Monday, February 21, 2011

More Questions

What was the best thing you bought?

I don't even have to think twice about this. I bought a washer and dryer just before Christmas. I don't know if it is because my new washer and dryer are so great, or if it because my old washer and dryer were so BAD! My old ones were not that old. They just didn't work well. When I washed a load, about half of the time, all of the water would not get out of the clothes and you would have to do the rinse/spin cycle again. And again, and again, and again. Sometimes, I could get by with one cycle, and other times it would take 5.

I am guessing that the dryer wasn't too bad, but because the clothes in the wash cycle didn't get as wrung out as they should, it took the dryer longer. It took at least 2 cycles in the dryer and sometimes 3. I have had it repaired a couple of times, but it really didn't get better. Since I hardly wash any clothes, it wasn't that big of a deal.

Every time I do laundry now, I get so excited. I did my Consumer Reports research to pick out my washer and dryer. Now, I pop a load in, push a button and the washer does the rest. It weighs the clothes and calculates the load. It has a countdown timer. The dryer does the same. 41 minutes to dry a load that used to take me 3 hours. This is why there is so much excitement!!!

Whose behavior merited celebration?

Don't know if this is something to "celebrate", but it would have to go to Janelle. Janelle was robbed in our driveway on December 21st, as she was opening the garage door with the keypad. Someone had followed her and parked down the street. When she was opening the door, he ran up behind her, choked her and stole her purse. I was very proud of her because she has handled this like a trooper. She has taken care of all of the details with the detective and getting her lost cards/license/keys, etc. by herself.

She is still scared from the incident, but she has not let it control her life. She now parks in the driveway and uses the remote opener. She has trouble sleeping and she has a real fear when people walk up to her from behind, but she is still living her life. I am proud of her for not letting this take over her life.

There have been a couple of incidents after this robbery that caused her a little anxiety. There was a robbery and stabbing of a 16 year old girl in our city exactly 1 week after Janelle's robbery. That was scary until we found out that it was all a hoax. 5 weeks to the day after Janelle's robbery, the other assistant manager where she works was robbed in her driveway. Not sure if there is a connection, but it has caused some additional anxiety. I'm proud of Janelle for pushing forward.

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