Thursday, January 17, 2013

Don't Wait for the Wedding

It happened one Friday night.

The anticipation had been building for awhile, at least for me. I couldn't ignore the hunger any more. It felt like I had been waiting an eternity, and I just couldn't hold off any longer.

Screw waiting for the wedding!!! I thought.

So I gave in to the urge.

Wait, wait, wait... you all know what I'm talking about, right?

Be honest - how many of you are thinking that this post is about - are the kids out of the room? no? ok, I'll spell it instead - s-e-x?

I know my most read post is about porn, but c'mon y'all! Getchyour mind out of the gutter!

...I'm talking about my brand new KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

My precious.
I know. It's beautiful. It's alright if you tear up. I totally did.

Let me backtrack a bit...

I'm sure many of you know that I love to bake. Partly because I love sugar and partly because it's one of those ways that I show people that I care. Like really care.

Some of you also might know that this KitchenAid stand mixer is a baker's dream. Like heaven. On your countertop. You can make an entire batch of cookies at once!!!!!

So, it probably comes at no surprise that I've always wanted a KitchenAid stand mixer for my very own. I have great memories making batches of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with my family growing up, and ever since I became an adult, my wrist has always longed for the relief of not having to mix cookie batter with a hand mixer.

But something has always been holding me back, and that something is the idea of waiting for the wedding.

KitchenAid stand mixers do not come cheap. This one runs for a retail price of $299.99, and that's the cheapest one! So, while I've always wanted one, I've never taken the leap to buying one.

It's soooo expensive! I think.

Can I really justify spending that kind of money on something for just me? I wonder.

Because only married people
use kitchen appliances.
This is the kind of thing you put on your wedding registry, is the thought that always cinched the "Not gonna give in and buy it" mindset.

You see, for years, I've been living with the idea that there are things that I would want - things that I would use - but I haven't bought them for myself because they are the kinds of things that you register for when you get engaged.

The kinds of things that your girlfriends all chip in to buy you for your bridal shower.

Or that really expensive item that your dad's co-worker has shipped to your parents' house before the wedding all gift-wrapped in special Macy's ribbons and bows.

Or the gift that your great Aunt Ruth (who had a beard... and it felt weird...) splurges on for you because you are her favoritest great niece in the whole wide world.

It's one of those expensive gifts like nice crystal or china that you wait to buy so you can put something on your wedding registry... and if you buy it before the man comes along, then what are you supposed to register for?!

Waiting for the wedding was holding me back. It was keeping me from living my dreams... my baker's dream, that is.

And then it happened. Everything just lined up too perfectly. It's like it was God's will! All KitchenAid appliances went on sale at Kohl's. Then they had a special Ebates deal on top of that. Then there was the extra 30% off. Then there was the Kohl's cash. Then there was the mail-in rebate. You get the idea. When it all came down to it, the final price was going to be down from $299.99 to under $100. I even had some muscle who carried it to my apartment and set it up for me! How could I say not give in?

Obviously, I have a hard time saying "No!" to any great deal, but it was more than that. It was finally time for me. It was a change in my mindset.

I'm done waiting for the wedding. I have a life that's worth living now, not just someday when I get married. 

So, it did happen that one Friday night, where I didn't wait for the wedding. I had some chivalrous muscle come over to carry it up from the lobby for me, pull it out of the box, and place it ever so gently on the countertop.

It was a beautiful moment. It was everything I had hoped it would be. And it was mine. A gift for myself.

And then we made mashed potatoes.


  1. Oh my goodness, I love this post!!!
    I am SO glad that everything worked out and that you could get your mixer (don't you think mashed potatoes are the BEST in there??). It's true, married people are NOT the only ones who make food for goodness sake. Way to go!

  2. I LOVE THIS!! This is sooo true. Do you know how long I wanted a Kitchenaid? I probably started wanting one in HIGH SCHOOL! I always thought they were so cool.

    About 2-3 Christmas's ago some guy had a Kitchenaid for $100 on Craigslist I bought. It was brand new in the box! I think the guy just got married and had gotten 2-3 of them and I guess he didn't have a gift receipt or was lazy.

    I love mine! Every Christmas we make homemade Ravioli's and pasta and I bought the attachment for my kitchenaid that makes that even easier. Okay I'll shut up about how awesome the kitchenaid is b/c you already know.

    But yes there are things I've bought and ppl are like why do you have that you're not married? And I tell them b/c I want it and can use it now!! WHAHAHA

  3. Informative and it deals the truth to be face on. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. Awesome! :) You had me at "whole batch of cookies at once." You will be the dream wife. :)

  5. You crack me up! I love my mixer so much. We make potatoes often too!

  6. Hahahaha LOVE it!!! I want one of those soooo badly! And now I want to come visit you and bake with you! :)

  7. Liesl, I love-love-love this post! And you crack me up. I wish I had the motivation to make cookies now, but... alas.


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