Friday, September 19, 2008

11 years ago I wouldn't have cared because it didn't exist

My oh so favorite Panini grill/griddle broke yesterday. I am near a panic attack without the thing. How will I make french toast (uh, how about the stove?), grill chicken (the barbecue maybe?) or make those yummy paninis? I am very close to running out to Williams Sonoma and getting a new one but come on--my money goes to that crazy habit of eating right now. So it got me thinking, I did fine a few years ago without it. I can handle it for a few months, December 25 being my limit (read between those lines husband dear). 11 years ago I don't think I even knew what a panini was.

It's funny how we can get so addicted to some new toy that we cannot even imagine living without it. Perfect example, my iPhone. Even when they first came out, my first thought was who needs all that stuff in their pocket? My Razor cell phone is just fine. And then I got my iPhone and I was in love--it turned out the person who needs all that stuff in her pocket is me. 

When Spanky threw my iPhone in the pool, waiting for that thing to dry was the longest 24 hours of my life. I felt lost not knowing what the weather would be like in five days or listening to my tunes. If someone handed me a CD for music, I'd be looking for the next guy that was going to hit me on the head and drag me to his cave. Yeah, CDs are that prehistoric now. But 11 years ago, CDs were the thing--so much cooler than cassette tapes (ever heard of those?).

And then there's TiVo. Good grief, what did we do before TiVo--watch TV when it was on with the commercials. Oh goodness no! I cannot stand watching live TV anymore. Life is too short to wait for that next scene during commercials. But 11 years ago, I did because I did not know any better. I wonder how I managed to live back then.

11 years ago, I would plan my day for myself. I would decide if I wanted to blow my entire paycheck on a pair of shoes or pay off a bill. Then I got married. And I truly cared for someone else more than me. I suddenly had a whole other person that made me a complete person.  11 years ago I thought I was happy but now I know better. Thanks you, Mike, my wonderful incredible amazing husband, I know what it is to live life to its fullest. And I could never imagine going back to 11 years ago.

Happy Anniversary Sweetie! I love you more today that 11 years ago! Thanks for all the joy you bring!

Quick correction to a previous post--it has been almost 11 years (not 12) since I have been nursing and/or pregnant. Hard to get pregnant on your honeymoon a year before your wedding ;)


23 comments:

Motherhood for Dummies said...

OH an iPhone!!! Oh noooo!

Elaine A. said...

Wow! Happy Anniversary!

I totally want one of those panini makers! Thanks for the Christmas pressie idea! : )

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

So did the iPhone dry out?

I am seriously low-tech. We have one cell phone for the whole family, the cheapest one at Radio shack. I can't even send text messages on it.

And TiVO? Girl, you could save SOOO much money if you got rid of it. Yes, there would be growing pains, but you would eventually adapt.

I bet ONE month of TiVo would pay for your Panini maker. I'm just sayin.

Mamasphere said...

So the panini press is that good? I've thought about getting one, but figured it's best to not know what I was missing out on. Maybe I'll go check them out! But not until after Dec 25th so that you won't be jealous.

Rachel said...

I just don't get the Panini press thing. hmmmmmmm.

Happy Anniversary. Fabulous, Fabulous Fabulous.

OHmommy said...

Yay. Happy Anniversary!

And my pannini maker broke two years ago. My life has not been the same.

Brian and Staci said...

You are sooo right, what DID we DO?? Went on about life, that's what...and all was good. (But it's better now :) Happiest of anniversaries to you guys :) Hope you are able to enjoy it in some special way!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Happy Anniversary, ya'll! I hope you had a very special day.

And...I have never used a panini press but I just had a yummy panini turkey and provolone sandwich on the best bread ever from a little sandwich shop, and so now I just might have to go out and get one. :) Hope your hubs got the hint about Dec. 25!

Carol said...

Happy Anniversary honey.

Lots has changed in the last 11 years to make our lives easy.

I love all my gadgets and things.

Makes me laugh that my kids won't have any recollection of a wrodl with cell phones/iPods and Tivo.

Vader's Mom said...

I hope you guys had a wonderful anniversary!!

And you have a point - the tech world has changed dramatically in the last few years.

the sits girls said...

What a great post! The wet iPhone is heart breaking though. We hope you can make it to December for your grill!

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Thank you God for Tivo - amen. I've never had a panini - am I missing out?

CC said...

Happy Anniversary! We celebrated 11 years last month. Although mixers existed 11 years ago (I think mine is like 30 years old) when it broke last spring I almost died. I'm still looking for a replacement at yard sales!!

anti-supermom said...

I'm not really a gadget girl, but I could totally see being devastated by the panini maker demise. When my microwave broke, I HAD to go out and buy one that same day. I use my microwave about a billion times a day.

mamachristina said...

All I can say is "you are crazy and I think it would be so fun to do a girls night with you.

mamachristina said...

oh and happy anniversary!

Jen said...

I could live without tivo but it wouldn't be a very happy existence. Happy Anniversary!

ria said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-MEN Sister regarding the TiVo! Can't live without it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JCK said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Elizabeth said...

i totally agree...

do you LOVE your iphone? i would love to have it but aren't they pretty pricey???? it would sooo be worth the $$$ though in my opinion!!!! is it addictive? like blogging?

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Wow, a panini maker! Now I have another "gotta have" on my gotta have list. Makes me wonder what my "gotta have" list is going to look like 20 years from now...it will probably have things like; New teeth, new knees, new rotor for flying car, on the list. *lol*

EatPlayLove said...

ok I love my electric panini maker! I have to admit I reaaaaaaalllllly want an iPhone, but am not currently eligible for the fabulous discount price, sob, sob. We don't have TiVO which means if I don't sit down when it's on, I miss it. How archaic is that?

just jamie said...

Happy Anniversary. And yes, the iPhone is my little baby too. Never thought I'd even need a cell phone 15 years ago...now I pull out of the driveway without it and think, oh no, I must go back. How can I go a mile without it?

But the panini thing. I think I must try that too.