Tags: membership rewards

12/14/10

  06:17:43 pm, by The Dreamer   , 612 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

KitchenAid 12-Cup Glass Carafe Coffee Maker

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TT0WYS/ref=oss_product

As I had blogged on Friday, my Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker had failed. So, that day I did the 'normal' thing...I went to Amazon.com and looked to see what coffee maker I could get via Amazon Prime. More specifically, shipped next day (Monday, they don't seem to do Saturday's anymore).

There were many fine choices in a wide range of prices that glass carafe, used regular basket filters (I had tried cone once), and wasn't Mr. Coffee. (fail me once, shame on you....same reason I won't consider GE appliances)

At first I wanted cheap and fast, though I extended the pricing a little bit because I didn't like the reviews of some of the units and form is still important to me. But, I was constraining price to do the purchase using remaining American Express Membership Rewards (after having used some to buy that heater I blogged of earlier.)

When I got home from work, and finding the box sitting on my doorstep. I'm promptly set out to get it set up and run the first pot of water to flush it out, and get it ready for tomorrow morning. It was interest to find that it has a removable water tank. Not sure how useful it is to me, given where I've put it and how difficult it was get repositioned behind the coffee maker to set down again. Though the water lid lifting the reverse way does also make it challenging to fill from water pitcher.

Other quirk I found is it is really easy to get into the time change mode, single press of the mode button. Also disturbing is the 1-4 cup mode is the same button, but only after going through the 3 time settings (hour, minute, am/pm).

And, finally the next oddity is the overloading of the brew button. Press once to instantly make coffee, press and hold to make coffee at scheduled time. And, its indication is that the lighted ring around the button flashes, no beep. Kind of a problem with my thumbs....covering up the button and the light ring completely. Though I did later see that the display says 'Auto'.

Now that I've used it one day....the resulting cup of coffee this morning was satisfactory, and should be great with some adjustment. Do find it annoying that the 1-4 cup mode doesn't stick, while the 'bold' mode does.

The nice thing this morning, is no more dribble carafe. Though it has an attached flip lid still...which makes washing inconvenient to me. Also it doesn't empty completely with a quick flip over the sink like I'm used to. But, definitely nice that all the coffee goes into my cup, rather than half of it splashing onto the counter and floor....no matter how carefully or slowly I try to go.

Looking forward to a long future of coffee, and not think about what my next coffee maker is going to be (though thoughts of getting a single serve machine still come up now and then, as does getting an espresso machine again....)

Though tomorrow morning will be the last of my Boca Java coffee, though my next shipment should be in transit.

Kind of bothersome that apparently UPS tracking numbers are not unique....Boca Java says it shipped my order on December 12th, but the UPS site says it was delivered and left at the front door....on closer inspection see that its been left in Portsmouth, VA...and finally that it happened on June 22nd, 2009. But, shipped/billed on December 14th, 2010. Not the first time I've had this scare with UPS tracking....

BTW, does anybody know of a good android app that's equivalent to the Delivery Status app on the iPhone?

12/12/10

  12:05:41 pm, by The Dreamer   , 259 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Home, Appliances, Furnishings

Soleus Air HR1-08R-21 Oscillating Reflective Heater, Silver, Black

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AHBVJ6/ref=oss_product

So, lately in the mornings it has been kind of nippy in front of my main computer out in the living room. Probably because of 3 exterior walls, and the computer against the wall with no heat registers. And, the thermostat is in the warmest spot in my home...under the cold air return.

I had been bumping the thermostat in the morning when I go by it, but that's not what I really want to do long term. I had looked at getting a low wattage radiant (people) heater to use by the computer in the mornings. Needs to be low wattage, because the living room only has one circuit...and well, there's lots and lots of stuff on it.

Last Monday I had reached my limit....burr. |-| I already had an order with Amazon.com pending that I had placed over the weekend. So, using Amazon Prime and one-day option, I could have another box to arrive the same day as the rest....

I had originally identified some possible choices in heaters last winter, they were of the radiant heat, orange glow kind...either single low wattage or dual setting where the low was under 500W. Lower the better.... I checked my wishlist, and found that one of the choices was still available under Amazon Prime and could be one-day shipped to arrive the same time as my other stuff.

But, I checked other similar heaters to see what else is there. Partly because I wasn't totally sure that the model that remained was the one that I wanted. Though it was cheap (<$20) and 300W. But, it was a table top unit, and I didn't have a table top to put it on.

So, I settled on the Soleus Air HR1-08R-21...because it had a bit of stand to it and a remote control. It had two settings, 400W and 800W. I think I used to have a quartz heater that was like this at my old apartment...seemed to go away after that, probably one of the many things that didn't survive the move. Though it had two elements, and 400W was to only use one of them...to it was kind of weird to never use the other element. IIRC, only the one that I used got broke in the move too... Anyways, it was a consideration this time around, that if I got a radiant heater with multiple settings, that it didn't do it by having less uniform output.

I also decided that I would give the new option of using my American Express Membership Reward points to purchase something from Amazon.com.

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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