I have to ask myself...is it wrong to love an appliance. I don't think so, not if that appliance is a slow cooker. I fell in love with mine in the very beginning of my marriage when I worked the evening shift in the hospital and at supper time I was running out the door to go to work. All my husband needed to do when he was ready to feed the kids was plate up the meal. Now even though I work during the day this love affair has flourished. Twenty years later, I am still running out the door and tired when I return home in the evening. I find that I have much more energy in the morning before I leave for work. It is so nice to have a meal ready and waiting.