Well, that week off, with only 3 kids in the house, is OVER. David and Theo both showed up on Sunday, so I had to get off my butt and back into the kitchen. I've been cooking peach cobbler and brisket (not together) and banana bread muffins and I don't know what all. And we all know that lots of cooking means LOTS of dishes, but that's okay, my dishwasher just got fixed and...uh...wait a sec, what have we here?
Yup, my dishwasher went wonky again, and we had to cut off its power again, and really, who needs a dishwasher when there are 7 PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE and did I mention my brother visited, too?
Wait, I just scrolled back and realized I never regaled you with the broken dishwasher tale from July. It kept turning itself on every time we closed the door, so we finally decided it was possessed and threw the circuit breaker on it until the repair guy could get here. But the super-smart Geek Squad guy on the phone had mentioned that we MIGHT be able to fix it ourselves by running the dehumidifier in front of it for a couple of days. And he was right!
Only now it's doing that possessed thing again, and I'm sort of tired of this. Someone's coming to look at it this week or next, but he already told me that Samsung knows it's a common problem and they don't know what to do about it. Which is nice to know, but really, just give me a different dishwasher then, all right?
And Jennifer doesn't even have a dishwasher OR air conditioning, so she probably cannot stand to hear me complain like this. She and her husband and 4 kids are volunteering with the Mennonite Disaster Service down in Puerto Rico for 4 months, helping to build houses for people who lost theirs in the hurricane last year, you see. Air conditioning is nonexistent, the humid air is laden with Saharan dust, and she and the kids wash dishes by hand, all the livelong day.
So I read her blog posts, as I sit here in my air-conditioned (albeit dishwasher-less) comfort, and vicariously enjoy their adventures. Because when it comes to roughing it? Vicariously is definitely the way to go.