Some facts that you need to recall in order to appreciate this post:
1. I love coffee and kitchen appliances.
2. I hate pets.
3. Chris is cheap.
Ok, I admit it was not a fiscally responsible thing to do. However, sometimes you just have to LIVE. After all, life is short. Despite having a perfectly good (in fact, great) Keurig, I used my last 20% off Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon to buy a state-of- the-art new Keurig. It has a number of features that make it superior to the one I currently own:
1. An 80 oz water reservoir–I can make 10 cups without refilling.
2. A “rinse” setting–after my kids make their hot chocolate, I don’t have to have mocha flavored coffee (after all, I am a coffee-purist.)
3. It has a stainless steel finish.
So, without hesitation, I plunked down the Visa and marched happily out of the store. I arrived home only to have my joy shattered by a nagging, cheap, non-coffee-non-kitchen-appliance connoisseur.
“You spent WHAT?? ON A KEURIG??? WHEN WE ALREADY HAVE A PERFECTLY GOOD ONE????”
I stomped my feet, turned on my heel and DID NOT unpack the thing–stopped short by a nagging feeling he was sort of right. Damn him.
Hours later, I pouted silently as we drove to the pet store to purchase a special cat food for our “hyperthyroid cat.” Although the special food was right on the shelf, we were not allowed to buy it without a prescription. And, apparently, prescriptions written by pediatricians were not acceptable. I guess there has been a run on food for hyperthyroid cats lately, so pet stores are cracking down.
We made the detour to our lovely veterinarian and her family owned practice. (by the way, I adore them.) Fortunately, they were able to sell us the food there and we did not need to double back to the pet store with a prescription. I sat in the car mourning my soon to be returned state-of-the-art coffee machine while Chris ran in. Minutes later, he emerged with a bag of cat food no larger than a 5 lb. bag of flour. Chris tossed it to me and I uttered the first words I had said to him in hours.
“How much was THAT?”
Mind you, I don’t really care what the cat food cost. I am just primed to make a point about how ludicrous it is to drive all over the county in search of special cat food–think of all the GAS we wasted!
“ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Twenty six dollars for a bag of cat food that will last a WEEK feeding a 14-year-old cat with hyperthyroidism that is going to die anyway??” I am breathless after my little outburst… but I feel better.
“Um, hate to break it to you darling, but I don’t think it’s reasonable to spend $200 on a coffee machine feeding the habit of a 42 year-old princess who’s going to–how’d you put it?— ‘die anyway’.”