birthday presents for, say, a fabulous trip, that would be a lot of good memories. But Christmas and birthday presents don't really work that way. They get handed out in books and jewelry--wonderful things, often very special things, but not cumulative things.

Most of the time when asked what I want for the gift-giving holidays, I am at a loss. I have updated my Amazon wishlist so I at least have something to point people toward, but most of the time I am pretty content with what I have and disinclined toward adding much to the accumulation. I am most thrilled these days when friends give me jewelry they've created, or I get gift cards to craft stores.

This, though? This will give back for the rest of my life. Because Ferrett and I are staying put in our little house and enjoying filling it with friends and memories.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-03-29 02:36 am (UTC)
That is one nice looking range. And I've been a fan of the convection oven concept since the first time I used one (1984, IIRC).

But as you say, you don't really want a range per se, you want all the wonderful things you can do with it, and the memories with family and friends that those things will occasion.

There's just nothing wrong with that, no matter how I look at it. Your dream is to share the love with your loved ones.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 02:54 am (UTC)
Exactly.
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[User Picture]From: astridsdream
2010-03-29 02:53 am (UTC)
I sympathize! I have occasionally thought about creating a "big present" fund and asking friends to donate money into that instead of buying me a present for birthday/christmas. Heck, I wish I could do that for my wedding. My fiance and I really need a new couch, but creating a "couch fund" and asking for donations instead of presents seems a little too close to asking for money than is polite/my mother would be comfortable with. ::le sigh::
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 03:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, that is a delicate situation and I completely sympathize!
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[User Picture]From: etain
2010-03-29 04:06 pm (UTC)
One of my friends found herself running into this problem with her and her fiance's desire to build a patio onto their house. They have an official registry for family, but are covertly telling all their friends that they'd be very happy with Lowes gift cards for the supplies, if they'd prefer to not buy off the registry.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 04:56 pm (UTC)
I wonder if one could register at Lowe's for pressure treated lumber and flagstones!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 12:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's good to have the reminder that not everything shiny is perfect!
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[User Picture]From: perseph12
2010-03-29 05:36 am (UTC)
Will, who loves cooking, peeked over my shoulder as I was looking at the object of your desire, and his comment was, "I'll be in my bunk ;)." As I move from place to place and contemplate settling down, I really appreciate the idea of investing in things that will lay the foundation for a home.

Thanks for assuring me it's a good idea.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 12:25 pm (UTC)
Will's reaction has filled me with LOL! That's great.

When we replaced the fridge here, we went with a smallish, inexpensive model, mostly on the theory that if we have a large fridge it just fills up with that much more scary, slimey food before we have to clean it out, which is about right, really - it's a serious downfall on my part. But the range is another matter entirely.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-03-29 12:34 pm (UTC)
This is a lot like mine, except I didn't get the convection option and my bottom drawer can also be used as a warming oven. I LOVE how easy it is to clean. I'm with you on not wanting more "stuff" at this point in my life, but a stove that makes life easier and happier every time you cook? YES! THAT is a present to be desired!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 12:40 pm (UTC)
Is yours a Frigidaire? Ferrett was looking at Consumer reports and their downsides on it were that the racks were a bit flimsy and it was hard to clean the surface.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-03-29 12:52 pm (UTC)
No, mine says " LG" and is from Lowe's. The racks are SUBSTANTIAL. The racks themselves I just wipe any spots that show, and under the racks is smooth, easy to get to and wipes clean without much effort (if something has dried there, I just leave a wet dishcloth for 5 or 10 minutes, come back and wipe it off).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 01:00 pm (UTC)
I think there will be some shopping around before a final decision is made.

Which, really, is part of the fun!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-03-29 01:13 pm (UTC)
I agree! I love the fifth burner on mine, and my husband is so happy with the super boil feature! But pushing a button to clean my oven?? AWESOME!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 01:42 pm (UTC)
I like that this one has a cast iron griddle that can be placed over the center burner.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 01:22 pm (UTC)
There will be shopping!!!
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[User Picture]From: lishablog
2010-03-29 12:52 pm (UTC)
The answer is that most definitely, yes, you will look back on that purchase with joy and pleasure. Because, if you like to cook and entertain friends at home, a good range will make all the difference in the world as you do what you love over and over again. Every time you have friends over, every time you make a special meal for the people you love, you will think, "Wow! I'm so lucky that I have this fantastic thing in my kitchen!"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 01:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I do believe that.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-03-29 04:00 pm (UTC)
Believe it. That's precisely how I feel about my outdoor grill (after years of denying myself and buying the cheap-o ones, which consequently rarely got used, I plunked down for a Weber and never looked back).

Which reminds me, now that spring is springing, time to dust 'er off.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 04:55 pm (UTC)
We just have a Weber kettle, but I'm looking forward to using it.
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[User Picture]From: mamaursula
2010-03-29 05:40 pm (UTC)
I must admit, I laughed when I opened the link and then I thought "Hm...I wouldn't mind having that in my dream kitchen too..."
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-29 07:30 pm (UTC)
It gets me hot. When I turn on the oven, that is. ;-)
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