Friday, July 25, 2008

I need to blog more

Cause I always have a lot of random, unrelated thoughts, and it would really be better if I did a lot of short, frequent posts instead of long rambling ones. Need to work on that.

So. A few months ago, when we moved into this apartment, we bought a used washer/dryer. Just a cheap set. Honestly, I didn't really think too hard about this one, because it was the only set in our price range available when we were moving, and I just went with it. In the future I will never buy a used washer/dryer set from a woman who has five boys.

After getting it into the apartment, and really looking closely at it, it had this gunk on the outside of the tub. And to clean it really well, I'd have to take it apart. So I did. And this is what it looked like:

That stuff all over the inside of it? Yeah, still don't know what it was, but my father-in-law's guess is crank grease. It took a whole lot of 409 and a few scrubbing sponges, but I got it clean. It's a good thing I'm not pregnant, I never would have been able to do it.

After I finished, it looked like this:

So we used it. And both the washer and dryer worked fine, though they were loud and inefficient, until a few weeks ago. I went to put some clothes in the dryer and it wouldn't start. We did some research, and it was going to cost more to fix it than we paid for it. Hmmm.

And in walked Temptation, in the form of Home Depot.

They were having a sale, and a credit card promotion. Between the two, we saved about $200. Plus, with rebates from the gas company, the electric company, and the manufacturer, we saved another $200. And got a Home Depot gift card for $50 and free delivery. Plus, the new washer is Energy Star rated, and the dryer is sooo efficient. It can dry a load of clothes in 40 minutes on medium instead of 80 minutes on high. Medium, people! And there's a tax rebate for buying energy-efficient appliances.

I am excellent at justification and rationalization, can't you tell?

They are so cool though. So shiny and new, and there are so many options! I can wash a small load on delicate with cool/cold water with an extra rinse and an extended tumble. Laundry is (almost) fun.

Wow, I sound like SUCH a housewife. That's enough of that.

Sooooo. . . more later. Not housewife stuff either.


Ariana said...

Awesome! I love new appliances. We had to buy a washer & dryer when we got here....and thanks to Lowes having a great sale, we got both. After the nasty super inneffient old ones we left behind in our Portland condo, you're right. Laundry is (almost) fun. If only they had a "putting the clothes away" machine....

Kay Greenland said...

If it makes you feel better, I remember calling Mom because I was so excited when we bought a new vacuum. Amazing how your perspective changes from a kid to an adult, isn't it?

Ariana said...

I really can spell "inefficient". I promise. haha

Kate said...

Aw, c'mon! I like the houseewife stuff. Just don't take the new one apart and wash all the grease out! :) Anyway, it was probably REALLY old fabric softener.