Life has "calmed down" for a bit, as we now have a better idea of when we'll be moving, and where. The when is six to nine months, and the where is San Diego, Norfolk, or Jacksonville. Pablo just finished up a major stage of training, and is now in the next round (one more to go after that!). A huge bonus of life in the Navy is that you're almost always guaranteed a beautiful coastal duty station. I'm rooting for San Diego or Norfolk -- mostly because I'm ready to spend time in a state other than Florida after 14(!) years here.
In other news, I am basking in the glow of a new washing machine, after our inherited 16-year-old machine started leaking copious amounts of water last Tuesday (my main laundry day, of course). After giving it a shot ourselves, we decided to call a repairmen. He gave us a diagnosis of "get a new machine."
We did our research on the Lowe's website and headed to the store. And there, in the scratch-and-dent section, was my washer. Top-loader (check!), full agitator (check!), auto & manual size options (bonus!), stainless steel basket (another bonus!). A little fancier than I'd anticipated, but cheaper than the more basic models we'd looked at. Apparently it had been returned because it didn't spin, but the repairman at Lowe's couldn't find any problems. It's new and shiny and huge. I like it. A lot. And then the associate knocked an extra $50 off the price without our asking (NOTE: bring cute children when appliance shopping), and that plus the military discount took the price down to about half of the original price.
So after four days without a washer, I finally had my new beauty hooked up and ready to go. I like laundry. Don't hate me, but I really do enjoy it! But never, ever before had I been so happy to do laundry. Thank goodness for the extra large capacity (even bigger than my old large capacity washer), because the dirty laundry had really piled up in those few days! I was definitely scraping the bottom of the wardrobe barrel. Did I mention I also decided to potty train a toddler while my washer was broken? I know, even I am astonished by my brilliance...
And really, doing laundry is even more of a pleasure now. The new washer does all kinds of things (spinning slowly while it fills with water so that all of the clothes get wet, for instance) that are just so great. My only dilemma is that there is a separate cycle for jeans and towels, and goodness, what am I supposed to do if I need to wash both together? *wink* Oh, and for the record, it does spin.
My littles keep getting bigger. I have to squeeze Rosa's chubby thighs multiples times per day to reassure myself that there is a little baby left in my rambunctious toddler. On our walk the other day, Little Man excitedly said, "I'm a good tripper!" It's true. He has the scrapes and boo-boos to prove it.
Ballet flats and leggings are pretty standard for me right now. I like versatile and comfortable. It's getting hot for walks, but I'm trying. Sort of.
The rain is still pattering down softly outside my window, after quite a downpour last night, and the littles are just waking up. I think it's time for day to begin.