Monday, March 08, 2010

Beware What You Wish For...

First, a round of applause for my devoted husband. Larry woke up early this morning just to install our brand-new used dishwasher as a surprise for me. I came downstairs to the sweet sound of its gurgling rinse cycle. Yes, I had doubted him. But I am willing to eat crow on this one, since I don't have to wash the dirty plate by hand.

It was a beautiful, hope-filled morning. I danced around the kitchen like Snow White cleaning up after the seven dwarfs. I loaded the breakfast dishes into the dishwasher. I loaded the lunch dishes, too. While the dishwasher ran through its cycle, I emptied out my refrigerator and cleaned all the shelves, happy in the knowledge that all the nasty-smelling storage dishes I unearthed would be washed later in my marvelous machine. I took down my beautiful dish-drying rack and stowed it under the sink. I scrubbed its drip pan and stowed that, too. Hello, 21st-century!

But wait! Was that a puddle forming in front of my newly-acquired appliance? No matter, I thought. Larry would just need to tighten a hose. As I began to put my machine-cleaned dishes away, I noticed detergent residue on them. Whoops. I put them back in the dishwasher, to rewash after Larry gets around to fixing things. But there were all those dirty Pyrex containers piled on the counter....

I didn't have the heart to pull my Michael Graves dish drainer back out of the cabinet. Later, I washed and dried the dinner dishes by hand, ignoring all the dirty storage dishes. "I'll do those after Bunko," I lied to Larry.

So now I have dirty dishes in the leaky dishwasher, a non-working dishwasher sitting in my dining room, and a mountain of Pyrex in the sink.

But, hey - my fridge is clean.

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18 comments:

  1. A temporary setback, I'm sure!

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  2. It's nice that you can see the Pyrex half full.

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  3. We have that exact same situation with our dishes. The dishes in the dishwasher didn't get clean due to the fact that the motor is going out and there is a growing pile of dishes in and next to the sink because I've had work deadlines to meet and the children don't like washing dishes, and I'm tired of reminding them to do them.
    Our fridge, however, is still full of leftovers. I did an analysis on how much it would cost to buy new gladware if I were just to throw it all out with the leftovers and decided that I could probably use some new gladware anyway.

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  4. Exactly - Gladware is disposable; Pyrex, however, is not. There is a food-storage container hierarchy, and it must be followed.

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  5. Oh, sorry. Nothing can cause me to fall into a serious depression more than a mountain of dirty dishes. Bummer.

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  6. This story started out so full of hope . . .

    Good try, Larry!

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  7. The sun will come out tomorrow, PollyAnna.

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  8. Oh, no! I thought this story was going to end happily.

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  9. Way to look on the bright side! Our car was totaled on Saturday, but thankfully my husband is okay. Bless his pointed little head. There is always a silver lining to be found!

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  10. Gah! I think you need to send the dwarfs down the the mines to dig up more gold and get you a NEW dishwasher.

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  11. My dishwashers have names, Beast and Oldest (soon to be renamed PITA)

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  12. OH NO!!! Is it crazy that I'm on the verge of tears after reading this?

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  13. Oh, how tragic. Here's hoping that it is just a leaking hose, and there will be a happy ending (and clean dishes).

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  14. Oh, ouch. Good luck. When our first house was built, the builder forgot to attach a hose and the first time I turned on the dishwasher upstairs, it rained through the ceiling in the laundry room below. Good times!

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  15. I'm sorry to say that a bad word escaped my lips on your behalf when I read the ending... er, non-ending.
    If it's not the hose, check the seal around the door. We recently had to replace ours after finding puddles on the kitchen floor.

    Hope bunko was fun! I miss it.

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  16. May I introduce you to a concept called Murphy's Law?

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  17. Hating those good-intention projects that turn to disaster. Hoping he has time and patience to fix it again. In the meantime, I agree send the Dwarves to the Mines for Gold!!

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  18. Ugh. There are no words. The fates are cruel sometimes... Good luck!

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