…turned into one of those weeks.
It’s been a while since our ski trip and so much has happened. My first load of laundry on return ended up being the death knell for my washing machine. We bought a new one a “high efficiency” model that saves water and energy both good…installed it and ran a load. NO LIKEY. I’m a pretty committed environmentalist, and we pump our own water so it seemed like such a good idea, but it was not. Installed 11am, first load 12pm, returned to Sears 5pm!
The main problems were that the machine determines (via electronic sensors) the weight of the laundry then the amount of water…leaving the laundress out of the loop. Also the lid locks and adding a single item more to the load is a no-no. The spin cycle is incredibly forceful and did in fact wring the clothes nearly dry, but at the cost of making them SO wrinkled that I would in fact have to iron all of my husbands work clothes—NOT happening.
We did find a new machine in the end after some rigorous looking that has 1) an agitator, 2) is energy star rated 3) allows the operator to be in charge of the laundry, not a sensor….GE model 2800 in case you’re wondering. Old school, basic and my kinda machine.
Needless to say, I was buried in dirty laundry. I took a trip to the laundry mat and did one large load in one of their biggie machines to save time and that went well. Except for the fact that I’ve also been dealing with this crummy cold. Which has been dogging me all week in spite of my dousing myself in herbs, drinking lots of fluids and attempting to maintain my inner balance.
There were other hiccups in the week, dealing w/ an old hospital bill that was mis-coded (lord gimme strength)…I do get tired of doing other folks jobs for them…particularly when they get paid to do their own job 😉
To be fair, nothing that happened was earth shattering, just annoying. In an effort to add some balance I’ll share some good things that also happened.
Friday I took a ski lesson with an awesome instructor and learned a few things that I’d never known. I ended the day skiing the diamond run at the (admittedly tiny) local ski slope. And yesterday was my 1/2 birthday 🙂 I’m T minus 179 days away from being 50! I’ve reformulated some goals for physical/mental and spiritual growth in the coming months and have begun implementing them already.
I’ll share a post on each in the coming weeks as time permits…one of the aspects of my goals is in fact managing my screen time…. I can’t even believe I said that 🙂 But with this blog, and the online fitness community I belong to as well as 2 groups I now participate in I feel like I am spending WAY too much time in front of a computer. Although it is fun and provides me with nice connections, it is not really sustainable once the spring work begins. My main strategy will be to use the computer while I am at the college waiting for my daughter. As a 13 y/o attending the local college I do not just drop her off, I remain on campus. Let’s see how well this works out for me.
I’m also nearing one year of blogging here on wordpress. What began as an online diary of weight loss has morphed into a whole different beast altogether….I like what it has become, sharing the homesteading life of a rural homeschooling mama and all, but I will probably be moving closer to a once or twice weekly post that has more substance per post. This has already happened more or less by default. I love the folks I’ve met here in Bloggovania 🙂
So that’s what one of those days has become…Good to hear from you all and I look forward to gettin’ round to visit each of you as you blog about what you find interesting.