Oh boy, oh boy! Guess what I found on Craigslist? A 55″ tall, 4-year-old, upright, self-defrosting Frigidaire freezer for only $50! Based on the picture, I thought it was one of the really small ones that stands about 3 feet tall, so I was shocked when I arrived. No, make that horrified. I thought there was no way I could get it home, and I had driven over an hour to the person’s house (Houston is ridiculously big). But with my muscle-man brother’s help and some creative rearranging, we squeezed it into the minivan with four of the five back seats still in place and about 30 collapses moving boxes piled all around. Shocking. We all stood around shaking our heads in disbelief for a minute before I remembered to pay the man.
When I triumphantly arrived home, I found my husband collapsed on the bed, exhausted from a new plyometrics workout his trainer cooked up that morning. He described his legs as “jelly-like.” Uh oh. With a little sweet-talking, however, he rallied, and we gamely wrestled the freezer up the staircase into our unit. It was quite a perilous endeavor, and if our neighbor’s daughter had not shown up for a surprise visit and helped us wriggle the appliance around a tight corner, it would still be downstairs.
Now I’m just holding my breath, praying that it will still work after turning it on its back. You aren’t supposed to do that to refrigerators or freezers, apparently, but it was the only way I could get it home. The man told me that if I leave it upright for a full 24 hours before plugging it in, it should be okay. My brother agreed, so I decided to risk it. I thought it was worth it, given how much I could gain by having a freezer. I’ll let you know what happens when we plug it in tonight!