Saturday, February 23, 2008

Mama Needs a New Pair of Shoes

Well, not shoes.

It's time for a dishwasher, people. After two years of doing all of my dishes by hand, I've had it. My chapped, red, dry, cracking hands have had it.

I know:

- I should wear rubber gloves.

My reason: I can't feel if the plate is clean when I wear gloves, and end up with slippery dried dishes that need to be re-washed. If there's anything worse than doing dishes, it's doing dishes twice. Ugh.

- I should be using lotion.

My reason: I actually use lotion regularly, and not the cheap stuff, either. I've also tried baby oil and bacon fat with no lasting solution. I'm only partially kidding about the bacon fat.

- I should use paper plates and plastic cups, forks, knives and spoons.

My reason: I agree. But that's not good for the environment or my grocery budget.

So, what's a foodie to do, besides hire a housekeeper?

Well, I've gone and done it. I ordered a dishwasher. It's a middle-of-the-road model that will begin its life in Mrs.W's Kitchen as a portable roll-up-to-the-sink-hook-to-the-faucet monstrocity until some future date when Mr.W and I are ready to re-do the cabinetry and hook it up permanently. Thank you, Lord, for that sweet day to come. But until then, it will roll around the kitchen.

And hopefully destroy the tile so I can have a new floor.

Who said that?

And I cringe to announce that I've charged it. Frugal friends, don't hate. Don't hate. It had to be done.

Happily, however, I talked them down to match a competitor's advertised online-only price. So that's good. Right? Right?

And, well, to subsidize my folly and fund my dishwasher I've decided to try AdSense ads here on this blog. I'm new to that and I hope it won't be completely ugly and annoying to all y'all, my wonderful, sweet readers. Because I don't want to annoy you with that.

So this is a heads-up to you for the ads to come in the near future. We'll try this together. You and me, baby.

And that sweet, sweet dishwasher with sanitary rinse and hard-food disposer.



StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Congrats on the new dishwasher! Your hands will thank you for it. Have you ever tried coconut oil as a moisturizer? I read somewhere that it was really good and I bought some. It stays solid at room temperature and it is totally natural. I use it on my hands and my ugly rough, cracked heels. It really works and it smells nice.

Mrs. W said...

Thanks! It'll be here the week after next and I can already feel the freedom!

I have not tried coconut oil. I'll keep an eye out for it, though, because my fave lotion is coconut-scented and it's being discontinued. So that might work out great!

Robin said...

It's a brave new dishwashing world out there - you're gonna love it.

My first dishwasher started life the same way - rolled into a corner of a rental apartment kitchen, drainage via a hose into the sink. I was SO excited when we finally bought our first flat and I was able to actually install it!

Mrs. W said...

Amen, sistah! Our house in GA had a dishwasher and I really under-used it. Back then I was commuting and working constantly, so most of our food was eaten out or take-out/convenience stuff. Now that I'm cooking almost everything I eat, I'm generating tons of dishes.

I can't wait for it to arrive. Lowe's had to order it. Grr. The boy-child employee tried to tell me it was discontinued, and when I told him it wasn't, he looked it up on his computer. Then he said, "Well, you're right." I replied, "I know."

Hello! Do any grown-ups work here?

I was glad to reduce the boy-child's commission by bringing a competitor's lower price.

Lulu said...

Whatever it takes, Mrs. W, for you to have bee-yutiful hands. As long as you show us a picture of this new fancy contraption. I'm not sure that I've ever seen a dishwasher that you hook up to a sink.

Mrs. W said...

I will DEFINITELY take a photo when it arrives. I'm so excited!

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