I use the microwave all the time. Mostly for reheating food and hot tea. But our microwave gave out two weeks ago right in the middle of warming a cup of tea.
How can it be broken so soon? It didn't seem that we'd had it that long. Kind of bothered that it gave out, I thought do we really need one? Maybe it's not such a necessity. Later, walking through Walmart (yes, I just love me some Walmart), I happened to walk past microwaves. I passed right by feeling confident that I wouldn't be needing one again.
The first week without the microwave, I did pretty well. It was kind of fun doing things the old fashioned way, getting out pots to reheat food. My parents didn't get a microwave until I was 15, maybe 16 so I definitely remember life without one. It wasn't that they hadn't come out yet (I don't want to sound too old), they were just reluctant to buy a machine that should be in a Jetsons cartoon. If you're too young to remember the Jetsons, see the video below.
A few times I forgot the microwave was broken. Like when I went to meet a friend at Starbucks, I forgot that Scot would have to reheat Ds lunch (leftovers) on the stove! Did he even know how? I called to tell him, but he'd already done it. "You heated it up on the stove?!" I asked. I don't know how else I thought he did it. (Wow, awesome husband.)
When I bought a turkey pot pie (Scot likes them, and I like that he likes them), I completely forgot we had no microwave until I got to the cash register. The potpie was a quick dinner plan, and when I looked at the instructions on the box it said it would take over an hour to cook in the oven. So much for quick.
The first few days I heated my tea water in a pot. I got rid of our tea kettle years ago because it had calcium build up. I just read online that you can get rid of that with vinegar. I had no idea. I found a new one at Ross for $8.99.
It wasn't until the last five days or so that I started really missing the microwave. The newness of doing things the old fashioned way has now worn off. I didn't realize how many more dishes there are to wash when there's no microwave. When I heat up leftovers, it looks like I've cooked a Thanksgiving meal because there are so many dirty pots.
And with my tea, I seldom get around to drinking it right away so without a microwave I have to either 1) drink it cold 2) heat up the tea kettle again and pour a little hot water into my cold cup of tea to warm it a bit, or 3) toss it and start over.
Yesterday I bought a new microwave...yay! It's nice having one again.