12.03.2013

the most important sip of the day.

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{image via Google}
I have never been the kind of person who needs the latest-and-greatest of things, all of the time.  I'm not a gadget girl.  I am not a technology junkie.  I don't need to have a late model car, I am fine with pre-loved {read: used} clothing, and I own {and wear} things that I bought 15 years ago.  I can't think of a single time in my life except age 16 when I actually redecorated anything {not that I would know how}.  I have never worn out a pair of jeans in my entire life.  My electronics tend to last a very long time.
I guess I'm just a gentle user of my belongings.  I take care of my things.  It's just how I am.  Things usually do not break, and I get a lot of life and use out of the things I have. :)

Which is why I usually don't know what the heck to do when things actually do malfunction.

Imagine my despair when I realized this weekend that the reason my coffee tasted weird last Wednesday before work wasn't because I didn't add enough coffee, it wasn't because I added too much water, and it isn't that the coffee itself has gone bad.

I think my coffee maker is dying.

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yes.  yes, it was.
{image via Google}
I don't think the water is getting hot enough to brew properly.  It's like...brown water.  Which is...disgusting.

This makes me terribly sad!  I received this coffee maker--this wonderful, has-all-I-need Cuisinart coffee maker--as a housewarming gift a little over five years ago.  I am not sure how long coffee makers are supposed to last, but I do not want to part with this one!

Especially since it was gifted to me by a former coworker at my first HR job.
{Hi Bob!  I miss our lunches and the coffee club!}

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Perhaps it just needs to be cleaned, which I admit is something I have never done.  Minerals in the water or some such nonsense?  I don't know.  But I miss my coffee.  I purchased dark chocolate coffee creamer, for pete's sake!

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{image via Google}
In the event that I DO have to purchase a new coffee maker, it must be simple, and well-made.  Programmable, but doesn't have 17 additional functions I'll never use.  I have no purpose for a grinder, as cool as those might be.  They sound like they'd break easily!  I want to go the distance with the coffee maker.

It might be a little silly, but I'm actually quite sad at the prospect of having to get something new.  I like the one I have, darn it!

I hope I'm speaking {or blogging} too soon, and it simply needs to have some cleaner run through it.

Has anyone else run into this issue?  If so, perhaps you'll share your magic coffee-maker-fixing-strategies!

I do NOT want to have to resort to... uh, whatever THIS is:

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I knew.  Ew.  Even I'm not that desperate. :)

7 comments:

  1. Vinegar is a miracle worker for all sorts of cleaning. A quick google search indicates if you run 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water through your coffee maker, that should clean it properly. Five years is short in the life of an appliance, especially a good brand like Cuisinart.

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  2. Ohhhh, thank you! I knew one of my readers would know what to do. :) Of course, I could/would Google it myself. It was much more fun to find coffee memes instead, though. :) Thanks, Belle! Oh, and don't forget to come post soon!!! xoxo

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  3. I completely understand that dilemma haha. Don't get in between me and my coffee!! Hope it works out!

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  4. I took AP english in high school and NEVER understood how the little boys in Lord of the Flies were microcosms for the larger governmental action against one another… I was like, ummm, no they're little boys trapped on an island, hungry and full of testosterone. Unfortunately, there was no writing that on my final paper. IF ONLY I COULD GO BACK NOW.

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  5. Oh my gosh, your comment made me literally laugh out loud. AMEN, sister! Do I think there is symbolism? Sure. But NOT like our English teachers wanted us to believe. It's like teaching us to read into things and create drama. Hah! :)

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  6. what on earth is that google image haha - is that someone trying to strain it lol! I hope the vinegar did the trick!!!

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  7. I have no idea, but it was too gross to not use that image! :) Hehe!!

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