Life Without a Microwave


We’ve been back in our house a little over two weeks.  During that time, we haven’t had a microwave.  That doesn’t seem like a big deal.  Really, it hasn’t been that much of a deal.  It’s actually been kind of nice.  You are probably wondering why in the world I’m writing a post about “life without a microwave.”  Here’s why…

It’s caused us to slow down a little bit.  By that, I mean that we can’t rush all of the time.  I’ve had to make Rotel, warm up hot fudge, and reheat all of our leftovers on the stovetop.  Those are things you would normally put in the microwave.  But while I stood there, stirring those dishes on top of the stove, it reminded me to take things a little slower.  To enjoy the moments where I just get to stand there and think… without having to rush.

Is any of this making any sense?  I feel like I’m just rambling on and on.  Another thing I haven’t been able to find (I know it’s here somewhere) is my hair straightener.  By not having it, it’s allowed me to simplify my morning routine and not worry so much about if my hair is stick straight.  I’ve actually been less stressed and rushed feeling in the mornings without a straightener.  It’s the same thing with the microwave.  I’ve felt less rushed without throwing something in the microwave and woofing it down.

This may be the shortest and stupidest post I’ve ever written or may ever write.  But I want to challenge you to do something.  Please promise me you’ll take me up on it.  Take away one modern day convenience (mainly an electronic one) for just one week.  Maybe the television (or the remote to the television)… maybe your hair dryer… maybe the microwave… maybe your tablet or e-reader… maybe Facebook or Pinterest… maybe the dishwasher.  Please don’t quit using water.  We don’t want you to get sent home from work because you stink.  At the end of the week, reflect and see if you’ve had to slow down and stop rushing because you lived one week without a                        .  Leave me a comment below to tell me if you are accepting my challenge.  And if so, what are you going to give up for one short week?

5 thoughts on “Life Without a Microwave

  1. I love this! I gave up my hair dryer about 6 months ago and my hair has never felt healthier. It helps me plan a little ahead and just relax after showers instead of rushing to dry my hair and move onto the next thing. I’d love to try giving up the microwave at home all together. I do use one at work because that is the only option.

    • Thanks Haley. By the way, I bet you didn’t know my middle name is Haley 🙂 I go through spurts of not using the hair dryer as well and it is so very nice. My hair feels healthier for sure. Thanks for following along on this journey with me.

  2. Today’s post was such good food for thought! Dad and I have had no cable, satellite, dish or bundle for 18 months! It has been very liberating to experience this daily absence of redundant chatter and negative gloom and doom! Yes, I miss news of world events and state and community happenings, but all in all, it has been a positive change. I read much more and have greatly benefitted from spending more time in prayer and Bible study. I get my news late and second hand, but it hasn’t had too much of an adverse affect yet. Hopefully, someone will call or text me if I need to know some immediate news! And straight irons are unhealthy for our hair, so I’m straightening my hair less every month! Lol Love to all, Mom

    • J.C. and I don’t have t.v. either, just Netflix, which means we don’t get the news. And I absolutely love it. It’s always so negative and sad. I could easily go the rest of my life without the morning, mid-day, or evening news. Love you too Mom! And thanks for following along on our crazy little journey!

  3. We have direct tv, but NEVER watch the news, I wish we would get rid of direct tv altogether! Too much time consumed by television! On another note, our good friends in Minot, ND didn’t have a microwave the while time I knew them! And she ate popcorn almost everyday! Stovetop popcorn! Who would have thunk it! 😉 they also warmed up their left overs in the skillet or oven! I thought it was strange they didn’t have one, but honestly, wasn’t strange at all. This day and age, we all have a ton we could give up! But I’m not giving up my indoor plumbing! Haha

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