When you decide to move to another country and you also decide to ship all of your kitchen appliances to the aforementioned new country, there is absolutely one essential piece of equipment that you must purchase: a converter. I'm not talking about those little, adapter thingies you buy at Target before going on a trip. You can slap those on your cell phone charger and gleefully plug it in willy nilly all over Europe. When I studied abroad in Germany, I thought an adapter was all I needed to get my hairdryer to work. Guess who may have started a small fire and ruined a nice hairdryer?
For appliances like my Kitchen-Aid and my Cuisinart, I've relied heavily on a converter. The thing weighs about as much as I do and takes up some prime real estate on my kitchen counter. It has done its job well, so I don't complain much when I have to lift it to clean (which I do just about never). Unfortunately, it's been quite sick these last few months, and I'm afraid that it's finally given up. It's bought the farm and is probably frolicking through the open spaces of transformer heaven, relieved to no longer work long hours as the Crock-Pot hums or to convert all that energy while the mixer paddles swirl around.
So long, my invaluable sidekick. *sigh* Time to get a new one.