The week before last was pretty wretched for us mechanically. The Passat was in the shop on Tuesday, the Fox went in for repairs on Thursday and then on Friday the unthinkable happened:
Our washing machine broke.
Technically, it wasn’t our washing machine that broke. This is the washing machine that came with our house when we rented it. It had been acting up for awhile and finally, it just stopped working. We had planning to buy a washer and dryer when we moved into this house, because the landlady had put laundry hook-ups upstairs for us. The washer and dryer that came with the place are only accessible from the outside, down a flight of steep stairs and it’s pretty inconvenient to go down there to do laundry. It’s pitch black out there at night which makes the stairs are trecherous and during the day it’s hard to run down there if one of us is alone with Wyatt because we need to bring him along. When it came time for us to actually buy the washer and dryer, we realized that we had a problem. The landlady had put a regular 110v plug in, not a 220v outlet. This made our already limited choices (there was only room for a stackable) even slimmer. Grrrr. After looking around at department stores and on Craigslist for a while we decided to just give up and brave the stairs to the backyard. And then the washer broke.
On a whim, I decided to search Craigslist to see if there was anything available there and that’s when I found this beauty:
The LG WM3431 All in One Washer/Dryer. Yes, you read that right — this baby is a washer AND a dryer! All in the same machine! How cool is that??
So far, we are loving it. Mostly, we’re just using the washing machine because, as you know, we are hanging our wash out on the line these days. It gets our clothes phenomenally clean and it’s so easy to do laundry that we seem to have a load going at all times now. Our biggest problem now is keeping up with the folding….