Sunday, October 21, 2007

AA, look alikes, & irons

*yesterday while leaving the mall we passed the Sunny Shades 2 sunglasses kiosk at the mall. "oh my gosh!" i told aaron, "do you see that guy in the blue shades, sunglasses, and mullet." i waited until he said yes and then said, "let's go go go!" oh yeah, you guessed it-my buddy from AA. didn't spot me, thank goodness. must have been looking for some extra shades. his eyes are light-sensitive. didn't i mention? told me all about it.....

*want to a different furniture store today with the fam. i kids you not, after the salesgirl showed us around she turned to me and said, "you look JUST like a friend of mine from high school!" apparently i look just like a good friend of hers. go figure right?

*i am so frustrated. i don't iron much, so i've never seen much point in investing a whole lot of money in an appliance i only seem to drag out an hour before a holiday function. but every time i buy a $10 iron something always goes wrong and before long, even with my infrequent use of the thing, it's worthless. and so, not long ago, i accidentally ruined the latest one by ironing my carpet. how and why does one iron carpet, you might ask yourself? well, accidentally of course. i was going to press something briefly (my fourth of july bunting, if you must know. see, i told you i only use it for holiday functions) and i had to retrieve something so i plugged it in and set it in the corner of the floor of our seldom used dining room floor, which is carpeted. i didn't set it on the table just in case one of the kids came along and tripped on the cord of it, creating a huge disaster. unfortunately, in the time it took to return, i found the iron had fallen over and was stuck to the carpet. carpet burned, iron toast. darn it all. and because we hardly ever use that room, the carpeting was in the best condition until then.

anyway, so after weeks or months of wondering if i should get a $10 iron again or bite the bullet and spend the money on a nicer once, aaron and i found ourselves at the fabric store (well, i dragged him in there is more like it) and once in the iron aisle, he figured we might as well get am upgrade iron and be done with the whole thing. so we did. it was $40 but on sale for $35. and it has sat unused until the evening, when i decided that instead of using it as a footstool (andie drags the box out of my closet all the time and stands in it to reach the sink to wash her hands for the millionth time), maybe we could see if it is indeed worth the money. well, it's not. while sounding impressive for both it's ironing and steaming abilities, it does not highlight the fact that the iron sits in a base and it is the base that is plugged in and basically heats up the iron. WHAT??? it reminded me of the old days when you used to heat the iron up in the fire and then use it. ridiculous. and of course it didn't work. for the first 30 seconds of taking it off the base it was hot enough, but loses heat as you're used it and it's not "charged". stupid iron. and stupid me for buying it, keeping it for months and not trying it, not knowing where the receipt is now to return it. ugh.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Joanna,

I don't know where you bought the iron, but you may be able to take it back and trade it for something different in the store for the same purchase price. It would be worth a try.

Becky

10:03 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

You can clean your old iron too, if you still have it around. I can help you out with that. I have a seldom used cleaning kit and it's pretty easy. I too, have ironed carpet.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joanna, in the future toss your bunting in the dryer for a couple of minutes and those old wrinkles will vanish. I have done this numerous times b/c the iron (my mother so thoughtfully bought me after discovering I don't have one), is still sitting in its original box four years later in my laundry room.

Lindsey

10:12 PM  
Blogger Marlene said...

I am sorry when you say AA do you mean alcoholics anominous?

10:23 AM  
Blogger joanna said...

becky-that's my plan, i'm going to take it to joann's and see if i can exchange it or get store credit for it. i still need an iron!

jen-thanks for the post, and i appreciate the offer but i already tossed the iron. i've had bad luck cleaning irons in the past and figured it wasn't even worth it. wish i had at least tried it though now!

lindsey-that's good to know, thanks! it seemed silly to iron that bunting but it had been balled up in the basement for so long it certainly needed something!

marlene-yes, that is exactly the AA he meant. isn't that crazy?

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Bessie said...

Keep up the good work.

8:39 PM  

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