My Life This Week

1. My dishwasher has been out of commission for several days. The stack of unwashed dishes keeps growing, and I’m going a little crazy. It’s not that we can’t hand-wash our dishes (obviously I’ve had to wash some of them), but we’re not really set up for it anymore. So we’ve been ordering a lot of takeout and eating off of paper plates. It’s funny to remember how my younger self resisted using a dishwasher and only learned how to because the boyfriend (now husband) was so keen on it. Now I hardly know how to manage without it.

2. Yesterday I got up early, got dressed, drove down to the Dunkin’ Donuts, and bought some donuts and muffins. It felt good to be out and about and wearing real clothes. The kids enjoyed their special breakfast. But the best part of it was breaking my daily routine.

3. I took all the novel-related writing from my tree journal and put it into Scrivener. I now have 44K words, most of which won’t go into the novel. Either I’m cleverly crafting the foundation of the novel by focusing on the characters and the setting, or I’m cleverly avoiding doing any real writing. I’m not sure which it is. Or maybe it’s both? I guess time will tell.

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2 Responses to My Life This Week

  1. sprite says:

    Ummm… What kind of set-up do you need to wash dishes in a pinch? Soap (shampoo works in a pinch), sponge or cloth, and spread a towel on a counter or table for them to dry on.

  2. chick says:

    Washing a few dishes is no big deal. We have dish soap and dishcloths and even a little drying rack (and if necessary, I supplement with towels on the counter). But this setup isn’t really good enough to handle the number of dishes that a family with kids generates every day, at least not given the amount of time I’m willing to devote to the proposition. I usually run the dishwasher twice per day. That’s a lot of dishes. And the dishwasher doesn’t just wash them. It also holds them while they dry, something I’ve always taken for granted, but never again will.

    BTW, I would never use shampoo to wash dishes (sorry, but yuck!). I would use dish soap to wash my hair, though 🙂

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