The saga contuines....

My friend suggested we call a preist. I don't think she's joking.

After being told that no, it's not the control panel on the oven but the electricity TO the applience, we called an electrican who is covered under our home warrenty.

He came out today and said that there is enough wattage to the oven. We turned it on, both the top and the oven, and the top heated up fine. When he asked why I didn't call the company sooner, I said that people had been telling me it was my fault! He gave me a strange look. Then he said that the self cleaning feature should not have screwed it up because, um, it's a self cleaning oven. (I think that's just what put it over the edge.) We both think the top coils/broiler aren't working and need to be replaced. That part isn't heating up at all- not turning red, nada. At this point, I don't think it's safe to use the oven!

Now I don't feel bad about taking the kids out to lunch yesterday and tomorrow and dinner tomorrow night. We had some shopping to do with the other Room Mom and tomorrow I am treating them to Chuck E Cheese and then helping at the Fish Fry. We're trying to save money by eating in but that doesn't work when there's only so much you can cook without either the stove top or oven!