Here we are at the beginning of October, and I’m thinking I better not blink, because it will undoubtedly suddenly be November if I do.  Or next year.  Anybody else feel that way right about now?  Those that are they say time flies by faster as you get older – I’d like to slow the ride down just a bit.  Please and thank you.

Part of the excessive speed to wrapping up the current year are stores that seem to have their finger stuck on the fast forward button when they do stuff like this:

This was at BJ’s on Saturday – notice how they have the Halloween stuff on one shelf, then Christmas, Christmas, and more Christmas the next several rows over (and in the middle of random aisles).  Christmas overload in September. 

Whatever happened to giving Thanksgiving its due respect and holding off on all the Christmas excess until the day after Thanksgiving?  That’s a rhetorical question, obviously – we all know that it’s all about the retailers making as much money as possible.  Bah humbug.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas – but I also love the overall fall season and love Thanksgiving.  I don’t think it’s fair such an important holiday should be shoved to the side and tromped on by Christmas Elves. 

Plus my birthday happens to be sandwiched in between Thanksgiving and Christmas and with all the Christmas hullabaloo right after Thanksgiving, can get lost in the shuffle.  Now it seems that anything between the 4th of July and New Year will get lost in the shuffle.  Just sayin’. 

In other news…  My new appliances arrived last Thursday.  Here are a couple of quick shots to show you how awesome they look – first up the stove and microwave:

I probably should have moved the cooler and Princess Nagger’s backpack before snapping the picture, but I was in a hurry right after unloading the coolers back into the fridge and freezer.  Speaking of which:

I thought it was pretty funny I got Princess Nagger’s backside as she was exiting the kitchen.  She’ll understand it’s all about being random.

The dishwasher is still waiting for installation – the dudes who came to deliver the new appliances took one look at my old dishwasher and guesstimated that it’s probably over 20 years old (I have no idea how old it really is since it came with the house when we bought it 9-1/2 years ago.  And probably explains why I pretty much have to wash the dishes before letting the dishwasher wash them) and that it probably is attached to copper pipes which he’s not authorized to work with.  So he set the new dishwasher in one end of our living room instead:

I’m just happy it’s here.  If I were confident that I wouldn’t mess something up, I’d install it myself.  But I think I’d rather let a professional tackle that job, thankyouverymuch.  I’ll be doing additional (and better) shots for the actual review of the appliances.  Suffice it to say, Maytag rocks.  Stay tuned.

Speaking of companies that rock, thank you for the suggestions and encouragement last week to contact Oster regarding that broken wine opener.  I went to their website and filled out a form for customer service, not expecting to hear back.  But I was surprised to get an email on Friday apologizing for the fact that the wine opener broke, and they’re sending me a comparable replacement one.  Solidified my faith in Oster – they obviously stand behind their products.  Suffice it to say, Oster rocks, too.

Something Princess Nagger would say doesn’t rock… Remember how I’ve mentioned in the past that she is not fond of the 8 days of swimming at her school?  Well, OK, if we’re being honest, she hates it.  It’s not the swimming she doesn’t like since she loves being in the water, it’s the whole structured thing. 

She dragged her feet when it started week-before-last, but then had a transformation when she ended up with a different teacher than she’s had since Kindergarten.  Apparently the old teacher was, in her words, “mean”.  She loves the new teacher and has been looking forward to swimming.  Until yesterday.

Yesterday and today are the final two days of swimming for this school year – and apparently on these days they “make” them jump into the deep end.  When I tried to get Princess Nagger to explain why it seems so terrifying to jump into a whole five feet of water, her answer was “I’m afraid of sinking”.  That’s OK if you’re laughing right now, because I was.  And am. 

I explained to her that unless she’s done something to make the mob mad at her and had her fitted for special cement shoes, she was going to be fine in the “will not sink department”.  Plus one of three adults are only two-feet away when this major traumatic event happens.  She survived yesterday, and I’m pretty confident she’s survive today, too. 

Though Pessimistic Princess Nagger emphasized (with a frown and a furrowed brow) that today will be worse, since they’ll be jumping into six feet of water instead of five.  I’m guessing she’d feel better if she could be decked out like this:

And with that, let’s call it a week – link up and join in the fun.  I’ve been such a horrible hostess the past couple of weeks, only able to get to a smattering few of you – but now that I can actually sit down at my computer and do some serious hopping, it’s time to party. Thanks for your patience, and thanks for being fellow rebels.


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  1. Wow, I can’t believe how much Christmas stuff is out already!
    I’ve seen some early decorations lurking in some shops around here as well but nothing like the shop you went to.
    Great new fridge! Hope you get your dishwasher installed soon.
    What a funny photo, great outfit for…..gameplaying, hahahaha.
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  2. I feel the same way about time… how is it october already? I can’t stand how fast it is flying… where is the pause button?

    Your appliances look great! I know what it feels like to have appliances scattered around the house. We are gutting our downstairs (started with the kitchen) but morphed into everything. We have new appliances in the den and garage waiting on the kitchen to be complete…
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  3. Those appliances are purty!
    Costco is filled with Christmas stuff and has been for what seems like a month. It’s crazy!

  4. Awesome appliances! A little bit jealous about the new stove–ours has seen better days.
    I hope PN survives her jumping in trauma. We have the opposite thing here in that we have trouble keeping Turbo out of the water.
    Our Walmart had the seasonal area where they have lawn and garden in the summer all decked out with Christmas stuff this weekend. I’m totally not ready for Christmas yet, let me have Halloween and Thanksgiving first.
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  5. Your appliances are SO nice… I’m filled with envy!! That’s awesome, too, that Oster replied and are going to send you a new wine opener… sweet deal!!

    I can’t believe stores are so stocked with Christmas already… sheesh. Our Thanksgiving is this weekend, though, so really, once that’s out of the way, they have free reign up here. *sigh* I love Christmas, but it’s wayyy too soon…

  6. Those are some nice appliances! I completely understand Princess Nagger’s concern about deep water. You never know what lies in the deep end of the pool!

  7. Oh how I love Christmas but I’m definitely NOT ready to see Christmas decor up in the stores in SEPTEMBER! It just seems silly to me. Let us enjoy fall for a few weeks first! JEEZ! Luckily, my hellmart doesn’t have any Christmas decorations set out yet which is how it should be but that could also be because we’re behind the times here in HELL.

    I am so loving your new appliances! They are so pretty!!! Good luck with the dishwasher! I know you’ll be so happy to stop hand-washing them!

    Cute pic of PN. I hope today goes fine for her too! Poor thing! lol
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  8. Excuse me while I wipe my mouth here because of the drool. Those are totally awesome. What I wouldn’t have given for a frig like that when my 4 kids were little. As far as that goes what I wouldn’t give for all of those when they were little, but I’d love everything anyway NOW! WHERE’S MY MAYTAG SANTA???!!!???? Please tell your Princess Nagger that I promise… I got a shoe in because I happen to be Sicilian she will not be sleeping wit duh fishes tonite! I put the word out that she’s OK!!! ~snicker-snicker~
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  9. It drives me crazy that stores prepare for the holidays even before the back to school stuff is off the shelves. The other day in Target, I noticed shelves full of Christmas lights just behind the Halloween decor. What is that about?! Each holiday should have its own moment.

    I am soooooo jealous of your appliances! They are GORGEOUS and look fantastic against the red walls of your kitchen. Did you know I have a red kitchen too? Great minds, I tell ya! 😉 We have LG appliances and have had nothing but problems with them. Truly awful!

    So glad the Oster wine opener situation worked out for you! You told them you’re a blogger, didn’t you? They’ll probably send you one for a giveaway too. lol
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  10. I am so very with you on poor Thanksgiving. We have no time to be thankful! We need to buy presents for everyone under the sun!

    Look at your shiny and pretty appliances… The bells! The whistles! I’m sure they would make me an amazing cook.

    I hated swimming in school with a fiery burning passion, because I don’t like to put my face in the water. Yet I still nonchalantly say to my children, “You’re fine! What are you worried about? It’s FINE.”
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  11. Please let me know what you find works best to clean your snazzy new appliances, as stainless is this cleaning lady’s current nemesis! Or maybe the Maytag people are going to come clean them for you? Oh, I hope that is part of the deal! 😉
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  12. Would it be so terrible that I am afraid of sinking, too? LOL! I had a bad experience with at a waterpark when I was 5 and since then, I don’t trust any body of water where I can’t touch the bottom with my feet and still have my head above water. Oy.

    On another note, I LOVE your fridge and dishwasher! UGH. UGH. UGH. Mama like.
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