all this and crushed ice too!
Some time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, they said. I was up and beautified long before 9. Around 11 the doorbell rang and there they were - the Refrigerator Delivery Guys from MediaMarkt, all ready to bring in our fabulous brand new side-by-side fridge! Wheee!
One guy looks at our front door and says "Gee, do you think it's going to fit through there?" and the other guy says, "I dunno." How reassuring. After whipping out the tape measure, they decided it would. But it didn't.
The first attempt was up 4 steps and through the front door where the fridge promptly got stuck in the entryway and wouldn't budge. They had already removed most of the packaging so there was no more leeway. After inspecting the situation, I told them they'd probably have to go around the back of the house through the garden. After a bit of wiggling and lots of grunting they did manage to get the fridge back outside the door, down the 4 steps, into the back garden, up 4 more steps onto the terrace and through the double doors into the living room. Everyone very sweaty by now. Why they only send two smallish men to deliver a 117 kg refrigerator is beyond me. I wonder if those guys have hernia insurance.
We hadn't planned on having a fridge in the middle of our living room so the next step was getting it through the door into the hallway. Oh, another door. Think it'll fit? Sure, if you take the door off its hinges. More grunting and manoeuvering ensued and just when I thought there was no way that fridge was going to get through, they gave one final shove and...mission accomplished! They were suprisingly cheerful through the whole thing and I gave them a large tip which I'm sure was quickly converted into a couple of large beers at lunchtime.
I guess normal people would first plan their new kitchen (did I mention I'm getting a new kitchen??!!), install the cabinets and then order a fridge and have it delivered. The truth is that we have no clue what we're doing with the kitchen yet, or even where the fridge is going to go, but were were out looking at appliances on Wednesday night, and this baby caught our eye. It was even on sale and I can't tell you how tired I was of chipping away at the iceberg that kept forming on the back wall of our old fridge which we bought in 1992, I think. There is just no saving that sucker.
The new fridge is a Daewoo. Yeah, I know, you thought Daewoo only made cars and electronics equipment, but apparently they also make refrigerators. This one has an ice maker, Mr. M's dream, and something called "nano-silver technology", a marketer's dream. Probably just another gimmick, but it's supposed to kill bacteria and keep food fresh longer. Who knows? The inside of the fridge also seems to be set up more to my liking and I have a feeling I'll actually be able to find stuff more easily. And we chose silver because...silver was all they had. I think I can get used to it though. Take a look.
pretty sexy, eh?
When Mr. M gets home from work this afternoon, he's going to start doing some prelimiary moving of stuff in the kitchen to make room for the shiny giant. This is going to involve shoving the dishwasher over to the left so it's under the sink and moving the boiler somewhere else and all sorts of things I don't really want to think about but will probably have to since I'll be his little helper.
Oh yes, and there's also that little problem of getting the fridge through the kitchen doorway, which is narrower than the other doors. So convenient. Mr. M figures it'll work if we take the fridge doors off first and work as a team. After seeing this morning's performance, I'm not so sure. But I shall try to remain optimistic.
Amazing what lengths people will got to get a little crushed ice.