Slowly, the number of house guests has dwindled. Brian, Nicole, and Jay left on Monday to drive to Columbia Missouri to visit with friends and family there. (They'll be back sometime after New Year's Day for a short while before they depart for California.) This morning we took Son Tony and his friend Ie to the airport and watched them walk through the terminal door into the airport.
When I got back it was time to start tackling all the projects I let pile up while we had a houseful. I waded through a backlog of emails and read a large collection of blog posts. Washed bath towels and sheets. Put away a pile of Christmas bags and boxes that didn't get put away in the first sweep a couple of days ago. Then, most importantly, I bought a new dishwasher.
Sadly, the dishwasher that has been working inefficiently for the past few months conked out on Christmas Day--right as I was putting the finishing touches on dinner for 25 people. The problem started with a small water leak, which quickly turned into a small flood. I turned it off and stuffed beach towels under the door to sop up the mess. Later in the evening when I tried running the dishwasher again we smelled a burning odor coming from the interior. Not a good sign.
Because the dishwasher was so dilapidated Tony and I didn't even consider repairing it. This afternoon I went to the library for some Consumer Reports research, then came home and found out which local stores sold our target brand and model. Tony and I drove to the store, talked to the salesperson, and fifteen minutes after we walked in we walked out with the purchase receipt.
A week from Friday the new dishwasher will be installed. I can't wait.
|Some of the presents for our family Rob Your Neighbor game on Christmas Day