Kirk informed me today that we really shouldn't run the dishwasher again....ever. At least not the current one. All I could think was "I have a dishwasher full of dirty dishes". So tonight, Nate was drying while I washed - when he asked if we were about done (see below), I said, "nope, gotta do all the dishes in the dishwasher too" - he quickly opened the dishwasher to see the "load" - and made my day with the announcement - "they're clean!" So because I don't have a dishwasher full of dirty, food caked dishes to wash, I can blog!
These are the dishes Nate left to air dry. . . (after putting many away)
Sunday night I had a "camera lesson" . . . I have SO much to learn.
Natalie was a very willing model -- showing off her perfect wink -- while showing me up because I can barely wink one eye and she can do either! Anyway, that's my excuse for not blogging on Sunday night. Thanks for the goodnight hugs & kisses Natalie!
Another reason I haven't blogged: I've been working on a digital photobook that we got free from Shutterfly with our new camera. The offer expires on the 30th so I'm really short on time. I was up til 2:00 a.m. this morning working on it! Since this is the first time I've ever done one of these photobooks, it is taking more time - and of course I HAVE to edit the pictures with Photoshop.
Today I did 3 room redesigns for a friend. It took almost 4 hours to do an office, great room and kitchen. We had a blast! She gave me total free reign of her house & furnishings. I'll post photos tomorrow.
Tonight Kirk and I drove to Winona with the van to get Danae's futon, fridge, and a van load of other items from her dorm. She is done on Thursday so now she only has to bring a few things back in her car. We enjoyed a nice dinner with her at the Accoustic Cafe. Good hoagies, coffee and soup.
Other news: We bought a dishwasher on Sunday. We did our homework with Consumer Reports and walked into Sears (which I vowed to never shop at again about 15 years ago) -- and bought the Kenmore (made by Whirlpool) one that was the Consumer Reports Best Buy. It wasn't the one I really wanted, but hard to justify spending the extra $400 for the feature I wanted. It will wash the dishes great and will be quiet enough. I'm trying to be reasonable and buy with "needs" in mind vs. "wants".