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October 18, 2017


Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hilarious ! And is making me question how much I use my stove… And so funny how our needs change.
But this certainly does not mean we can’t go out to dinner, right?

Elaine Viets

Thanks, Hank. I can still go out to dinner, if that hog of a stove left me anything.

Karen Maslowski

You always crack me up, Elaine!

This issue falls under the heading of Expectations by Others: Others expect you to have a fully kitted out kitchen. Others expect you to enjoy cooking because you're a woman. Others--like future buyers of your condo--expect you to provide a stove for them.

Elaine Viets

All true, O Wise Woman. Wish I'd been smart enough to figure that out.


I kind of felt the same way when I had to replace my frog this summer. Especially now that I don't have a roommate, I don't need that much space, but I need something to keep my food cold.

Elaine Viets

I hope you meant to type fridge, Mark. And that's another expensive purchase.

Storyteller Mary

That sounds like a very expensive stove, or very cheap restaurants. I hope there's a bit of hyperbole involved.
I didn't cook much when I was still teaching -- lunch and schools, takeout Chinese while running errands, and a couple of favorite restaurants "where everybody knew my name." Retirement and buying the house while waiting for the condo to sell moved me toward cooking more at home, and the CSA share even pushed me into owning a freezer for the surplus . . . oh, so domestic. Condo sold, I can eat out again, but I still cook most meals -- with a timer to pull me back on task. <3

Elaine Viets

Sounds like you got your freedom back, Mary! Enjoy those dinners. I never touch hyperbole -- it's too fattening.


What, you don't keep your cold and frozen food in a frog?

Yes, I meant fridge. My phone auto corrected for me.

Elaine Viets

I tried it once, but overfilled my frog, Mark. It kept complaining, "Knee-deep, knee-deep."




I don't know. Looks harmless to me. And even if you don't cook, not all leftovers nuke well. Keep an eye on it . . . but keep it.


I feel your pain. I also had to buy a new stove this year and since I hate to cook bought the cheapest one I liked the looks of. Luckily for me my husband likes to cook and does a good job of it. Unfortunately I am now retired so he expects me to cook. Meanwhile the stove sits there just waiting for activity. Based on the cost of my stove we would only get about 10 dinners out on the cost of the stove. So I guess it was worth it .

Elaine Viets

Its very white blankness seems sinister and untrustworthy, Donna, but it's too big to move.

Elaine Viets

Can't you burn a few meals, Linda, until your husband understands the only way he'll get good food is if he cooks it himself?

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