Thanks dear, thanks.
So in a frantic moment (come on now I was having a pregnancy craving!) I melted the chocolate in the oven which took FOR-EV-ER! It probably would have been faster on the stovetop but I just wasn't thinking clearly.
I didn't run out the next day and buy a new microwave because I am super cheap and lets be honest, how often is a new microwave a purchase you need to make! After about a week passes Chris was out of town for training and I decided to just see how long I could go without a microwave. Maybe I don't really need one? Except for a few situations where it's just more convenient - melting hot fudge for ice cream, Landon's 90 second oatmeal - I actually found the stove and/or oven work just as easily for anything I needed to cook or reheat. In fact, I found food reheated in the oven or stove-top tasted better than in the microwave! Yesterday I finally removed the beast from the counter and I am much enjoying the extra counterspace and a place for my cookbooks that L can't get ahold of them.
This is certainly much prettier than a dirty old microwave:
Chris has yet to return from training so I'm not saying we'll never replace it but I'm going to hold out as long as I can.
Could you (or do you) live without a microwave?