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Friday, March 14, 2008

To add, or to subtract... That is the question

The whole registry process has been a lot different than I expected. I'm definitely not going to complain about it, because come on... it's making a wish list for family and friends to buy off of. It does not get much better than that when it comes to gift giving and receiving. However, it does involve making decisions that turn out to be way more difficult than I ever expected.

Our dinnerware was one decision. But there have been other things as well--do we want an electric skillet? Do we need a toaster oven? What color Kitchen Aid mixer? Can we really ask people to spend that much on a comforter?

And of course, my constant thought is, Where in the hell are we going to put all this stuff?

The latest internal debate has been over a bread maker. Yes, I know it's stupid. There are so many other things in this world to think about, yet I have a bread maker on my mind.

At first I didn't want one because I thought:
1) Too much temptation to make really good bread. Really good bread = eating a lot of bread. Eating a lot of bread = too many carbs. Too many carbs = well, you get the picture.
2) I'm not sure how often we would really use it.
3) It's just another thing we'd have to store somewhere.

But then I started hearing about these delicious recipes for breakfast-type bread, like maple bread, cinnamon bread, etc. And then I started having flashbacks to middle school when I used to hang out with/babysit for one particular family on a regular basis--and she used to make the most delicious blueberry bread for me. Yum. And then there is the potential for other bread--french bread, wheat bread--bread, bread, bread.

And I think to myself, How can I pass that up?

As of now, however, a bread maker is still absent from our registry. I still need to be convinced (although, I think this recipe may have just done that). I also keep telling myself that it's OK if we don't register for one and it turns out we really want one later. You know, we are capable of buying things for ourselves.

So I ask all of you readers out there... are any of you married already? If so, what is the one thing on your registry that you are most happy with? The thing you find most useful? On the other hand, what is the item that you registered for and have barely used? The item that was not worth registering for? And finally, is there something you didn't register for that you later went out and purchased, or wish you had registered for?

And for you not-married (yet) ladies... what item are you most looking forward to having? Anything that was a "difficult" decision for you?


Sam said...

1.) Not married yet.
2.) Looking forward to our correlle ware, the new sheets and comforter and the food dehydrator the most (at least, that's what I am looking forward to)
3.) My sister bought a bread maker when they were really first starting out and they used it a lot the first month or so, but then they stored and eventually sold it at a garage sale.

As far as worrying about basically asking people to spend that much on you, I was really worried too--but then my friend who just got married told me it doesn't matter, as long as you have a good range of prices. People will talk no matter what, but in the end, as long as your registering for what you want, go for it!

Linda said...

I'm hoping someone will buy me a bread maker. I love bread! I love the smell of freshly baked bread. Yum!
I've put similar items at different price points. I registered for 3 different types of towels at different price ranges-$48 (!), $22, and $18. That way people can either buy one $48 towel or a few of the less expensive towels. I'm not concerned about matching sets.