Flood Party at the Loudest House on the Block!

August 19, 2008 at 4:34 am (Uncategorized)

Sunday I felt like crap. Big surprise there. Managed to stay in bed until almost noon somehow. I have broken my husband of the habit of sleeping until noon so he was up with the children.

At some point I put a teeny load of laundry in the washer. This is the old Kenmore washer we got as a wedding gift from our family in Taiwan. Ten years ago. It was about $200 and despite some leaks in the past, has really done okay given the burden my baby-making-machine has presented it with. It’s what we’d call a trooper.

My six year old tends to be a tad dramatic, so when she called from the kitchen, “Mommy, it looks like someone spilled water all over the floor,” I thought maybe the water dispenser in the fridge had dribbled a bit.

No, no, no. It was Lake Loudest House, in my kitchen.

Add to the flood–the whole kitchen/eating area was totally covered in sloshy-level water–the fact that I am a packrat by nature and started weeks ago cleaning stuff out and just kind of forgot about it…

not pretty.

My husband went into the living room and warned the kids that daddy was “in a real bad mood.” We dragged the shopvac up from the garage, at which point we noticed that the water had leaked into the garage and the basement. Of course. It missed anything important. Our collection of cycling, vintage auto racing, and Bob Dylan posters was spared, as was the server farm. Yes, I said server farm, in our basement.

Fast forward a few hours and we have left the eight year old with a neighbor and dragged two very giggly girls to Sears to buy a new washer and dryer. We were not being capricious. The dryer was eh, we’d had to replace the heating element a couple of times but it really wasn’t up to the task of handling laundry for five people and an incontinent canine. But the washer had let us down before. It was time for intervention and tough love.

Monday morning the Sears delivery guys kicked my old W&D to the curb–er, trucked it to the appliance graveyard–and put in new fancy ones, that apparently (according to an acquaintance I ran into at Wal-Mart while trying to choose a new HE laundry detergent) opens a who new set of potential problems. They’re computerized. The washer is slow but the dryer is really, really fast. I like watching the water fill the washer drum, though. That’s cool.

Now that the kids are in school and I have a fancy new set of laundry appliances, I suppose I am out of excuses for anyone in the house running out of socks and underwear. I’ve even caught my kindergartner putting her dirty laundry into her giant frog hamper.

Next: real housewives make their own cheese. I’ve finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Fantastic, I say. I get upset with preachy stuff sometimes, but my friend Aaron declares that he forgives her preachiness because her prose is so wonderful. I am learning to agree.

Next: Wii fit is so much fun. It is totally worth the trouble it took to get it. If you’re a yoga purist, you might get upset because the asanas are not totally kosher sometimes, but the yoga exercises on Wii Fit are about stretching, balance, and strength and not about meditation. The aerobics activities are great: my favorite is the Super Hula Hoop. I have earned the title Calorie Incinerator on that activity. What’s most fun is doing the Wii Fit activities and logging enough time to unlock new games. My favorite balance game is the Table Tilt. I know this isn’t a thorough review, but trust me. The Wii Fit is fun. It’s worth the money. I lost 1.9 lbs the first week, just going through the yoga poses and the Super Hula and Step Aerobics. Everything is done in short increments, which experts say is still good for your heart and body, so you don’t tire yourself out.

In the next post, maybe I’ll expound upon the Oxford comma and why I love it so.

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