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September 18th, 2012 at 08:16 am

Oh boy. While packing last night, I damaged the cord to the toaster while it was still plugged in. Flames shot out of the outlet. Quite a scare! The toaster is fried; it went into the garbage. The microwave, plugged into the same outlet, was not working either, and I assumed it would go into the garbage, too, as soon as I left like struggling with it. But this morning, I opened the refrigerator door, and the refrigerator is not working, either. I called maintenance. Hopefully, it was just a fuse or blown circuit and it will be working again when I get home. But I packed all the food I want to keep from the refrigerator into a cooler and took it to work. We have a big fridge here and my stuff fit in well. I actually might leave a lot of it here for making lunches.

And maybe the microwave is not ruined, and, since I have a built-in microwave in my new place, it would not be any loss if it were. But if it's working, I'd rather give it to Goodwill than throw it in the trash.

I bought lunch at the cafeteria yesterday. It was only $2.89 for a very protein-rich salad; I was pleasantly surprised. I use the cafeteria rarely, as I am a faithful brown-bagger.

I paid a medical bill - $78.

Aside from the toaster disaster, packing is going well. I really need to find some BIG boxes; I have a lot of mid-size and smaller boxes, but bulky stuff to pack.

Tomorrow I have to go downtown for a meeting. I'm going to take the train and then walk about a mile to the destination. I'll also have to buy lunch, and, as the first part of the meeting is at Corner Bakery, I'll probably pick up something for breakfast, too.

While I'm at the station tomorrow, I'll see about buying a monthly ticket for next month. I looked at buying it through the website, but they would mail the ticket, and I don't want to risk it being mailed to wrong address. I need to have it in my hot little hand on October 1!

8 Responses to “Fireworks!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Check Craigslist in your area for boxes...someone who just moved may be giving or selling theirs. I sold our official company moving boxes on the site for $75. Of course, I hope you can find some free ones!!

  2. snafu Says:

    Caution packing lg. boxes, keep weight down below 50 lbs. Anything weighty takes lots of muscle power to move and cardboard doesn't hold up well. Keep anything valuable & important documents and keys in the car with you.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Scary!

    It's a good rule to keep toasters unplugged. My dh thinks I am totally paranoid and crazy, but my parents had a fire start in their toaster once (it was not in use when the fire started), and recently it seemed they had another toaster issue. Anyway - seems to be a dangerous appliance. I will submit this as evidence that I am not crazy. Wink

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    Check your grocery store for boxes. Usually, they have plenty to give away.

  5. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Banana boxes from the grocery store are great!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm glad the damage wasn't worse and that you are safe!

  7. M E 2 Says:



    I agree with MonkeyMama. I never leave the toaster plugged in. Not at home nor the one in the kitchen at work. I also make sure the coffee-pot is unplugged as well.

  8. Looking Forward Says:

    Yikes!!

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