My First Mixer

I'm embarrassed to admit how excited I am about my latest Amazon purchase. 

But first, a bunny trail... Amazon. Wow. I know you've all been doing a lot of shopping via Amazon for years. Most everyone in my life talks about the deals and steals they've found and have sometimes complained about delivery dates and having to sign for packages that were supposed to be left without a signature. But I haven't been one of those convenience minded shoppers. Whenever I need something, I put it on a wish list in my head or I go out and get it. I never thought to just go on line and buy it and spare myself the hassle and heartburn of looking for the thing or the best price on the thing. Then last month, I made a purchase that saved me so much time and money and brain damage, it finally clicked for me. I decided that, except for those random trips to Target to see what the latest paper plates and patio ware is out, this is the way I want to shop.

Back to my latest purchase.

Way back in 1988, I got married. I was way too young and very much pregnant, so the only thing I was thinking about was not screwing up any more than I had and taking on this new adult persona. It was overwhelming. So much was happening all at once. When people started asking what we wanted for our wedding and where we were registered, I had to do a crash course in figuring some stuff out. I mean, what 18 year old even knows what a wedding registry is? Not me, at the time. We eventually made our way to Robinson's where I had an after-school job and walked around the "kitchen and bath stuff" to pick out a few things. We picked out some towels... some plates... some silverware... we really didn't get too excited about much because, well... we were kids.

And then I saw it. The Braun Handy Blender. It was a new device back then. I had seen it on commercials and thought, Wow! You just stick that in your glass and mix up all your ingredients for an instant smoothie? I wanted it so bad!!! My boyfriend/baby daddy looked at me like, "Who is this?" We added it to our list and moved on. I had a lot to think about around then, but in the tiniest corner of my mind, behind the how-am-I-going-to-get-through-school-pregnant thoughts, I had a little spark of sunshine thinking that someone was going to buy me that cool little handy blender that I could make my smoothies with.

I never got it.

The day after our wedding, we went back to my mom's and opened up all of our gifts. Someone started writing a list of the gifts and who they were from for some reason (I didn't understand thank you notes back then, either). We got the towels. We got the plates. We got the silverware. We got THREE hot plates. And we eventually got divorced. But we never got the Braun Handy Blender.

And no, that's not what I purchased on Amazon. Why would this have a logical conclusion?

Here's where the story gets stupid: Since I never got my Braun Handy Blender, and because I was still bitter over the way things had gone, I refused to get my own hand blender. I just used my mom's stand up blender when I moved back in with her after the divorce. Eventually, I moved out on my own with the kids and got a Cuisinart Mini Food Processor (that I've been using for about 18 years now), and when I got remarried, I registered only for china, so still no hand mixer or hand blender. Then, when my oldest daughter was still living at home, we used the KitchenAid standing mixer that my sister got her for Christmas one year. That was awesome! When she grew up and moved out, I went back to using the Cuisinart processor or old fashioned hand and whisk mixing. It's not that I couldn't have ever gone and purchased a mixer or a hand blender... it just became the accepted norm. And I'm kinda funny about purchases. If it's not absolutely killing me, I can live without.

But then, the other day, I saw this retro style hand mixer. Red. Red like my pots and pans and little accents throughout my kitchen. I wanted it like I wanted that damn Handy Blender. So I went over to Amazon (because I'm all the Amazon shopper now) and I found it for about five dollars less than the original site, plus no shipping because I'm not just an Amazon shopper, I'm a PRIME Amazon shopper. Oh yes, I am THAT fancy!

I never got it.

The day after our wedding, we went back to my mom's and opened up all of our gifts. Someone started writing a list of the gifts and who they were from for some reason (I didn't understand thank you notes back then, either). We got the towels. We got the plates. We got the silverware. We got THREE hot plates. And we eventually got divorced. But we never got the Braun Handy Blender.

And no, that's not what I purchased on Amazon. Why would this have a logical conclusion?

Here's where the story gets stupid: Since I never got my Braun Handy Blender, and because I was still bitter over the way things had gone, I refused to get my own hand blender. I just used my mom's stand up blender when I moved back in with her after the divorce. Eventually, I moved out on my own with the kids and got a Cuisinart Mini Food Processor (that I've been using for about 18 years now), and when I got remarried, I registered only for china, so still no hand mixer or hand blender. Then, when my oldest daughter was still living at home, we used the KitchenAid standing mixer that my sister got her for Christmas one year. That was awesome! When she grew up and moved out, I went back to using the Cuisinart processor or old fashioned hand and whisk mixing. It's not that I couldn't have ever gone and purchased a mixer or a hand blender... it just became the accepted norm. And I'm kinda funny about purchases. If it's not absolutely killing me, I can live without.

But then, the other day, I saw this retro style hand mixer. Red. Red like my pots and pans and little accents throughout my kitchen. I wanted it like I wanted that damn Handy Blender. So I went over to Amazon (because I'm all the Amazon shopper now) and I found it for about five dollars less than the original site, plus no shipping because I'm not just an Amazon shopper, I'm a PRIME Amazon shopper. Oh yes, I am THAT fancy!

But then, the other day, I saw this retro style hand mixer. Red. Red like my pots and pans and little accents throughout my kitchen. I wanted it like I wanted that damn Handy Blender. So I went over to Amazon (because I'm all the Amazon shopper now) and I found it for about five dollars less than the original site, plus no shipping because I'm not just an Amazon shopper, I'm a PRIME Amazon shopper. Oh yes, I am THAT fancy!

Maybe it was the cuteness of the retro styling and that pop of red that completely erased the blender-that-I-never-got from my subconscious. Or maybe it was also the fact that my wrist was still sore from mixing up a batter for mini bundt cakes the day before. Whatever it was, I clicked purchase. And now, I am the proud owner of a new Red Cuisinart Hand Mixer.

I should bake something...