This week’s assignment was to determine what appliance in our home I could not live without. Oh, this is an easy one.
Let’s run through the contenders, shall we?
Fridge — hey, I like grocery shopping. If I had to go every day, I’d be totally cool with that. Ditto on the freezer.
Stove — well, that would be tougher, but so much can be cooked on the grill. I’ve even baked on the grill. And it’s fun! I even grill in the winter.
Dishwasher. Ah! Some tasks in my house are appropriately divvied up. My husband takes out the trash. He mows the lawn (although truth be told, I think I’d actually enjoy that one). He irons the few clothes that need ironing. And he does the dishes.
I detest doing dishes. I can’t touch the dishes once they’ve made it into the sink. The whole concept just grosses me out. If the dishwasher is full, dishes are placed on the counter. The wet icky slimy nastiness that is the sink can go nowhere near my dishes. At least not if I’m going to touch them.
When I looked for my first apartment, finding one with a dishwasher was key. I had a tiny studio, but it had my dishwasher. I have certain dishes that need to be hand washed. They were washed immediately upon use, never touching the sink. And to be honest, most of my boyfriends graciously took on the duty of washing dishes while I cooked.
Then I thought about this a little more. I’m definitely missing a key appliance. My husband could technically do all the dishes for me if needed. But how do you go without a washing machine?
I’ve heard stories about those old fashioned washing machines. Rocks? I’m not the one who’s into them (Karen). While I think those wringer roller things are awfully cool looking, I couldn’t imagine having to use that to do an entire load of laundry. And in my house of “I looked at it, therefore it must be dirty” those loads get big. And frequent.
The dryer, I could go without. In fact, I actually generally do go without it. Once upon a time, I even had a post showing how we air dry all our laundry, but it’s somehow mysteriously disappeared. But the washer? Oh yeah… can’t live without that one. I’m already planning what washer I’ll buy when this one someday (hopefully very far away someday) bites the dust.
Just don’t tell me that my toilet counts as an appliance. I can’t deal with that right now!