Sunday, February 03, 2008

ideal love a new purchase, a market of the senses

Okay I'm not going to turn into one of those freaks who actually cares about laundry, but holy crap am I ever impressed with the new washing machine.

The old one crapped out two weeks ago, and after waiting ten days for a repair guy to charge us $100 to tell us it can't be fixed, I donned my consumer researcher cape and went shopping.

How did we ever decide what to buy in pre-internet days? I guess the decision took longer than two days back when you had to phone everybody you knew to ask their opinion.

In the end, I got a different model than the one I had in mind and I think I made the right choice.

And the delivery guys! Holy crap, what a lesson in efficiency they were! Not only did they come exactly when they said they would, they had the old machine out and the new one in place in three minutes, including the time it took to remove the laundry room door from its hinges and replace it again. And there were two flights of stairs involved here. Plus they took their shoes off.

I've never really paid attention to what my clothes look like when they come out of the laundry,
and don't worry I'm not going to go all laundry-obsessed and start ironing or anything like that, but what a difference the new machine makes on the clothes - no white laundry detergent patches on my black clothes, no pilling, no hairs baked on the shirts. My clothes look sort of new.

I might even try the handwash cycle today to launder some delicates. But yes, I am still going to put that navy blue sweater in with my white bras. I'm such a rebel.

I trust everybody had a fabulous Groundhog Day. All three of the major Canadian prognosticating rodents called for an early spring, including our local Balzac Billy.

Actually I think we are getting that early spring right now. It went all the way up to -8C (17.6F)
yesterday and is expected to do so again today. It's nice to be able to see out the windows once again. Return to the deep freeze tomorrow though. Stupid Balzac Billy doesn't know what he's talking about.

I sure wish we got Animal Planet in our cable package so that we could watch Puppy Bowl IV today. There's even a Kitty Half-time Show! Instead we'll have to pretend to watch NFL in order to justify eating chili and wings. And we don't even get the great commercials you Americans get. Maybe I'll take my bowl of five-alarm chili and sit in front of the washing machine instead.


Anonymous said...

I'm not fussy about laundry either...but the feel and smell of clean sheets when you go to bed...ahhhh....especially with the window open so you get fresh air

Splotchy said...

we all have good rinse cycle
but all with spin attached

Or something like that.

Haven't heard of Puppy Bowl before. Looks chaotic and out of control. Where's the referee?!!

Deb said...

I have to get a new washer/dryer but it involves redoing plumbing and walls, etc. (my last one leaked into the wall), so I have to win the lottery first. But I can't wait to stop fighting at laundromats and your post has me dreaming of cleaner socks.

Ironing? What's that.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's one of my favourite things in the world,Kelly. The open window part is going to have to wait for a few months though.

Natural is certainly in that redux, Splotchy. If Gang of Four ever offers you a job, take it.
Puppy Bowl looks like complete mayhem, although I did see a ref in one of the videos, calling "unsportspuplike conduct". Yeah, I groaned too.

I was thinking of you when I used the laundromat last week, Deb, but fortunately no fisticuffs ensued. Which was a good thing since you weren't there to watch my back.
Ironing: isn't that the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning? Or something like that.

Tanya Espanya said...

Yes, we have a front loader. It's so amazing! Did you get the new soap to go with it, though? President's Choice makes some, as does Tide, I think? It's the HE stuff.

And those machines are so much better for your clothes, too.

No ironing. What's an iron? I have one but I've never used it.

Toccata said...

I don't like doing laundry but there is something so nice about having all of your clothes clean, folded and hanging on hangers.

My sister just bought a new fridge and I had to go through the entire "tour" of all the fancy schmancy things it offers. Yup, it was a fridge all right.

Oh and Tanya one only needs to use the iron if the clothes come out in a scrunched up ball and stays that way!

Anonymous said...

well holy smokes, and here i thought i was the only one on earth who had heard of Puppy Bowl.....i could watch that thing for hours!!! the best part is when a puppy has an 'accident', and a ref comes in and calls a foul....and the poor puppy has to take a little time out. awwww!!! i'm such a sucker for animal planet.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We got the HE soap, Tanya, not sure what we are going to do with the big opened box of the other stuff. Isn't it funny how a new front loading machine can make us non-laundry types get all excited about laundry?

I've never really given laundry a lot of thought before, Toccata, not since I've had a washer and dryer on the premises anyway. It's far more fun than scrubbing toilets.

I sure wish we got Animal Planet, Beth, I've only seen the video clips of Puppy Bowl. I love the water bowl cam though. My cat hates the show.

Will said...

You know, a good laundry setup cannot be taken for granted. Here in the city, we live in the land of take the clothes down to that awful laundromat down the street with the awful people. I look forward to have a washer and dryer of my own, and I certainly will shop online because I want to find something that looks really cool.

justacoolcat said...

Careful, sometimes buying a new appliance leads to buying a new house.

Gifted Typist said...

I love my front loader because they are so efficient on water.
And listen to Espanya - you need the HE soap - and pay attn' to the directions because you only need a tiny bit. If you use the normal stuff in the amounts advised, it will clog your FL washer up.

I've been there.

Anonymous said...

ewww, I hate a dingy white bra, they get that way soon enough without helping the process along.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They come in really cool colours now, Will. And the front loading washers are kinda fun to watch. At least the first dozen or so times.

I can see how that could happen, JustA. After enough of the appliances start breaking down, sometimes it's just easier to move.

We've got the HE soap, Gifted. That was the first thing that everybody warned us about. Sounds as though someone should have mentioned it to you. Bastards.

Me too, Leazwell, so I held off mixing the navy sweater with the white bra. It may still happen one day when I weaken, though.

Allison said...

Like Will, someday I hope to own my own washer/dryer. Although it is sometimes fun to throw everything you own into a bag and walk down the street. Truly only fun if that bag has wheels. ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I felt kinda sassy using the laundrette the other day, Al, and then I felt like a rebel when I loaded all the wet clothes out of the washer back into my laundry basket and took them home to dry them.

jim dandy said...

Glad to see you're cleaning up your act. Aren't new toys wonderful!
Yay you!!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They truly are, Jim Dandy, and as all our appliances are the same vintage, I foresee many new toys in the future.