Monday, March 27, 2006

ice age

Sorry, didn't have time to post on the weekend. I was too busy opening and closing the fridge doors and sighing. And besides that, the weather was so great on Sunday that I actually ventured outside for minutes at a time. After a couple of rain showers in the morning, the sun came out and it remained a balmy 18°C (64°F) the entire day. T-shirt weather has finally arrived. If I had been able to find a pair of shorts that still fit me (reminder to self: more power walking, less peanut butter) I would have put them on.

Now back to the matter at hand. Yes, we got the thing of beauty into the kitchen on Friday with a minimum of fuss. Taking the fridge doors off was a piece of cake, and by doing that, we got it through the door frame with about thismuchspace to spare on either side. Mr M pulled from the front, I pushed from the back and Boy9 held the water hose thingie down with a spatula, and all of a sudden the planets aligned and we were home free.

When we first looked at the fridge we weren't quite sure where we were going to put it or if we'd be able to hook it up to the water supply. But since the model with the ice maker was on sale, making it less expensive than the model without, we took it anyway. After Mr. M had made a bit of room in the kitchen by moving the dishwasher over slightly and removing a work surface that I never really used, we found that the fridge would fit perfecly into that space. Right next to the water hook up. Yes!

Saturday was all about transferring everything from the old fridge/freezer (which was still in the kitchen as well, but in a different location) to the new. The old fridge then got banished to the basement where we'll probably continue to use it for beer and other essential items.

A couple of people mentioned in the comments of my previous post that this would be no big deal if we lived in N. America and that's so true. There, if you told someone you got a new fridge, they'd probably start yawning. It's just a regular, if somewhat high-tech, fridge. Here, it's like all the neighbours have to come over and take a look at the utter decadence. Our duplex neighbour was suitably impressed and called it a Luxuskühlschrank - a luxury fridge. Heh. We may start charging admission.

Naturally I have no peace in the kitchen now with everyone running in and out every five minutes to fill their glasses with ice cubes or crushed ice, my husband being the worst culprit. I'm hoping the novelty will start to wear off in a week or two. Mr. M, however, is looking forward to a long, hot summer filled with iced cocktails and little paper umbrellas.

But my better half hasn't always had such an easy relationship with ice cubes. He's German, remember, and Germans have a thing about cold drinks. It's a well-known German old wives tale that if your drink is too cold, you will immediately get pneumonia and die. Oh yes, it's true. Just ask my in-laws.

When I first moved to Germany, I asked Mr. M where his ice cube tray was and he replied, "Ice...cubes? What are these 'ice cubes' of which you speak?" They do actually sell ice cube trays in Germany, so we went out and got one. After that it was a cautious "You mean I won't get pneumonia and die if I put ice in my drink? Promise? Cool!" And the search for the perfect ice cube tray was on. Over the years we must have collected about ten of the things - all different shapes, sizes and materials.

I guess we really have no more use for them now, but maybe I'll keep a couple for old time's sake - to remember the day when Mr. M finally moved into the ice age.



At March 27, 2006 2:51 p.m., Blogger J said...

Love the photo - quite artistic!

At March 27, 2006 3:25 p.m., Blogger christina said...

J - Don't tell, but I stole the photo. :-)

At March 27, 2006 4:16 p.m., Anonymous lillian said...

lol great post... you should charge admission to see your fridge:-)

At March 27, 2006 4:56 p.m., Anonymous Nori said...

Japan was also a warm weekend. The cherry blossoms came into blossom.
Well, the ice cube is general in Japan.
Your photo of ice cube is fantastic♪


At March 27, 2006 4:59 p.m., Blogger Mike B said...

Yeaaah!!! But I think I have ice-maker envy. I still have to fill the tray.

At March 27, 2006 5:08 p.m., Blogger mar said...

I looked at your fridge, I would love to have one of those but there is absolutely no room for it in my kitchen *sigh*. Plus, we don't drink tap water, it tastes awful so we buy our drinking water (I was thinking about a post...)I loved the part explaining the German idea of cold drinks, lol, that's exactly what my in-laws think! now if I could only have some crushed ice for my diet coke before I go...

At March 27, 2006 6:33 p.m., Anonymous Hamish said...

I'm finally starting to understand the whole no cold drinks thing now. Does that mean they stay away from things like Italian Ices and frozen drinks?

P.S. Cool fridge, what does that little display do?

At March 27, 2006 6:50 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

That is funny that its an old wives tail! But yes I noticed that when I was in Europe, no ice in the drinks. It was so odd at first to actually get more in your drink! Actually I like the concept as long as you are out in a restaurant, but ice is good at times.

We actually have the old ice trays here, so I guess you are ahead of us now!

At March 27, 2006 7:04 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

"What are these ice cubes of which you speak?" lol...

I'm quite jealous of your fridge. Here in my bachelorette pad, things aren't quite as glamorous. (See my blog for photo of my fridge, which matches your blog's background.) Maybe you can send me your obsolete ice cube trays? ;)

At March 27, 2006 7:42 p.m., Blogger jen said...

yahoo lady. I love that new fridge honeymoon period when all the shelves are clean and everything is in order. ahh.

My mother in law physically blanches when i request ice cold drinks. That and my tendancy not to wear socks, she says will lead to my untimely death via pneumonia and a bladder infection.

At March 27, 2006 8:24 p.m., Blogger Katja said...

Loving your new fridge! I know how you feel. I think I almost cried when I came back from the States and had to cope with my parents tiny little fridge again!

At March 27, 2006 9:08 p.m., Blogger J said...

I still don't get the 'blogworld'.

You can post a few stories about a fridge and I can post a story about teaching, and you get 20 comments more than I do. Jealousy? Most likely (but at least I am able to admit it).

The blogworld mystifies me. How odd to think that the passive is more important than the active in things like the above situations.

At March 27, 2006 9:19 p.m., Blogger J said...

Okay, I now realise that my above comment was very petty, but I'm not going to delete it (and will accept any abuse your readers want to throw at me, Christina).

At March 27, 2006 9:28 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

LOL. Do Mr. M's condiments now feel lost in all that space? And the beer get's its own fridge! :D

I kind of got used to the no (or less) ice thing. Now I feel that when I get a coke in North America, it tastes all watery.

At March 27, 2006 9:44 p.m., Blogger Dixie said...

I wish there was video of y'all moving that monster fridge!

At March 27, 2006 11:00 p.m., Blogger christina said...

lillian - yep, we should charge them to have their picture taken beside the thing. :-)

nori - Thanks so much for visiting! Regarding your other comment on my last post - your English is wonderful and believe me, I know what it's like to have to communicate in another language as do many other expats.
I wish I had taken that photo, but I just 'borrowed' it.

Mike - Ice maker envy - LOL. My husband now says it's not making ice fast enough. :-)

mar - Yes, the side-by-sides are very wide and quite deep. Our kitchen is U-shaped so we have a bit of space, it just hasn't been utilized properly up to now. We buy mineral water as well, but we're lucky because the tap water here also tastes very good.

hamish - I dunno - there doesn't seem to be a rule about ice cream or milk shakes, just regular drinks. It's a mystery. The display is the control panel for fridge and freezer temperature, sleep or quiet mode and selecting water, ice cubes or crushed ice. It lights up blue every time you open the fridge.

Expat - You do get more drink for your money, but it's not the economic thing, it's just this total fear of getting sick from a cold drink. I suppose in a lot of places the quality and taste of the tap water isn't that great either, so that would be part of it as well.

Angie - I have had to teach the man so many things, I tell ya! :-)
And c'mon, your fridge is adorable.

Jen - I know! Soon it'll be a big sticky mess as usual, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts. I get the "what, no socks?" thing from my mother-in-law too! Germans seem to have a thing about bladder infections as well, but we'll leave that for another post.

katja - Whenever we come back from holidays, all the appliances here looks so small and I have to re-adjust.

JI don't get the blogworld either, darlin', but don't let it bother you. And your comment isn't petty, it's just how you feel. You never know what people are going to comment on. I think you have a lot of readers but they choose to remain silent. Nothing wrong with that. And if anyone wants to abuse you, they'll have to get my permission first. ;-)

canadianswiss - I got all the condiments stowed away safely and there's not all that much room left, but at least I can find everything now because it's all compartmentalized.

Dixie- That would have been hilarious for those not doing the moving. :-)

At March 28, 2006 12:33 a.m., Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

I think the avesion to ice is European, rather than German. In Spain, waiters ask if you want your water cold or room temperature. Far as I can tell, I'm the only one in the country who orders it cold.

If you are lucky enough to get a drink with ice, it has two cubes. This isn't acceptable. When I order a drink with ice, I want cubes to touch the tip of my nose on the first sip.

I've also gotten into medical debates with Spaniards about cold drinks. They insist that cold drinks are bad for a sore throat. I try to explain to them that in the US, people with sore throats eat ice cream.

But now it's starting to make sense...thanks to your in-laws. The Euro-ice phobia all comes down to a fear of dying from pneumonia. Presumably, American's fear dying of heat stroke.

I'll take my chances with pneumonia. And while you're up, I'll take rum and coke--with a nose full of ice, please.

At March 28, 2006 7:36 a.m., Blogger Karen said...

Oh, I bet you're fridge is THE attraction in the neighborhood, grin.

At March 28, 2006 10:47 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Sal - Wow, so it's not only a German thing? We should do a pan-European survey and find out if it extends to other countries. I wasn't aware of the Spanish cold drink/sore throat connection.

It's not just cold drinks that are a problem here. Our neighbour also believes that if you walk barefoot on the lawn before May 1, regardless of temperature you will most certainly...wait for it...get pnuemonia and die! Sometimes we take off our shoes and dance on the grass in April just to taunt him. :-)

Karen - Oh yes, this is the most exciting thing that's happened in our town for a long long time. :-)

At March 28, 2006 11:30 a.m., Anonymous Sally said...

Now maybe you should take a photo survey of your neighbors' kitchens so that Americans in America can understand your joy. The average German under-the-counter refrigerator holds about the equivalent of three days of food and maybe has room for a single ice cube tray and one minature frozen pizza and some beans or something. We don't have a huge refrigerator, but it sure didn't fit in the kitchen. We had to put it in the entryway next to the shoe cabinet - another seemingly German invention.

At March 28, 2006 8:07 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Sally - Wow, a fridge next to the shoe cabinet! A photo survey would be great. My in-laws used to have a fridge about the size of a postage stamp.

At March 29, 2006 1:54 a.m., Blogger EuroTrippen said...

I'm so jealous! I expected to be installing a kitchen in my new flat, but it turned out we ended up with the one flat that happened to have one in it already. Complete with itty bitty refrigerator. We ended up buying an additional fridge, but nothing on the grand scale of yours. I can't believe I'll be making ice for the unforeseeable future :(

At March 29, 2006 10:36 a.m., Blogger Claire said...

Christina, I am so jealous! Really . . .jealous! (Moaning and kicking from Claire: I want one!) Sally is right about the tiny fridges here. It is a problem. And ice in the drinks will not kill you. Every time I get a stomach ache, my mother-in-law is all like, "Don't drink that or you will get ill." I always want to respond that over 200 million Americans use ice and we are not dead yet. It is amazing that we have not killed ourselves with the ice, no socks (guilty myself), and running with scissors.

. . .

Do you think the fridge is still on sale??

At March 29, 2006 12:36 p.m., Blogger christina said...

eurotrippen - Yeah, well, I waited almost 16 years for this. :-) I like the kitchen in your apartment though - way better than the piece o' crap we have now that we ripped out of our old apartment and installed here.

Claire-Dude! - I don't think I've *ever* seen my in-laws drink anything with ice in it and they get sick more often than I do.

We got the fridge at MediaMarkt and they said the price was lower (well, relatively speaking) because they'd bought 10 of them or something and gotten a deal. When we got ours they had 4 left but I don't know if that applies to MediaMarkt all over the country. It's a Daewoo FRS-2031IAL. It comes in white and beige too, but they only had silver when we were there.

At March 29, 2006 4:23 p.m., Anonymous wendi said...

Being able to get ice through the door by pushing a lever is awesome I have to admit. I've never owned such a luxury fridge ;)

At March 30, 2006 1:13 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Let's just say I'm ecstatic for you, knowing the thrill it must be. The Ice Age indeed!

At March 30, 2006 9:44 a.m., Blogger Haddock said...

Luxuskühlschrank - a luxury fridge! - Excellant! - I now want one, and I have figured out where it can live. I suspect Mrs H might veto it though! :)

At April 21, 2007 11:20 p.m., Anonymous Kristin LaFlamme said...

OMG! You mean I'm not the only one who's noticed the thing with Germans and cold drinks? My son's best friends' mom actually warms his cereal milk in the microwave so the cold milk straight from the fridge won't shock him.

At June 07, 2007 11:34 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Spain and I too have had to deal with my husband's family (and the people I work with) that I wasn't going to get sick and die with 1-flowers in the room
2- the fan on
3 -cold drinks and ice cream


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