After a long 22 days….
My oven finally got here. It is gleaming and perfect and the BUTTONS ACTUALLY WORK WHEN YOU PUSH THEM.
While this is a big deal to me (hello! All that Fall Baking I’ve missed!), I probably wouldn’t add it to the blog, except I strive to constantly embarrass myself in public and feel I must share what happened when the installation guys arrived. Here goes:
Pre-arrival Ryan reminds me no less than 3 times to clean out from under the stove/oven. (He’s much neater than I am and remembers little details like that). They show up about 48 seconds after everyone left for school, but I still manage to sweep as much as I can out of there and then scrub up the gummy sticky stuff from the floor.
(Only Part 1 of the debris…I took a picture to show Ryan how bad it was. Little did I know.)
They come and I say, “Oh, hey, I just swept under there for you, let me move the broom.”
Installation guy replies, “Thanks. It’s pretty bad under ovens. No one ever cleans under their oven, so don’t worry about it. Plus yours is the kind that you can’t even move.” (Not that I’ve ever tried or anything.
They begin to move the oven and, while I am in the room, one exclaims “Oh wow!” and then exclaims again “EWW!” and then exclaims again “I have NEVER seen one this bad! Oh this is awful!”
Hello! I’m standing RIGHT HERE, while you rank my housekeeping as Worst Ever!
I was so embarrassed. I wanted to say, “Um, you realize I’ve had 7 humans living here for the past 4.5 years? And that I use my oven more than just about anyone I know? And my kids do a lot of the sweeping because I am trying to teach them how to work and plus I can’t possibly do all the stuff around here? And (mostly) it’s very rude to express total disgust at someone while they are 2 feet from you!”
I just kept having to tell myself, as my cheeks turned bright red, “I’ll never seen these men again.”
It was a little crazy, I’ll admit. We found: 1 sippy cup lid, 1 block, 75 cents, 3 marbles, 1 bouncy ball, 3 canning lids, a Christmas picture, glass from a broken bowl, 2 pens and 1 pencil. (Stocking stuffers?)
I did scrub the heck out of the little area, while they were assembling the new oven, so should you want to view the CLEANEST UNDER-THE-OVEN AREA IN TOWN…come to my house.
Hey, I’ll even bake you some apple pie (perfectly hygenic, I promise), while you ooh and ahh and wonder “man, is she always this perfect?!”
(Just ask the Appliance Guy that question, okay?)