I wanted a new small appliance and announced this fact to my husband the other day.
He just raised his brows at me, not saying a word.
“I want to make protein shakes. I get tired of chewing sometimes.”
He nodded. He probably gets tired of eating the same stuff every day, too, and I had been in a chicken rut.
“You can’t put chicken in a blender, can you?” Cole asked, grazing on a bag of baby carrots.
“Somebody else may, but I don’t.”
“Didn’t you have a blender?” Lamar asked.
I have had three since we have lived here, maybe a total of 4 since we’ve been married.
What happened to the first one, I don’t know.
I bought one when Cole was a baby because I had visions of making him homemade baby food.
I realized it was kind of easier to buy Gerber’s.
I lost the lid to it one day and quickly found out holding the lid off of a Cool Whip container on top of a blender was not a good idea.
The second one came when I was on a Herbalife kick. The blender worked for a while until one day, the seal somehow was broken.
Smoothie shot out of the bottom and all down the counters, across the kitchen and landed on one of the dogs.
“Fix it!” I begged Lamar.
“This is a part I can’t fix,” he said. “You’ll need to order a replacement one online.”
Said replacement part was more than the blender had cost to begin with, so Lamar discreetly and without discussion, put the broken blender in the trash.
I decided my life was not complete without a blender and decided to get another about a year later.
“Are we really back on this aisle?” Lamar asked as I dragged him to look at blenders. “It’s just gonna tear up, you know.”
He was probably right, but I bought it anyway.
I think we used it maybe five times.
I nearly choked on a piece of frozen fruit that wasn’t even close to being blended.
This thing was not really good for blending anything with ice.
It was stored for a few months until Granny had mentioned before she died, she wanted a blender.
“Are you making margaritas or pina coladas?”
“Neither, I want a milkshake every now and then,” she said.
I took her the blender but with the caution of slightly thawing her ice cream first.
But now, as I said, I am in a chicken rut, meaning if I eat anymore dang grilled chicken, I may sprout feathers.
“If I had buttermilk and flour, I could fry it,” Lamar said.
He has to be the one to fry chicken; I have caused near fires in my attempts that somehow yielded chicken burnt on the outside and raw on the inside.
I get tired of salads. They feel like a tremendous amount of work for stuff that a rabbit eats.
“Didn’t you get a new juicer a while back? What happened to that?” Lamar asked.
“It was a juicer,” I said. “I don’t want to juice; I want smoothies.”
“I like juices better than smoothie,” he responded.
We stared at each other for a moment.
“So what kind of smoothie making blender are you thinking about getting?” he asked.
I wasn’t sure yet.
Then, I saw an infomercial about the Nutri Ninja Nutri Pro Auto IQ Super Sensory tabletop duo thing that would not only make me smoothies, it looked like it could juice, too. Or maybe it just pulverized the vegetables into liquid. It had all the bells and whistles. I mean, it had ninja and ‘nutri’ in the name – it was like stealthy nutrition just sneaking up on you.
“Your own body has been breaking down food to get the nutrients since you’ve been eating, you know,” Lamar said when I told him it would break everything down into easily digested liquids.
“Yeah, but a frozen chunk of strawberry can nearly choke you to death,” I said. “I kind of want this.”
It had all these attachments. It had a big pitcher to make a huge things of blueberry-almond milk-banana smoothie for us. There was even the option to get a food processer bowl or something like that.
“It does look like it can do everything,” Lamar said.
Was he hooked too?
I needed this. I was already thinking of how I was going to be getting all my fruits and vegetables in. I was going to be healthy – healthier than I had ever been in my life because this thing was going to extract all of the nutrients I had been missing.
I wondered, briefly, if you could juice cheesecake. A cheesecake infused smoothie maybe?
I pulled up the website and was set to order, until I saw the price. Considering my history with blenders and other small mixing-type appliances, that sounded awfully high.
Did I really want to be that healthy? I was doing OK on my steady diet of Dove bars and coffee.
I was sick of chicken now, but in a few months, I may be ready for grilled chicken on everything again.
And I would probably get tired of smoothies or juices or whatever concoction the thing made.
It sure would be a spendy item to be stuck in the bottom cabinet behind the cake plate I never use.
“You gonna order it?” Lamar asked.
I think I’ll wait.
And once again, healthy decisions were sacrificed because cheesecake – and chicken — is cheaper and doesn’t take up precious real estate in my kitchen cabinets.