I am having a tough day. Not because my work has gone wrong. Not because anyone has been mean to me. And not because I’ve broken anything (which does generally speaking happen on a daily basis). Today has been a little bit more difficult than usual simply because I have no kettle. I’ll fill you in…
Last week, I had a few electrical items all give up on me all at once – first my sewing machine packed up but luckily I have an old straight-stitch back-up so this didn’t cause me too much pain. Then the vacuum cleaner died – again, not too stressed about it because I’m not that bothered about hoovering at the best of times and after a bit of tinkering hubby got it working again (shame, because I thought we might get a new one – but when do we ever spend money if it’s not absolutely essential?). Pretty awful was when our Playstation 3 inexplicably succumbed to the ‘yellow light of death’, AND with a Back to the Future DVD stuck inside it. I don’t know what to do about it – there’s all kinds of tips online, but that’s up to hubby if he wants to take the sodding thing apart. So I have a dead console and it is our only DVD/Blue-Ray player, so I’ve had to borrow an old DVD player from mum because we’ll have to save up for a while to replace it (and it was an original backwards compatible PS3 so its pretty rare and I don’t expect I’ll ever get to play my PS2 Singstar games again).
But I really couldn’t believe it when my kettle stopped boiling! Now, a day without tea is a bad day for me. So a life without a kettle is even worse. I worked all day without a cuppa and was pretty disgruntled by the time hubby came home and reminded me that I could use the microwave or hob to boil water, oops! Obviously, you can imagine how essential it was that I replaced me kettle as soon as possible, so we headed to the supermarket to buy ANY kettle, and snapped up an under-20-quid bargain and I was happy again 😀
However, after three days the new kettle died too! Can you believe it? I couldn’t! The problem this time was over-boiling with no cut off – the exact opposite of the problem with the 1st kettle. And it went rusty on the inside – after THREE DAYS! Fair enough, it was a cheapy kettle, but really can I not expect it to last longer than three days?!
So today I am working from home without a kettle while hubby takes it back to the supermarket on his way to work. And I had to get up extra early to boil up as much water as I could fit into flasks so that I could still have a few cuppas during the day. I’m on about half-rations of tea, and my hot water is rapidly running out. Lets try that boiling on the hob thingmy, and hope that a shiny new kettle arrives home this evening to cheer me up…
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